Bat-Flip Coverage: Twins Minor-Leaguer Jordan Parraz

Twins minor leaguer Jordan Parraz hasn’t been a Twins minor leaguer for very long. Until the beginning of May he was a Braves minor leaguer. In 2011, he was a Yankees minor leaguer. Before that he was also, at different points, both a Royals and also an Astros minor leaguer. In sum, Jordan Parraz — originally a third-round pick out of high school by Houston in 2004 — has amassed over 3,500 minor-league plate appearances and precisely zero major-league ones. In addition to some things, Jordan Parraz has likely seen some persons and places, as well. Jordan Parraz is well acquainted with nouns, is the point.

Perhaps related or not, is the footage below of Jordan Parraz from Wednesday’s Double-A Eastern League game between Twins affiliate New Britain and Pirates affiliate Altoona. Ought what Parraz is doing here be referred to as a bat flip proper? Perhaps not. To suggest, however, that bat antics are afoot is an exercise in obvious suggestions.

Like this first one, from the fifth inning, after earning a walk from Altoona pitcher Nathan Baker:

Parraz Walks

And then like this second one, from later in the seventh inning, having just been called out on strikes versus reliever Jhonatan Ramos:

Parraz Called Strikeout

More than full credit to concerned reader Eli Nellis for bringing these Events to the author’s attention.



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Bryz
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Ah, the no-look bat flip!

Daniel
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Daniel

I remember our lead off hitter in high school used to leave the bat standing up right (barrel sound down) on the plate. Mostly it tipped over, but every now and again it would stay balanced and the crowd would “ooh”. I’m sure it pissed off the pitcher quite a bit.

Thijs
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Thijs

I am so going to try that on my next walk.

SimonSays
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SimonSays

As a catcher whenever the batter hit a foul ball and started running I would do this. Easier than handing it back.

Dan
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Dan

The fans in the stands must not have been too keen on his first bat flip.

Norm
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Norm

The way his left hand snaps off the bat, it almost seems like excessive pine tar use might be a factor.

Or maybe he’s just a huge spaz.

Skoolboy Jim
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Skoolboy Jim

The second (strikeout) one is incredible and has room for ample interpretation. One, it looks like he is about to go “jazz hands.” Is it possible that he is moonlighting in the local community theater in the off season?

He obviously thinks it was a ball the way he starts toward 1st, so I am narrowing the interpretation to purely celebratory. It has an old school MC Hammer vibe of “can’t touch this” also.

I wanna see more of this bat flipper. Good stuff!!

MikeS
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MikeS

I know this is the minors and the Twins, but can’t they afford lights for night games?

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