Bat Digest
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
fastpitch-bat-review
best-softball-bat
best-baseball-bat
baseball-bat-review

Bat Digest is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn More.


Bat Digest is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn More.

The Best Baseball Bats & Fastpitch Bats – 2021 Awards

Attention Bat Dealers/Manufacturers: The below images are copyrighted, and the titles are trademarked. If you are looking to use these images in your promotional material, you must obtain permission by emailing brian@batdigest.com.

Bat Digest’s bat awards are widely recognized as an industry honor. Award category recipients are based on rigorous test standards, feedback from many players and parents, measurable performance results, and insight from major vendors. We hit every bat and record data with every swing.

The awards are independent. Bat companies do not pay to be on this list. The only requirement for a bat to be considered is for the bat to be produced in the awards given year.

How Are Bats Rated?

Barrel Pop

30% of our rating comes from barrel performance measured by exit speed tests.

Player Feedback

30% of our rating is directly from the player’s feedback after hitting.

Industry Demand

20% of our rating is based on a Bat’s Demand. This is our trust in the public stat.

Size Relevance

15% of our rating is based on the bat’s fit appeal. Bat’s with fewer sizing and unique swing weights don’t appeal.

Tech Specs

5% of our rating is based on the bat’s tech innovations. We encourage bats that push the limits.

Diamond Bats for 2021 score within 10% of a perfect ranking. They are a good to perfect fit for almost every hitter.

Platinum bats score between 10% and 20% of a perfect score. They are a perfect fit for some and a good fit for many.

Due to COVID and the few amount of bats that have been released for 2021, we awarded no Gold winners for 2021.

Note: Much fewer 2021 bats were released when compared to other years. If you don’t see your favorite bats, it might be because there is not an officiall 2021 version. See further down the page for the 2020 awards.

Diamond Awards

Diamond Winning Bats
Diamond awarded bats come with our widest recommendation. They score at the top of our most important categories (performance and feedback) and at least close to the top in the smaller three categories (tech specs, relevance, popularity). While other non-diamond bats might be great fits, Diamond rated bats are the most widely applicable and recommendable in almost every situation.

BBCOR Diamonds

  • DeMarini The Goods
  • DeMarini CF
  • Easton Maxum Ultra
  • Louisville Slugger Meta
  • Louisville Slugger Solo
  • Marucci CAT 9
  • Marucci CAT 9 Connect
  • Rawlings Quatro Pro
  • Victus Nox
  • Warstic Bonesaber

USSSA Diamonds

  • DeMarini CF
  • DeMarini The Goods One Piece
  • Louisville Slugger Meta Drop 8
  • Marucci CAT 9
  • Marucci CAT 9 Connect
  • Marucci CAT 9 Composite
  • True T1X
  • Warstic Bonesaber

USA Diamonds

  • Easton ADV 360 -11
  • Rawlings Quatro Pro -8, -10

Platinum Awards

Platinum level baseball bats must score very well across all the major categories. Unlike Diamond, where they succeed in nearly everything, Platinum bats usually fall short in one of the smaller categories like relevance, popularity, or tech advancements. Still, they garner great performance and player feedback marks. For example, Platinum level bats may lack popularity or may not have changed much from last year, but they still rake, feel great, and fit a wide number of hitters.

BBCOR Platinum

  • Anderson WidowMaker
  • Axe Elite One
  • DeMarini Voodoo One
  • DeMarini The Goods One Piece
  • Easton B5
  • Rawlings 5150
  • Rawlings VELO

USSSA Platinum

  • Axe Avenge Pro
  • DeMarini The Goods
  • Louisville Slugger Solo
  • True T2X

USA Platinum

  • DeMarini CF
  • DeMarini Voodoo One
  • Marucci CAT Connect
  • StringKing Metal or Metal Pro
  • True T1
  • True T2

Gold Awards


Due to the pandemic and so few bats releases this year, we removed the Gold Award category for 2021.

Best Baseball Bats

We keep track of the best baseball bats in several different ways. This page represents our industry-wide, recognized awards for major categories of baseball bats. Our rating system also provides specific, and sometimes more useful, rating systems, as well as specialized awards as listed below.

High School Baseball Bat of the YearTM – Louisville Slugger Meta


We’ll say it first: The Goods got snubbed!

Never, ever, has the voting been this close. The Goods from DeMarini was right on the Meta’s heels. But, the more endloaded feel of The Goods made it less attractive to a wider audience. So, with some surprise to us, after we did the calculations, the high school bat of the year for 2021 is Louisville Sluggers’ Meta (again). Some think the META took a step backward from its 2020 version (which was deemed illegal in the 33-inch AFTER we named it the bat of the year last year). However, our exit speeds and feel ratings put it right with the 2020. As far as we could tell in our testing and feedback, the only difference was the bat’s sound. And that sound made more than a few think they weren’t hitting as hard when they were hitting just as hard as the 2020.

The High School Bat of the YearTM is the 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta, and, as expected, it tops our best BBCOR bats list, too.

See the winning scores of the 2021 Meta.

High School Fastpitch Bat of the YearTM – Easton Ghost Advanced


Despite many concerns about its durability, we love the Ghost Advanced from Easton. We also like it in a heavier drop—although it has a bit of an end-load already. Still, the added weight helps with some durability issues. Although, as we’ve personally witnessed, anything after 500 or so perfect hits, the bat is on borrowed time.

That doesn’t seem like a ringing endorsement for the bat of the year. But, to be sure, the only way a bat could compensate for a short life span is if it were to live an excellent life up until then. This bat reminds us a lot of the CF for 2017 in baseball. That bat broke like peanut brittle. Yet, it was still everyone’s favorite. It was a hero maker, felt fantastic, and could hit the ball a country mile on all parts of the barrel. Ditto, for the Easton Ghost Advanced for 2021.

Also, we should note, this bat is referred to by many as a 2020. It did, in fact, come out of the 2020 season. But, for COVID, we have to make some exceptions, or there will seriously be no bats to test.

The High School Bat in Fastpitch of the YearTM is the 2020/21 Easton Ghost Advanced. You can see it on our best fastpitch bats article too.

See the winning scores of the 2021 LXT.

Youth Fastpitch Bat of the YearTM – Louisville Slugger LXT


We already told you no one pays us to make this list, right?

But, you say, both high school bats of the year go to a Slugger brand?

We know, we know. But the numbers don’t lie. We didn’t choose the 2021 LXT; the 2021 LXT chose us!

Those of you who just cursed at the screen because you are sure the Easton Ghost Advanced is the best fastpitch on the market, give us a second to explain ourselves.

To start, we love the Easton Ghost Advanced. We watched 4 players very closely last year play with that bat. It, and its 2020 predecessor, are everywhere. People love the load, performance, and ball killing nature of that bat. But, you know what we’re about to say here, the life span of the Easton Ghost Advanced is, dare we say, short. The Ghost Advanced is the 88-year-old diabetic who just got COVID of fastpitch bats. Every minute feels like borrowed time. And what great borrowed time it is.

Yet, even still, the Easton Ghost gets outsold and by none other than the LXT. Slugger’s LXT has every size you can think of, a near-decade of legitimate reviews, ratings, and durability tests. It isn’t the best selling fastpitch bat on the market because it’s just okay or good. It’s the best selling bat on the market for a few years now because its a fire stick. Everyone who hits with the LXT likes it, and many who hit with the LXT absolutely love it.

The High School Bat in Fastpitch of the YearTM is the 2021 Louisville Slugger LXT, and, as expected, it tops our best fastpitch bats list, too.

See the winning scores of the 2021 LXT.

Youth Bat of the YearTM – Marucci CAT9 Connect USSSA

If this bat were more readily available, this would be the easiest choice on the list. But, its popularity outran its supply. Since its release in October, it has all but impossible to find. However, a few weeks before the holidays of 2020, many suppliers got stock back in, and it continues to fly off the shelf.

This might also be our most shocking choice on the list. For years DeMarini’s CF has stood atop the list of best USSSA bats. In fact, since we started seriously reviewing bats in 2015, the USSSA CF has been our favorite USSSA bat always.

And, make no mistake, we LOVE DeMarini’s CF—the 2021 is as good as any from the last 3 years. However, when we factor in all our results from exit speeds, player feedback, durability, price, and popularity, the CAT 9 Connect stands as the best youth Baseball bat of the year in USSSA. Shocker.

The Youth Bat of the YearTM is the 2021 Marucci CAT 9 Connect, and, as expected, it tops our best USSSA bats list, too.

See the winning scores of the 2020 USSSA CF.

Youth Bat of the YearTM – Easton ADV 360 Drop 11 USA

If the CAT 9 Connect was the most surprising, the ADV drop 11 in USA is the most predictable. The ADV drop 11 from Easton in USA is just better than the rest. As a reference, it scored a 9.6 out of 10. The next closest, the Rawlings Quatro Pro, scored an 8.5. Compare that to BBCOR, where the top 5 scores are like this: 9.6, 9.5, 9.4, 9.3, 9.2, and 9.1. In USSSA, we have three models that score a perfect 10.

We even snuck the ADV 360 drop 11 in some of our USSSA tests, and, always to the surprise of the hitters, they were shocked to find out afterward the bat was a USA stick. It feels great, hits the ball well, has a good-sized barrel, and swings like a balanced drop 10 bat.

The 2020 Easton ADV 360 Drop 11, for the second year in a row, is the Youth Bat of the YearTM in USA. It also tops our 2021 list of Best USA Bats.

See our full review on the 2021 ADV 360 Drop 11 USA.

Innovative Bat of the YearTM – Warstic Bonesaber


Our first Innovative Bat of the Year Award is for Warstic’s Bonesaber. The Bonesaber has innovated in a way that is so obvious it seems strange other bat companies have yet to do it. The tapered handle in wood has been around since the dawn of time. But in alloy or composite? I guess these folks didn’t think it was possible—or thought they’d solve it with the taper in their grips.

But, the fact Warstic got a patent on the idea and then did it under the noses of these maror manufacturers seems crazy to us.

To boot, the bat swings great feels balanced and hits it as well as any on the BBCOR market. It’s a fantastic swing, prices out pretty well and even comes in USSSA that gets good reviews.

Lots of folks are trying to push the envelope on bat design. In recent years there’s been a real push on form over function. Meaning, there’s been minimal improvement in actual bat performance. Many have thrown in the towel almost entirely. Yet, this small company based in middle America figured out something everyone else forgot about. Hence, the 2021 Bonesaber wins the Innovative Bat of the YearTM Award.

Innovative Bat of the YearTM – Axe Pro Handle


For the second year in a row, we think Axe’s Pro Handle is a remarkable way to innovate in the bat space. Last year we highlighted the Pro Handle on Axe’s Avenge. They adjusted the shape of the backside of the knob to feel, at least to some, better. They took that tech (as well all the many other innovations in any bat with an asymmetric knob) and added it to their very popular single-piece aluminum bat.

In a world where bats have been all bu the same for going on 150 years, creating something innovative is a tough row to hoe. In fact, many of the bat manufacturers we speak to appear to have given up on making their bats better—they are convinced all bats can be no better than the same and are committed to producing more form over function. But Axe, from day one, has been committed to function. And we hope the Innovative Bat of the Year award for the 2nd year running is counted as a distinct honor for that.

Wood Bat of the Year™ – Premium- Chandler D110

There are a ridiculous amount of fantastic wood bats on the market. Last we counted, something is nearing 35 MLB approved bats—each of which can turn high-end billets into the best in the business. Over the last year, we’ve hit with almost all of them. We’ve also talked to dozens of hitters who have hit many different wood bats, and, again, there are a lot of excellent ones.

If the price isn’t a factor, the general favorite is Chandler. The D110 is the perfect turn for most kids getting their feet wet, and Chandler makes them as good as they get. They sell the same level of wood bats on their site that they give to Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper, and Kris Bryant. Those guys aren’t chumps and, to understate it, they know what a bat should feel like. Chandler bats are beautifully made, have a fantastic sweet spot. And despite what some argue, it actually has outstanding durability. Kids seeing high school level pitch speeds and can do a decent job keeping the ball of the handle should be able to keep their Chandler intact for quite a while.

Also, did we mention that Yeonis Cespedes now owns this company?

These bats aren’t cheap (especially for wood). But, if you want a wood bat you’ll love for as long as it will last, we present you the 2021 Bat Digest Wood Bat of the Year in the Premium Category: Chandler’s D110. (And the other turn models work great too).

Wood Bat of the Year™ – Market Appeal – Victus V-Cuts

Victus V Cut Bat Review

For the second year in a row, the Victus V-Cuts is the Wood Bat of the Year in the broad market appeal category. These are pro-level bats. But, because of a cosmetic blemish, they don’t have the same price point as the bat’s premium versions. As such, the Victus V-Cuts can be found for a good 40% less than bats with the same feel and performance.

The V-Cuts’ major problem, especially since our awards came out last year, it becomes increasingly difficult to find. Major retailers picked it up, and finding V-Cuts in stock is a chore. But, we are glad that Victus has kept their price the same.

If your looking for a V-Cut, our suggestion is don’t be picky. Color scheme, turn, and feel should all be secondary based on your need for a high-quality wood stick with a pro-level feel and a consumer-level price. It is, far and away, the Wood Bat of the Year in the category of mass-market appeal.

Composite Wood Bat of the Year™ – Baum

In terms of player demand and buzz, there is a clear winning best composite wood bat. No bat has taken over the minds of youth players like Baum bat in the last 12 months. Their social media account is on fire. Their work with influencers has been unrivaled. And, today, they stand as one of the most successful wood bat companies on the planet. They are the most popular composite wood bat on the market—and it isn’t even close. The public has spoken, and Baum is a winner.

Of course, some will argue this bat isn’t “wood.” In the traditional sense, that is true. The bat is not legal for MLB play. However, it is legal for some Minor League player. As well, it has a BBCOR stamp which makes it allowable in about every other league too.

The Composite Wood Bat of the YearTM for 2021 goes to Baum (white or gold label, we don’t care).

Rookie of the Year™ – True T1

It’s surprising how many new bats come out each year. This year, there are no less than 6 different brands and a few dozen models. Based on player feedback, data collection, and sheer offering, True Bats and their T1 are a runaway win here. It comes in lots of sizes (more than any other USSSA bat on the market) and has a price point way closer to what we are willing to pay.

Best of all, the bat can hit tanks.

True is very committed to the idea of getting the right-sized bat in the hands right-sized player. They have a seasoned sales force, an impressive set of backing from their parent company, a history of sporting equipment, and, to boot, a legit line of bats.

These folks remind us of Marucci 6 or 7 years ago, who just started to dabble in the metal and composite bat game. 5 years from now, we would not be surprised to see True competing in market share with the best business.

Wood Bat Rookie of the Year™ – Birdman Bats

It’s silly to call Birdman bats a “rookie.” These folks have been making bats for longer than some of the folks reading this have been eating solid foods.

But, they are new to the MLB this past year and a seriously growing body of social media influence. Their story is also pretty great too—a law school dropout who just wanted to play ball ends up hitting with an MLB friend’s bat, and the rest is history.

We’ve hit with, and seen others hit with, a few of these bats over the years. The bats are as good as my Chandler, Marucci, or Slugger Prime we’ve hit with. They are clearly made from top-quality grains, hit the ball as hard as anything, and come in with a fantastic sense of style and logo.

There are plenty of great wood bat companies out there turning out beautiful stuff. For the rookies, we are happy to name Birdman bats the Wood Bat Rookie of the Year for 2021.

Rating System

We capture objective measurements such as exit speeds and swing weights to help us categorize performance. We also gather feedback from players, measure the bat’s popularity and demand (which accounts for its price point), quantify the bat’s relevance (how applicable are its size offerings and swing weights) as well as determine how the technology in the bat helps shape and define the space. Each of these items is weighted differently for our total composite score.

Performance is what the ball does when it flies off the bat. We weight it at 30% of the total score. We measure performance through radar and slow-motion cameras. Much of the data we capture is for purchase on our data speed chart.

Player Feedback is weighted at 30% and is gathered from real players concerning the bat’s feel before, during, and after the swing. We capture this data during real use and from our industry-wide survey, capturing thousands of insights from real bat users around the country.

Relevance is measured by how useful the bat is to the league as a whole. Bats that appeal to a wider player audience through useful swing weight and size options do well here. This category is weighted at 20% of the total score.

Demand is weighted at 15%. How much the consumer clamors for a bat isn’t always a testament to its usefulness. However, wallets usually do a good job of casting votes for bats that perform well. Measuring demand also generally proves the bat’s price point is in line with how the market values them.

Tech Specs measure how the technology within the bat defines and pushes the limits of its space. It is weighted at 5% of the total score. This metric accounts for barrel size and improvements through unique and innovative ideas to improve the hitting experience.

Independent Research

Our results are independent. We do not sell awards to any bidder, and no one who works for, or has business or family connections, can be a judge. Our results are our own, born out of necessity because we play ball, too. We aren’t just testers; we are users. We follow our own advice.

2020 Bat Awards

Diamond Awards


Diamond awarded bats come with our widest recommendation. They score at the top of our most important categories (performance and feedback) and at least close to the top in the smaller three categories (tech specs, relevance, popularity). While other non-diamond bats might be great fits, Diamond rated bats are the most widely applicable and recommendable in almost every situation.

BBCOR Diamonds

USSSA Diamonds

USA Diamonds

  • Easton ADV 360 -11
  • DeMarini CF (See Ratings)
  • DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
  • Louisville Slugger Solo
  • Louisville Slugger Omaha
  • Rawlings Quatro Pro (See Ratings)

Platinum Awards

Platinum level baseball bats must score very well across all the major categories. Unlike Diamond, where they succeed in nearly everything, Platinum bats usually fall short in one of the smaller categories like relevance, popularity, or tech advancements. Still, they garner great performance and player feedback marks. For example, Platinum level bats may lack popularity or may not have changed much from last year, but they still rake, feel great, and fit a wide number of hitters.

BBCOR Platinum

  • DeMarini CF (See Ratings)
  • DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
  • DeMarini Voodoo One
  • DeMarini The Goods Two Piece
  • Louisville Slugger Solo
  • Marucci F5
  • Easton Alpha
  • Easton Fuze Hybrid

USSSA Platinum

  • Combat B2
  • DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
  • Easton ADV 360
  • Easton Maxum
  • Louisville Slugger Prime
  • Louisville Slugger Solo
  • Rawlings VELO ACP
  • Rawlings Quatro Pro (See Rating)

USA Platinum

  • Easton ADV 360 -10
  • Easton Fuze Hybrid
  • Easton Speed
  • Marucci CAT USA
  • Mizuno Hot Metal
  • Mizuno PWR Alloy
  • Louisville Slugger Select

Gold Awards

Gold Best Baseball Bats are often perfect fits for the right type of hitter. To qualify for Gold, bats must at least do spectacular in one of the major categories (Performance or Feel) and reasonable in the others. Bats with a Gold rating may have great technology, come in a wide variety of sizes (relevance) and get great performance ratings. For whatever reason, the bats aren’t terribly popular and receive good but not unbelievable marks in player feedback and feel. These bats can be golden in the hands of the right hitter.

BBCOR Gold

  • Axe Avenge
  • DeMarini The Goods One Piece
  • Marucci CAT 8 Connect
  • Mizuno Hot Metal
  • Rawlings VELO
  • Louisville Slugger Prime
  • Louisville Slugger Select PWR
  • StringKing Metal
  • Victus Vandal

USSSA Gold

  • Axe Elite One
  • Axe Avenge
  • DeMarini Voodoo One
  • Easton Alpha
  • Easton Fuze
  • Louisville Slugger Prime One
  • Louisville Slugger Omaha
  • Marucci F5
  • Rawlings 5150

USA Gold

  • Axe Avenge
  • DeMarini Sabotage
  • Easton Alpha
  • Easton Fuze
  • Rawlings Threat
  • Rawlings VELO
  • True T2

High School Bat of the YearTM – Louisville Slugger Meta


The 2020 Louisville Slugger defines what it means to set the trend in a class of bats. Since its release in 2019, the bat has taken the high school game by storm. Every hitter we talked to loves it. The swing weight, length options, and barrel size make it appropriate for every high school hitter. The price point, ridiculous as it is, hasn’t kept parents from putting the bat out of stock everywhere. Exit speeds for two-piece composites don’t get better than the Meta. In reality, although never to be admitted by competitors, every two-piece composite BBCOR bat for 2020 is trying to be what the Meta already is. The High School Bat of the YearTM is the 2020 Louisville Slugger Meta, and, as expected, it tops our best BBCOR bats list, too.

See the winning scores of the 2020 Meta.

Youth Bat of the YearTM – DeMarini CF USSSA

DeMarini’s CF (Zen) defines the USSSA space. For the last six years, other bats in the space have done nothing but try and catch up. Try as they might, the gap is still considerable. Consider this, just counting composite barreled USSSA bats, the CF line is more popular than all others COMBINED. The drop 10 is the perfect blend of balance and power, the drop 8 is dreamy (our favorite of the bunch), and the drop 5 is legendary. It is a relevant choice for 100% of serious USSSA players. Their parents eat their inventory alive.

Read enough reviews online, and you’ll find experiences where the bat breaks in what is believed too short a time. Fair enough. We are not convinced the bat breaks more than other composite barrels trying to push the limits of what’s possible. But, we are convinced its popularity makes it the most talked about. It hasn’t broken more than other bats because it’s less durable. It has broken more because it outnumbers the composite competition by a factor of ten. The Youth Bat of the YearTM is the 2020 DeMarini CF, and, as expected, it tops our best USSSA bats list, too.

See the winning scores of the 2020 USSSA CF.

Youth Bat of the YearTM – Easton ADV 360 Drop 11 USA

2020 Little League World Series Bats

In full disclosure, we almost made the mistake of lumping the drop 11 ADV 360 USA bat with its yellow drop 10 USA counterpart. As a last-minute addition, we ordered the drop 11 via Baseball Express and put it in our testing pool. In three words: We. Were. Shocked. Did Easton crack the USA composite barrel code with the “Ultra-Lite Launch Comp” version in the 2020 ADV 360 USA bat? The bat swings like a drop 10 (in terms of swing weight—so don’t oversize it). Maybe there’s a physics sweet spot to a drop 11 two-piece composite (almost unheard of in the baseball bat space) that allows for the perfect blend of barrel compression and balance, which absolutely destroys baseballs. The Drop 11 ADV 360 dominated our performance tests, had the highest-rated feel by all our hitters, and for the first time since the dawn of USAbats, finally beat the aluminum barrels in exit speeds.

This is the exact type of bat that gave Easton the market share in a world where orange Makos reigned supreme. They lost serious market share to drop 11 aluminum bats and a few other two-piece composites since the USA. It took a few years to get there, but Easton once again has the best bat in that area of youth baseball. Long live the King of Little League. The 2020 Easton ADV 360 Drop 11 is the Youth Bat of the YearTM in USA bats. It also tops our 2020 list of Best USA Bats.

See the winning scores of the 2020 ADV 360 Drop 11 USA.

Innovative Bat of the YearTM – Axe Avenge – Pro Handle


To say that Axe Bats has “just improved” bat design is like saying Thomas Edison improved candles. They didn’t just change an end cap or foam insert and call it a better bat. They thought beyond a round lathe. For 2020, Axe improves its ergonomic shaped handle on some BBCOR models to improve adult hands’ grip.  Building on feedback from several MLB guys who use Axe, they rounded the bottom hand to a better fit. It’s a subtle but useful change. If you’ve never tried out an Axe bat, you have no excuses. If you have and didn’t quite like it, then do yourself a favor and check out the Pro Handle version. Combine that improvement with a barrel designed for direction, their storming of the Big League levels, and we think Axe is the most innovative BBCOR bat for 2020. Hence, the Innovative Bat of the YearTM Award.

Wood Bat of the Year™ – Victus V-Cut

Victus V Cut Bat Review

It’s hard to differentiate between wood bats. No company, it turns out, has a patent on growing trees. Maple bats dominate the MLB game and are creeping into the more amateur ranks as well (although birch, ash, and bamboo do really well, too). In July of this year, a columnist for the New York Times reached out to us, looking for insight into V-Cut bats. We had hit them just a few weeks before, and she was put on the scent because they had so much success in the MLB these last couple of years. They obviously make great bats, but what do they do with all the perfect bats in everything but a cosmetic blem? In short, they call them V-Cuts and sell them to us mortals. Of all the wood bats we hit in 2020, the Victus V-Cuts was our favorite for their quality, price point, and muscle.

See the ratings that made the Victus V-Cuts our Wood Bat of the YearTM.

Rating System

We capture objective measurements such as exit speeds and swing weights to help us categorize performance. We also gather feedback from players, measure the bat’s popularity and demand (which accounts for its price point), quantify the bat’s relevance (how applicable are its size offerings and swing weights) as well as determine how the technology in the bat helps shape and define the space. Each of these items is weighted differently for our total composite score.

Performance is what the ball does when it flies off the bat. We weight it at 30% of the total score. We measure performance through radar and slow-motion cameras. Much of the data we capture is for purchase on our data speed chart.

Player Feedback is weighted at 30% and is gathered from real players concerning the bat’s feel before, during, and after the swing. We capture this data during real use and from our industry-wide survey, capturing thousands of insights from real bat users around the country.

Relevance is measured by how useful the bat is to the league as a whole. Bats that appeal to a wider player audience through useful swing weight and size options do well here. This category is weighted at 20% of the total score.

Demand is weighted at 15%. How much the consumer clamors for a bat isn’t always a testament to its usefulness. However, wallets usually do a good job of casting votes for bats that perform well. Measuring demand also generally proves the bat’s price point is in line with how the market values them.

Tech Specs measure how the technology within the bat defines and pushes the limits of its space. It is weighted at 5% of the total score. This metric accounts for barrel size and improvements through unique and innovative ideas to improve the hitting experience.

Independent Research

Our results are independent. We do not sell awards to any bidder, and no one who works for, or has business or family connections, can be a judge. Our results are our own, born out of necessity because we play ball, too. We aren’t just testers; we are users. We follow our own advice.