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Best BBCOR Bats 2022 (and 2021)

Updated August 4, 2022

By Bat Digest

TLDR; We think the 2022 DeMarini’s The Goods is the best BBCOR bat. However, the inventory issue (i.e. it’s not available anywhere) makes it impossible to recommend. We think paying extra for it in the secondary market is a MISTAKE. So, we think the best BBCOR bat on the market today is either the 2022 Marucci CAT 9 Pastime or 2022 Slugger META. If you don’t want to pay that much (and who does) then the 2021 or 2022 Easton Maxum is our next bet.

If you’re looking for the best BBCOR bat for 2022, 2021, and 2022 then you’re in the right place. We’ve collected thousands of exit speeds from multiple hitters, measured market trends and bat performance, and reported our best bat for high school baseball below.

Updated August 4, 2022

Inventory is still an issue for a number of bats (March of 2022). We’ve updated our list to reflect inventory issues.

1. 2022 Marucci CAT9 Composite Pastime

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Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Light+

Serial Number: MCBCCP9A

Original Price: $550

Release Month: September 2021

Best 2022 BBCOR Bat

2022 Marucci CAT9 Composite Pastime BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2022 Marucci CAT9 Composite Pastime

$550

Original Price

Amazon

Due to limited inventory on Demarini/Slugger bats, we think the Marucci CAT 9 Composite Pastime is as good as anything those other companies make (and apparently can’t deliver). The 2022 Pastime has a huge barrel, great feel and top end performance. Even though its way more expensive than what we wished it were, in the world of no budget baseball the 2022 Marucci CAT 9 Composite Pastime is the best.

2. 2022 DeMarini The Goods

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Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Mid+

Serial Number: WTDXGIC22

Original Price: $400

Release Month: October 2021

Best End Loaded BBCOR Bat 2022

2022 DeMarini The Goods BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2022 DeMarini The Goods

$400

Original Price

Amazon

The 2022 The Goods is a fantastic BBCOR bat. It swings a little heavy, so this is not for the faint of heart, but those who like the idea of a hybrid and want to hang trophies with what many consider the best BBCOR bat on the market for 2022 should look real close at The Goods.

3. 2022 Louisville Slugger Meta

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Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Light+

Serial Number: WBL2522010

Original Price: $500

Release Month: October 2021

Best BBCOR Bat (Reprint)

2022 Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2022 Louisville Slugger Meta

$500

Original Price

Amazon

Look, we know this bat has lost its luster. People have moved on mentally. But the exit speeds, feel, durability, and player rating on this thing are fantastic.

Hard Stop.

You can look elsewhere for more hype. But the bat is a firemaker and will hit the ball as hard as anything out there. It is also a fantastic swing weight for almost any hitter.

4. 2022 Marucci F5

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Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Mid

Serial Number: MCBF53

Original Price: $130

Release Month: September 2021

Best Value BBCOR Bat 2022

2022 Marucci F5 BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2022 Marucci F5

$130

Original Price

Amazon

As a pure value play, the 2022 Marucci F5 in BBCOR is an absolute win. We love the big barrel, the light swing, and the great feel on hits. The bat goes toe to toe with any single piece alloy on the market but gets 1/10 the publicity as some of the others. That’s great because you can find it in stock at most places and the sub $150 price point makes it highly attractive and great value. If you want a new bat for 2022, aren’t too worried about missing out on the ‘latest and greatest’ then the 2022 Marucci F5 is a fantastic purchase for 2022 BBCOR.

5. 2021 Easton Maxum Ultra

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Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Light

Serial Number: BB21MX

Original Price: $400

Release Month: September 2020

Best Under the Radar BBCOR Bat

2021 Easton Maxum Ultra BBCOR 2021 Easton Maxum Ultra BBCOR
2021 Easton Maxum Ultra BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2021 Easton Maxum Ultra

$400

Original Price

Amazon

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.

6. 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta

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Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Light+

Serial Number: WBL2463010

Original Price: $500

Release Month: September 2020

Best BBCOR Bat 2021

2021 Louisville Slugger META BBCOR 2021 Louisville Slugger META BBCOR
2021 Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2021 Louisville Slugger Meta

$500

Original Price

Amazon

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.

7. 2020 Louisville Slugger Meta

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Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Mid

Serial Number: WTLBBMTB3

Original Price: $499

Release Month: September 2019

Best BBCOR Bat 2020

2020 Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR 2020 Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR
2020 Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2020 Louisville Slugger Meta

$499

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Amazon

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.

8. 2020 DeMarini Voodoo

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Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Mid

Serial Number: WTDXVBC-20

Original Price: $350

Release Month: August 2019

Best Hybrid BBCOR Bat

2020 DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2020 DeMarini Voodoo

$350

Original Price

Amazon

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.

9. 2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro

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Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Light

Serial Number: BB9Q3

Original Price: $450

Release Month: October 2018

Best BBCOR Bat 2019

2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro

$450

Original Price

Amazon

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.

10. 2018 Rawlings Quatro

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Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Light

Serial Number: BB8Q3

Original Price: $450

Release Month: October 2017

Best BBCOR Bat for Light Swingers

2018 Rawlings Quatro BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2018 Rawlings Quatro

$450

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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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Best BBCOR Bats 2022 (and 2021)

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2022 Marucci CAT9 Composite Pastime

Best 2022 BBCOR Bat

Amazon

CAT9 Composite Pastime Ratings
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Why We Love the 2022 CAT9 Composite Pastime

Due to limited inventory on Demarini/Slugger bats, we think the Marucci CAT 9 Composite Pastime is as good as anything those other companies make (and apparently can’t deliver). The 2022 Pastime has a huge barrel, great feel and top end performance. Even though its way more expensive than what we wished it were, in the world of no budget baseball the 2022 Marucci CAT 9 Composite Pastime is the best.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: MCBCCP9A

Release Month: September 2021

Our Review:

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2022 DeMarini The Goods

Best End Loaded BBCOR Bat 2022

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The Goods Ratings
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Why We Love the 2022 The Goods

The 2022 The Goods is a fantastic BBCOR bat. It swings a little heavy, so this is not for the faint of heart, but those who like the idea of a hybrid and want to hang trophies with what many consider the best BBCOR bat on the market for 2022 should look real close at The Goods.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTDXGIC22

Release Month: October 2021

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2022 Louisville Slugger Meta

Best BBCOR Bat (Reprint)

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Meta Ratings
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Why We Love the 2022 Meta

Look, we know this bat has lost its luster. People have moved on mentally. But the exit speeds, feel, durability, and player rating on this thing are fantastic.

Hard Stop.

You can look elsewhere for more hype. But the bat is a firemaker and will hit the ball as hard as anything out there. It is also a fantastic swing weight for almost any hitter.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WBL2522010

Release Month: October 2021

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2022 Marucci F5

Best Value BBCOR Bat 2022

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F5 Ratings
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Why We Love the 2022 F5

As a pure value play, the 2022 Marucci F5 in BBCOR is an absolute win. We love the big barrel, the light swing, and the great feel on hits. The bat goes toe to toe with any single piece alloy on the market but gets 1/10 the publicity as some of the others. That’s great because you can find it in stock at most places and the sub $150 price point makes it highly attractive and great value. If you want a new bat for 2022, aren’t too worried about missing out on the ‘latest and greatest’ then the 2022 Marucci F5 is a fantastic purchase for 2022 BBCOR.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: MCBF53

Release Month: September 2021

5

2021 Easton Maxum Ultra

Best Under the Radar BBCOR Bat

Amazon

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.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: BB21MX

Release Month: September 2020

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2021 Louisville Slugger Meta

Best BBCOR Bat 2021

Amazon

Meta Ratings
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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.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WBL2463010

Release Month: September 2020

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2020 Louisville Slugger Meta

Best BBCOR Bat 2020

Amazon

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.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTLBBMTB3

Release Month: September 2019

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2020 DeMarini Voodoo

Best Hybrid BBCOR Bat

Amazon

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.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTDXVBC-20

Release Month: August 2019

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2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro

Best BBCOR Bat 2019

Amazon

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.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: BB9Q3

Release Month: October 2018

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2018 Rawlings Quatro

Best BBCOR Bat for Light Swingers

Amazon

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.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: BB8Q3

Release Month: October 2017

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2020 Louisville Slugger Solo

Best Very Light Swinging BBCOR Bat

Amazon

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.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

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

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTLBBS620B3

Release Month: September 2019

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2015 RIP-IT Air Elite

Best Cheap BBCOR Bat - Old

Amazon

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.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: B1503E

Release Month: January 2015

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2021 DeMarini The Goods

Best Unfindable BBCOR Bats 2021

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The Goods Ratings
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Why We Love the 2021 The Goods

All but impossible to find these days, the 2021 BBCOR The Goods from DeMarini is a fantastic bat. We called its superiority before the 2021 season started and we likely understated its dominance. We think it the best bat for 2021. However, it is impossible to find because they all sold out. Still, though, 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.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 33, 34, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTDXGIC21

Release Month: August 2020

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2021 Louisville Slugger Omaha

Best Cheap BBCOR Bat - New

Amazon

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, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTLBBO521B3

Release Month: September 2020

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2021 DeMarini CF

Most Flexible BBCOR Bat

Amazon

CF Ratings
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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.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTDXCBC21

Release Month: August 2020

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2017 Easton Mako Beast

Best Old School Two Piece Composite BBCOR

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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.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: BB17MK

Release Month: August 2016

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2021 DeMarini Voodoo One

Best Aluminum Single Piece BBCOR Bat

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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, 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: WTDXV0C21

Release Month: August 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, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: DXVDC

Release Month: September 2015

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2021 Axe Elite One SE Pro

Best Crazy Idea BBCOR Bat

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Why We Love the 2021 Elite One SE Pro

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, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: L137J-PWR

Release Month: August 2020

Our Review: Axe Elite One Review

Related: Best BBCOR Bats

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2013 Marucci CAT 5^2

Best Old School Bat

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Why We Love the 2013 CAT 5^2

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, 32

Drop: 3

Serial Number: CAT-5

Release Month: October 2014

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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. At Bat Digest we 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.

See our Bat Size Chart.

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

Bat Rumors

We don’t expect that many new bats to pop up in the early parts of the season. But, we do expect a couple from smaller companies to hit the market. Most bigger companies are trying to simply keep up with demand in the bats they do have. Expect more BBCOR bats in late August.

Comments

Hector Orozco says:

Hi, what’s is main difference between Louisville Meta 2022 (Orange) and Louisville Meta 2021 (Black/with other colors)?

Brian says:

No difference. Same bat, different paint job.

Tim says:

This will be my sons second year playing high school ball. He is 5′ 9″ 180 pound freshman. We live in New Mexico which requires highschool to use wood or wood composite bats. He is currently swinging a 33 inch Baum bat. He gets consistent contact line drives with the occasional power to the deep outfield. Next year New Mexico will go back to bbcor across the board. We want to get ahead of the game and have been looking for a bat. The Meta and the goods keep coming up. any suggestions would be great.

justin Kaplan says:

Why do you guys still spread the myth that composite bats have more pop in bbcor, the truth of the matter is that composite tends to have no more pop than alloy, even when broken in due to the restrictor rings that bbcor requires to keep it at a coefficient of restitution under .50. The truth is that alloy tends to be hotter, why do you think that colleges tend to swing alloy bats like the goods, and the voodoo one you think that colleges don’t do studies?

Brian says:

Justin,

I don’t see where we make the claim that you say we do. Alloy bats don’t perform better than composites and neither do composites perform better than alloys. We’ve been perfectly clear on that a million times over. We have thousands and thousands of data points to prove that to be true. We’re not perpetuating a myth.

We literally invented the game of tracking NCAA bats usage and have detailed information back to 2018. Look at Florida, for example, who last year used only the Maxum Ultra, a composite bat.

The reason college guys tend to use alloy is that it tends to be heavier and more durable and there is no work in period. That isn’t a secret in the industry. It is why stronger elite D1 type kids like alloy bats.

But the vast majority of BBCOR players, who are NOT D1 players and never going to be, prefer the feel, barrel size and swing weight of composite bats. The performance is the same.

Justin Kaplan says:

Hey sorry misread, I understand what you are saying, sorry, I personally do not like composite because I am impatient and like hot out of wrapper, for example my gamer is a 33/30 the goods, I swung a 2017 quatro before and it broke pretty quickly (within 150 swings) while I was breaking it in, never got to use in game, I personally love to goods, but I tend to swing the project 3 fuze as well. sorry for the aggressive comment, I jumped to conclusions too fast to actually make a compelling argument, sorry.

Brian says:

Thanks for the response Justin and thanks for reading. All good!

James says:

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

Brian says:

Hey James. We like the Voodoo One. It made #15 on this all-time best BBCOR bat list. Fun hit for sure. Not anything close to worth the price that some are paying for it. The bat hasn’t changed for several years, and its 2018 through 2020 versions were an average plus bat—no change this year despite its love on social media. And we don’t want to be haters, either. The bat is good. But it didn’t break the BBCOR standard 3 years ago, and it didn’t do it this year either. Personally, we’d take the Maxum over the Voodoo One if we are going for a single-piece feel. But the Voodoo is fun too.

Michael says:

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.

Brian says:

Hey,

We don’t believe the older voodoo are any less durable at the connection piece than the market normal. It is likely the Goods improved upon its durability at the connection point—because that helps manufacturers because warranty claims make money. The Goods appears to have much fewer moving parts so that we wouldn’t be surprised. That said, I think your problem is rare as we haven’t seen that happen very often, and I feel like we’ve hit a lot of Voodoos in our life.

That said, the DeMarini CF in USSSA lacks durability, and that is a two-piece DeMarini–but it appears you were just talking about the Voodoo/Goods line.

Michael says:

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.

Matt says:

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.

Brian says:

Matt,

Thanks for reaching out. Our first reaction is that a drop 10 for a 6’1″ kid that i’s 195 is crazy small. At 14, most kids are required to swing BBCOR bats—or drop 3’s. So, in terms of convincing your wife to not bury you the back—I think that’s a good place to start. It is, as you’ve surmised, time for a new bat.

In terms of the right one, we say a 32/29 Maxum 360 or Ultra from Easton would be a good bet. Big barrel, nice feel for a single piece and it’s a real homage to Combat bats who were from Canada.

Otherwise, if you want to go something less expensive, then we’d look for an older (2019/2020) DeMarini CF. If you want something a bit stiffer than those bats then something like the Omaha or Solo from any year should do you good.

Thanks for reaching out and good luck up there!
Brian

Bryan says:

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?

Brian says:

Hey,

We think the Voodoo One is overhyped. The bat hasn’t changed for years and the NCAA college players aren’t attracted to it either compared to a bat like the Maxum. That doesn’t mean we’d never hit the Voodoo One. But we wouldn’t pay anything close to what the internet is suggesting you should. In that sense, the Maxum is a win for us. If you must go Voodoo, try and find an older version of the bat or even a 2017/18 voodoo balanced (that’s a hybrid, but its the same barrel as the One, is 1/3 the price and will get you just as good exit velocities).

Hope that helps. Thanks for reaching out.

Austin says:

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.

Brian says:

Hey Austin, Good question. Check out an older CF or Prime. In fact, the 2018 918 Prime in BBCOR is what the META is built on/improved on. But, in terms of a good feel and a big barrel with a light swing then we’d check out the Prime 918, 919 or 2020 Prime. If you don’t like any of those then look for an older CF. Hope that helps and thanks for reaching out. Good luck!

Tarrick says:

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

Brian says:

Tarrick,

The Goods is not for smaller hitters. It is for bigger hitters. If the options were the Meta and The goods and you’re a smaller 14U player then the META all day. Thanks for reaching out.

Brian

Eric says:

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.

Brian says:

Hey Eric,

We love that Overlord FT. Glad to see someone else has really got a hold of it too.

If you want a lighter swinging hybrid then the newer 2019-2021 Voodoo Balanced is pretty good. It swings lighter than the Overlord by a few points and still has the same feel and vibe as the overlord FT. That is where we would look.

If you want to try something else than the Victus Nox is a lighter swinging hybrid (at least as far as hybrids go).

But, we’d hate to see him go away from the Voodoo line and we really like the current version of the Voodoo Overlord FT in the Voodoo

Hope that helps and thanks for reaching out.

Chris says:

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!

Brian says:

Hey Chris,

As we read that, we think you’d like the Easton Maxum. Huge barrel, light swing, and a good feel for a single piece bat. Not sure what size you swing but if you can get that in a 32/29 it might be solid gold for you. The new version this year is $399, but last year’s model which swings a bit lighter but is basically the same bat, can be found for $299. So, we’d save the $100 and get to work. Hope that helps!

Yader says:

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.

Brian says:

We have not. Most of the time, that is just some glue from the end cap. The inside of composite bats does not shed material as it is all connected. So, it’s likely just some glue. That said, if it is a lot of debris, then something may have happened. Not sure what. If it is still under warranty, Easton will likely take it back if it has a rattle. I hope that helps. (Here’s our article on rattle).

Tanner says:

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

Brian says:

Tanner,

The Nox is a decent choice, and so is the CAT 8 or 9. Both will do the job. We really like The Goods this year, but that’s pretty cliche as everyone seems to be gravitating to that bat. None of the bats mentioned have more pop than one another—BBCOR really levels the playing field. The question is, do you want a two-piece or single piece bat? Most stronger kids like stiffer feeling single piece bats. If that’s, you then go for a CAT 9/8 type. If you like a smoother smash and a bit bigger barrel profile, something like the NOX will do you real good.

I hope that helps.

Dylan Feimer says:

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)

Brian says:

Hey Dylan,

Good question. If you don’t like single-piece bats, then the Maxum Ultra, as much as we like that bat, will not be the ticket. It does feel good for a single piece, but it definitely still feels like a single piece. The Nox is a legit option. But I’ve yet to see a kid who is hitting the Red Meta from 2019 go to the Nox (or about any other bat, for that matter) and think it was an upgrade. That 33-Inch Blue Meta, which is the same as the 33-inch Red Meta, is the one BBCOR made illegal—but they only did so in the blue version.

If you feel like you are getting some bat drag in the 33-Inch Meta. The real trick here will be sizing down an inch. Our knee jerk reaction here is to go for the 32-inch The Goods. It will swing heavy, but it the closest thing to the feel of the Meta that isn’t the Meta. Of course, the other answer is to go with the 2021 32-inch Meta. But, again, I think you’ll feel like you downgraded from that 33-inch one.

In any event, we hope that helps. Thanks for reading.
Brian

Dylan Feimer says:

That definitely helped me out. Thanks man!

Carter says:

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.

Brian says:

Carter, we love it when we see players come here asking questions like this. You’re off to great places, man. Keep it up.

To your specific question, you’ve found two bats that swing considerably differently. They both “feel” about the same in terms of how they vibrate on hits and mishits, but the Select PWR swings about 10% heavier than what you probably want (and than the ADV). The Select PWR is a good one, but it is priced like it is right now because few want that end-loaded of a bat.

So, here’s our suggestion, you need to find a light swinging two-piece composite bat that doesn’t break the bank. The current price we see for the 2020 PWR is just over $200. The only way to get that kind of price on a two-piece composite is the secondary market. Otherwise, you’ll need to spend at least 300+. We did a quick eBay search for the ADV 360 predecessor called the Easton Ghost X BBCOR. We found it going (https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1313&_nkw=easton+ghost+2019+bbcor&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&_osacat=0&_odkw=bbcor+cf+2019+bbcor) anywhere from 50 to $200.|

(Disclaimer: We don’t know any of those sellers on eBay, so proceed with caution. But there appear to be plenty that are legit sellers).

Buying a used bat might not feel as cool. But, to be sure, that thing can hit the ball as far as any BBCOR bat on the market. And, you’ll save yourself a couple of hundred bucks in the meantime.

We wouldn’t buy the Select PWR just because it is a good price. We’d pass on the right price for the wrong kind of bat. And, we’d be entirely comfortable buying used all day long—especially BBCOR bats.

Tim Turner says:

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.

Brian says:

Thanks, Tim. Glad to hear you’re having success with it. The Nuke is part of our data collection for our final 2021 results. We do like it. As you state, the bat is unbelievably endloaded. It is, in fact, the most endloaded bat we’ve ever measured. The 32-inch has a swing weight that is heavier than 50% of the 33-inch BBCOR bats. The Nuke makes The Goods feel like child’s play. We think it will do really well in soft-toss, tee work, and cage work. We don’t think it is the right fit for the struggling to good/great player. But, Elite level kids who can get 100 EV on a tee might be a home run. It reminds us a lot of the Anderson Widowmaker.

Everyone else, for a cheap BBCOR bat that most kids can swing, we like a bat like the BBCOR StringKing. It hasn’t got the NUKE’s social media publicity, but it hits the ball just as hard per swing weight. Two other BBCOR bats called the Akadema Catapult, and the newer Pheonix Smoke Metal should be in that conversation, but we’re still getting those in house.

In any event, the Nuke is an interesting bat for sure. We like its price point. Its social media publicity has been Baum Bat like. We think it’s doubtful the average High School player will like the Nuke more than a bat like the Goods or Meta. We’ve yet to find one, at least. We’ll see how the year shapes up. Thanks for the comment.

Brian says:

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?

Brian says:

Brian,

Love the question. Thanks. The answer is: it doesn’t matter.

How’s that for being helpful? 🙂

Bat performance is based on the barrel, not on the connection piece. The connection piece is all about feel and perception. The ball bounces off the barrel before the connection piece engages. Generally, two-piece bats give the impression you may have hit the ball better when you did not. Stiffer single piece bats give direct feedback and usually only feel fantastic when you know you’ve drilled it.

However, when you switch between a two-piece and a one-piece bat the stiffness in the bat will give you a different sensation. To us, if you think you’re hitting it farther with a single piece bat, it might be because you are actually just squaring up the ball and your sense is not yet familiar with what the feels like on a stiff bat. You’re equating that feeling to putting on your power directly into the ball with a further hit. When, in fact, it’s what the two-piece bat was taking away from you. You’ve discovered why, in many cases, better, stronger, and older hitters prefer stiff single-piece bats—because they can tell when they’ve hit it well.

All that said, swing weight matters too and the Bonesaber has a balanced+ type swing weight. If you’ve been swinging the same length two-piece composite with a light swing weight (like the CF) then it is very possible you are hitting the ball farther because a heavier swing weight will do that if you can keep all other things (like swing speed) equal.

Dion says:

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 says:

Hey Dion,

Based on all those bat’s you’ve used, our guess is someone has spent time on a certain YouTube channel. We think the Voodoo One and Baum bat are just fine for the record, but they are far from the right bat for the average high school player that isn’t a former division one baseball player.

That said, the Red Meta is about as good as any bat out there. It is the same as the blue one for 2020. They changed nothing between the two. If the Red Meta isn’t working out in a 32″, and the player is missing the ball a lot, our suggestion would be to get a lighter bat. And, since the Meta swings plenty light, the issue might be an oversized bat. But, the problem might be more than that, so here are is our suggestion:

1. See if they have any more success with a 31-inch light swinging bat. You can find those in something like the Quatro Pro, CF, or Axe Hyperwhip. We’d go to the used market to see if that helps solve the problem before committing big money. So, look for an older, cheaper model on eBay. Old BBCOR bats are fantastic. This time of year, we can usually find a 31/28 BBCOR in a two-piece composite like the CF from 2018 for <$100 if your patient. 2. Missing the ball a lot is a function of timing and mechanics. Timing can be fixed by both getting a better-sized bat and improving swing mechanics. Mechanics can only be improved by improving mechanics. With that said, our suggestion would be to put the Baum and Voodoo One away. Those bats are not for struggling Freshman baseball players. Instead, look for a 31-inch BBCOR bat with a light swing and good feel (two-piece composite) and get to work on mechanics. When the player starts putting the ball in play consistently, then dialing the exact right bat to maximize pop can be the focus. We hope that helps and doesn't come off as too candid. We're just trying to be helpful with the limited amount of information we get. Based on our experience, that's what we think is going on here. But, we submit rather humbly, we could be very wrong.

Chad says:

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!

Brian says:

Chad,

Thanks. If he’s already swinging a 34/31 well, then the only real option is go up in swing weight. As a Jr./So. we have no doubt he’ll be swinging a bat like The Goods or Axe Elite (heavy swinging bats) by the time he is a senior. I think the big question is when to make the jump to the heaviest swinging bats the industry can offer. If you think that’s now, then The Goods will be as good an option as any. I suspect your big hitting son might like the aluminum barrel more than he imagined. The 919 Prime is also perfectly reasonable and if he likes the 918 a lot, why fix what ain’t broke.

All that said, if he’s a big hitter and if you’ve ever watched the CWS or seen our bat coverage of the event, you’ll know those big strong hitters love heavy single piece aluminum bats. We’re always amazed at how some of the best hitters at that level bring out these old school single piece Omaha’s from 2016 and just destroy balls with it. So, for what it’s worth, The Goods or Prime in a 34-inch might be the right choice. But, for fun, you might want to pick up a old school single piece Omaha or CAT 7 in a 34-inch. I’d love to see what he could do with one of those real big boy bats.

Hope that helps and thanks for reaching out.

Chad Schlichting says:

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

Brian says:

Hey Chad,

It’s a good bat, but it’s also quite a bit end-loaded. The price, in recent days, has generated a lot of internet and questions. I guess we’d say there is a reason there is plenty of inventory—it just isn’t the right fit for a lot of players. That said, bigger hitters who like an end load (it swings in the top 10% of MOI for its given length) can do some damage. Its barrel is great, the feel is wonderful and it’s about as durable as any two-piece bat out there.

Hope that helps.

Charles says:

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!

Brian says:

Charlie,

Glad to hear your boy likes the Axe Bats and handle. We like them too and wish more people had a chance to give them a chance. As a side note, we also have a Hammer bat. The thing is a fun hit.

To answer your specific question, the Axe Hyperwhip is a lower swing weight than the hammer. In fact, based on our best guesses looking at the 32 and 33 Elite/Hyperwhip (since we don’t have the 32 & 31 to measure), they should have very similar swing weights. That is, the 32-inch Hyperwhip and the 31-Inch Elite.

In terms of sweet spots, that’s a bit more difficult to answer empirically. However, both use the same alloy material (Axe calls it the MX8) with that variable wall thickness that many bats use these days (CAT, Velo, Victus, etc.). That gives us some confidence in believing the sweet spots and relative barrel performance are pretty darn close to each other. More than likely, it’s the same barrel but with a different weighting towards the cap and a slightly different shape.

I hope that helps and good luck!

Charlie says:

Thank you!

Aaron says:

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? 

Brian says:

Aaron,

Thanks for the question. Of the bats you listed, our favorite is the Voodoo Balanced. It is the Goods but with a different paint job and a lot less expensive. The X14 Alloy will be great for college ball and, if you watch the NCAA CWS, you’ll see a lot of those guys are using the Voodoo in some version or another.

In terms of overall performance, the BBCOR standard has leveled the playing field dramatically. There really aren’t ‘better’ performing bats than others—although there are some bad ones. Of all those, you listed each meets the BBCOR standard at some point. The answer will be finding the right swing weight that can help you get on time to the type of pitch speed you will soon see.

Good luck!

Jack says:

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.

Brian says:

Jack,

Love the question.

We’d choose the Solo. We knot he Voodoo One has got some pub recently, but we’ve always been fans of the ultra-light swing and bigger barrel profile on the Solo. Both are very similar in terms of swing weight and off the bat performance.

In fact, now that we think about it, we’d probably just buy the one we could find for a better deal. Save the extra few bucks and put it towards some smooth batting gloves or another fielding glove.

Hope that helps! Thanks for reaching out.

Dom says:

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.

Brian says:

Hey Dom,

We don’t think The Goods, CAT 9 Connect or NOX have more pop than the META for 2021. Exit speed tests are similar between all three bats. Top-end BBCOR bats all perform within inches of each other despite what groupthink and marketing try and emphasize. But, to your point, the real trick is getting the right size bat. It is hard to tell if you’d do better with a bit more end load in a 32 or a balanced 33 like the META. We’d guess since the swing weight in the 33 Meta is higher than a slightly endloaded 32 you’d do better with the 33 Meta. But, that’s just a guess. You want to be able to maximize your timing with the bat that has heights swing weight. Of the bats you listed, the META in a 33-inch BBCOR swings heavier than those other three bats in a 32. So, if you can swing it with the same degree of timing that you can a 32 The Goods, then we’d suggest you stick with the META 2021 in a 33-inch. Hope that helps and thanks for reading. If, at 15, you’re out looking for this information you are in a really good spot. Good luck!

Mike says:

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? 

Brian says:

IESA Bat rules are an interesting and unique take. One day, maybe they’ll respond to my email about why they do it like that. In any event, it’s definitely a tough situation for the right bat sizes.

In short, we think a 30″ drop 5 would fit him well. Luckily, there are a few brands that make a 30-inch drop 5 including the very favorite Easton Beast PRO and Axe Elite. Both come in a drop 5 and have a 30″ option. So, that’s the way we would lean. We think if he’s not very big, that drop 5 will work wonders.

As well, if you were to go to BBCOR, you’d probably want a 30-inch BBCOR anyways. Since the BBCOR and USA standards are very similar, we think that lighter swing weight will really help with his confidence, bat speed, and plate success.

Hope that helps! Good luck this year.

Ivan says:

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?

Brian says:

All other things equal, including your swing speed, the Omaha should create more exit velocity. Not because the barrel is better than the Solo but because it swings heavier. The question is, can you swing the Omaha as fast as you can swing the Solo? If so, then the Omaha should do you good.

Also, The 2020 Omaha (and 2021) has dynamic swing weights. Meaning, the 33 and 34 are considered endloaded bats while anything 32-inches and shorter swings “balanced.” Granted, that balance isn’t as light as the SOLOs. But, the shorter sized Omaha’s are nothing endloaded like the longer versions.

Derek says:

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.

Brian says:

Derek,

Thanks. It is probably not what you want to hear, but the top end of the BBCOR bats really don’t have any more pop than other BBCOR bats. Perception goes a long way, and there’s plenty of hype surrounding bats like the META and The Goods. To be sure, they are great bats. But, we’d put up the exit speeds on a CAT 9, Omaha, Prime, etc. against those bats and do just as well.

That’s a pretty long way of saying there really isn’t a difference in ‘pop’ but a difference in perception. If the idea here is to hit as many home runs as possible, the trick would be to use the biggest bat with the heaviest swing weight. Many coaches might freak out at him for using a heavier bat because his timing might slow down. So, to be sure, we’re not saying get a bat where his timing and mechanics are off. Instead, try and find the heaviest elite BBCOR bat he can get and still swing at top speeds with the shortest amount of timing.

So, I’d look for a bat like a 33-inch The Goods or Axe Elite. Those are heavy swinging bats in their respective classes. If those are too much, then a CAT 9 or Victus Nox.

I hope that helps, and thanks for the question. Good luck this year.

Carl says:

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?

Brian says:

Hey Carl, Good question. If you want a lighter swinging bat that hits the ball well, we suggest you look for a 31-inch Marucci CAT 5. We know that’s old school, and you’ll need to buy it used on eBay or Sidelineswap. But, we think its a fire maker. If you want to buy something new, then we suggest a bat like the 31″ Rawlings Quatro.

The best and easiest way to save money on a bat is to buy a used one. Our data shows that older BBCOR bats do just as well as new ones (and sometimes even better). So, you can get a great CAT 6 or CAT 7 at a steal of a price. To help keep the swing weight down, just buy a 31 or 30″ instead of the 32 or 33-inch. I hope that helps and thanks for reaching out.

Carl says:

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

Brian says:

Well, unfortunately, BBCOR bats don’t perform like USSSA bats. So, it’s impossible to find a bat with as much pop. But, we really like old school bats. Like Golf Clubs, performance really hasn’t changed much in the last 5+ years. The bats are all about the same in BBCOR. If he wants the coolest looking bat, then people really like The Goods. If he wants one that hits it the farthest, the top 60 to 70% of BBCOR bats perform within 1 mph of each other. Our style, then, is to go and buy older bats, like the CAT 5 or maybe even an older Voodoo (We really like the 2013 and 2016 RAW). Thanks again and good luck!

Jeremy says:

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! 

Brian says:

Jeremy,

Good choices, for sure. The real question you need to have your son answer is the kind of feel he prefers. The CAT 9 and META are outstanding bats that perform at the top of the BBCOR standard, but they do feel considerably different. Feel doesn’t affect performance as it does affect the perception of performance. Our experience with most younger BBCOR players is they prefer the feel of the META. That confidence might bleed over into better swings, more practice, and faster swing speeds. But, there really won’t be any scientifically noticeable difference in terms of the actual barrel performance.

As well, the CAT 8/9 swings heavier than the META. Most younger players need as much swing speed as they can buy before their bodies and strength catch up to the drop 3 BBCOR requirement. So, it appears, if our options are between the CAT 9 and the META, we’d choose the META. Hope that helps.

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