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Braves prospect selected to play in All-Star Futures game

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(from braves.com) ATLANTA -- Dansby Swanson will have an opportunity to interact and compete with some of baseball's other elite prospects during this year's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

Swanson was the only player from the Braves organization selected to participate in the Futures Game, which will be played at San Diego's Petco Park on July 10. This marks the first time the highly-regarded shortstop has been eligible to compete in this event, which annually pits the top prospects from the United States against the World team, which consists of top prospects from foreign countries.

Fred McGriff, who currently serves as a special advisor for the Braves, will serve as the U.S. team's first-base coach.

Swanson has batted .277 with six home runs and a .807 OPS while playing for both Class A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Mississippi this season. The 22-year-old suburban Atlanta native was selected by the D-backs with the top overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. He was acquired by the Braves in December.

MLBPipeline.com ranks Swanson as baseball's sixth-best overall prospect and the top prospect in Atlanta's system.

After hitting .333 with a .967 OPS in 21 games with Carolina, Swanson earned a promotion to Mississippi near the end of April. He fared well during his three weeks at the Double-A level and then produced a .506 OPS from May 23-June 18. But he entered Tuesday with eight hits, including a double and a home run, in his past 19 at-bats.

The Futures Game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET. MLB Network will provide exclusive television coverage and MLB.com will live stream the game.

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