"Most new spots I'll start a little slow," he said. "That's been the pattern. But I just try to stick to the same approach -- get a good pitch to hit until you start heating up."
Schwindel's hot streak has caught everyone's eyes, from fans to the coaching staff.
Royals manager Ned Yost knew of Schwindel mostly from his Minor League statistics. Schwindel won the organization's George Brett Hitter of the Year Award in 2017 when he combined to hit .329 between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha with 43 doubles, 23 home runs and 97 RBIs.
"You look at him now and you say, 'It's just Spring Training,'" Yost said. "But this looks legit. It really does."
Schwindel has been teeing up all levels of pitching. On Wednesday night, he went deep against the Indians' Carlos Carrasco.
"There's room for growth defensively," Yost said. "But I've seen improvement."
Schwindel also knows he has work to do at the plate. He walked just 16 times last season in over 500 plate appearances. "Yeah, mix in a walk or two here and there [would be good]," he said.
But Schwindel is confident with his swing, unorthodox as it is. In an age when many players are using a top-hand release method in their swings to generate more loft, Schwindel remains top-hand heavy. But it works for him.
"It's all about comfort for me," he said. "I don't like watching a lot of video of me because sometimes I don't even like how it looks. But it doesn't have to be pretty. It just has to be effective."