The Best Bat Flips of April

The community weighs in on the Best Bat Flips of April.

If we’re being honest, it’s been quite a challenge to keep up with the best bat flips from around the league each week, let alone rank them. That’s why I’m turning to the wonderful Pitcher List community to do my work for me! Starting with April and continuing throughout the year, we will be hosting a community vote on the best bat flips from each month, as featured in the Best Bat Flip weekly series. These articles will run alongside the traditional weekly articles, and showcase the very best flips, drops, and celebrations from each month for you to vote on.

Together, we’ll work to narrow down the single best bat flips of 2021, and it starts here! Don’t forget to make some noise in the comments, on Twitter, and in our Discord for your favorite celebrations. Let’s get started!


4/4 – Jared Walsh vs. Matt Foster



395 ft., 103.3 mph, 26° launch angle

Jared Walsh sent everybody home with this walk-off blast off Matt Foster. The bat drop and shoulder roll combination is elite here.


4/5 – Nick Castellanos vs. Sam Howard



431 ft., 108.9 mph, 27° launch angle

Few hitters have gotten off to as torrid of a start as Nick Castellanos this season, and he shows off here with a helicopter of a bat flip.


4/8 – Jeff McNeil vs. Anthony Bass



408 ft., 104.7 mph, 32º launch angle

Jeff McNeil headlined an explosive opening week of bat flips with this S-tier celebration at the expense of Anthony Bass. Let it fly.


4/8 – Yerm‏ín Mercedes vs. Brad Keller



485 ft., 113.3 mph, 24° launch angle

Yerm‏ín Mercedes burst onto the scene with an unprecedented 8-8 start to the season, and has looked like a natural from day one with bombs like this one off of Brad Keller.


4/14 – Willson Contreras vs. Brent Suter



438 ft., 110.4mph, 28º launch angle

The slugging catcher Willson Contreras looked borderline insulted by Brent Suter with this disgusting bat toss against the Brewers.


4/16 – Justin Upton vs. Caleb Thielbar



410 ft., 105.9 mph, 29º launch angle

Justin Upton stopped and admired this titanic shot to left field, letting the bat fall to the ground for an earth-shaking bat drop.


4/21 – Adolis García vs. Mike Mayers



411 ft., 104.5 mph, 34º launch angle

Adolis García completed a late-game Rangers comeback with this missile to center field off Mike Mayers, and followed it up with a charged bat flip as he fired up the visitors’ dugout.


4/23 – Rougned Odor vs. Logan Allen



385 ft., 103.1 mph, 31º launch angle

Rougned Odor bounced this bat hard off of the ground after crushing a ball to deep right field. When your home runs are few and far between, you have to make them count.


4/24 – Fernando Tatís Jr. vs. Trevor Bauer



414 ft., 105.2 mph, 28º launch angle

The 2020 Bat Flip Thunderdome champion is back to defend his title in the new season, starting with this two home run game against Trevor Bauer. It’s wild what you can accomplish when you play with both eyes open.


4/25 – Trevor Story vs. David Hale



433 ft., 104.2 mph, 33º launch angle

Trevor Story once again finds himself in the best bat flip conversation for this graceful toss, sending the bat tumbling onto the grass out of his backswing.


Now let’s vote!

What was the Best Bat Flip of April?


Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

Noah Scott

Noah Scott is a long-suffering baseball writer and knuckleball connoisseur. If you want to talk old timey baseball names, traffic on the 405, or lukewarm hip-hop opinions you can find him on Twitter @noahascott6

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