Nickname:   N/A Position:   OF
Home: N/A Team:   GUARDIANS
Height: 5' 9" Bats:   L
Weight: 175 Throws:   L
DOB: 9/5/1997 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 38  
Birth City: Los Gatos, CA
Draft: Indians #5 - 2018 - Out of Oregon State Univ.
2018 NYP MAHONING VALLEY   4 12 1 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 .429 .417 .333
2018 AZL AZL-Indians   13 40 8 14 2 1 0 4 2 0 9 3 .480 .450 .350
2019 CAR LYNCHBURG   123 479 68 134 26 7 3 39 11 7 53 51 .353 .382 .280
2021 TAE COLUMBUS   26 103 23 32 3 1 5 13 2 0 14 8 .398 .505 .311
2021 DAN AKRON   51 193 42 65 12 3 7 31 4 2 22 23 .411 .539 .337
2022 AL GUARDIANS   7 30 4 9 1 0 1 2 1 0 2 2 .344 .433 .300
2023 AL GUARDIANS $727.00 158 638 93 171 36 7 5 54 21 3 70 75 .340 .370 .268
2024 IL COLUMBUS   2 5 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 .429 .200 .200
2024 MWL LAKE COUNTY   2 5 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 .333 .800 .200
2024 AL GUARDIANS   44 181 39 71 10 2 4 18 3 4 17 14 .450 .536 .392
Today's Game Notes
  • June 1: Kwan leads MLB with eight 3-hit games, despite missing nearly a month on IL: Most 3-Hit Games - 2024 Steven Kwan: 8 (137 AB) Mookie Betts: 8 (230 AB) Luis Arráez: 8 (240 AB) Shohei Ohtani: 7 (224 AB) William Contreras: 7 (229 AB) José Altuve: 7 (237 AB)
  • Kwan is the son of Jane and Raymond Kwan. He has one brother, Ryan, and one sister, Christine.

  • In 2015, Steven graduated from Washington High School in Fremont, California. He hit .462 his senior year, collecting 10 doubles, 5 triples and 14 RBI.

  • Kwan chose a baseball scholarship to Oregon State, majoring in business.

  • In 2017, he hit .304/.381/.342 in 26 games in the Cape Cod League.

  • Steven enjoys dodgeball, wiffle ball and snowboarding in his spare time.

  • His favorite athlete is Buster Posey.  His favorite move is "Benchwarmers."

  • June 2018: The Indians chose Kwan in the 5th round, out of Oregon State University. Steven signed for an under-slot $185,000 via scout Conor Glassey, with slot being $303,400.

  • 2021 Season: Akron (51 games), Columbus (26 games)

    On first glance, the one thing that’s evident about Kwan is that he really doesn’t miss. The 24-year-old had a 9.1 percent strikeout percentage, the lowest in the system and the eighth-lowest among all Minor Leaguers with at least 200 plate appearances.

    “He puts the bat on the ball, and he puts the ball in play. And he does that night in and night out,” Harris said.

    Kwan had 97 hits in 77 total games, including 12 homers and 15 doubles, while batting .328/.407/.527 with 44 RBIs and 65 runs scored. He suffered a hamstring strain just three games into the season that forced him to miss nearly all of May and June.  (Gerard Gilberto @Gerard_Gilberto -                                   Nov 8, 2021)

  • In 2022, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Kwan as the 27th-best prospect in the Guardians system.

  • April 9, 2022: Steven Kwan may be everything the Guardians have been searching for over the last few seasons. The problem is, the team needs more than one spark in its lineup to start to see success.

    Kwan has been in the Majors for all of two games, and has already captured the heart of the fans with his plate discipline, bat-to-ball skills, baserunning and defense—all of which were on full display in Cleveland’s 1-0 extra-inning loss to Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.

    Aside from the strong pitching the Guardians have received thus far, Kwan has been the lone source of optimism this season. It’s only been two games, which is a ridiculously small sample size, but in a time when some could easily get overwhelmed by the jump to the big leagues, Kwan has demonstrated each of the tools that the organization has raved about throughout his Minor League career, showing why it’s easy to believe he can have a successful career in the Majors.

  • Let’s take a look at the tools we’ve seen from Kwan far:

    –Plate discipline. Kwan admitted after Opening Day that his heart was racing as he stepped into the batter’s box for the first time as a Major Leaguer. He said it felt like he was floating, as he was officially accomplishing a dream he started to fantasize about as a kid. Yet somehow, his approach at the plate gave off the impression he had been in the Majors for years. He watched the first pitch go by for a ball before grounding out in his first big league at-bat.

    In his second plate appearance, he demonstrated patience, watching five pitches to earn a free pass to first base. That’s when it truly set in that he knew he belonged here. “That just kind of got me back in that mode that this is the same game and I have great guys around me saying that same thing,” Kwan said. “I’m really happy that they can help me along that way.”

    From there, he kept cruising. He drew another walk, logged a ninth-inning single (his first Major League hit), and earned a quick move up in the order, getting penciled into the two-spot in the lineup. Once again, he wasn’t rattled, as he added another walk, single and double to his stats sheet.

    –Bat-to-ball skills. Kwan’s bat-to-ball skills may be the tool everyone within the organization has praised the most. The patience he displays at the plate is taken to a whole new level when breaking down how selective he is with the pitches he swings at. In each of his first two games, he’s seen 18 pitches—none of which induced a swing and a miss.

    How has he been able to stay so calm? “Just not trying to let thoughts go too far,” Kwan said. “Just taking deep breaths in and out, just one at a time … and if things get too much, step out and reset and get back to it.”

    –Baserunning. From the start of Spring Training, Guardians manager Terry Francona has emphasized the importance of baserunning for a team that could have some offensive struggles. He’s been adamant that they’ll have to play small ball and take the extra base each time they have an opportunity to. And that’s exactly what Kwan did.

    A hit that has an exit velocity of 92 mph with a launch angle of 15 degrees like Kwan had in the ninth is a single 71.5% of the time, according to Baseball Savant. But Kwan chose to be in the group of 14.2% who are able to extend it to a double by not breaking stride right out of the box.

    “It’s nice to see him do a lot of things,” Francona said. “I’m glad he has the confidence to do that because that’s the right situation and he came out of the box good. He’s certainly been a bright spot.”

    –Defense. The team is more than comfortable playing Kwan in all three outfield spots, but Francona said before the game he’ll probably see the most time in left field. He proved pretty quickly that wasn’t a problem for him, flashing some leather to rob Whit Merrifield of a hit on a diving grab to his glove side.

    “I told him to just relax and play and treat it like it’s Spring Training,” center fielder Myles Straw said. “No pressure, just go out there and have fun. If he does that, he’s going to be a really good player.” (M Bell - - April 9, 2022)

  • April 2022: Kwan became the first Cleveland hitter since Tyler Naquin in July and August 2016 to win AL Rookie of the Month. Kwan hit .354 with five doubles, a triple, seven RBIs, 10 runs scored, nine walks and maintained a .459 on-base percentage between Opening Day and the end of April.

    He reached base 18 times in his first five games, setting a record dating back to at least 1901. He also became the first player since at least 1901 to reach base at least three times in each of his first five career games.

    Kwan joined Yermin Mercedes (2021) as the only hitters since 1933 with a five-hit day within their first three career games.

    Showcasing the bat-to-ball skills that led to his promotion to the majors on Opening Day, Kwan didn't swing-and-miss in the first 115 pitches of his career, the longest streak without a swing-and-miss to start a career since 2000, according to Elias.  (Ryan Lewis - May 3, 2022)

  • One would never guess it to watch the way Steven Kwan stands at the plate now with such poise and confidence, delivering clutch hit after clutch hit, but not long ago, the Guardians’ rookie phenom would get so nervous when batting he couldn’t concentrate properly.

    Kwan, during a sit-down interview at his locker inside the Guardians’ clubhouse May 7 before Game 1 of a doubleheader with the Blue Jays at Progressive Field, said his issues surfaced when he was a freshman at Oregon State in 2016. He hit .215 over 35 games. He knew he was better than that.

    “I had a lot of anxiety in the batter’s box,” Kwan said. “I’d get a rapid heart rate. I’d have trouble breathing.

    “I went to one of my college coaches about it. He played in the big leagues as well. We kind of broke it down and just started working together on meditation. We did it as a team as well. I’ve been doing it ever since.”

    Kwan was referring to Tyler Graham. Graham played nine years of professional baseball, but his Major League career lasted just 10 games with the Diamondbacks in 2012. He batted twice without getting a hit, although he did score a run. He was retired on his only stolen base attempt.

    Graham, an outfielder, played his college ball at Oregon State. He was selected by the Giants in the 19th round of the 2006 draft. He returned to his alma mater as an undergrad assistant with the Beavers’ baseball team in 2016 and 2017, which is when he hooked up with Kwan.

    Whatever door Graham unlocked in Kwan’s mind, he must have found the right key, because Kwan hit .331 with the Beavers in 2017 and .365 the next year before the then-Indians picked him in the fifth round of the 2018 draft.

    Because COVID forced cancellation of all minor-league baseball in 2020, Kwan essentially played only two seasons in the minor leagues before breaking training camp in April as the Guardians’ starting right fielder. He took a .328 batting average into the first game of the doubleheader with the Blue Jays on May 7.

    Kwan was named AL Rookie of the Month for April when he hit .354 in 15 games. His single through the right side in the bottom of the 10th inning May 4, with runners on first and second and nobody out, drove in the winning run in a 6-5 victory over the Padres. One night later, he hit his first Major League home run when the Guardians edged Toronto, 6-5.

    The home run was a big moment in Kwan’s early career, but the game-winning hit was bigger, not just because it won the game but because it showed Manager Terry Francona had enough confidence in Kwan to have him swing away rather than lay down a sacrifice bunt.

    “He looked down and asked Sarby (third base coach Mike Sarbaugh) to repeat the signs,” Francona said. “He runs well enough where they shouldn’t be able to double him up. They were playing in for the bunt, so the idea is maybe he can slap one by somebody.”

    Which is exactly what happened. Kwan did not try to knock down the outfield wall with a line drive. His ground ball got past Padres second baseman C.J. Adams. Owen Miller scored for the Guardians. Game over.

    It was the first walk-off for the Guardians this season and the first of Kwan’s career. Kwan was mobbed by his teammates. The obligatory water bottle shower was part of the celebration.

    “We’re a really young team, so a lot of the guys came up through the minors with me,” Kwan said May 7. “But also the older guys have taken me under their wing, which I’m grateful for.

    “You look around, we have some really good hitters. We play for each other. We’re a really tight-knit community. I think those three factors can equate to a good amount of wins.”  (By Jeff Schudel - May 7, 2022)

  • Aug. 30, 2022: Kwan has made a ton of history this season, becoming the first Cleveland rookie to have two on-base streaks of at least 18 games since Al Rosen in 1950. And he has reached base 177 times via a hit, walk, or a hit-by-pitch, which is the most through a 112-game stretch since Luke Easter did it 179 times between 1949 and 1950.

  • 2022 Season:  Kwan led the team in batting average (.298) and OBP (.373). And he finished one back of the team lead in runs (89) and two back in steals (19). He excelled in the field as well, finishing first among all left fielders in total fielding runs saved with 20.

  • Nov 14, 2022: - There was no arguing against the fact that Steven Kwan had an incredible rookie season. The only issue for him is that Julio Rodríguez and Adley Rutschman did, too.

    Kwan came just shy of becoming the first Cleveland player to win the  American League Rookie of the Year award since Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1990. Kwan placed third in this year’s vote, trailing Rodríguez (who took home the hardware) and Rutschman (who came in second), as announced on MLB Network. Just two teams have gone longer than Cleveland without a Rookie of the Year winner: The Orioles (1989, Gregg Olson) and Padres (1987, Benito Santiago). (M Bell - - Nov 14, 2022)

  • Stephen Kwan is Asian American. He has both Chinese and Japanese roots. 

  • 2023 Season: Then there are players such as Steven Kwan who are as consistent as they come. 

    Cleveland Guardians fans always know they're going to get a great at-bat from him on offense and spectacular defense out in left field. Since he debuted at the beginning of 2022 he's had a slashline of .282/.356/.384 which is as good as it gets for a young player.
    Another area where Kwan stays consistent is his playing time. 

    The 24-year-old plays just about every day. He appeared in 158 of Cleveland's 162 games in 2023 rarely getting a day off for rest. This was the same story in his rookie season as he played in 147 games in 2022. It's not every day that a player appears this much in a single season, especially with the importance of rest in today's sport. Kwan's 305 games are the most games played by a Cleveland player through their first two seasons in club history. This accomplishment may not come with a trophy or national recognition, but it's important nonetheless. A manager knowing they can always count on one of their best players is essential for a team to get where they want to go. (TOMMY WILD - OCT 6, 2023)

  • Kwan is a lefthanded hitter with a short load and quick hands for impressive bat speed. He is level to the ball, hitting line drives to the gaps. He is a slap hitter.

    Kwan’s size has always led to questions about his impact potential. What’s never really been in doubt, however, is his ability to put the bat on the ball. He has excellent feel for the barrel and rarely strikes out. He whiffed in just 9% of his plate appearances in 2021. That fit with his profile as a slap-hitting leadoff hitter prior to 2021, but in 2021 he produced surprising power. While Akron and Columbus are both hitter-friendly ballparks, he did his best to answer questions about his ability to drive the ball. (T Cahill - Baseball America - Spring 2022)

  • Steven has solid swing mechanics and is balanced at the plate.

    He is a very tough hitter to strike out. And he walks a lot.

  • Kwan can bunt for a hit.

  • April 12, 2022: Most times reaching base in first 5 career games (since at least 1901):

    2008 - Jay Bruce: 17

    2022 - Steven Kwan: 16 

    1939 - Fern Bell: 16

    1901 - John Farrell: 16

  • Kwan has a contact-oriented approach.

    “He’s a throwback,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “He puts the ball in play, in an age when there is a lot of swinging and missing.”

    Kwan does not have prototype corner outfield power, but he does have the next best thing: an ability to consistently put the ball in play and get on base.

    “He uses the whole field,” Francona said. “I think, as he grows into his comfort zone, you’ll see him not necessarily hit home runs, but drive the ball more.”

    Steven is learning to hunt his pitch and turn on it.

    The Guardians would be happy to continue to see Kwan put his bat on the ball, which is something that he’s consistently done at all levels. He has more walks (100) than strikeouts (82) as a pro as of the start of the 2022 season.

    “As he gets an accumulation of at bats, and gets some confidence, I think you’ll see him hit more balls into the gaps,” Francona said.  (Jim Ingraham - Baseball America - May 2022)

  • June 11, 2024:  Ask any pitcher in the Guardians’ clubhouse how they would pitch to Steven Kwan and you’ll get the same answer: I wouldn’t.

    Why? Well, Kwan proved it with his ninth three-plus-hit game of the season in the Guardians’ 5-3 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, helping Cleveland get an early lead in its quest to retain the Ohio Cup.

    Thanks to a single and two doubles, Kwan has now recorded a hit in each of his seven games since he was activated off the injured list, going 13-for-25 (
    .520) with five RBIs and 10 runs scored in that span. Because he missed nearly a month due to a hamstring strain, he doesn’t currently have enough plate appearances to be a qualified hitter (he’ll get there, assuming he stays healthy). But if you look at hitters who have at least 150 plate appearances this season, his .380 average is well above all the rest, considering no one else is above .340.

    “Just sticking to the plan
    . Probably a little bit of luck,” Kwan said. “It’s hard to say what it is. Things are obviously clicking right now.

    The Guardians’ pitching staff spent the night talking about how they’d face Kwan if they had to
    . Luckily for them, they don’t. But opposing pitchers don’t have that choice. So, how does one go about attacking him? Let’s see just how difficult it really is.

  • Do you go with the fastball?
    Probably shouldn’t
    . Entering the night, Kwan had a .400 average and .558 slugging percentage against heaters. Then, he added a single and a two-run double on four-seamers.

    Would it help to change the eye level?
    Kwan’s sweet spot isn’t the middle of the plate, so working north and south may not play in your favor
    . He’s dominant anywhere over the lower third of the dish and -- except for pitches that are up and in -- he’s hitting over .350 at the top of the zone, too. Maybe if there’s a hole, it’s that up-and-in corner of the strike zone.

    Do you go with breaking pitches?
    . Kwan was hitting .371 with a .600 slugging percentage against breaking pitches entering Tuesday. He then added a double in the seventh on a slider.
    So, do you go with offspeed?
    For a split second, you may think this is it
    . He was only hitting .250 against offspeed pitches before this series. But if you look a little deeper, you’ll notice his expected batting average is .301 against offspeed pitches. That just means he’s been running into some bad luck and it’s only a matter of time before more of those pitches fall in for hits, too.
    OK, we’re out of pitch types
    . Do you simply try to get him to chase?
    You can try, but you probably won’t be successful

    The goal for all Guardians hitters was to be more impactful at the plate this year
    . Usually, that means being OK with some more chase and more swing and miss. Kwan’s barrel rate isn’t high, but it’s up from last year. He has four homers already this season when he had five in 158 games last year. So, he has been more impactful at the plate, but somehow, he hasn’t experienced any of the drawbacks.
    The percentage of swings he’s taken at pitches out of the strike zone is down 2
    .7 percent this year. Plus, he’s still in Statcast’s 100th percentile in whiff rate for the third consecutive year. And let’s say a pitcher does get him to chase something high out of the zone. Well, he had a .400 batting average on the outer half of the plate and a .500 average on the inner half coming into the night.

    Do you walk him?
    Is that smart? You avoid his bat, but he’s also a dangerous baserunner
    . Since the start of 2022, he’s tied for the second most Runner Runs in the Majors. In layman’s terms, this means Kwan has added nine extra runs on the bases since he’s been in the Majors. And if he’s on base, that gives José Ramírez and Josh Naylor chances to knock him in.

    A handful of Guardians pitchers laughed this year when asked about facing Kwan
    . Some joked they’d hit him or walk him. Everyone eventually just says, “I wouldn’t pitch to him.” It’s pretty clear why.

    “It’s not an at-bat that you want,” Guardians starter Triston McKenzie said. “Eventually, it’s either probably going to be a hit or a walk.” (M Bell - - June 11, 2024)

  • Steven covers plenty of ground, getting good jumps and taking solid routes to the ball. He is a 60-grade center fielder.

    Kwan is an above-average runner and tracks balls well in center field. (T Cahill - Baseball America - Spring 2022)

  • Kwan has a good arm, and his throws have good carry.

  • Oct. 2022: Kwan won the Fielding Bible Award at LF for the Guardians. Kwan's breakout season in Cleveland included an impressive performance in the outfield, where he led all left fielders in both DRS (21) and OAA (12). His 21 DRS were the most by any player at a specific outfield position.

  • 2022 Gold Glove winner - Left field: Steven Kwan, GuardiansAnother surprise team this year, the AL Central-champion Guardians had a rookie left fielder who was key to their unexpected surge, both with his offensive and defensive contributions. With Myles Straw also winning a Gold Glove, this marks the first time two Cleveland outfielders won the award in the same year. Defensively, Kwan led all MLB left fielders with 21 DRS and 10 Outs Above Average. According to Elias, he is the first Cleveland rookie to win a Gold Glove. Kwan is also the fifth rookie outfielder to win the honor, joining Tommie Agee (1966), Fred Lynn (1975), Ichiro Suzuki (2001) and Luis Robert (2020).

  • 2023 Season: Kwan captured back-to-back Gold Gloves in left field after finishing with 16 defensive runs saved and ranking in the 95th percentile in range.

    Kwan won his 2nd Fielding Bible Award. He’s the first player to win a Fielding Bible Award in each of his first 2 MLB seasons. He led all left fielders in both Defensive Runs Saved (16) and Good Fielding Plays (24) in 2023. He’s the only Guardians player to win the Award for left field.

  • Steven runs well.
  • In 2022 with the Indians, he stole 19 bases.
Career Injury Report
  • April 23, 2022: The Guardians were relieved that Kwan passed initial concussion protocol after crashing hard into the left field wall late in the loss to the Yankees. He underwent subsequent testing after the game without issue.

  • April 24, 2022: Kwan exited the game after two at-bats with what the club called right hamstring tightness. Manager Terry Francona said Kwan’s hamstring cramped up while rounding first when he flied out in his second at-bat. Francona called Kwan's removal “preventative." He is considered day-to-day.

  • May 4-31, 2024: Kwan is placed on the 10-day injured list. Kwan left the game due to hamstring tightness.  Kwan, who led the AL with a .353 average at the time of his injury, is projected to miss approximately four weeks.