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Getting to know the Guardians: Steven Kwan

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Cleveland fans everywhere can recognize notable players such as Jose Ramirez and Shane Bieber, but not many are familiar with Steven Kwan. Let’s get to know him.

Upbringing

Steven Kwan is a 5-foot-9 outfielder who is currently one of the top prospects in the Guardians system. Before he got to Cleveland, he grew up in Fremont, California. Kwan played high school ball for Washington HS where he shined, hitting .462 his senior year and eventually earned division one offers. Kwan went on to further his baseball career at Oregon State University and didn’t stop producing.

A two-year full-time starter for the Beavers, Kwan posted a career batting average of .328 while walking an impressive 82 times compared to just 38 strikeouts. He was also a bright spot defensively, having a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 2017, collecting 105 putouts.

Kwan’s impressive tool combination of hitting and defense was attractive to MLB scouts everywhere. The Guardians selected him in the 5th round of the 2018 MLB Draft where he earned a signing bonus of $185,000.

The Emergence

Once again, it didn’t take long for Kwan to adjust to the next level. In his first season as a professional, the outfielder slashed .350/.480/.450 in rookie ball, making a name for himself. In 2019 Kwan played in high-A and didn’t miss a beat, posting a 115 wRC+.

Kwan’s ability to stay consistent in the minors while rising in ranks proves that he should be able to do just that in the Majors. Last season Kwan hit .337 in AA and .311 in AAA, which allowed him to become a highly touted prospect in the Guardians system.

Perhaps the most impressive stat of them all is his 2.6% swinging-strike rate. This number put him in the top 1% of minor leaguers when it comes to player discipline. That leads to walks and base hits. Kwan’s hit tool is something scouts drool over.

Kwan should be a name many Guardians fans become familiar as he reaches the major leagues. I can see a lot of Michael Brantley in the young outfielder –– just a solid player who brings a lot of consistency and contact to the table.


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