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Best Wood Bats

After testing, here are the Best Wood Bats our players and parents found.

Updated: November 10, 2020 | by Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

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Victus V-Cuts

The Victus V-Cuts are the perfect blend of top-end performance at a reasonable price due to some cosmetic blem that didn't get the pro ticket. 

Amazon
Victus.com
40 Amazon Reviews
Best Non Blem Wood Best Non Blem Wood

Louisville Slugger MLB Prime

If you want trusty, durable, accessible and high performing than Louisville Slugger MLB Prime series of wood bats might be your best wood bat.

Amazon
Slugger.com
58 Amazon Reviews
Best Cheap Wood Bat Best Cheap Wood Bat

Easton B2000

This is a basic wood bat that should serve as a solid BP and Cage work bat. Like all wood bats it will eventually break, but at this price point, buy two.

Amazon
Easton.com
117 Amazon Reviews
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Update November 10, 2020:

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Victus Louisville Slugger Easton Marucci Louisville Slugger
Victus Louisville Slugger Easton Marucci Louisville Slugger
V-Cuts MLB Prime B2000 AP5 3x Series Ash
$119 $149.95 $34.99 $149.99 $29.95
5/5 4.9/5 4.4/5 5/5 4.7/5
World Class Performance, Beautiful, Options, Price Efficient Accessible, Durable, Trustworthy, Options, Beautiful Inexpensive, Durable, Good Performance Perfect, Durable, Best in the Business (According to the Pros) Cheap, Great Ratings, Simple

Best Wood Bats

Best Wood Bats
Best Wood Bats

1. Best Wood Bats

V-Cuts

Details Rating: 5/5 | Features: World Class Performance, Beautiful, Options, Price Efficient | Price: $119
Reasons to Buy
  • Pro Quality
  • Lots of Options
  • Durable (for a wood bat anyway)
  • Beautiful
  • Top Shelf Performance
Reasons to Avoid
  • Not Free
  • Cliche
  • Other Great Options Out There
  • Sometimes not in Stock

If we are forced to choose, then we think the Victus V-Cuts are the best wood bat on the market today. Among other reasons, here is why we like: They are accessible---with distribution at every major retailer we could find; they have the high-end quality of a Marucci or Chandler (or pro graded Victus bat for that matter) but don't run at the same price.

Victus has grown considerably as a company over the last few years, and their growth in the amateur rank might be due almost entirely to the Victus V-Cut. These are pro-level bats without the pro-level price.

Victus V-Cuts are cosmetic blem bats (although we can never find the blem) that are perfectly structurally. The ink dots are <3 degrees which make them durable and pro playable. But, due to some kind of cosmetic blem, the bat makes it to the 'discount' rack.

The bat gets fantastic ratings from everyone and is an absolute win.

Best Non Blem Wood
Best Non Blem Wood

2. Best Non Blem Wood

MLB Prime

Details Rating: 4.9/5 | Features: Accessible, Durable, Trustworthy, Options, Beautiful | Price: $149.95
Reasons to Buy
  • Wide Range of Options/Colors
  • Dependable
  • Top Grade Wood and Finish
  • Priced Reasonably
  • Classic Bat Line with Pro Level Grade Wood
Reasons to Avoid
  • Still Not Cheap
  • Might Not Feel as Modern, but Slugger Isn’t Your Grandpa’s Bat Company Anymore.

The MLB Prime series from Slugger uses the same high-grade premium wood and finish found in their pro model line (in fact, it is the pro model line). But, it's price point isn't like other elite pro wood models. It does not have the cosmetic blemish issue you can find on the V-Cuts, but it also doesn't have the price point you might find in a Chandler or Marucci that is built for the bigs.

Louisville Slugger's MLB Prime series of wood bats are as good as anyone can buy for the lowest "premium" price on the market.

Best Cheap Wood Bat
Best Cheap Wood Bat

3. Best Cheap Wood Bat

B2000

Details Rating: 4.4/5 | Features: Inexpensive, Durable, Good Performance | Price: $34.99
Reasons to Buy
  • Inexpensive
  • Good Looking
  • Brand Name
  • BP/Cage Work
Reasons to Avoid
  • Might Break
  • Isn’t as Hard as Maple

For its price, it's hard not to like the Easton B2000 in White Ash. It's inexpensive, gets high marks for performance, and holds up well enough. We think it is the best wood bat for the money if you don't want to spend a lot of money. Not many would consider it their gamer bat. Indeed, it's pretty basic, has a smaller barrel, and is more prone to breaking than more expensive wood bats. But, for practice, the occasional at-bat or some cold weather batting practice work it is the ticket.

It's also helpful you can find this bat all over the place. Amazon, Walmart, eBay and DicksSporting Goods all offer it for a pretty low price. 

Best Elite Wood Bat
Best Elite Wood Bat

4. Best Elite Wood Bat

AP5

Details Rating: 5/5 | Features: Perfect, Durable, Best in the Business (According to the Pros) | Price: $149.99
Reasons to Buy
  • Top of the Class
  • Most Popular Pro Brand
  • Durable, Beautiful, Available
Reasons to Avoid
  • Not Cheap
  • Too Common

For the last several years, Marucci dominates the MLB bat game. Upwards of one out of four MLB players use a Marucci wood bat. Why? In the end, wood bats can't be that much different. But, Marucci has clearly proven they are a workhorse, perform well all the time, and come in enough sizes and shapes (we call these turns) to fit every hitter's style.

The most popular Marucci bat is the AP5. It's plenty decent and is built for the bigger hitter. But, if you want something with a little more speed, you'll like a CU26, LINDY12, or POSEY28. Each of those, named after the pro that swings them, comes with their own barrel, knob, and handle shape. In the end, if you go for Marucci, you'll want to customize your bat to fit your needs---and Marucci allows for that too.

Best Cheaper Wood Bat
Best Cheaper Wood Bat

5. Best Cheaper Wood Bat

3x Series Ash

Details Rating: 4.7/5 | Features: Cheap, Great Ratings, Simple | Price: $29.95
Reasons to Buy
  • Inexpensive
  • Useful
  • The Right Exact Price
Reasons to Avoid
  • Cheaper Wood
  • Might Not be As Durable

If you don't like the Easton B2000 Ash bat for some reason, then how about the Slugger 3x Series Ash? They are, for all intents and purposes, the same bat but with a different veneer and logo. Both are simple, straight forward bats at a remarkable price point---almost too good to be true. Don't expect to hit dingers and get durability with this guy. But, do you expect a decent wood bat with a great feel, balance, and the ability to give you the wood feedback you need?

We'd recommend this as a good cage or BP wood bat. Of course, 

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