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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The Stinger Nuke is a very endloaded bat in the BBCOR space. The bat comes in a 31 through 34-inch and has a stiff feel with a lot of good feedback in the hands. Elite level hitters who prefer a bat with the swing weight an inch or two above its class should like the Nuke. In a 32-inch, as an example, the swing weight of the Nuke is heavier than 50% of the 33-inch BBCOR bats on the market.
Our hitters liked the stiff feel and end-load of the bat. The price point for a bat that can get to top-end BBCOR speeds is good too. Average and smaller sized hitters didn’t like the endload and struggle to catch up to high speeds. But, when they did make contact the ball absolutley flew.
The Stinger Nuke can be a good bat for the big hitter who likes a stiff feel and a focused barrel. Elite level hitters appear to be having good success with the bat. Smaller hitters that need as much bat speed as possible tend towards other directions.
There are plenty of single-piece aluminum bats in BBCOR space. Not any with as heavy a swing weight as the Stinger Nuke although bats like the 33 and 34-inch Omaha get close. We think the most comparable bat is probably the Easton B5.
This is the first year of the Stinger Nuke.
The 2021 Stinger Nuke is a single-piece bat with an extreme endload. There are not many frills to the bat, but meeting the BBCOR standard has been commonplace since 2013.
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.