For Oregon State Beaver outfielder Steven Kwan, ignorance is bliss.
The fifth round draft choice of Cleveland has dreamed a long time of turning pro.
“I first realized I had the potential to turn professional when I was 5 and wanted to become a major league baseball player,” Kwan told AsAmNews. “With my ignorant young mind believing I could try hard and achieve anything I wanted, I truly thought I could achieve my goal. It has now changed from ignorance to confidence.”
Kwan grew up in Fremont, California where he starred for Washington High and drew the attention of such Major League teams as the Boston Red Sox. Rather than turn pro right away, he decided to accept an offer to join the Beavers baseball team while pursuing a college degree in business.
His road to success in college started with a few pot holes. He batted only .215 his first year while appearing in just 35 games. He quickly turned that around, however, and his batting average surged to .331 his sophomore season and he helped his team make it to the College World Series. He’s backed that up this season, raising his batting average to .357. The Beavers this weekend advanced to their second straight College World Series appearance. Last season, he was also was awarded a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention.