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2022 College Baseball World Series Bat Usage Data

Updated June 22, 2022

By Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

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We spent more time than we’d like to admit watching the 2022 College World Series and tracking the bat usage. We did this for the 2021 College World Series too. Below are our findings. See our disclaimers where we discuss how these numbers are affected by school bat contracts.

Methodology

We watched the starting lineup for all the games we could find for 53 of the 64 teams in the 2022 CWS. The 11 teams left out were because we could not find a good enough recording of their game to identify the bats. Of the 53 teams we did watch, we documented 477 different college players and what bats they used. You can see all that documentation here.

Highlights
  • Usage rates in order: DeMarini (29.1%), Slugger (19.5%), Easton (19.3%), Rawlings (16.1%), Marucci (11.5%), Victus (2.3%), Anderson (1.9%), Warstic (0.2%).
  • One out of Ten NCAA CWS players uses The Goods from DeMarini. The next closest, the Select, is used by just over 1 out of 20.
  • There were four new bats for the 2023 seen at the 2022 CWS: The CAT X, CAT X Connect, Black Magic, and Proto-Aluminum Tech
  • There were 70 different BBCOR bats used by the 477 players we watched.
  • 60% of NCAA CWS players used a single-piece alloy. 32.5% used a hybrid.
  • Over 93% of NCAA CWS Series players used an alloy barrel.

Most Used NCAA Bats By Brand

The highest level of data shows the bats by brand. DeMarini is dominant, Slugger and Easton are close, Rawlings is a reasonable 4th, Marucci is clearly 5th and then there is only a considerable drop-off.

Considering the MLB bat distribution where 20+ brands are used at the plate, college baseball is much less competitive with only 8. We only saw one kid from Texas Tech, Dillon Carter, Using the Warstic Gunner. New Mexico State’s entire lineup used an Anderson Widowmaker (2021 or 2022) and there we a smattering of Victus bats among mainly Marucci schools. But over 95% of the work was between 3 companies: Wilson (who owns DeMarini and Slugger), Rawlings (Who owns Easton and Rawlings), and Marucci (who also owns Victus.

Most Used NCAA Bat By Model Series Line

We can break down each of the brands by their model series. For example, all the 2022, 2021, and 2020 The Goods from DeMarini in the same column. We show that below here.

Easton changes their main series so often (from Fuze to ALX to Black Magic, for example) that is hard for any of their series to get any traction on this chart. We think they struggle collectively because of that. They have way too many options and don’t realize that parents and players don’t want more choices, they want more confidence in their choice. But marketing’s push to make something that’s the latest and greatest is too great.

In any case, The Goods is entirely dominant. Slugger’s Select and Omaha series combined make up a huge section of the NCAA 2022 bats. The Goods One, much to some people’s surprise we would guess, is more popular than the Voodoo One. Marucci, which had virtually no play in the 2019 CWS, has come along nicely with the CAT and CAT Connect lines.

 

New 2023 BBCOR Bats

We saw four new 2023 BBCOR bats from three different companies.

Most Used 2022 CWS NCAA Bat Models

A thrid way to look at 2022 Bat Usage is to measure the frequency of each bat model. In this chart, a bat like the 2022 The Goods (1st) would be separate from the 2021 The Goods (6th).

There are 21 bats in this list although there is 70 total that was used. These 21 bats make up 75% of the total bats that were used.

2022 The Goods 50
2022 Select PWR 30
2022 The Goods One 22
2022 ALX 20
2022 Voodoo One 19
2021 The Goods 17
2022 Omaha 17
2020 Fuze XL 15
2021 5150 15
2023 CAT X Connect 15
2023 Proto – Aluminum Tech 15
2021 Maxum Ultra 13
2021 VELO ACP 13
2023 CAT X 12
2021 CAT 9 10
2021 Select PWR 9
2017 517 Omaha 8
2021 B5 8
2021 CAT 9 Connect 8
2022 Solo 8
2023 Black Magic 8
2020 The Goods 7
2021 Nox 7
2021 The Goods One 7
2021 Voodoo One 7
2021 Widowmaker 7
2017 VELO 6
2020 Fuze Hybrid XL 6
2019 VELO 5
2022 Quatro Pro 5
2018 5150 4
2019 5150 4
2019 519 Omaha 4
2019 719 Select 4
2020 Maxum 360 4
2020 Omaha 5 4
2020 Select PWR 4
2022 CAT 9 Pasttime 4
2014 XL3 3
2016 VELO 3
2017 Z-Core XL 3
2020 Alpha 360 3
2020 Posey 28 Metal 3
2020 The Goods One 3
2021 Omaha 3
2021 Quatro Pro 3
2019 Project 3 Fuze XL 2
2019 Voodoo One 2
2020 5150 2
2021 CAT 7 Silver 2
2022 B5 2
2022 Hype 2
2022 Vandal 2
2022 Widowmaker 2
2013 Omaha 1
2014 Voodoo 1
2014 Voodoo Paradox 1
2015 S3Z 1
2016 Voodoo Raw 1
2016 Z-Core XL 1
2018 518 Omaha 1
2018 Quatro 1
2019 Alpha 1
2019 CAT 9 Connect 1
2020 VELO ACP 1
2020 Voodoo One 1
2021 Vandal 1
2022 GUNNER 1
2022 Vandal II 1
2022 ZOA 1

2022 NCAA Bat Types

As has come to be expected, college-level players tend to prefer single-piece bats. 60% prefer single-piece aluminum specifically and another 4% prefer the single-piece composite (which is entirely Easton Maxum bats). One out of three players prefer/use a hybrid and only 3% use a two-piece composite.

2022 NCAA Bat Usage By Year

Another reasonably interesting distribution to consider is the year of the bats used in the series. COVID, distribution channels and companies pushing multi year bats have changed this dramatically, but the 2022 CWS has about 40% of its bats as 2022, 27% as 2021, 11% as 2020, 11% as 2023. Bats older than 2020 make up less than 5% of the market combined with the oldest bat a 2013 Louisville Slugger Omaha swung by Standford player Brett Barrera in the Standford Regionals.

Year Count
2023 50
2022 186
2021 130
2020 53
2019 23
2018 6
2017 17
2016 5
2015 1
2014 5
2013 1
Disclaimers

Two disclaimers:

  1. Most NCAA Div I teams are in some contractual obligation to use a certain brand of bat. We have not seen many of those contracts but they usually entail the gifting of a lot of gear in return for access and marketing within the program. Some players are likely ‘required’ to swing certain brands, but there is definitely some choice. In any case, looking at this data strickly as a vote for the ‘best BBCOR’ might not be the best approach. The ranks below are more like the most effective at branding to big-time institutions list. If you want to see our best BBCOR bats lists for 2023, then take a look here.
  2. This is a good faith effort to capture the bat we observe when the player is at the plate. Although we think ourselves pretty good at identifying bats it is possible that we didn’t see it right or could have had some clerical error while recording. Additionally, players change bats. This data only picks up the first or second at-bat during a game that was usually in the CWS, although sometimes we had to go back in the season for the most recent recording of a particular team.

Updated June 22, 2022

June 22, 2022

By Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

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2022 College Baseball World Series Bat Usage Data

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