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Atlanta's top two prospects Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson will be challenged at the next level

The Braves are challenging their top two prospects by sending Ozzie Albies to AAA Gwinnett and Dansby Swanson to AA Mississippi.

The Braves have made a huge decision, promoting their two best position player prospects just three weeks into the start of the 2016 season.

Ozzie Albies will go from Double-A Mississippi to Triple-A Gwinnett, while Dansby Swanson will take Albies’ place in Mississippi after spending the first month of the season in High-A Carolina.

The moves are a clear sign the Braves believe the top two prospects can possibly play in Atlanta before the end of the season if they continue to do well.

Albies was hitting .369 in 22 games with Mississippi. He had one home run, seven RBI, five doubles, two triples and two stolen bases. His on base percentage was .442.

Swanson was hitting .333 in 21 games with Carolina. He had one home run, 10 RBI, 12 doubles and seven stolen bases. His on base percentage was .441.

Both have been playing exclusively at shortstop. The plan is for that to continue until a change is needed, but with it now being a possibility that both could play in Atlanta before the end of this season are the Braves going to allow them to see time at second base at the next level?

At the least, this practically confirms that when Sun Trust Park opens up next April, Albies and Swanson will likely be the starting middle infielders.

HERE is our interview with Albies from Friday, when he admitted his goal is to get to Atlanta this season as a teenager.

We will interview Swanson on Saturday and have that available later in the day on the website.

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