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The Best BBCOR Bats 2021 [So Far] and 2020

We’ve hit with every performance bat from 2015 through 2020. These are the The Best BBCOR Bats 2021 [So Far] and 2020 readily available that we’ve tested and measured.

The Best BBCOR Bats 2021 [So Far] and 2020
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By Brian September 24, 2020 8:51 am

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2021 DeMarini The Goods

Most BBCOR bats for 2021 are delayed. We have with everyone that is released (updated: Setpember 2020). Our player's favorites in terms of overall feel are the 2021 DeMarini The Goods. Granted, we don't like the price point and it IS an endloaded bat. But, based on our feel ratings, exit speed tests, and size availability it is grading out very well right now.

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2020 Louisville Slugger Meta

After more than a year's worth of work and feedback, the stand-alone champ of 2020 BBCOR is the Louisville Slugger META. Although difficult to find in stock (and the 33-inch was made illegal) the bat gets the best player ratings, has a perfect balance, and feels fantastic. The downsides are that it's expensive, doesn't have exit speeds better than most other high-end BBCOR bats, and is illegal in a 33-inch. (Our favorite 33-inch BBCOR from 2020 is Easton's ADV 360).

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2021 Victus Nox

Our hunch is this best balanced BBCOR bat for 2021 will change by the time the rest of the 2021 crop are released. But, for now, if you want the best 2021 BBCOR bat that is balanced then go for the Victus Nox. Please note, Vicuts markets this bat as an endloaded bat. However, that is not what we measured (with real physics) and feel. To be sure, there is no industry standard as to what bat companies must claim about their bats. They can call anything heavy or light that is either light or heavy. Our 'balanced' categorization is because the Victus Nox swings at the average swing weight of 33-inch BBCOR bats (around 9200 MOI).

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Update September 20: We are waiting for more 2021 BBCOR bats to get released before we make our final determinations. COVID-19 pushed back many releases. We are still waiting for significant drops from Louisville Slugger, Rawlings, DeMarini, and Axe. Our guess is we have yet to see at least 50% of the 2021 BBCOR bats. This time last year it 90%+ were already released.

What’s The Right Bat Size?

BBCOR standards make it such that bats perform very similarly. That makes it such that the best BBCOR bat for any particular hitter is more dependent on getting the right size, not the right model.

See our Bat Size Chart.

The right bat size shouldn’t be complicated, but the internet makes it so. If you want specific advice, check our advice column where you can send us a note and get a suggestion on the right bat size.

Generally, you must understand that a bat’s scale weight isn’t as important as a bat’s swing weight. Swing weight is how hard it is to swing a bat—that depends on how the bat’s weight is distributed along its length. (You can read more about that here).

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Best BBCOR BAT 2021 (So Far)Best BBCOR Bat 2020Best Balanced BBCOR Bat 2021 (So Far)
Brand1. DeMarini2. Louisville Slugger3. Victus
ModelThe GoodsMetaNox
LeagueBBCORBBCORBBCOR
Rating4.8/55/54.8/5
Price$$$$$$$$$$$$
Year202120202021
TypeTwo Piece HybirdTwo Piece CompositeTwo Piece Hybrid
WeightEnd LoadedBalancedBalanced
BarrelAluminumCompositeAluminum

Bat Rumors…

We wait, patiently, for the drop of Sluggers Prime, DeMarini’s CF and Rawlings Quatro. Each are delayed due to COVID. But, we expect to have each of them in hand by the end of October 2020. We are crossing our fingers.

The Best BBCOR Bats 2021 [So Far] and 2020

The best 2021 BBCOR bats are here! (Sort of). We spend hours hitting, measuring, timing exit speeds and swing weights from several players on thousands and thousands of swings. Our results are based on real player metrics.

Best BBCOR BAT 2021 (So Far)

Best BBCOR BAT 2021 (So Far)

1. DeMarini The Goods

Best BBCOR BAT 2021 (So Far)

BBCOR SPECIFICATIONS | Drop: 3 | Bat Type: Two Piece Hybird | Barrel Type: Aluminum | Price: $$$$ | Swing Weight: End Loaded | Rating: 4.8/5 | Models: | Features: Big Barrel, Great Public Appeal, End Load,

Reasons to Buy
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The 2021 DeMarini The Goods has taken much of the BBCOR world by storm. Where two-piece composite bats were once the king of the hill, The Goods find that perfect balance between an excellent feel, big barrel, and sound that attracts the masses. The major disadvantage is the bat swings heavy. The Goods is 5% heavier than the average BBCOR class of its same length and weight. It follows the bat is not made for everyone—those who want a light swing will prefer a two-piece composite or something built for balance.

MORE: 2021 DeMarini The Goods Review

Best BBCOR Bat 2020

Best BBCOR Bat 2020

2. Louisville Slugger Meta

Best BBCOR Bat 2020

BBCOR SPECIFICATIONS | Drop: 3 | Bat Type: Two Piece Composite | Barrel Type: Composite | Price: $$$$$ | Swing Weight: Balanced | Rating: 5/5 | Models: wtlbbmtb320 | Features: Balanced, Great Feel, Top Rated

Reasons to Buy
Reasons to Avoid

Although made illegal in a 33-inch model, the 2020 Louisville Slugger Meta is the undisputed (in our eyes) champ of the 2020 BBCOR space. It drives the highest price in retail and the secondary market for a reason. The feel and sound are remarkable. Over the course of the year, the bat’s exit speeds are definitely good. However, to be sure, BBCOR standards have leveled the playing field—no 2020 or 2021 BBCOR bat will outperform other top end bats by that much (if at all).

The other major issue is the bat lacks availability. The 2020 version (blue) and 2019 (red) are all but impossible to find in the size you need. As such, you are forced to go to the secondary marke where eBay prices are driving silly prices because there is always someone with a little more cents than sense, as they say.

MORE: 2020 Louisville Slugger Meta Review

Best Balanced BBCOR Bat 2021 (So Far)

Best Balanced BBCOR Bat 2021 (So Far)

3. Victus Nox

Best Balanced BBCOR Bat 2021 (So Far)

BBCOR SPECIFICATIONS | Drop: 3 | Bat Type: Two Piece Hybrid | Barrel Type: Aluminum | Price: $$$ | Swing Weight: Balanced | Rating: 4.8/5 | Models: | Features:

Reasons to Buy
  • Big Barrel
  • End Load
  • Looks Great
  • Victus is Cool
Reasons to Avoid
  • Expensive
  • Not Proven
  • Why Get an End Load When You Can get a Longer Balanced Bat?

We like the 2021 BBCOR Vicuts Nox. It feels good for a two piece, swings more balanced when compared The Goods, and has top echelon exit speeds. Our guess is, by the time all the other balanced bats get released for 2021 BBCOR, the Nox won’t be our favorite 2021 Balanced BBCOR bat.

(COVID has pushed back a bunch of releases—so we are waiting our time).

In the meantime though, make no mistake, the 2021 Victus Nox is a legit BBCOR bat with a balanced swing, big barrel, and top-end performance. BBCOR standards have leveled the playing field considerably. As such, almost any performance BBCOR bat ‘performs’ as well as the other. There are not many distinctions to be made between balanced bats—other than appearance, feel and price

MORE: 2021 Victus Nox Review

Best BBCOR Bats 2020

Best BBCOR Bat 2020 Not Named Meta: There are several excellent options for 2020. If you want to steer clear of the Meta, then a different great bet is the Easton ADV 360.

Best BBCOR Bat 2020

Louisville Slugger Meta Prime

After lots of hitting with every 2020 BBCOR bat out there, our hitters think Slugger’s Meta Prime is the best BBCOR bat. Granted, the BBCOR space offers plenty of great options—many a lot cheaper. But, if the price is no object, we think the Meta Prime is best.
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Rawlings Quatro Pro

After a year’s worth of feedback and more testing than we can count, we still think the 2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro is the best BBCOR bat. (That is, the best BBCOR bat not named the Meta—but those are out of stock). Do note, and we think the 2020 Quatro Pro falls short of the 2019 version, so don’t recommend it as a suitable replacement. But, if you can find it in the right size, the 2019 Quatro is a great, great choice.
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Marucci CAT 8

Although the same as the white version of the bat, the Marucci CAT 8 might be the best all-around BBCOR bat on the market. It’s price, performance reviews and player feedback should put it on the shortlist of every serious ballplayer. Those that like stiff bats and a loud ping (and saving a few bucks) should love it.
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How Do We Decide?

The 2019 Meta was hands down, the best BBCOR bat for 2019. Nothing changed with the bat, and we didn’t find a 2020 BBCOR that got that much better.

There are other impressive 2020 BBCOR bats aside from the Meta. (And we think the best BBCOR bat for 2019 is just as good or better than anything in 2020).

Here are the categories we use to help determine the best BBCOR bat. We hit with all of them to get these insights.

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Rawlings Quatro Pro

After a year’s worth of feedback and more testing than we can count, we still think the 2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro is the best 2019 BBCOR bat. So you know, we believe the 2020 falls short of the 2019 version, so don’t recommend it as a suitable replacement. But, if you can find it in the right size, the 2019 Quatro is a great, great choice.

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Marucci CAT 8

Although the same as the white version of the bat, the Marucci CAT 8 might be the best all-around BBCOR bat on the market. It’s price, performance reviews and player feedback should put it on the shortlist of every serious ballplayer. Those that like stiff bats and a loud ping (and saving a few bucks) should love it.
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Best BBCOR Bats 2020

Of course, everyone’s list will be different. But, here are the best BBCOR bats for 2020. We reserve the right to change this up throughout the year–especially as we gather more durability information.

1. Louisville Slugger Meta Prime

Best BBCOR Bat 2020

Top BBCOR Bat 2020

For 2019 the Louisville Slugger Meta Prime was a game-changer. Something about the feel and sound had people drooling. Rarely have we seen a market that accepts a $50 price increase without much complaint, but the Meta did it. At $499 and the most expensive stock BBCOR bat on the market, the bat was rarely in stock.

Instead of producing more 2019 versions of the bat, Slugger readied their 2020 release. They changed nothing on the bat, save the graphic change to blue.

As well, we are sure, Slugger made plenty this year. Anyone willing to spend $500 on the most expensive bat is sure to find it in stock.

Although a known commodity, we didn’t test anything this year that was better than the Meta. We do think bats like the Easton Maxum and ADV 360 closed the gap. But, if the price isn’t an issue and you want a balanced swing for 2020 in BBCOR, then the Slugger Meta is a great bet.

Read our Full 2020 Slugger Meta Review.

2. Easton Maxum

Best Light Swinging 2020 BBCOR Bat

Best BBCOR bat 2020

You might think we’re crazy. But, honestly, the 2020 Easton Maxum in BBCOR blew us away. Easton changed the design a bit from the old, now defunct, Combat Maxum. And our exit speeds were off the charts. Every hitter, especially our smaller hitters, loved the feel and bat speed.

If you want a light swing in the 2020 BBCOR space, then we like the Maxum. It doesn’t have that two-piece feel so that you might expect some hand ring occasionally. But, if you want maximum ball flight, top-end exit speeds, and a ridiculously sized barrel, then the Easton Maxum is our hitter’s recommendations. The 14U player we had testing chose this as his favorite bat of the bunch.

And, to boot, it’s going to save a few bucks (at least compared to the Meta).

Read our full Easton Maxum 360 BBCOR Review.

3. Marucci CAT 8

Best Heavier Swinging 2020 BBCOR Bat

Best 2020 BBCOR Bats

Marucci’s CAT is a hugely unsurprising choice in the best 2020 BBCOR space. In terms of our survey results, the CAT 8 is the second most adored bat–and more hitters who have the CAT 8 think they have the best bat except for those who own the Meta.

The CAT 8 is a beautifully designed bat with a high sized barrel and a loud sound. They have technology in the knob that helps dampen sting as a single piece of aluminum.

Although not talked about much, the Marucci CAT 8 is what we consider an end-loaded bat. That is, the weight balance is towards the endcap when compared to the rest of the 2020 class of BBCOR bats. Compared to a bat like the Maxum, it swings almost 15% heavier.

In other words, if you are good with a bit of weight in your bat, then the CAT 8 might be the perfect fit. If you want a light swing but want to go with the CAT 8, then consider sizing down.

Also, the 2020 version of the CAT 8 is no different than the 2019 version save the color change from white to black.

Read our full 2020 Marucci CAT 8 Review.

4. Easton ADV 360

Best 2020 Two-Piece Composite Not Named Meta

Best BBCOR Bat 2020

Our second favorite two-piece composite bat for BBCOR 2020 is Easton’s ADV 360. (Although Slugger’s Prime is pretty great too).

What we found most surprising about the 2020 BBCOR class (aside from the Maxum’s ratings) was how poorly we felt like the Rawlings Quatro Pro and DeMarini CF did. Last year, 2019, our favorite bat aside from the Meta was the Quatro, and the CF rated out as a top 5 bat. But, for 2020, the bats we tested, how do we say this, weren’t excellent. We struggled to get them to hot off the bat, and the feel, especially in the Quatro Pro, just wasn’t there.

Did we get a dud? It does happen.

Still, though, we became big fans of the Easton 360 ADV. We love the Power Boost knob, and it feels, frankly, like the CF Insane of 2019, which we loved (although it does swing lighter).

In any event, if you want a two-piece composite bat but don’t want the Meta for whatever reason, then our hitters say take a real close look at Easton’s ADV 360. We suspect you will be pleasantly surprised.

Read our full Easton 360 ADV BBCOR Review.

2020 BBCOR Swing Weights

We also measured all the swing weights of the 2020 BBCOR bat class. We measure these bats individually and, we’ve learned, many of the same models have a manufacturing tolerance of their weight distribution. Not all bats of the same make and model and weight are the same. In other words, your results may vary, but these are the swing weights (+/- 3%) of the bats we worked with to get our ratings.

You can read more about swing weights here.

2020 BBCOR Bats Swing Weight

2020 BBCOR Bat Barrel Sizes

We also measured the length of the max barrel size on each BBCOR bat. The vast majority are very close to each other. The winner is the Easton Maxum followed real closely by Easton’s ADV 360, Axe’s Avenge, DeMarini’s CF, Slugger’s Meta, Marucci’s Cat and the Victus Vandal.

Here’s an image showing the best BBCOR bat barrel sizes.

2019 Best BBCOR Bats Video

Best BBCOR Bats 2019

Category (Click for Full Review)Bat
Best 2019 BBCOR2019 Rawlings Quatro
Best 2019 BBCOR2019 Meta Prime
Best Power Hitter BBCOR Bat2019 CF Insane
Best Value BBCOR2019 Slugger 519 Omaha
Best 2018 BBCOR2018 Rawlings Quatro
Lightest Swinging BBCOR2019 Axe Avenge
Best Fall Ball BBCOR2019 Easton 13.6
Best Cheap BBCOREaston S650
Best Wood BBCORMarucci AP5
Best BBCOR bat for 13USlugger 619 Solo
Best Full Composite BBCORDirty South Kamo
Best BBCOR for Base Hits2019 Rawlings Quatro
Best Full Aluminum BBCORRawlings 5150

BBCOR Bat User Survey Results

Below ranks each of the bats by the different categories we asked in the survey. For BBCOR bats, this comes from over 610 unique BBCOR players and parents from throughout the country at all different skill levels. It is, as far as we know, the single largest collection of 2019 BBCOR user ratings and rankings anywhere.

RankBrandModelYes, My Bat
is Best
PopularityPlayer
Rank
Owner
Happiness
Price
1Louisville Slugger919 Prime 41%
#2 83 Price
2Louisville SluggerMeta Prime 76%
#1 88 Price
3DeMariniCF Zen 45%
#4 81 Price
4MarucciCAT 8 72%
#3 85 Price
5RawlingsQuatro Pro 66%
#7 82 Price
6EastonADV 3 59%
#6 72 Price
7RawlingsVelo 40%
#10 80 Price
8MarucciCAT 7 (2018) 0%
# 76 Price
9Louisville Slugger619 Solo 13%
#11 78 Price
10EastonMako Beast (2018) 0%
# 70 Price

*Rank: The bats are ordered based on their popularity.
*Player Rank: Player rank adds up how many self described BBCOR players or parents think a certain bat is the best.
*Owner Happiness: Players were asked how happy they were about their bat purchase on a scale from 0 to 100.
*Popularity: How many players claimed to use this bat.
*Yes, My Bat is Best: How many BBCOR players claimed the 'best bat' was also the bat they used.

We surveyed over 2,000 bat owners, 600 of which were BBCOR 2019 bat owners and users. We measured what bat they use, how they like it, and what bat they consider to be the best. What follows is the insights we gained from this study.

Most Popular BBCOR Bats

We measured what bat brand is the most popular. In BBCOR for 2019, it is Slugger. We then asked each of those users to decide what brand is best. You can see those answers from the outer ring below. In BBCOR, for example, Slugger users thought the Slugger brand was the best (not surprising) and then Easton as the next best (somewhat surprising). You can see the information for each brand and league below.

Best BBCOR Bats 2019 Chart

Most Popular BBCOR Bat Brand

 

Most Popular BBCOR Bats

The order by popular brand goes like this:

  • Louisville Slugger
  • Easton
  • DeMarini
  • Marucci
  • Rawlings
  • Axe
  • All Other Brands
  • Dirty South
  • Mizuno

This list’s order isn’t that surprising. We knew Slugger was dominant in the BBCOR space because of the Meta’s wild success this year. But, what is interesting is that Wilson (who owns both Slugger and DeMarini) is 1st and 3rd. They are, in no small measure, a massive juggernaut in the BBCOR bat space.

If anything was surprising, it was Rawlings’s 5th place finish. We also thought Marucci and the CAT 8 would have been a bit more popular. But, considering they have one flagship bat (where folks like DeMarini, Slugger, etc. have more), it does make sense that Marucci comes in 4th, although the Cat 8 alone is one of the most popular BBCOR bats around.

Bat League Customer Satisfaction

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Bat satisfaction among BBCOR players might surprise people. Of all the baseball bat leagues, BBCOR users tend to be the most satisfied. This shows how a lot of companies have figured out the BBCOR standard. Many bats reach the rule, and durability isn’t a severe issue. The distribution and market share is also even across a lot of brands—there isn’t a stand out company or brand as all the top 5 have decent market share and reach.

How Did We Decide the Top Rated Bats?

We are confident no one has hit a greater variety of BBCOR bats in the last year. We, at Just Bat Reviews, make it a point to deliver real reviews from real players. A significant piece of the baseball bat market is the BBCOR space, and as such, we have used every performance ($150+) BBCOR bat for 2018 in some fashion or another. Most of that work comes between three to four different hitters, but often we gather feedback from far outside that circle, too.

Much of the data we capture is qualitative. That is, it responds to the quality of the product in terms of feel, aesthetics, and personal feedback. They serve as a basis for our impressions of the bat. Qualitative data is less objective and, therefore, harder to transfer its value from one player to another.

Quantitative Measures

We also use several quantitative measurements to get a feel for the best BBCOR bats. Our exit speed testing and barrel testing, as well as our liberal use of swing weight calculator, influence our rankings considerably. As well, we use aggregated feedback from some rating sites like Amazon and justbats.com to get a feel for what people may or may not be saying about the bat.

Granted, much of those reviews are challenging to verify, and it is possible, maybe even likely, they are scrubbed by the sellers to only portray a positive outlook.

Are Our Rankings Correct?

Our funny way to answer the question of whether we are right by simply saying no, we are probably not correct. We are not right for everyone.

Our defense is the best effort in finding the 2018 BBCOR bat players would be the happiest with on average. Does that mean everyone will appreciate the feel, pop, and balance? Of course not. But our best guess—which we believe is more educated than anyone in the market—is without industry or vendor bias.

Best BBCOR Bats 2018

Every review we write also captures the ratings of our readers. This best list shows the highest rated BBCOR bats for 2018 as determined by the thousands of folks who come to our site.

Part of the reason we loved the 2018 Rawlings BBCOR Quatro is the fact it rated out the highest in our BBCOR exit speed test. That is, under controlled circumstances, we found it had the most pop.

Of course, there are several problems with measuring exit speeds in a controlled environment, many of which we discuss in that article. But, in terms of the bat we found could hit the ball the fastest, it was the 2018 Rawlings Quatro.

1. Rawlings BBCOR Quatro

Best BBCOR Bat 2018

As well, the BBCOR 2018 Quatro has a balanced swing weight. It’s official swing weight, as we recorded it, sat in the bottom 30%. That is, 705 of BBCOR bats in 2018 swung heavier.

Lightness in the swing isn’t a good or bad thing when isolated by itself. It just is what it is. Most players, especially high school BBCOR players, prefer a lighter than average swing, and the Rawlings Quatro fits squarely in that mix.

Players loved:

The balance and buttery smash on both hits and mishits.

We Loved:

It also rated out as the BBCOR bat with one of the most massive barrels and highest exit speeds. The Rawlings Quatro averaged over 2.1% hotter in our exit speed tests than the average of the 35 bats we tested. Also, it turns out; we love the many length options and the balanced swing.

There are a lot of great options in the BBCOR space. Every major company, and even some of the small ones, can deliver a bat that produces exit speeds right at the limit—and some companies do it with several bats.

But all bats are not created equal, just like all hitters are not created equal. Below we categorize more of our favorite BBCOR bats for the 2018 season.

2. DeMarini Voodoo Insane

Best BBCOR Baseball Bat 2018

We have hit with, watched others hit with, and measured the success of every 2018 BBCOR bat on the market. We often prefer hybrid bats for their durable and hot out of the wrapper nature. (A hybrid bat, you may recall, is a two-piece bat where the barrel is aluminum, and the handle is composite).

After all, that is hitting and measuring; we are in love with the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo Insane. The bat packs serious power can hit the long ball like nobody’s business and feels ultra-smooth on both hits and mishits. If there is any bat in the 2018 class we might take to the plate before the Rawlings Quatro, it is the 2018 Voodoo Insane.

See our 2018 Voodoo Insane Review

3. Louisville Slugger 618 Solo​

Best BBCOR Bats 2018

We have a running tally of our favorite metal bats on a different page. But here, for our most beloved 2018 BBCOR aluminum bat, we like the 618 Solo from Louisville Slugger.

Not only did the 618 create the closest grouping of high speed hits in our testing (meaning the bat was the most consistent), but it also comes in sizes ranging from a 29 to a 34. And in a world where small players require tiny BBCOR bats, it is an absolute plus to have a 29-inch bat.

See our 2018 618 Solo Review

Best ​BBCOR Bats 2017

​With many options to choose from, the best BBCOR bat for 2017 is Louisville’s 617 Solo. We love the bat’s ultra-light swing due to its extended composite end cap. The fact it comes in a 29-inch is a massive plus for a market that demands the lightest swinging sticks on the market. As we mention in our exclusive ​best bat article, the 617 SOLO has a massive benefit at a reasonable price point too. Slugger’s 617 Solo tops our Best BBCOR Bats 2017 list.

This article serves as a subset of our best. It works alongside our best Little League bats article. Both may be worth your time, too.

​1. 2017 Slugger 617 Solo

Best BBCOR Bats 2017

There are several reasons the ​617 the top of our Best BBCOR Bat 2017 List. For starters, we like how the 617 SOLO is different. Unlike most top-shelf choices that run with an expensive two-piece composite bat with an over-sized barrel, the SOLO is a moderately priced bat in the single-piece hybrid space. This design keeps the lighter swing found on more expensive bats but now delivers hot out of the wrapper performance.

The barrel size, usually sacrificed in aluminum barrels, is still substantial.

Throw in the fact the bat’s MSRP is under $300, and the choice of a non-composite barreled bat gaining the top prize is pretty simple. What is that you say? The bat also comes in a 29/26 inch length, making it the LIGHTEST swinging bat in the BBCOR space? Done.

​2. 2017 Easton MAKO Beast

Best BBCOR Bats 2017

​​As predictable as the sun rising in the East, we like the ​2017 MAKO BBCOR a lot. This type of bat, a two-piece composite with a balanced swing weight, has come to define the performance space. The MAKO Beast, much like the CF Zen below, sits at the top of the shelf in players’ minds and parents’ wallets for a reason. It is a smooth swinging, buttery smash ball driller and few there be that walk away unimpressed.

Why not the top spot? For many, we would argue, it is. But 2017 finds us looking for something different than the same old two-piece composite with a huge barrel and balanced swing weight. ​

​3. 2017 DeMarini CF Zen

Best BBCOR Bats 2017

​​In ​2016 our favorite bat of the BBCOR bunch. Even today, well into the 2017 bat market season, the CF8 is in high demand—-it is a tough find. The Zen is the next generation of that CF8 without much, if any, real changes.

Like the bat’s predecessor, we have yet to find a player that does not love the BBCOR CF Zen.

So, why not the top spot?

If we were to pin it on one aspect, it is the lack of a 29-inch version. BBCOR forces younger and younger players, insomuch that finding a bat they can even make contact with is getting complicated. We might also add that there are so many two-piece composite bats with a big barrel and light swing weight that it makes it hard for one to rise to the top. ​

4. 2017 Marucci CAT 7

Best BBCOR Bats

​If you are looking for a bat that is like the 2017 Louisville Slugger 617 SOLO, then ​Marucci’s unrelated and robust cousin. The idea is the same: balanced swinging single piece aluminum. The bat is hot out of both the wrapper and photo-shoots. It uses a proprietary sting dampening mechanism in the knob to help remove some vibration on the thumb during mishits. However, the CAT 7 does not have the extended composite end cap like the 617 SOLO, so expect a slightly more massive swing per given inch. It does not come in a 29 inch, but it is $50 cheaper.

5. 2017 Rawlings VELO

Best BBCOR Bats

​If you are looking for a near mimic of the 617 SOLO, then the ​2017s the ticket. The 2017 is also a single-piece aluminum with an extended composite end cap. The bat is built with a very light swing and fits in the same niche as the 617 SOLO across the board.​ However, the 2017 Rawlings VELO’s shortest length is 31 inches.

6. Axe Hyperwhip Fusion​

Best BBCOR Bats

Axe’s asymmetric knob on the Hyperwhip combines with an asymmetric endcap. This endcap shape removes weight and lightens swing weight dramatically. Like the 617 SOLO and Rawlings VELO, it uses an extended composite end cap even further to reduce swing weight.

If you are looking for something a little bit different, but still want that light swinging single piece aluminum to feel and sound, then the 2017 Hyperwhip Fusion Element could be the beginning of your magic moment.​

Best BBCOR Bats 2016

To put together this list, we have hit, seen hit, reviewed, tested, and read numerous reviews on every single 2016 BBCOR bat on the market. As well, we compiled data from NCAA Division 1 World Series stats according to the bat they used.

Although the answer can never be the same for everyone, all of this information led us to name the Best BBCOR Bat for 2016. More details and reasoning follow in our discussion of the best BBCOR bats 2016 list. We consider this our definitive and final work in the 2016 season.

1. 2016 DeMarini CF8

Best BBCOR Bat 2016

​DeMarini’s 2016 BBCOR CF8 has everything most people want in a BBCOR bat. For starters, the bat is balanced. Meaning, it swings easily and gives a lot of barrel for such a silent swing. Additionally, the bat is a two-piece design, so it allows for a smooth smash on sweet spots and a manageable ring on mishits.

As well, the barrel is composite. The composite barrel leads to a larger barrel and higher performance along its length. Also, DeMarini’s CF8 has a long pedigree of top-shelf performance.

Add to that sweet and comfortable design a few other factors. Namely, users voted that bat like the best for 2016; the 2016 BBCOR CF8 is a tough find because lots of people like it; Amazon reviews are generally glowing.

2. 2016 Easton MAKO TORQ

Best BBCOR Bats 2016

​Our Best BBCOR Bat 2016 edition wouldn’t be complete without a runner-up. That award goes to the ​2016MAKOes. You read that correctly. The TORQ won a 2nd place award on this site. Why the TORQ and not the traditional MAKO? Fair question. We will ask one of our own: why the MAKO and not the TORQ? They are, after all, the same bat. Put some Lizard Skin to pin down the spinning handle and BOOM! You just got yourself a MAKO.

The MAKO TORQ has consistently run several dollars cheaper than the MAKO—enough to afford a Lizard Skin and still come out ahead. The 2016 BBCOR MAKO Torq is a natural choice.

3. 2016 DeMarini Voodoo Raw | Best Power Hitter

Best BBCOR Bats 2016

There are only a few bats on the market made for dead-dangerous big hitters. We discuss many of those at length in our ​best hitters. In the 2016 line, our top BBCOR bat is the 2016 Rawlings two-piece hybrid bat with an end-load and a super-stiff transition.

Our experience with this bat left us enamored with the reasonable end load, hot out of the wrapper performance, and trust in a model line that has supported big hitters for several years now. Of course, like the CF8 and MAKO above, the best power hitter’s bat is a function of preference. Many big hitters like the ultra-stiff feel of a single piece bat, and as such, the Voodoo Raw won’t cut it for them.

4. Axe Hyperwhip Fusion | Best Design

Best BBCOR Bats 2016

​2016 may be the unique bat ever invented. The bat’s asymmetric knob, long a fixture on Axe bats, leads to a phenomenon we have discussed at length referred to as “predictive impact.” The shaped knob forces contact on one side of the barrel.

Axe plans for this by supporting the contact side of the barrel differently than the non-impact side. In the 2016 Hyperwhip, Axe took it a step further by shaping the end cap to elongate the barrel on the hitting side. The asymmetric knob now has an asymmetric friend at the opposite end of the bat. This design creates a lower swing weight than could be found on a bat without predictive hitting.

Best BBCOR Bats 2015

Best BBCOR Bats 2015

1. 2015 DeMarini CF7

Top Rated 2015 BBCOR Bat

​DeMarini’s CF7 is a pleasure to hit. Its sting dampening is top shelf. The barrel size is perfect. Its mid-balance, hand-loaded feel gives excellent bat speed and feel through the zone. No one can measure in-game batted ball speed with other bats. We do know BBCOR standards level the playing field, but from a simple eyeball test, it’s hard to say anything hits the ball with as much velocity as the CF7.

We love this bat.

2. 2015 Marucci CAT 6

Best BBCOR Bats

​Marucci​pre-season and we are still in love with it for all the same reasons. We love the one-piece feel of power and drive. And with the added sting resistance in the knob, it should be a preference for the rope-makers among us. The bat is downright beautiful.

We are also in love with its price point, and at $249, it is the least expensive bat on this list.​

3. 2015 Louisville Slugger 915 Prime

Best BBCOR Bats

​​Ever since we saw ​Louisville’s Jr. Home Run Derby and make waves as the 2014 NCAA world series, we knew Slugger was on to something. Since then, this bat has received nothing but absolute rave reviews. Few, if any, have ever hit with the 915 and then ever let it out of their site. This bat is highly recommendable. (Pricing check​

4. 2015 ​Easton MAKO

Best 2015 BBCOR BAts

Any honest list of the best 2015 BBCOR bats must include Easton’s 2015 MAKO. This bat should sell upwards of twice as many as any other BBCOR bat in production for 2015. Its barrel size is dreamy; swing weight calculated precisely for the broadest audience and two-piece construction arguably flawless.

Easton isn’t the most significant baseball bat company only because they have massive distribution and marketing. No, they are the most substantial composite and metal bat company in the world because they make bats like the MAKO. Most who swing this bad boy never look elsewhere and scoff at anyone who suggests they should.

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Carl
Carl
30 days ago

My son is a small 14U player that needs a drop 3 and we got him a marucci drop 5 last year and he hits it well. Now I need to get get him a drop 3 and read the reviews on the cat8 black and says it is for power hitters what would you recommend I get him. I am disabled veteran and like most others I am on a budget. Just asking if you ever give a good bat to kids to use and let them write a review?

Carl
Carl
29 days ago
Reply to  Brian

Hi Brian something I forgot to mention he wants to be able to hit the ball hard and has used a demarini and Louisville slugger and likes both bats and got we got a great deal from just bats but those bats just doesn’t give him the pop he needs. When I mentioned I am on a budget I was saying 400 dollars and up were out of price range now with all that being said say for No more than 300 Dollars what would give him the pop he wanting and by the way he does take hitting lessons

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