The Cleveland Indians selected Steven Kwan out of Oregon State University in the fifth round of the 2018 amateur draft.
This occurred following consecutive appearances in the College World Series in 2017 and 2018, with the latter year’s squad capturing the championship.
He hit.300 or greater as a sophomore and junior at Oregon State, in the Cape Cod League in his first pro season in 2018, and again in 2021 after being forced to sit out the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The single exception was a.280/.353/.382 batting line in 123 games with the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League in 2019. Between AA and AAA in 2021, he batted.328 with an OBP of.407 and even slugged.527 in 77 games.
After the 2021 season, he was added to the Cleveland Guardians’ 40-man roster, and he had an amazing spring training in 2022, earning a position on the Opening Day roster as well as starting in right field in the team’s first game against the Kansas City Royals on April 7th. That day, he was perfect with two walks.
In his third game, he had five hits in a 17-3 thrashing of the Royals, which was Cleveland’s first victory under the Guardians.
He has reached base in 12 of his first 14 plate appearances in just three games! With another standout effort on April 11th, when he drew a pair of walks and hit his first career triple in a 10-7 win over Kansas City, he made it 15 times reaching base in four games.
What Ethnicity Is Steven Kwan?
Steven Kwan is of Chinese and Japanese origin, although his ethnicity is unknown.