Cleveland Guardians: 7 prospects on 40-man roster who could make big impact in 2022

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 20: Steven Kwan #1 of the Cleveland Indians catches a line drive hit by Eloy Jiménez #74 of the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 20, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 20: Steven Kwan #1 of the Cleveland Indians catches a line drive hit by Eloy Jiménez #74 of the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 20, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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Steven Kwan

Steven Kwan is not necessarily a name many Guardians fans knew going into last season, but the former fifth-round pick put himself in a position to contribute at the major-league level this season by hitting a combined .328/.407/.527 with 12 home runs, 15 doubles, and 44 RBIs between Akron and Columbus in 2021.

Kwan might be on the 40-man roster in part because he was Rule 5-eligible, but make no mistake, his knowledge of the strike zone and contact skills are among the best in the organization. He’s done nothing but hit at every minor-league level, and he’s beginning to add more power to his arsenal. With the current state of the Guardians’ outfield, he could make a play for the Opening Day roster.

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