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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
New the 2023 Easton Lineup is fascinating on a Hybrid bat called the Easton Encore Hybrid. The 2023 Easton Encore Hybrid is a two-piece beat with an alloy handle and a thinned alloy barrel with composite backing. This is not a ring inside the barrel; it is a composite backing on a thinned-out alloy barrel. This allows for a bigger sweet spot, larger barrel profile, and lighter swing weight.
A bat can rarely pique our interest. We’ve seen it all in the almost ten years we’ve hit and reviewed every bat imaginable. But the composite backing on an alloy barrel found in the Encore Hybrid is an exciting take on the market dominated by hybrids like the Goods and Select PWR. This might be the highlight of the class for 2023, and it is most certainly the most exciting bat from Easton that we’ve seen for 2023.
We only expect this bat in BBCOR, so if you aren’t in BBCOR, this isn’t for you. But, we think those in the market for Goods or Select PWR but want something different than the 2023 Easton Encore Hybrid could be legitimately good. If you want something in the hybrid space that isn’t The Goods, look closely at the 2023 Easton Encore Hybrid.
There are a lot of Hybrid bats in the BBCOR space, including DeMarini’s The Goods, Sluggers Select PWR, and True Tempers HZRDUS. You have options, and it’s hard to say one is better than the other.
Easton’s last Hybrid in the BBCOR space is the Hybrid Fuze. This new 2023 Easton Encore Hybrid has new construction from almost top to bottom. The barrel design is different, the handle is new, and the connection piece comes from their entirely composite lines. We don’t often see entirely new bats in the space; most are just remakes or tweaks from previous years. But, this 2023 Encore Hybrid is legitimately a new bat.
The 2023 Easton Encore uses a new Compcore Tech ringless R5 barrel—think of the ALX but with thinned walls and backed by some composite. It uses the CXN connection updated with a few tweaks Easton refers to as “Purelynk,” the Power Boost “Soft Knob” that we love, and the new Pro-Stiff Carbon Handle.
The 2023 Easton Encore Hybrid -3 BBCOR Baseball Bat pulls in all the best features of Easton’s cutting-edge bat engineering, resulting in a 2-piece hybrid bat that will earn you a reputation as an offensive force every time you step in the box.
We built the barrel of this bat with CompCore Technology, pulling together cutting-edge elements of alloy and composite barrel design. To create the CompCore barrel, the ringless R5 alloy of the Encore Hybrid is thinned out by about 30% and then reinforced with Thermo Composite Technology across the length of the hitting surface. This creates an ultra-thin barrel wall, a bigger sweet spot, and maximum “trampoline effect” upon contact. The PureLynk CXN joint connects the handle directly to the barrel, maximizing the energy transfer and stiff feel of the Pro-Stiff carbon handle.
All these features add up to a bat that captures as much energy as you can generate and efficiently transfers it to the baseball — but all you have to do is swing it hard and watch it fly.
You’ll not only see the difference that the Easton Encore Hybrid makes but also hear it. The unique, cutting-edge barrel design creates a one-of-a-kind sound off the bat that’s sure to echo in a pitcher’s ears as you’re rounding the bases.
We topped this bat off with Flow-Tack grip, our most excellent bat grip, to give you the ultimate combination of cushion and tack swing after swing. The 2023 Easton Encore Hybrid -3 BBCOR bat is the pinnacle of innovation in both alloy and composite bat design. Get yours today and get an instant boost to your offense!
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.