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Guardians' Steven Kwan joins exclusive club by recording five hits vs. Royals in third career MLB game – CBS Sports

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                                                         Play Now                                                         <br>                                                                                                          <a href="https://picks.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ncaa-tournament/bracket" class="">Men's Brackets</a>                                                      <br>                                                             Play Now                                                         <br>                                                                                                          <a href="https://picks.cbssports.com/college-basketball/ncaaw-tournament/bracket" class="">Women's Brackets</a>                                                      <br>                                                                                                  <a href="/podcasts/fantasy-football-today-podcast/" class="">Updated Projections</a>                                              <br>                                                                                                  <a href="/podcasts/nothing-personal-with-david-samson/" class="">Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world</a>                                              <br><a href="https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/teams/CLE/cleveland-guardians/">Cleveland Guardians</a> rookie outfielder <a href="https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/playerpage/2932861/steven-kwan">Steven Kwan</a> made history on Sunday against the <a href="https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/teams/KC/kansas-city-royals/">Kansas City Royals</a> by notching five hits in his third career game. <br>Kwan, whose afternoon was part of a larger <a href="https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/live/[email protected]/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Guardians' offensive outburst that saw them plate 17 runs</a>, became the fifth player since World War II to have a five-hit contest within their first five big-league games. He joins a group that includes <a href="https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/playerpage/2693638/yermin-mercedes">Yermin Mercedes</a> (who did it last season with the <a href="https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/teams/CHW/chicago-white-sox/">Chicago White Sox</a>), <a href="https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/playerpage/1954592/gregory-polanco">Gregory Polanco</a> (2014), Mike Lansing (1993), and John Wehner (1991). Kwan also reached base on Sunday by being hit by a pitch.<br>Kwan singled to center field in the first inning. He singled to left in the second. He then completed the hat trick by singling to right in the third. He reached on an infield single in the fifth inning, and he was struck by the aforementioned pitch in the seventh. Kwan came up one last time in the eighth and hit a double to right to cap off his afternoon. <br>The Rookie of the Year is playing in this game.<br><br>Steven Kwan collects his 5th hit of the game.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ForTheLand?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ForTheLand</a> <a href="https://t.co/3BLkB2uxCe">pic.twitter.com/3BLkB2uxCe</a><br><a href="https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-breakout-candidates-one-player-from-all-30-teams-whos-ready-to-step-up-in-2022/">Kwan was one of CBS Sports' breakout picks prior to the season</a>. Here was the explanation: <br>Kwan isn't for everyone, but he's a fascinating prospect who should get a shot in Cleveland's outfield. He split last season between Double- and Triple-A hitting .328/.407/.527 with 12 home runs and five more walks than strikeouts. Despite that impressive rate of production, he's failed to make headway on most prospect lists (the exception being Eric Longenhagen's at FanGraphs) because of translatability concerns. Kwan is on the smaller side (he's listed at 5-foot-9) and until last year he had seldom shown over-the-fence power. (His 12 homers were a new career best.) We've referenced the Sam Fuld-Brett Gardner spectrum before on similar players -- outfielders who lack pop while displaying good contact and on-base chops -- and it applies here; there's a chance big-league pitchers will feel unthreatened and pound him with strikes, compromising his command over the strike zone and reducing his offensive potency. Believers in Kwan cite his unreal bat-to-ball skills (in terms of making contact and grinding out at-bats) and increased juice as reasons to think he can make it work. Non-believers think he's probably a fourth or fifth outfielder. We won't know which side was right for a while, but it's not every day you have a non-top prospect who is so interesting.<br>Kwan entered Sunday having recorded three hits in his first eight trips to the plate. He'd also walked three times, giving him a nice .600/.750/.800 slash line in an extremely small sample. <br>© 2004-2022 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.<br>CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc.<br>Images by Getty Images and US Presswire<br><br><a href="https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/guardians-steven-kwan-joins-exclusive-club-by-recording-five-hits-vs-royals-in-third-career-mlb-game/">source</a>

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