"If I put a good swing on the ball, I know it's going to carry," Lindor said. "I don't know if it's going to go, but it's going to carry. I'm not a power hitter. I'm not trying to hit home runs. I'm just trying to put good at-bats, good swings every pitch, like that swing. If the ball goes, it goes. If it doesn't go, I'll be happy anyways."
Lindor, 22, had just 12 home runs in 390 at-bats last season. However, he showed sparks of power late in 2015. Five of his homers came in September, when he posted a season-high 1.052 OPS.
Before Tuesday, his most recent home run had come against Twins reliever Brian Duensing on Sept. 30, 2015, at Progressive Field. According to MLB Statcast™, the home run Tuesday was the longest of Lindor's career, passing the 405-foot hit off Twins reliever Tommy Milone on Sept. 28, 2015, at Progressive Field. Lindor had 21 home runs throughout his Minor League career from 2011-15.
"For a while, that was 1-0, and we tried to make it hold up," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That's a big part of the ballpark. He hit that ball really well."
Lindor has enjoyed a strong offensive start. He has at least one hit in four of the Indians' first five games, and he has posted two hits in a game three times. He's hitting .368 with a .955 OPS this season.
Lindor's jolt wasn't enough for the Indians to claim victory. Still, his home run showed that he has the potential for power, even if the long ball isn't his specialty.
"I got the pitch where I wanted," Lindor said, "and I was capable of putting a good swing on it."
Andrew Astleford is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.