Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson has struggled to live up to his reputation so far in this year’s College World Series. He’s been poor at the plate, made mistakes in the field and looks anything but the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft.
Swanson says his selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks is not a distraction, nor the reason for his recent struggles.
“It’s one of those things you can’t control, what’s going on outside of you anyway,” Swanson told ESPN. “You just play your best and your hardest and hopefully the results will speak for themselves.”
In his last three games, Swanson is one for 13 with five strikeouts and has committed an error at shortstop. In eight NCAA tournament games, he’s hitting .242 with 11 strikeouts. However, he still leads Vanderbilt in batting average for the season at .337.
Swanson was named the College World Series’ Most Valuable Player last year after batting .323 and stealing four bases. This latest bump in the road can likely be chalked up to a slump at an inopportune time.
Vanderbilt and Virginia meet Monday night for Game 1 of the College World Series Final.