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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
2020 DeMarini The Goods Review: Endloaded, Stiff, Big Hitting. We put the 2020 DeMarini The Goods two piece bat in the hands of 3 serious BBCOR ball players. Each found the bat to swing heavy (in a good way), feel great and look fantastic. We also watched many NCAA 2019 College World Series players give it a shot. The bat is a great shift from the Voodoo Insane of 2019 and is clearly built for the big hitter who still likes a two piece hybrid instead of a single piece aluminum. Our Score: 9/10.
In some sense, the 2020 The Goods DeMarini bat replaces the heavier versions in the 2019 DeMarini Voodoo line. It comes in two versions: a single piece (like the Voodoo One) and a hybrid (like the Voodoo Insane).
As such, the bat will fit really well with elite high school and college players that like heavier swings, aluminum barrels and stiff feels through contact.
This is a BBCOR only bat (at least for now). So, it will clearly only work for the BBCOR players out there. As well, it have an end load, aluminum barrel and stiff feel. So, if you like more vibration in your hands, can wield a biggers tick and like the hot out of the wrapper performance of a metal barrel then it should be considered. The Voodoo Insane has long been one of our favorite bats.
Compared to the 2019 class of bats (this review is quite early) you can look to other big swinging hybrid bats. For example, Louisville Slugger’s 719 Select (which will be called the 2020 PWR Select for 2020). As well, Marucci’s CAT Connect line might make some sense too.
There is no The Goods for 2019. Of course, as we state above, the idea is to reshape the heavier swinging Voodoo line. That is, it will ‘replace’ the 2019 Voodoo Insane. So, if you don’t quite want to splurge for the new 2020 The Goods from DeMarini try and find a 2019 Voodoo Insane.
The 2020 The Goods will come in both a two piece and single piece version. The Two piece is a hybrid (meaning a composite handle and aluminum barrel). The single piece is one piece of aluminum and referred to as “The Goods One Piece”. All the CWS BBCOR players we saw used the two piece version.
The Goods uses the familiar X14 aluminum barrel. This is the same type of aluminum found in the Voodoo. The connective piece in The Goods is a 3 Fusion system like the CF and Voodoo models but tuned tighter for less give and more stiffness for bigger hitters. They did redesign a specific end cap for The Goods built specifically for power hitters–so stronger, more durable and not as concerned with weight control.
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.