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Best BBCOR Bats 2023 (and 2022)

Updated September 27, 2022

By Bat Digest

TLDR; We think the 2022 DeMarini’s The Goods is the best BBCOR bat. We’d hold off on 2023 bats for now, unless you really need one. The CAT X is intriguing, but if you want to buy a 2023 and can wait, we suggest you do so the market can see all the releases and gather more data. That said, if you had to, go for the CAT X from Marucci in a 2023 BBCOR. Our favorite under-the-radar BBCOR is the 2021 or 2022 Easton Maxum is our next bet.

If you’re looking for the best BBCOR bat for 2023, 2022, and 2021 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 September 27, 2022

A few 2023 BBCOR bats have hit the market. Our testing process is under way, but we are waiting for a few more to hit the shelves before we make any major determinations. Our sense is the end of October should have a few good options for the 2023 market.

1. 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 BBCOR Bat 2022

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

$400

Original Price

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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.

2. 2023 Marucci CAT X

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Certification: BBCOR

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

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Light+

Serial Number: MCBCX

Original Price: $300

Release Month: August 2022

Best BBCOR Bat 2023 (So Far)

2023 Marucci CAT X BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2023 Marucci CAT X

$300

Original Price

Amazon

There are only a handful of BBCOR bats to choose from for 2023, but if we had to go with one right now (October 2022), we’d take a swing at the CAT X from Marucci. It’s a predictable bat, a single-piece alloy with a good-sized barrel and a great feel. But, the lighter swing weight this year has helped us fall in love. It’s a great bat, it probably costs too much, but it’s plenty of fun to hit and, at least so far, our favorite for 2023.

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

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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 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

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We think the Marucci CAT 9 Composite Pastime is as good as those other companies make. The 2022 Pastime has a huge barrel, great feel, and top-end performance. Even though it’s way more expensive than what we wished it were, the 2022 Marucci CAT 9 Composite Pastime is the best in the world of no-budget baseball.

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

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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.

6. 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 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.

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
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2020 Louisville Slugger Meta

$499

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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: WTDXVBC20

Original Price: $350

Release Month: August 2019

Best Hybrid BBCOR Bat

2020 DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR Drop 3
BBCOR
2020 DeMarini Voodoo

$350

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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
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2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro

$450

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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
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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 2023 (and 2022)

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2022 DeMarini The Goods

Best 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

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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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2023 Marucci CAT X

Best BBCOR Bat 2023 (So Far)

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CAT X Ratings
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Why We Love the 2023 CAT X

There are only a handful of BBCOR bats to choose from for 2023, but if we had to go with one right now (October 2022), we’d take a swing at the CAT X from Marucci. It’s a predictable bat, a single-piece alloy with a good-sized barrel and a great feel. But, the lighter swing weight this year has helped us fall in love. It’s a great bat, it probably costs too much, but it’s plenty of fun to hit and, at least so far, our favorite for 2023.

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Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

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

Drop: 3

Serial Number: MCBCX

Release Month: August 2022

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2022 Louisville Slugger Meta

Best BBCOR Bat (Reprint)

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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 CAT9 Composite Pastime

Best 2022 BBCOR Bat

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

We think the Marucci CAT 9 Composite Pastime is as good as those other companies make. The 2022 Pastime has a huge barrel, great feel, and top-end performance. Even though it’s way more expensive than what we wished it were, the 2022 Marucci CAT 9 Composite Pastime is the best in the world of no-budget baseball.

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Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: MCBCCP9A

Release Month: September 2021

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2021 Easton Maxum Ultra

Best Under the Radar BBCOR Bat

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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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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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2022 Marucci F5

Best Value BBCOR Bat

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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

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2020 Louisville Slugger Meta

Best BBCOR Bat 2020

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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

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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: WTDXVBC20

Release Month: August 2019

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2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro

Best BBCOR Bat 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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.

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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

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Voodoo Raw Ratings
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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: L137JPWR

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: CAT5

Release Month: October 2014

Our Review:

Related: Best BBCOR Bats

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.

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