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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
Looking for a hybrid bat with a good sized barrel, middle plus sort of swing weight, and a great feel? The 2022 Warstic Gunner in BBCOR is a great pick. Hybrid bats aren’t that attractive in the USSSA space—losing ground to their two piece composite peers or a less expensive single piece alloys. But, if you want a hybrid bat in USSSA the Gunner likely has a size for as it comes in a drop 5, 8 and 10.
The 2022 Warstic Gunner is a Hybrid bat with a slightly heavier than average swing weight that packs an absolute punch. The bat hits the ball as well as anything we’ve tested in the BBCOR space and is recommended across the board for those in the power alley game. USSSA hitters who can handle some weight, don’t want to spend top dollar for a two-piece composite and like the idea of something off the beaten path will surely love the feel and performance of the 2022 Gunner.
The 2022 Gunner, much different than it’s previous bat under the same name, is built for a big hitters that like the idea of a hybrid. Those in the BBCOR space looking at bats like The Goods, Select PWR and TRUE HZRDUS should have the Gunner on their short list too.
In BBCOR you’ll find bats like the True HZRDUS, DeMarini The Goods, Victus Nox, Marucci Connect and Select PWR from Slugger on the comparable list. Like those bats, the 2022 Gunner is a middle+ swing weight, has a good barrel and performs as well as any BBCOR bat on the market.
The 2022 Warstic Gunner is much different than the 2020 version. Most companies, frankly, would have changed the name of the bat because it is so much different. But, Warstic beats to its own drum and there’s nothing wrong with that. This bat has a middle-of-the-road swing weight, a great feel on its connection piece, and has a good-sized barrel. Don’t think the previous Gunner is a replacement or repaint from the 2022.
Warstic is a two-piece hybrid bat with a big barrel profile, middle plus swing weight and a range or sizes.
Directly from Warstics Site:
The 2022 Gunner BBCOR Metal Baseball Bat is completely redesigned for explosive power with a light swing feel. The all-new Power Balanced construction is built for power hitters who want a whippy feel thru the zone and generate max pop with record-breaking exit velo and distance.
This 2-Piece Hybrid features a massive alloy barrel with a large sweet spot that still performs on mis-hits. Its composite handle is easy on the hands with an ultra-thin grip and new stiff connection joint that maximizes power output and minimizes negative feedback.
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.