2023 Player Outlook
Swanson’s career year in 2022 parlayed him into a big deal with the Chicago Cubs for the foreseeable future. Last year, he slashed .277/.329/.447 with 25 home runs, 99 runs scored, 96 RBI, and a career-best 18 stolen bases. Swanson makes a ton of hard contact, as evidenced by three straight years with a double-digit barrel rate, and four straight years with a hard hit rate north of 40 percent per Baseball Savant. His fly ball rate and average exit velocity have trended up throughout his career and while it may be a slight park downgrade overall, Swanson has enough pop and there’s enough wind in Chicago to sustain his power floor of 20+ home runs. The Chicago offense has been revamped in the offseason, so while it may not be quite the same supporting cast Swanson had in Atlanta, it could surprise people. He’s locked into hitting in the top third of the order, and health willing, he’s in line for another season with 650+ plate appearances, and with that kind of volume, he’s a rock-solid option at shortstop to provide solid numbers across all five categories.