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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
Birdman Bats is a fresh bat company with a great take on a century-old product. They remind us of Warstic several years back when people just started to notice their look, design, and commitment to quality bats. As well, they are now on the MLB circuit approval. These are a favorite “newcomers” of the year in the wood bat space.
Our hitters love the pro-quality of Birdman bats. They also love the ridiculousness (and we use that word lovingly) of the logo. We hit both a birch and maple version of Private Stock and, compared to any other brand we hit, including all the major ones, kept going back to the quality, feel, look, and love of our Birdman bats.
If you’re new to the wood bat game and want a real crash course in the world of professional-level wood bats, we suggest a Birch model. In years past, guys like Jeter and Rose loved Birch. It really wasn’t until recently, and Barry Bonds with Sam Bats, where lots of guys swear by Maple and, no doubt, they swing stiffer with more feedback. But, in terms of pure feel, feedback, and balance, we think the Birch makes sense for most novices. Those who have hit wood for a while and know what they might like the Maple a bit more. It’s a harder feeling wood with a bit of a different sound.
Premium wood bats can’t be that much different than one another. They are, after all, trees. So, expect any major and serious bat manufacturer to have bats you can buy like this. Chandler, Marucci, Victus, Slugger, B45, Sam, and the likes will have a similar turn model and feel. Differentiating wood bats in the premium space is even more difficult if you can believe it, than aluminum and composite bats in the BBCOR space. In large measure, you are buying a brand, look, customer service, and price point.
The barrel and handle profile shape is referred to as the turn. The turn is usually independent of the knob. So, in the end, you have three choices to make when buying a wood bat.
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.