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Best Baseball Bats (And Softball Too)

We’ve spent considerable time ranking and rating bats over the years. Since 2015 we’ve hit the vast majority of bats and tried our best to measure consistently across years, brands and models without the pressures of hype and clickbait. That vibe has led us to produce several best baseball bat for 2022, fastpitch bat, and softball bat type articles. Each of those ratings is found in the links below. You can read more about our method below.

2023 Best Baseball and Fastpitch bat articles will be updated as the year progresses. If you don’t see the new crop of bats in the best list below you’re monitoring, check back often

Testing Methods

Our bat measuring method consists of multiple hitters using the bat and measuring bat performance in as scientific a way as possible. From 2015 to 2018, we mainly used Pocket Radar. From 2018 to 2020, we had Rapsodo. Since then, we have been prone towards HitTrax, although we occasionally get the Rapsodo or Pocket Radar out again.

Most of our rankings have hitters rotate between bats throughout their testing session.