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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The 2020 Easton Alpha 360 is a heavier swinging version than the Fuze but has a lot of the same features but does not have the Power Boost knob. The Alpha 360 should be thought of as a more entry-level bat than the Fuze although it has great exit speeds and a good-sized barrel.
Strong hitters who need a single-piece alloy bat and don’t mind hand sting will do just fine with this bat in BBCOR. It performs at the standard and can hit it hard, no double. If you are in the USSSA or USA world we’d probably look elsewhere although this bat is perfectly reasonable for an entry-level little league type bat. It has a huge range of sizes and offerings and is meant more like a mass-market entry-level bat than a big-time high-end performance bat.
Easton has consistently changed their single-piece lineup name, although they have been making similar bats for a very long time. There was no change from the 2019 version of the Alpha.
Single-piece, a mid-loaded bat with a stiff feel and average-sized barrel.
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.