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You won't believe where Schoop's HR landed

Third-inning homer travels 465 feet, longest by Twins this year
@dohyoungpark
May 2, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' power bats had largely been held quiet through the first two games of this week's series against the Astros, but Jonathan Schoop put an end to that small slump with authority, launching a projected 465-foot homer off Collin McHugh that keyed a three-run rally in the

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' power bats had largely been held quiet through the first two games of this week's series against the Astros, but Jonathan Schoop put an end to that small slump with authority, launching a projected 465-foot homer off Collin McHugh that keyed a three-run rally in the third inning of Wednesday's 6-2 victory over the Astros.

Schoop's blast, which reached Target Field's third deck in left field, was the Twins' longest homer of 2019 and the fourth-longest Twins homer since Statcast began tracking in 2015. Minnesota's longest homer of the Statcast era was a 483-foot dinger by Kennys Vargas on June 20, 2017.

It was also the second-longest homer of Schoop's career, behind only a 484-foot shot in 2015 with Baltimore. Wednesday's homer actually wasn't the first time that the second baseman had deposited a ball into that third deck. Schoop hit a 462-foot jack to that level on July 8, 2017, as a member of the Orioles, off current Twins teammate Adalberto Mejia.

“That feels pretty good," Schoop said. "I think I hit one longer one, I think it was in ’15, like 484 or something in Kansas City, but it’s a long time ago that I feel I hit the ball that good. So hopefully I can do it again.”

Do-Hyoung Park covers the Twins for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark and on Instagram at dohyoung.park.