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Best BBCOR Bats 2021

Updated May 6, 2021

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For average to strong hitters, we think DeMarini’s The Goods is the best BBCOR bat for 2021. Those who prefer light swings, we believe, will like the 2021 Louisville Slugger META the most (on average). Competition is tight and there are several really good 2021 BBCOR bats available.

We captured the exit speeds and player feedback from thousands of swings to find the best BBCOR bats of 2021. We compared that data to similar data we collected for 2020, 2019 and 2018 BBCOR bats. Now that the season is into May 2021, based on what we’ve seen at the plate from several high school games, we think DeMarini’s The Goods is the best BBCOR bat for 2021. We originally had the 2021 META as the overall winner and while we do like that bat, it’s lack of popularity brought down its score to be a solid 2nd place. We still think the META is a near-perfect fit for the budgetless younger player looking for a light swing and big barrel.  In terms of overall value, we think older bats Marucci’s CAT 5-squared  and Slugger’s 516 Omaha (which can only be found on eBay) are steals.

Updated May 6, 2021

We’ve updated our list to reflect bat usage and player feedback from the best bats of the 2021 season. That includes changing The Goods to 1st place and the Meta to 2nd.

1. 2021 DeMarini The Goods

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 9.5/10 Total Weighted Rating 9.5/10
Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 33.5/30.5, 34/31, 34.5/31.5

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Balance + (5 to 10% Heavier Than Industry Average)

Serial Number: WTDXGIC21

Original Price: $399.95

Release Month: September 2020

Best BBCOR Bats 2021 [Power]

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2021 DeMarini The Goods

$399.95

Original Price

Although a bit on the heavy side, we think the 2021 BBCOR The Goods from DeMarini is one of the best bats on the market. In fact, in the heavier class, we think it the best. Player feedback on this bat is through the roof. Everyone who hits it loves it–even the small kids. Its great feel has convinced more than a few in the balanced market to see if they can wield this monster and more than a few of those have been happy with the switch. If you got a little bit of power and want to swing what many consider the best feeling bat in the business, the 2021 The Goods is it.

2. 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 9.6/10 Total Weighted Rating 9.6/10
Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Balance - (Between 5 and 10% lower than Industry Average).

Serial Number: WBL2463010

Original Price: $499.95

Release Month: August 2020

Best BBCOR Bat 2021

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2021 Louisville Slugger Meta

$499.95

Original Price

Whenever a company releases a PWR version of a balanced bat you can be sure the balanced version is a rock star. It means older and bigger kids are wishing they could have the bat too. In other words, the Meta for 2021 is a rock star. They added some ring work inside the barrel when compared to 2020—to help it pass the certification test. But, make no mistake, the exit speeds and feel on the 2021 are just as good as we found them on the 2020. The only difference is the sound—which isn’t nearly as satisfying as the 2020 and 2019 Meta, but it is good enough.

Every hitter who has taken hacks on the 2021 Meta has liked it. The bat’s balanced feel and good sizing options make it an ideal candidate for the vast majority of BBCOR players looking for the biggest barrel, best feel, and a light swing.

3. 2021 Easton Maxum Ultra

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 8.9/10 Total Weighted Rating 8.9/10
Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Balance - (Between 5 and 10% lower than Industry Average).

Serial Number: BB21MX

Original Price: $399.95

Release Month: November 2020

Best Single Piece BBCOR Bat

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2021 Easton Maxum Ultra

$399.95

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We also like The Goods One Piece and the Voodoo One as top picks for single-piece bats for 2021. However, we see enough love for DeMarini on this list already, so we are compelled to change it up a bit.

We are big fans of the Maxum Ultra. It runs a bit heavier than last year’s 2020 Maxum 360. But the barrel is still massive, and it really hits the ball hard. In terms of the best barrel coverage for given swing weight, the Ultra is a real win. In terms of some high-end velocities, it’s a real win. In terms of a more reasonable feel on this single-piece bat than others in the aluminum space, it’s a real win.

The only downside is that the bat isn’t cheap and doesn’t have that buttery feel of a more traditional two-piece composite or hybrid. Still, though, if we wanted a single-piece bat in our bag for BBCOR, this would be it.

4. 2015 Marucci CAT 5

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 7.5/10 Total Weighted Rating 7.5/10
Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Balance - (Between 5 and 10% lower than Industry Average).

Serial Number: CAT-5

Original Price: $249.95

Release Month:

Best Old School Bat

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2015 Marucci CAT 5

$249.95

Original Price

It doesn’t come in a 33 or 34-inch, and the supply is slim, but we have found several 32 and 31-inch Marucci CAT 5’s on eBay over the years for well under $50. Those bats have outperformed basically every BBCOR bat we have ever compared them against. The feel is also not amazing—the bats sting a bit on mishits and even good hits sometimes. It’s not fun to have your hands hurt, but it’s also not fun to fly out to the left fielder. We’d rather have wringing hands and home runs than no callouses and fly out—all day.

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2021 DeMarini The Goods

Best BBCOR Bats 2021 [Power]
The Goods Ratings
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Why We Love the 2021 The Goods

Although a bit on the heavy side, we think the 2021 BBCOR The Goods from DeMarini is one of the best bats on the market. In fact, in the heavier class, we think it the best. Player feedback on this bat is through the roof. Everyone who hits it loves it–even the small kids. Its great feel has convinced more than a few in the balanced market to see if they can wield this monster and more than a few of those have been happy with the switch. If you got a little bit of power and want to swing what many consider the best feeling bat in the business, the 2021 The Goods is it.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 33.5/30.5, 34/31, 34.5/31.5

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTDXGIC21

Release Month: September 2020

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2021 Louisville Slugger Meta

Best BBCOR Bat 2021
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Why We Love the 2021 Meta

Whenever a company releases a PWR version of a balanced bat you can be sure the balanced version is a rock star. It means older and bigger kids are wishing they could have the bat too. In other words, the Meta for 2021 is a rock star. They added some ring work inside the barrel when compared to 2020—to help it pass the certification test. But, make no mistake, the exit speeds and feel on the 2021 are just as good as we found them on the 2020. The only difference is the sound—which isn’t nearly as satisfying as the 2020 and 2019 Meta, but it is good enough.

Every hitter who has taken hacks on the 2021 Meta has liked it. The bat’s balanced feel and good sizing options make it an ideal candidate for the vast majority of BBCOR players looking for the biggest barrel, best feel, and a light swing.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WBL2463010

Release Month: August 2020

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2021 Easton Maxum Ultra

Best Single Piece BBCOR Bat
Maxum Ultra Ratings
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Why We Love the 2021 Maxum Ultra

We also like The Goods One Piece and the Voodoo One as top picks for single-piece bats for 2021. However, we see enough love for DeMarini on this list already, so we are compelled to change it up a bit.

We are big fans of the Maxum Ultra. It runs a bit heavier than last year’s 2020 Maxum 360. But the barrel is still massive, and it really hits the ball hard. In terms of the best barrel coverage for given swing weight, the Ultra is a real win. In terms of some high-end velocities, it’s a real win. In terms of a more reasonable feel on this single-piece bat than others in the aluminum space, it’s a real win.

The only downside is that the bat isn’t cheap and doesn’t have that buttery feel of a more traditional two-piece composite or hybrid. Still, though, if we wanted a single-piece bat in our bag for BBCOR, this would be it.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number: BB21MX

Release Month: November 2020

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2015 Marucci CAT 5

Best Old School Bat
CAT 5 Ratings
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Why We Love the 2015 CAT 5

It doesn’t come in a 33 or 34-inch, and the supply is slim, but we have found several 32 and 31-inch Marucci CAT 5’s on eBay over the years for well under $50. Those bats have outperformed basically every BBCOR bat we have ever compared them against. The feel is also not amazing—the bats sting a bit on mishits and even good hits sometimes. It’s not fun to have your hands hurt, but it’s also not fun to fly out to the left fielder. We’d rather have wringing hands and home runs than no callouses and fly out—all day.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number: CAT-5

Release Month:

5

2020 Louisville Slugger Meta

Best BBCOR Bat 2020
Meta Ratings
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Why We Love the 2020 Meta

Although almost impossible to find, and illegal in the 33-inch version, the 2020 Meta is a beautiful bat that is worthy of the hype. The barrel is massive, the feel is perfect and there isn’t a person on the planet who has hit the 2020 Meta and said anything disparaging. For most, it was worth the second mortgage they took out to get it. To be sure, we aren’t justifying some of the insane pricing we’ve seen in the market for this bat. But, this list is about the best, not the smartest buy. All other things being equal, we’d use the 2020 Slugger Meta as the best BBCOR bat in recent memory. Also, this is the same bat as the 2019 (red) Meta.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WBL2463010

Release Month: October 2019

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2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro

Best BBCOR Bat 2019
Quatro Pro Ratings
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Why We Love the 2019 Quatro Pro

If the Rawlings Quatro Pro for 2019 was durable, it might be our favorite bat ever. But, don’t expect to get more than one good season out of the bat. However, if you are good with a bat that has a propensity to break but want a rocket maker then the Quatro Pro is fantastic. The 2019 version has a soft connection piece, a really good feel, a very large barrel, and great performance.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number:

Release Month: October 2018

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2020 DeMarini Voodoo

Best Hybrid BBCOR Bat
Voodoo Ratings
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Why We Love the 2020 Voodoo

As we write this (March of 2021), the Voodoo is available at many outlets. This bat is fantastic, and we think it a real under-the-radar purchase. It’s as good as any Voodoo before or since. Although sacrosanct to say as much, our data shows that it performs as well as The Goods–a bat that more than a few were spending well over retail to get on the secondary market.

In terms of a hybrid bat at the current price point the market is making, we think the Voodoo Balanced from 2020 is a can’t go the wrong kind of choice.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number:

Release Month: November 2019

8

2018 Rawlings Quatro

Best BBCOR Bat for Light Swingers
Quatro Ratings
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Why We Love the 2018 Quatro

You can still find a few of these bats on the secondary market as well as a few outlets. The bat is legendary for its huge barrel performance when you tee one up, and it’s a penchant for breaking after too many hits. If you’re a big hitter, then we do not suggest it. But, if you’re a smaller BBCOR player looking for the maximum pop on lower swing speeds, then this we would recommend. Assuming, of course, you are okay with the idea that your bat may very not last you the full season.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number:

Release Month: October 2017

9

2020 Louisville Slugger Solo

Best Very Light Swinging BBCOR Bat
Solo Ratings
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Why We Love the 2020 Solo

We are aware that the Solo gets a lot of hate in some circles (FaceBook). We aren’t sure why. The bat’s user reviews are fantastic. In terms of overall value, the ratings on Amazon and JustBats are way above average. People love the light swing, good-sized barrel, manageable price point, and its performance.

One of its most attractive features is the fact it comes in a 29-inch version. Throw in the light swinging nature of the Solo due to its extended composite end cap and you have a perfect bat for that 13 or 14-year-old who is still just trying to figure out how to grow. Our oldest son, who very well at 132lbs his senior year, used the 29-inch solo his freshman year in high school. He did great with it, had good bat speed and was able to be on time while a lot of his teammates were still late.

At the time of this writing, we found plenty of the 2020 in stock for a considerable discount over the 2021 version. The bat hasn’t changed from those previous years so we’d be all in on the 2020 from a certified vendor.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 29/26, 30/27, 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTLBBS620B3

Release Month: October 2019

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2015 RIP-IT Air Elite

Best Cheap BBCOR Bat - Old
Air Elite Ratings
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Why We Love the 2015 Air Elite

If you’re patient, you can usually get the Air Elite or the Air circa 2015 for under $30. Truth be told, our exit speed data with the RIP-IT from that era are as good if not better than any bat you can find today. The Elite has a stiff two-piece connection and a good-sized barrel. Not to sound crazy, but the Air Elite was The Goods long before The Goods was The Goods.

We hit a lot and measure exit speed all the time. Whenever a high school player hits with the RIP-IT armament around 2015, they are shocked at how well they perform compared to bats 10x the price.

We love the idea of spending under $40 on your BBCOR bat. If you can find one in that range, we say, why not? Give it a spin. It’s not going to feel amazing on your hands, and you’ll be unimpressed with the sound and barrel profile. But, you’ll enjoy it plenty when you’re standing on second base, again.

Also, you can find this bat in a 2014 and 2016 version too. Go for it. They’re all the same and just as good.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number:

Release Month: January 2015

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2021 Louisville Slugger Omaha

Best Cheap BBCOR Bat - New
Omaha Ratings
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Why We Love the 2021 Omaha

If you want a good deal on a brand new BBCOR bat for 2021, then take a close look at the Omaha from Louisville Slugger. Few bats have been around longer, and few get more love from NCAA players. The bat has a big barrel, and top-end performance even compared to bats 2x+ its price.

Note, the 33 and 34-inch versions of the 2021 Omaha (and 2020) have a heavy swing weight for their class. The 32 and below have a more balanced swing weight.

You may balk at the entry-level price on a performance bat around $200. That’s fair; if you want to go even loser than that, we suggest the Rawlings 5150. That bat also gets a lot of publicity from NCAA players. We have always had more affinity for the Omaha as we think it feels better and like the bigger barrel profile and lighter swing weight. But, the 5150 would be a great, even less expensive new BBCOR bat for 2021.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 29/26, 30/27, 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTLBBO521B3

Release Month: November 2020

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2017 Easton Mako Beast

Best Old School Two Piece Composite BBCOR
Mako Beast Ratings
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Why We Love the 2017 Mako Beast

If you want a great two-piece composite bat for a great deal then look for the 2017 Easton MAKO Beast on eBay. The bat can hit missiles and has held up well over the years—much better than a bat like the Quatro. As well, as far as we have observed, the bat comes at a serious discount and you can get a great feel, big barrel, light swing in a two-piece composite bat price that would also include a glove or another bat.

In terms of a straight value buy, if you’re looking for a two-piece composite bat in BBCOR then the 2017 Easton MAKO Beast should be high on your list.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number:

Release Month: October 2016

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2021 DeMarini CF

Most Flexible BBCOR Bat
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Why We Love the 2021 CF

DeMarini’s CF for 2021 has a very flexible connection. There is a lot of give in the handle on mishits and, therefore, even the worst of hits feel great.

The bat also has top-end performance as the bounce off a bat happens AFTER the ball makes contact. So, any give on the connection piece does not take away from its exit velocity. That point is not well understood in the industry and many think that a stiffer bat transfers more power to the ball. That is not the case, however. Bats eject from the barrel so quickly the connection piece’s stiffness does not affect ball exit velocity.

All that said, smaller hitters or those who want a really nice feel on every hit (and avoid any handsting) will prefer DeMarini’s 2021 CF.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30/27, 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTDXCBC21

Release Month: November 2020

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2016 DeMarini Voodoo Raw

Best Old School Power Hitter's BBCOR Bat
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Why We Love the 2016 Voodoo Raw

These bats are becoming more and more scarce. But, if you can find one of these in the secondary market on eBay or Sidelineswap under $100 it might be the best bat move you’ve ever made.

The bat has a more flexible connection piece—which DeMarini changed in the following years. Now, the Voodoo line (aka The Goods) is a stiff feeling two-piece hybrid bat. But the Raw was quite flexible, a lot like the CF was then and is today.

As such, it feels a bit different than most power bats. We did a very long test this last year on the best Voodoo and this guy came out on top even compared to what a lot of folks think is the latest and greatest.

In terms of an old-school power hitters bat in the hybrid space? This is it.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

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Release Month: October 2015

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2021 DeMarini Voodoo One

Best Aluminum Single Piece BBCOR Bat
Voodoo One Ratings
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Why We Love the 2021 Voodoo One

Our favorite single-piece BBCOR bat is the Maxum 360 or Ultra. We like the bigger barrel profile than the Voodoo and its exit speeds. We think that is proven out in the college ranks too where the Maxum is a big win.

That said, the 2021/2020/2019/2018 Voodoo One is a favorite of ours too, and gets good player feedback. (The bat has not changed for several years). It has a great sound, and good performance despite a pretty small barrel profile. It’s also a durable bat and although not the lightest swinging BBCOR bat around, is definitely lighter than some of the heavier ones like its two-piece counterpart The Goods.

We also really like The Goods One Piece. It is a very similar bat with the same alloy a slightly heavier swing and a bigger barrel profile when compared to the Voodoo One.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30/27, 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTDXV0C21

Release Month: October 2020

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2021 Axe Elite One Special Edition Pro Handle

Best Crazy Idea BBCOR Bat
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Why We Love the 2021 Elite One Special Edition Pro Handle

This might not be the right choice for everyone, but if you want some power in your swing and a trick you’ve yet to try, we guess you might be happy with the new Axe Elite One. It is a single-piece alloy with a good barrel and an updated handle on the Axe bat. This newer handle (called the PRO Version handle) has more roundness to the back end of the knob and was created directly because of the feedback from the MLB folks who are swinging Axe wood bats in the Pros.

The bat swings on the heavy side, but if you can squre it up you’ll hit the ball real well. If you want to try something different and a bit off the beaten path, we’d go here.

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Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Serial Number: L137J-PWR

Release Month: November 2020

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The Research

What Changes from COVID

We spoke with a half dozen major manufacturers and distributors about the cluster that is soon to be baseball and fastpitch bat inventory. None of them agreed to be on the record. But, suffice it to say, every major player in the bat space feels precisely the same: change is coming because COVID fundamentally shifted the distribution model.

If you’ve followed bats over the last several years, you should expect most new BBCOR bats to show around July. With the College World Series in Omaha ramping up as the largest showcase of BBCOR bats, manufacturers get their new gear in the hands of the best players for some “free” publicity. By September, they are readily available at most outlets.

Next year’s fastpitch bats are released in June.

It follows, in August, the Little League World Series brings with it more eyeballs on USA Baseball than any other youth sport. Easton has leveraged this opportunity to showcase their next year’s line of youth baseball bats.

Somewhere in that mix, usually with the release of USA, USSSA bats (which outnumber USA bats 2 or 3 to 1) also release to the masses. As fall ball winds down and players outgrow last year’s bat, the fall is an expected time to see inventory prices dump as major retailers make shelf room for incoming 2021 models.

Enter: COVID-19. In terms of bat distributions, it has changed everything.

Many changes, we’ve been told, will be seen for years to come.

2021 BBCOR Bats

Of all the economic clusters where COVID has thrown in a wrench, the distribution model of performance baseball and fastpitch bats is on the shortlist. Vendors are sitting on, literally, tens and tens of thousands of units that at this time last year were sold out.

In June of most years, manufacturers look to unload their last crop of 2020 inventory to big distributors. The Dicks Sporting Goods, Just Bats, and Closeoutbats of the world buy a truckload of a model line or two at significant discounts. Exclusive inventory deals for major distributors go down at rock bottom prices. Those deals are ultimately transferred to us buyers as distributors lure us in for a late-season sale on bats selling for twice that just a few short weeks ago.

So, what happens when baseball and fastpitch cancel?

What happens to bats when the NCAA College World Series and Little League World Series no longer exist?

Most consequences of canceling the season are pretty obvious.

For starters, we can expect vendors and manufacturers to drop their prices hard this fall to move inventory. We don’t have official numbers, but its likely some major retailers have 20 times the inventory than they usually have. We expect prices to reach historic lows. That’s good for us consumers–in the short run at least.

As well, the lack of bat inventory selling will force many manufacturers to hold off on releasing new bats. Where June was the time for fastpitch, July/August for new BBCOR and August/September the time for new USA and USSSA, you can expect those dates to get pushed by several weeks if not several months.

Almost (with the emphasis on almost) every single major bat release has been pushed by months. BBCOR bats that were coming in July are now slated for October at best. Many USSSA and USA bats a shelved for 2021.

As an example, although we aren’t sure, most expected the CAT 9 to drop in May. Instead, we now hope for a late 2020 release. Fastpitch bats should have come and gone already. Now they look to release in mid-August. Some mid-tier manufacturers are pushing until 2021. You name the manufacturer, and you can be sure they have pushed no less than one bat back a month or two or twelve.

Some consequences are not so obvious.

Marucci’s model is an every other year release. This strategy makes sense on a few levels. If a bat manufacturer can release a bat every other year, they can keep their prices higher for longer (they won’t need to push inventory out the door every October to make room for next year’s bats).

Rumor has it, COVID will drive more than a few manufacturers to transition to an every other year release of significant bat lines.

2021 BBCOR Swing Weights

The image shows most 2021 BBCOR bats in order of swing weight from heaviest to lightest (left to right).

When we first started writing about swing weights in 2014, even those in the industry had no idea what we were talking about. Now, seems like it’s all the buzz.

We have long contended that swing weight is the single most important thing to consider when buying the right bat. Of all the measurements we do on our site, getting exact swing weights takes us the longest.

But, there is a rub.

The love of swing weights in the industry over the last couple of years has created a lot of misinformation. Sometimes, we aren’t sure if the emphasis on swing weight has been less or more helpful. When considering swing weights, pay attention to a few things.

  • Swing weights do not scale equally when the size changes. That is, if  32-inch CF is measured to swing lighter than the 32-inch Quatro Pro it DOES NOT also mean the 33-inches are in the same order.
  • We’ve found that published swing weights by companies are very much encouraged. However, we’ve found many of those measurements to be off–often by more than a few points.
  • Not all bats are created equal either. You can buy the same bat in the same size from the same vendor and, if you measure the swing weight, you’ll find they’re a bit different.

Take heart, though, it is not all bad news. 

Most bats within +/- 5% of each other are indistinguishable. As long as you stay within that margin, you’ll generally be okay when switching between bats.

You can see our full list of swing weights on our BBCOR bat swing weight chart. But, for your reference, here is the 33-inch BBCOR’s for 2021 from lightest to heaviest swinging.

  1. Rawlings Quatro Pro
  2. DeMarini CF
  3. Rawlings VELO ACP
  4. Slugger SOLO
  5. Easton MAXUM
  6. The Goods Single Piece
  7. Maxum Ultra
  8. DeMarini Voodoo
  9. Slugger Meta
  10. DeMarini Voodoo One
  11. Mizuno B20 PWR CRBN
  12. Victus Nox
  13. Warstic Bonesaber
  14. Marucci CAT 9 Connect
  15. Mizuno Hot Metal
  16. Mizuno B20 PWR CRBN
  17. DeMarini The Goods
  18. Axe Elite One
  19. Stinger Missle
  20. Slugger Meta PWR
  21. Slugger Omaha
  22. Easton B5
  23. Anderson Widomaker
  24. Pheonix Smoke
  25. Dirty South KAMO

2021 BBCOR Barrel Sizes

Barrel profile is a reasonable way to consider the right bat for you. Some like can’t miss barrels.

There are a few things to consider, however.

For starters, the above picture is the 33-inch version of the BBCOR bats. The barrel profile size does NOT scale equally across all brands and models. Meaning, a certain bat that has a bigger profile in the 33-inch might not have the same advantage in the 31-inch. All bats do not scale equally.

Also, we aren’t sure that our image is in the exact right order. It looks like the Victus Nox is bigger than the B5 and the CAT 9, Widowmaker, Missle, and Smoke could all be interchanged.

That said, the bats tend to stay in their general area. That is, don’t expect a bat like the Voodoo One to be the biggest barre of 2021 in the 31-inch and don’t expect the Maxum to be anywhere near the bottom in any of its sizes.

How We Decide

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.

2020 BBCOR 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.

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.

What is the Right Bat Size

The best-kept secret in the industry is that the best BBCOR bat is actually the right size bat. BBCOR standards have leveled the playing field such that barrel performance is eerily similar across every brand, model, and make. The best way to improve your exit velocity is to dial in the right swing weight.

We help dial in the right swing weight here: BBCOR bat swing weights.

See our Bat Size Chart.

If you are still not sure as the right bat size, check out our advice column.

Bat Rumors

All BBCOR bats have been released for 2021. We don’t expect and have not heard of any rumors about new ones anytime soon. The dye is cast. We expect some early June/July releases.

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Carl
Carl
9 months 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
9 months 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

Dom
Dom
7 months ago

Hello I am a 15u player, taller build and a medium weight. I’ve been swinging the meta 2021 33inch bbcor, I was wondering if I wanted a bat with more pop like the goods or perhaps the cat 9 connect,or the NOX. would it be a smart idea to move down a size to be able to control the barrel a little better, or get something like the bonesaber in a 33inch. Price does not matter. If you could give me the best option for me to swing between a Warstic Bonesaber 33inch, A Cat 9 Connect 32inch, The goods 32inch, Or the NOX 33inch, to replace the 2021 meta. If you don´t think any of these are a good option, let me know of a bat that has more pop, and equal or slightly heavier swing weight.

Last edited 7 months ago by Dom
Jack
Jack
7 months ago

If you had to choose between the 2020 DeMarini Voodoo One or the Louisville Slugger Solo which would you pick. I am a strong 15 years old and am moving up an inch from 32 to a 33. I have no budget.

Mike
Mike
9 months ago

What size and type of bat would you recommend for my 13 yr old son? He is 5’2″ and 88 lbs, and only a second year travel player, average hitter at best and still working on proper swing mechanics. I worry that he is not strong enough to swing a BBCOR properly, but according to IESA rules (hopefully he plays middle school ball in the fall) any bat 31″ and up must be BBCOR. Any bat 30″ and below would have to be BBCOR or USABat. Should I try a 31″ BBCOR? Or stick with a lighter 30″ USABat? If a 30″ USABat, what drop and type would you recommend? 

Jeremy
Jeremy
11 months ago

My 13 y/o 8th grader is playing High School and we are looking to get him a bat for use in HS and Babe Ruth. I am stuck between the Cat 8 and Meta. Looking for best bang for buck, would be willing to spend the money on Meta but not sure if thats the right bat for him. He is a contact hitter, not big power, about 5’9 and 130 lbs. Thank you! 

Ivan
Ivan
9 months ago

Hey, I watch all your videos, and I had a question on bats. I’m looking for a bat not to heavy but just enough to get power. I love the 515 Omaha and am looking to get the 2019 Omaha but herd the 2020 is a little heavy. Can you tell me which has more pop the Omaha 519 or the solo 619?

Derek
Derek
9 months ago

I am a baseball guy, and my son, who is a 6’2, 240 lb high school senior catcher/corner infielder, has been playing all his life. He grew up with the blue Combat DaBomb and yellow Easton XL…fun times and moon shots. BBCOR has certainly curbed that but hearing a lot of buzz around the L/S Meta, Meta PWR, and Demarini’s The Goods. I’m familiar with the specs, see the MOIs on each, but keep flipping the coin and would like an unbiased opinion. I see all of these as a good option, just what might be better…seems the Meta has more pop? It would be great for his last year of HS ball to include a few HRs. Thanks in advance for any help. I do enjoy your reviews and youtube demos.

Aaron
Aaron
7 months ago

I am a high school senior, and I am currently swinging a Marucci Cat 7 and can’t swing that bat next year in college due to the barrel being white. I am 5’9″ 150 lbs contact hitter with occasional power. I don’t really want to continue to swing one piece bats, but I can’t decide if a composite or a hybrid bat would be better. After doing some research, I have narrowed down my selection to the Louisville Slugger Prime, the CF, the Slugger Select PWR, and the Voodoo balanced. I will be going to school in Minnesota next year, and I am wondering if the cold weather will play a part in performance in these bats? Any recommendations? 

Charles
Charles
7 months ago

My son is 14 YO, 5’07” 140lbs with average power. He really likes the Axe bats, but I see the Elite One is very endloaded. He is just making the switch to BBCOR, BTW. He has swing a 31″ Elite One very well but was previously practicing with a 32″ Hammer (old bat borrowed from the neighbor, BESER old lol) and not doing bad with BP but I know it’s a bit much for him. I really feel he would do well with a 32″ Axe hyperwhip as I know it has a very light swing weight by size. Is the sweet spot smaller on the hyperwhip? And I would guess the swing weight (and therefore pop) should be at least equal to the 31″ Elite One. Thank you!

Charlie
Charlie
7 months ago
Reply to  Brian

Thank you!

Chad
Chad
7 months ago

I’m looking at getting a new BBCOR bat for my son. He is a 6’3″ 180lbs 16 year old power hitting. He is currently swinging the Louisville Slugger 918 Prime 34/31. I am looking at the Louisville Prime 919 or DeMarini The Goods in the 34/31. I totally understand that it is a personal preference so I’m looking for advice/opinion. Thank you and have a great day!

Chad Schlichting
Chad Schlichting
6 months ago
Reply to  Brian

Hey Brian, thank you for the information. I do have another question, what is your opinion of the Louisville Select PWR BBCOR?

Dion
Dion
7 months ago

Freshman- 5’8″ 150 (BBCOR) Always played high level (majors) USSSA. Although on the smaller size has a ton of pop and good overall bat, lots of swing and misses though. Last 2 falls swung 32″ Baum bat and for this fall along with the Baum bat also swung 2018 Meta Prime (red one). Handles it ok (he loves the pop) but I think there’s a better bat out there that can help with barrel control to cut down the swing and misses. Been researching the Voodoo One but haven’t been able to try one yet. Thanks for your help

Brian
Brian
7 months ago

I have always used composite bats with much success but never got the pop I wanted. Yes I am smaller being on 5’4 entering senior year, but I recently switched to a one piece (Bonesaber) and feel like I get more pop but just can’t tell. My main question would be, should I swing a 1 piece, 2 piece, or 2 peice composite if I am smaller looking for pop?

Tim Turner
Tim Turner
6 months ago

The Stinger Nuke has to be included in this discussion. Definitely not a bat for everyone but if you’re looking for one that is more end loaded then balanced, smooth swinging without losing barrel control through the zone, great feedback on your swings, and great pop on jam shots and balls hit off the end of the barrel, then this is your bat. The price is insanely low especially when compared to the ridiculous prices of most of the other bats on the market and the performance is better. My son has a 33 30…still has his cat7 and loves it as well…100 mph EV from front soft toss. We are completely sold on the Stinger.

Carter
Carter
6 months ago

Hello, my Name is Cater, I’m 16 years old and will be playing High School baseball very soon, it’s almost Christmas and I hoping to get a bat, the issue is I don’t know which one. I have narrowed it down to 2 2020 LS Select Power and the 2020 ADV 360. The Select Power looks okay but the thing that sort of helps is the price of the bat. The ADV 360 looks awesome but costs a lot, plus I have had a Easton bat before so I trust durability of the bat. So I just need some professional help to find a bat that is good for my upcoming High School season. Thank You.

Dylan Feimer
Dylan Feimer
6 months ago

Hi Brian, my name is Dylan. I am 16 years old, 5’8” and roughly 170lbs. I currently swing the Red Meta in 33”. I have above average strength and hand speed, my only problem is that I sometimes fall into the habit of “dragging” my bat through the zone.(Boring descriptions complete, lol)

Anyways, I am thinking about buying a new BBCOR for Christmas; and after watching ALOT of your channel, I have my eyes set on either the Easton Maxum Ultra, or the Victus Nox Hybrid. Would you see these as good options? And if not, what other bats would you prefer? I don’t have a max price point. If you could respond ASAP that would be awesome! Thank you and stay safe.

*Helpful Side Note* I prefer 2 or 3 piece composite or hybrid bats, 1 piece aluminums like the vandal hurt my hands (my hands are weak asf when it comes to mishits XD)

Dylan Feimer
Dylan Feimer
6 months ago
Reply to  Brian

That definitely helped me out. Thanks man!

Tanner
Tanner
6 months ago

I’m a 15 190 pound fresh man who has a good amount of muscle and I swing a very heavy day and I want something a little more versatile and I’ve been thinking the NOX or the cat 8 or 9 so I just need your help to end my search

Chris
Chris
6 months ago

Hey Brian, I am a 14U player, 5’4, 130lbs. I have a lot of strength but I still am looking for a more balanced bat with a bigger barrel. I am in BBCOR league and I am looking preferably for a 32 inch bat. my budget is $350. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Last edited 6 months ago by Chris
Yader
Yader
2 months ago
Reply to  Brian

Have you heard of any issues with the inside of the barrel on the Maxum 360 having loose debris after a few weeks of use?
I am trying to get a BBCOR for my son and your answer to this question above helped me out a lot, but before I go for the 360 I want to see if you’ve heard of any complaints of pieces of the inside of the barrel coming loose to the point you can hear a rattling noise when you shake the bat. I read a couple of reviews on Dicks Sporting Good describing this issue along with loosing some of the pop. Thanks in advance.

Eric
Eric
3 months ago

Brian,
My son has been swinging multiple 2015 Voodoo Overlord Ft’s for the past 4 years. From USSSA to current 31/28 BBCOR. He wants to make a switch this summer before HS. He’d love to find a new one but not possible.

Do you have a bat that you would compare to the FT in barrel size? Maybe on the lighter swing since he will be seeing new velo soon.
Thank you in advance.

Tarrick
Tarrick
3 months ago

Hey I’m a small 14 year old I’m thinking of buying a new bat but I’m struggling to decide if I should buy a Louisvile meta or if I should buy a Demarini The Goods, but I’m not sure which is better I’m a contact batter but I’m becoming more of a power hitter.pls help

Austin
Austin
3 months ago

Hi, I’m a 15 year old 5’8 135 lb contact/gap hitter. I’ve been using my teammates meta and I really like how balanced and light swinging it is but don’t wanna dish out 500 dollars for one. How does the victus nox and demarini voodoo compare to its swing weight? I’m looking for a composite bat about the same swing weight. Thanks.

Bryan
Bryan
2 months ago

I’m 14, 5’10, moderate strength. My budget is around $300 (maybe $350). Based on the reviews I’ve read, I’m considering the Voodoo One and the Easton Maxum 360. Thoughts?

Matt
Matt
2 months ago

Hello to all at Batdigest from Canada. I’m hoping to get some suggestions for what could be potentially the right bat for my son, I have some in mind but paying the extra $$$ to get them from the states I need to be positive so the wife doesn’t take me out behind the shed for a dirt nap lol.
My son is 14, 6’1 and growing 195lbs hits for high average and has the ability to spray the ball with decent pop. He’s currently playing Little League Junior AAA.
Right now he’s swinging a Mizuno B19 Power Carbon 31” -10 &
KR3 C271.
Both bats have served him well but it’s time to upgrade so I’m hopeful to find him a bat with a balanced swing and power in 32/33 drop 3/5
In USA or BBCOR.

Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.

Michael
Michael
2 months ago

In all of your testing, have you noticed the new 2-piece DeMarini bats less durable?

My son got 4 months out of his BBCOR Voodoo. The handle slid up into the barrel last night at practice after hitting a ball off the fence in left field. I am wondering if The Goods 2-piece would have a similar lifespan since the connector seems to be different.

Michael
Michael
2 months ago
Reply to  Brian

Yes. Voodoo BBCOR 2-piece. I’m hoping the warranty process is painless. What sucks is that this was a custom bat. So now even if there are no issues the replacement won’t be in until July.

James
James
2 months ago

What about the DeMarini -3 voodoo 1
What do y’all think of it or is it overrated

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