Cleveland Guardians rookie Steven Kwan, the 24-year old that’s taken baseball by storm, can officially say he’s 1 of 1. Kwan reached base safely 15 times in his first four contests, which is the most from a player since 1901. And what’s equally impressive is that he broke this record with a clutch bases-clearing triple in the top of the eight inning to give the Guardians a 9-5 lead over the Royals. Oh, and he hasn’t swung and missed this season.
Is there anything this kid can’t do?
Good luck getting Steven Kwan out.
He has swung at 26 pitches this season with ZERO swings and misses.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 12, 2022
Most old school fans of baseball don’t hate today’s game, they despise the “boom or bust” offensive approach. Kwan refreshingly provides a breath of fresh air that prides himself as a contact-first player that’s somehow managed to make contact on every swing he’s taken this season. That’s 19 plate appearances with solid contact because he’s also flexing on baseball with a .692 batting average and an OPS of 1.789. He’s not just slapping balls in the infield for outs — he’s raking. Obviously he won’t maintain this because it’s the big leagues and players always make adjustments to outlier talents, but we have to give Steven Kwan his credit for what he’s accomplishing thus far.
Here’s video of ALL 15 times Steven Kwan reached base the first week of the season:
Steven Kwan reached base 15 times in our 4-game series against the Royals, the most times in a player's first 4 career games since at least 1901.
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) April 11, 2022
And while Kwan is snatching souls from baseball teams around the league, he’s also nabbing a base (literally) from every ball park he plays at so far.
Steven Kwan is so committed to getting on base that he literally takes a base with him everywhere he goes.
Did the flight attendant give him a funny look? Sure, but did she hit a bases-clearing 3-run triple in her fourth MLB game after a record-setting weekend? No, she did not. pic.twitter.com/qNG30kZaEP
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) April 12, 2022