Fantasy Baseball: Steven Kwan makes history — but should you add him?

Steven Kwan enjoyed a historic afternoon on Sunday, becoming the second player since 1934 to tally a five-hit game in one of his first three Major League contests.

Yahoo! managers have rushed to the waiver wire to add Kwan in the past 24 hours, but many of those managers likely know little about the rookie outfielder beyond his memorable one-game performance.

Steven Kwan is the second-most added player in fantasy — should you follow suit?

Before I rain on this parade to some degree, I want to go on record and say that picking up Kwan is a good plan in most circumstances. Chasing upside is important early in the season, and Kwan could make a significant fantasy impact if he can stay hot and keep the No. 2 spot in the Guardians lineup.

Cleveland Guardians Steven Kwan has opened some eyes in fantasy baseball
Should you add Steven Kwan in your fantasy baseball leagues? (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

However, Kwan likely has less upside than some managers believe. The 24-year-old has terrific contact skills and should hit for average right away. After all, he struck out just 87 times in 947 career Minor League plate appearances. But his power and speed skills are fairly limited, as he produced just 12 homers and six steals in 77 Minor League games last season.

My initial thought on Kwan is that he compares to players such as Jeff McNeil and Michael Brantley, who are batting average studs and make some contributions in other areas when they are playing well.

Kwan is currently rostered in less than 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues, although that number will likely rise in the coming days. Here is a group of outfielders who have a roster rate over 20 percent and could be dropped for Kwan: Akil Baddoo, Patrick Wisdom, Austin Hays, Alex Kirilloff, Randal Grichuk, Mike Yastrzemski, Adam Frazier, Cavan Biggio and Raimel Tapia.

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It is important to note that part of the plan with chasing Kwan is that the veteran player you drop will likely remain on waivers if you need to circle back to him in a week or two. And if the specific player you dropped is claimed by another team, there will be another serviceable veteran for you to add.

April waiver wire moves are all about finding the next big thing, and you can always turn back to a reliable veteran later in the season.