Cleveland Guardian’s newest starting right fielder, Steven Kwan, is making headlines after just four games as a major league professional baseball player.
According to MLB.com, Kwan, 24, reached base 15 times after just four games, making him the first player since at least 1901 to do this.
Kwan has yet to miss a pitch this year and is up to five walks on the year, without a strikeout, said Yahoo Sports.
“I remember when I was younger, every time I struck out, I would want to cry,” Kwan told FOX Sports. “So I think I just told myself, ‘I don’t like to cry, so I just won’t strike out.'”
According to USA Today, Kwan is one of only three qualified hitters to not yet have a single swing-and-miss. Two of the three qualified hitters are Eloy Jimenez of the Chicago White Sox and Ryan Jeffers of the Minnesota Twins.
Before the start of his MLB career, Kwan was a fan favorite when he played for the Oregon State University Beavers for three years, said AsAmNews. He won the collegiate world series in his final season there.
Tyler Graham of the Arizona Diamondbacks and former player for the Beavers watched Kwan’s debut.
“He went to work right away,” Graham told FOX Sports. “And he was the guy that was in the cage every single day. I mean, he never, ever missed a day. He’s probably one of the most coachable kids I’ve ever worked with. But the biggest thing was that Steven was always curious. He was smart enough to know that he needed to put in the work if he wanted to get better.”
Kwan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Washington High in Fremont. Cleveland drafted him in the fifth round in 2018. His father is Chinese American and his mother is Japanese American.
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