Cleveland Guardians left fielder Steven Kwan likely won’t win the American League Rookie of the Year award this season, though that’s a debate for another day.
What Kwan has won, however, is AL Player of the Week recognition for September 19 through September 25, hitting .438/.471/.750 in that span, with 14 hits, including two doubles, two home runs and ten RBIs. One of those homers, of course, was a game-sealing grand slam Sunday against the Rangers to help the Guardians officially clinch the AL Central title.
Just as he has been all season, Kwan was a major factor in the Guardians going 18-3 in their last 21 games to claim the division crown, laying waste to the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox in the process. He’s raised his season average back up to .298 over the past week and continues to have the most Outs Above Average (11) among all major-league left fielders.
Kwan might not win the Rookie of the Year, but there could certainly be a Gold Glove waiting for him when the season’s all said and done.