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By Bat Digest
Updated May 23, 2023
The 2023 Easton ADV 360 is probably the best-performing USA bat. However, many hesitate about the higher price points, especially when less expensive bats like the Slugger Solo gets good traction at 1/3 the cost. In any case, the 2023 Easton ADV comes in every size, feels great, and has top-end performance, no doubt about it. We are big fans and its bats like this that grace the top of our best USA bats lists year in and year out.Price Check
The two-piece composite Easton ADV 360 has a big barrel and a great feel. We are fans. The bat has been hard to find in stock for many of 2023 as significant vendors appear to have run out of them and can’t keep them back in stock. However, at the time of this update, we found them at places like Dicks Sporting Goods and Amazon. If you’re serious about USA baseball, this is the bat for you.
Big barrels on light-swinging two-piece composite bats are meant for the younger hitter who wants as much plate coverage as possible. Easton’s ADV 360 is Easton’s marquee bat in their entire lineup (BBCOR included). The bat comes in every size imaginable, from a drop 11 27-inch to a 32-inch drop 5. It’s a great bat for the serious player who wants the most from their bat.
The YBB23ADV is a baseball bat designed for youth players. It features a barrel diameter of 2 5/8 inches and is certified for use in the USA. The bat utilizes an iSo 2-Piece CXN connection for optimal energy transfer. It is available in drop options of -11, -10, -8, and -5, catering to different player preferences. The bat has a speed cap for enhanced end performance and a 2-Piece Composite frame for durability and power. It offers a comfortable grip with its Flow-Tack Grip and a DFS Carbon Handle for better control. The Power Boost “Soft Knob” adds extra strength to each swing. Belonging to the ADV series, the YBB23ADV incorporates Launch Comp Technology for improved performance. It comes with a 1-year warranty and was released in 2023. This baseball bat is reliable for young players looking to elevate their game.
The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).
*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.
(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.
(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.
(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.
(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.
(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.
(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.
(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
The estimated date the bat began distribution.