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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
Few have hit with the 2017 Adidas Aero Burner Red BBCOR bat. But, those who have only have great things to say.
Every review we read, and every player we talked to, said roughly the same thing. They were amazed at how well this bat did compared to other, similar, sinlge piece aluminum bats like the Rawlings VELO or Slugger 518. And, the price is attractive enough today for those looking in that single piece aluminum market to take a bet on it.
In terms of a stiff, but light, single piece aluminum bat you do have options. In fact, many of them. In the performance bat space take a close look at the Rawlings VELO or Slugger Omaha series of bats. Those, too, are built with a single piece of aluminum, have a entry level price point and swing light.
The 2017 Aero Burner Red is a straight forward single piece aluminum bat with a good sized barrel and a light swing weight. It is as traditional as they come with a light swing, old school grip and nice, loud, sound.
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.