Buoyed by a five-hit effort in just his third career game, Kwan carried an average better than .400 and an OPS over 1.100 through the first couple weeks of the year. Although a hamstring injury and a late-month slump have dimmed his numbers slightly, Kwan still finished April with a .354 average, and his .459 on-base percentage ranked third-best among players with at least 60 plate appearances. He also struck out only six times in 48 at-bats.
Kwan is the first Cleveland player to be named AL Rookie of the Month since Tyler Naquin, who won the award for June and July 2016.
Suzuki signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Cubs in March following a highly decorated career in Japan. The five-time NPB All-Star has lived up to the deal immediately, posting a .934 OPS with nine extra-base hits through 21 games in April.
Suzuki shined brightest during a hot streak from April 9-18, when he went 11-for-26 (.423) with four homers, two doubles, 11 RBIs, seven walks and a 1.504 OPS. That production helped him earn NL Player of the Week honors in just his second week in the Majors.