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In his first four games, the rookie reached base 15 times

Steven Kwan has found himself in the brightest of all spotlights following a good start to his first major league season, highlighted by his first career triple, two further walks, and a bit more history in the Guardians’ 10-7 victory over the Royals on Monday at Kauffman Stadium.Kwan has reached base 15 times in his first four MLB games, the most by any player since at least 1901, with six singles, two doubles, one triple, and five walks.

“I’d say it was a pretty impressive debut,” Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield said. However, this is only one of the several amusing facts and praises Kwan accumulated throughout the weekend. Kwan has taken 26 swings in his 19 plate appearances and has yet to miss on a single one. Along with Eloy Jiménez (18 swings) and Ryan Jeffers (18 swings), he is one of just three qualifying batters still in the Majors who have yet to whiff at a pitch (12 swings).

Since Sept. 26, 2021, with Triple-A Columbus, including Cactus League play, he hasn’t struck out in a game. He joined Yermn Mercedes (2021), Cecil Travis (1933), Red Massey (1918), Jack Dalton (1910), and Judge McCredie (1910) as the sixth player since at least 1901 to achieve a five-hit game in his first three professional games (1903). Additionally, Kwan has reached base 15 times in his first four Major League Baseball games, the most by any player since at least 1901. He’s slicing towards the conclusion of his first series. 692/.790/1.000.

Kwan is well aware of the outrage he has sparked on social media among colleagues, fans, and other Cleveland-related accounts, prompting jokes about his MVP-caliber season and Hall-of-Fame-caliber career, despite the fact that each lasted only a few hours. However, that sense of humor is spurred by the incredible feats he has accomplished in less than a week.

 

Written by Eren Kilic

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