Swanson launches his first pro homer for Hops

D-backs No. 1 prospect notches a career-high 3 RBIs for Class A Short Season Hillsboro

Swanson launches his first pro homer for Hops

No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson went yard for the first time in his pro career on Thursday night.

The D-backs' No. 1 prospect (No. 11 overall) swatted a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Class A Short Season Hillsboro's 5-3 loss to Boise. He finished the night 1-for-4, bumping his batting average up to .172 after seven games with the Hops.

The three RBIs were a new career high for the 21-year-old shortstop, who now has two doubles, a triple, a homer and eight RBIs for Hillsboro. Swanson is coming off an excellent junior season at Vanderbilt in which he was named a first-team All-American for the second time and led the Commodores to the College World Series final.

Swanson was Arizona's second No. 1 overall choice in franchise history. The team selected Justin Upton in the top spot in the 2005 Draft.

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.