Dansby Swanson’s meteoric rise this season reached a new apex on Wednesday when the 22-year-old shortstop made his major league debut for the Atlanta Braves.
Swanson, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 MLB draft, played the first 21 games of his 2016 season with the Carolina Mudcats, batting .333 with 13 extra base hits and 10 RBIs. He was promoted to Double-A Mississippi in late April and then to the Braves last week.
The Georgia native and Vanderbilt product went 2-for-4 in his debut, but Atlanta lost the game to Minnesota, 10-3. He was held hitless (0-for-4) in his second appearance, an 8-2 loss to Washington on Thursday.
Eveland finds groove in Durham
Relief pitcher Dana Eveland has played for a whopping 24 teams, including 10 in the major leagues, during an extensive baseball career.
However, the 24th stop — Durham — has thus far proved one of his most successful.
As of Friday, Eveland boasted a 0.48 ERA through 14 appearances and 18.2 innings pitched for the Bulls, having allowed a lone earned run back on July 14. He’s made 11 straight appearances without allowing one at all and hasn’t allowed a hit in three straight, including 22/3 innings against Charlotte on Aug. 14 in which he struck out two.
The 32-year-old hasn’t had the finest of seasons overall — his ERA in 25 games for the Tampa Bay Rays was 8.55 — but Durham has become a good late summer home for the journeyman.
Pair of Mudcats released
With the Mudcats mired in a 1-15 slump between Aug. 3 and Aug. 18 that dropped them to the bottom of the Carolina League standings, two regulars on the team were released from their contracts by the Atlanta Braves organization last week.
Isaias Tejeda, 24, had batted .256 in 43 appearances for the Mudcats this season and was one of several in a rotation of starting catchers that also included Sal Giardina and Tanner Murphy. His replacement is Kade Scivicque, a new trade acquisition from the Detroit Tigers organization.
Pitcher Andrew Thurman, 24, was a former second-round pick of the Houston Astros who struggled this season. Starting out with Double-A Mississippi, Thurman went 1-7 with a 6.89 ERA before being demoted on July 20. He then posted an 0-2 record with a 9.25 ERA in five starts for the Mudcats.
Coastal Plain League champion crowned
Ten of the 16 teams in the Coastal Plain League are in North Carolina, including the local Holly Springs Salamanders, but it was two teams from outside the state squaring off in the college summer league’s championship series last week.
The Savannah (Ga.) Bananas defeated the Peninsula Pilots 9-7 in the decisive third game in Hampton, Va., on Tuesday to win the series and the league title. Savannah won 8-4 on Sunday before falling 4-3 on Monday.
The Wilson Tobs were the farthest-advancing N.C. team, falling to Peninsula 5-3 in the East Division championship game.