It's list season, as evidenced by Major League Baseball Pipeline releasing prospect positional ranks each day until the Top 100 list drops this Friday. MLB Network joined the fray last night when they showcased the top bat flips of the 2023 season.
The media outlet recognized some heavy hitters like Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto, and the American League's Most Valuable Player, Shohei Ohtani. One Mariner made the list, which didn't include the effervescent superstar Julio Rodriguez or Cal Raleigh, the Mariner's powerful switch-hitting backstop. How about a 5-11 outfielder with an elite ability to barrel the ball (12.1%) and some sneaky exit velocities? You guessed, Dominic Canzone.
Dominic Canzone had arguably one of the best Mariner bat flips of the 2023 season, and checked in at number 24 on MLB Network's list. Maybe I'm a little biased, but my guess why he didn't end up higher is because he's not a household name. Most of the folks ahead of him have longer track records and are name brands. That's not to say Canzone can't get there.
Canzone was a big part of the oft-panned Paul Sewald trade and immediately flashed against right-handers, notching 16 extra-base hits (6 long balls) in 148 plate appearances. Mariner fans will see a lot of the 26-year-old outfielder in 2023 as he serves as a platoon partner with Mitch Haniger. If Canzone gets regular run and continues to barrel the ball we are talking about a 25-homer season incoming, and hopefully a few of these bat flips to boot.