Tommy Hunter's 2-year-old son has some serious bat-flipping skills

Tommy Hunter has been an AL pitcher for ages, so where exactly did his son learn how to flip a bat like that? (AP Photo)
Tommy Hunter has been an AL pitcher for ages, so where exactly did his son learn how to flip a bat like that? (AP Photo)

The kids of baseball players have a little extra something that most of us don’t: actual genetic material from a pro baseball player coursing through their veins. But does it really help? Does it really make a difference? Not always, of course, but let’s take a look at a video that free agent pitcher Tommy Hunter posted of his son:

After you watched that video, if you didn’t stand up and start applauding, I don’t know what to tell you. That was a serious and well-practiced bat flip from a 2-year-old, a kid so small that he can still be picked up and taken from place to place in the arms of an adult.

There are so many great things about that short video. First, when the kid rears back to take a swing, he has an actual leg kick! He’s just 2 years old, but he already knows that he needs to have his timing down.

Then, when he swings, he lets go of the bat like it’s a one-handed batting practice swing. That’s a pro move. And after Tommy Hunter tells his son that it was a big home run (I don’t think the kid needed any confirmation of that), the little guy steps away from the tee and hucks the bat across the room. Then he watches the bat fly, and after it falls, he claps and starts his victory trot. That is major league level bat-flipping talent.

So, to recap: Tommy Hunter’s son is just 2 years old and already has a top level bat-flip game. And Hunter isn’t even a position player! He’s a pitcher in the American League, meaning he hasn’t picked up a bat for awhile! This kid definitely has some talent. Let’s check in with him again in about 16 years to see how far he’s flipping that bat.

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Liz Roscher is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at lizroscher@yahoo.com or follow her on twitter! Follow @lizroscher

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