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 Steven Kwan is taking Major League Baseball by storm.

The Guardians’ rookie outfielder is off to one of the best starts to a career — statistically —  in baseball history.

Kwan followed up a historic Sunday — in which he went 5-for-5 and reached base six times in his third career major league game — with another history-making effort on Monday.

Kwan through four games has become the first player since at least 1901 to reach base 15 times in that span, according to Sarah Langs of mlb.com. That is such a torrid pace that extrapolated to 162 games, he’d reach base 607 times. And at one point on Monday, he had reached base in nine consecutive at-bats.

Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan is congratulated after scoring against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 11, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo.

Steven Kwan hasn’t had a single swing-and-miss

Kwan is also one of only three qualified hitters (Eloy Jimenez, Ryan Jeffers) to not yet have a single swing-and-miss, and he’s the only one who has done so with at least 20 swings (26). He also didn’t strike out during spring training, meaning he hasn’t struck out as a professional since Sept. 26 of last season with Triple-A Columbus.

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