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Best Cheap BBCOR Bats

Best Cheap BBCOR Bats

July 3, 2020 | by Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

We have hit with every cheap BBCOR bat extensively. Here are three suggestions for the best Cheap BBCOR bat:

Ready?

  1. At a threshold of under $180, we think the best cheap BBCOR bat for 2020 will be Louisville Slugger’s 2019 Omaha.
  2. If you’re looking for a sub $100 price point, and want to stay new, then we suggest the BBCOR Rawlings Prodigy.
  3. If it were us, at under $100, we would scour the used markets on eBay to find a used top-shelf bat from year’s past.

Best Cheap BBCOR Bat

This is the 2020 Omaha. It prices out around $200 currently. But, the 2019 version is not any different. I can be found, at least at the time of this writing, about 60% of that price.

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But, it turns out, there are a lot of options in the cheap BBCOR space.

See what we mean here:

Best Cheap BBCOR Bat Rankings

BrandModelRatingPrice
1. Louisville Slugger519 Omaha4/5$$
2. RawlingsProdigy3.8/5$
3. EastonS6503.8/5$
4. DeMariniM2M3.8/5$

Used Or New Cheap BBCOR Bat?

Best Cheap BBCOR Bats

Do you want a new cheap BBCOR Bat?

Your options are slim and not very different from one another. Bats less than $100 in the BBCOR space are all the same single-piece aluminum with nothing remarkable. This doesn’t mean they aren’t good. But, in terms of what you should get, we suggest the one you think looks the best. Choose a brand you like—Rawlings, Slugger, Easton, DeMarini are all reasonable—and pull the trigger.

How about Used?

If the timing is right…

Although the used BBCOR bat market can scare many first time buyers off, we think it a great place to get a quality bat if your budget is less than $100. As we talk about what to buy when looking for a top-end previous year’s BBCOR bat model in October is a great strategy. Finding bats that sold for $300 just a few months ago at a sub $100 price point is commonplace.

Here is our favorite eBay search for a used BBCOR bat under $100.

When you accept that strategy of buying a used BBCOR bat for cheap, then the world is your oyster in terms of the best BBCOR bat. If you want some ideas on what to look for, take a look at older (2016, 2017, 2018-sh) models found on our best BBCOR bats page. You need to scroll to the bottom to see them.

Best Cheap BBCOR Bat: 2018 Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha

Best Cheap BBCOR Bat

There are many things to love about the 519 BBCOR. To our general point, the 518 Omaha is a favorite of many collegiate players who have a near unlimited budget and access to any BBCOR bat on the planet. So, if it cheap, why do they love it so? Generally, three reasons:

  1. A stiff BBCOR bat delivers more power to the ball. The 518, if anything, is a very stiff bat. This stiffness provides full power transfer to the ball. Good hitters love that.
  2. For an aluminum bat, it maintains an excellent sized barrel. It does not have the oversized corndog feel of more top end bats, but the bat looks and feels like a traditional bat.
  3. The swing weight on the BBCOR 519 is balanced. That means, roughly, the weight of the bat is distributed evenly throughout the bat and, as such, makes it a pretty quick swing. Legit BBCOR players prefer this type of swing weight.

If you want to go even less expensive and can find a 518 Omaha then go for that one. Nothing has changed on the Omaha in a while and that is a good thing.

We are fans of the Omaha. Since its resurgence as the 515 in 2015, it is the best selling bat of Louisville Slugger’s performance edition bats. If your budget is sub $200, and you’d like a new BBCOR bat, you should have a hard time passing on the 519 Slugger.

Rawlings BBCOR Prodigy

Best Cheap BBCOR Bats

In terms of a new BBCOR bat under $100, your options are very similar. Every sub $100 new BBCOR bat we found comes in a single piece aluminum made from a pretty basic alloy.

When comparing performance, it is difficult to discern differences. Simple aluminum alloy bats, regardless of the paint job, feel like simple aluminum bats. Barrel size is similar, and feel is identical.

The only thing, aside from the colorway, we could manage to differentiate is the feel of the grip. But, considering a top-end Lizard Skin is less than $13 these days, it’s hard to think that seriously.

That said, if we had to decide, we’d choose the Rawlings Prodigy. Our hitters like the perforated grip and the balance felt right. At less than $90, we thought it as good as any other option out there.

Easton S650

Best Cheap BBCOR Bat

Easton has a few sub $100 aluminum bats on the market. As they get closer to that mark, they upgrade the alloy. This upgrade in alloy tends to deliver a slightly larger barrel as well as more durability.

The S650 stands as the top of the cheap guys. And, like the Rawlings Prodigy above it, it is as good as you’ll find the affordable BBCOR new space.

How Much Should I Spend on a BBCOR Bat?

This is a terribly hard question to answer generally. We are fans of the idea that you should borrow a teammate’s or use last year’s before you put any kind of financial stress on the family. Please eat dinner and pay the mortgage before you sell your kidney to get the latest and greatest. BBCOR bats can indeed be better but not the difference between a scholarship or paying your own tuition.

If you are patient, plan well and know what you are looking for than getting a steal on a BBCOR bat in the secondary market between $50 and $100 is very possible.

Max Spend Amount

We get asked all the time how much you should pay for a BBCOR bat. Given our caveat in the paragraph above this one, we suggest you pay no more than the number of games you will play multiplied by $10. So, pay about $10 per game. If your plan is to keep the bat for 2 years and play 80 games than $800 is the max. That number sounds ridiculous because it is, but the point is that playing 80 games justifies as good a bat as is out there. Which, at the time of this writing, was just shy of $500 brand new.

 

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