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What Kind of Bats Do MLB Baseball Players Use?

What Kind of Bats Do MLB Baseball Players Use?

July 3, 2020 | by | @BatDigest

What Kind of Bats do MLB Baseball Players Use?

In short, wood. MLB Players use wood bats made mainly from Maple. In years past Ash was more popular. But, today, over 95% of MLB Baseball players use maple wood bats.

Here is what we cover:

We spent a week in the month of June of 2019, watching all 255 starting MLB players on MLB TV. We tracked what brand each Major League Baseball player used, their spot in the order and position that day. We put that information into a few charts.

What Bats do MLB Players Use

You can jump to the National League or American League break down.

In terms of bat brand popularity, Marucci (28.83%) is the most common bat brand in the MLB. Followed by Victus (18.36%), Louisville Slugger (13.67%) and Old Hickory (11.33%). Sam Bat, Chandler and Rawlings are all between 5% and 10% market share. There are another 16 or so brands we found at the plate.

Here are the exact numbers we tracked while watching each games starting lineup.

  • Marucci – 28.83%
  • Victus – 18.36%
  • Slugger – 13.67%
  • Old Hickory – 11.33%
  • Sam Bat – 6.44%
  • Chandler – 5.47%
  • Rawlings – 5.08%
  • Tucci – 3.88%
  • B45 Bats – 3.13%

What Bats Do MLB Players Use?

2019 World Series Bat Usage

We tracked the bats in game 6 of the Nationals vs Astros 2019 World series. Here’s what we found, atleast the players first time through the order.

MLB Bat World Series

 

Nationals

  1. Turner – Marucci
  2. Eaton – Old Hickory
  3. Rendon – Marucci
  4. Soto – Old Hickory
  5. Kendrick – Trinity
  6. Cabrera, A – Victus*
  7. Zimmerman – Slugger
  8. Robles – Chandler
  9. Gomes – Old Hickory

Astros

  1. Springer – Victus
  2. Altuve – Victus
  3. Brantley – Marucci
  4. Bregman – Marucci
  5. Gurriel – Marucci
  6. Alvarez – Victus
  7. Correa – Chandler
  8. Chirinos – Victus
  9. Reddick – Marucci

We tried real hard to see Cabrera’s bat model. He puts pine tar on the top of the label in a major way. That said, we know it is not Old Hickory or Slugger. Our best look, found in his promo video, he had what appeared to be a Victus logo branded bat.

 

MLB Players Change Bats Change Often

Sure, some players keep their bat for the lives. Guys like Derek Jeter and Mike Trout have, basically, swung the same bat their entire careers. We don’t meant he exact same bat, we mean the same model and brand.

But, most MLB players change their bat type at least often enough to make charts like the one above outdated as soon as it is printed. In fact, we saw a couple players change bats during their at bat. (In both cases the player broke their bat on a swing and got a different brand from the dugout).

MLB Starters Change Too

Another thing which affects the MLB bat market share is that lineups change daily. Guys take a day off, get sick, get moved from DH to LF and back again and then a team plays a National League game where he sits the bench.

We tracked the bat usage rates over the course of a week—watching every team at least once. But, still, we missed a few guys who were sick, out or taking the day off. Andrew McCutchen, for example, isn’t in our data set but a huge Marucci guy. Springer also didn’t play the days we watched the Astros. Carlos Correa also wasn’t playing.

In any event, we did get the 255 non pitching players we saw in the starting lineup of June 17, 2019. You can see the full list at the bottom of this article.

Fake: Batting Stats While Using Certain Brands

We could, if we wanted to be disingenuous with the data, extrapolate out what bat we saw the players with in this at bat and then assume their annual stats are connected to the brand.

Then, with some excitement, we could publish a piece saying which bat has the best batting average, HR, etc.

But, in truth, hitters change their bat so often we’d need to watch EVERY single at bat. Considering it took us a legit 80 hours to find, manage and identify the bat logos on 255 at bats the task to measure the ACTUAL batting average of every bat brand at the MLB level would be all but impossible. Each player with 400+ at bats multiplied by 255 different starters each week would make it a full time job for a room full of people who could identify bat logos.

In other words, the idea of publishing bat brand data based on how well the hitter performs with them is psuedo-science. It isn’t honest research.

National League MLB Bat Usage

We also broke down Major League Bat usage by league. We didn’t find any obvious differences between American and National League baseball bat choices. Both seem relatively random. Marucci does dominate the Natoinal league more so than the American League. More than half the 3rd baseman in the National League use a Marucci.

Slugger also does very well in the National League and comes in at a solid 2nd place. (Overall they are 3rd as Victus outpaces them in the American league enough to win 2nd). But, for whatever reason, center fielders love Slugger.

There are only 120 in the National League (unlike the 135 in the American League) because we did not track the pitchers.

What kind of bats do MLB Player Use

American League MLB Bat Usage

There is plenty of randomness in the bat choices of MLB players. Compared to the NCAA market which tends to domination by bat contracts for different schools. Some teams, like the Angels, swing 8 different brands from their 9 different players. The only two swinging the same are Old Hickory fans (Mike Trout, Justin Bour). In fact, we can’t find any team that swings less than 4 different brands.

We aren’t exactly sure what to make of this. Are bat reps that competitive in every clubhouse? Or, are patterns and relationships made at an early part of their career and players stick with what they know?

In any event, the American League bat sun chart looks like this. There are 135 hitters here and, as you can see from the chart, we counted the starting designated hitter for each team.

What kind of bats do MLB Player Use

2020 MLB All Star Usage

Another way to see what bats MLB players use is to watch every at bat for the MLB All Star Game. Of course, we did that too. We found Marucci to dominate. Victus was a legit second. Slugger and Old Hickory followed up nicely.

We also saw a few unique ones like an SSK and Tucci.

Do note, we did not document all the non starters—and there are plenty of PH/Subs in the all-star game.

what bat do MLB players use

MLB Player Bat Usage Table

Here is our specific data set we gathered while watching the 255+ at bats.

As often happens, some players played in different positions for any number of reasons and many players used a bat they might not use that often.

HitterPositionBatTeam
MaybinLFMarucciYankees
Schoop2BMarucciTwins
HamiltonCFMarucciRoyals
LeonCMarucciRed Sox
MarisnickCFMarucciAstros
Torres2BMarucciYankees
CastroCMarucciTwins
NaquinRFMarucciIndians
Duda1BMarucciRoyals
PerezCMarucciIndians
EncarnacionDHMarucciYankees
Moncada3BMarucciWhite Sox
KiermaierCFMarucciRays
Cabrera3BMarucciRangers
Gurriel3BMarucciAstros
StantonRFMarucciYankees
Ramirez3BMarucciIndians
reddickRFMarucciAstros
SolerDHMarucciRoyals
Abreu1BMarucciWhite Sox
CruzDHMarucciTwins
Santana1BMarucciIndians
SantanaCFMarucciRangers
BrantleyLFMarucciAstros
ChooRFMarucciRangers
LindorSSMarucciIndians
SemienSSMarucciAthetics
BregmanSSMarucciAstros
La Stella2BMarucciAngels
Wendle3BVictusRays
Profar2BVictusAthetics
Chavis1BVictusRed Sox
MurphyCVictusMariners
PiscottyRFVictusAthetics
GonzalezRFVictusTwins
Holt2BVictusRed Sox
BauersLFVictusIndians
grossmanLFVictusAthetics
Castro2BVictusTigers
AdamesSSVictusRays
NarvaezDHVictusMariners
LaureanoCFVictusAthetics
CalhounRFVictusAngels
SanchezCVictusYankees
RosarioLFVictusTwins
DixonRFVictusTigers
Devers3BVictusRed Sox
Vogelbach1BVictusMariners
GrichukRFVictusBlue Jays
Altuve2BVictusAstros
AndersonSSVictusWhite Sox
Polanco, JSSVictusTwins
PhamDHVictusRays
SantanderLFVictusOrioles
KeplerCFVictusTwins
BettsRFVictusRed Sox
Sogard2BVictusBlue Jays
TaylorCSluggerAthetics
MathisCSluggerRangers
MooreLFSluggerMariners
Bradley JrCFSluggerRed Sox
GregoriusSSSluggerYankees
CastilloDHSluggerWhite Sox
HerediaLFSluggerRays
Fletcher3BSluggerAngels
JimenezLFSluggerWhite Sox
BonifacioRFSluggerRoyals
HicksCFSluggerYankees
ManciniRFSluggerOrioles
MercadoCFSluggerIndians
Guerrero, Jr.DHSluggerBlue Jays
LeMahieu3BSluggerYankees
WilsonCOld HickoryTigers
ZunioCOld HickoryRays
JansenCOld HickoryBlue Jays
Hicks1BOld HickoryTigers
Bour1BOld HickoryAngels
Cron1BOld HickoryTwins
Smoak1BOld HickoryBlue Jays
McCannCOld HickoryWhite Sox
SiscoCOld HickoryOrioles
MartinezDHOld HickoryRed Sox
Lowe2BOld HickoryRays
Olsen1BOld HickoryAthetics
StewartLFOld HickoryTigers
TroutCFOld HickoryAngels
JonesCFOld HickoryTigers
Merrifield2BOld HickoryRoyals
Lugo3BSamTigers
StubbsCSamAstros
Seager3BSamMariners
GarciaRFSamRays
KipnisDHSamIndians
GordonLFSamRoyals
SantanaRFSamMariners
Voit1BSamYankees
Chapman3BSamAthetics
GallagherCChandlerRoyals
Gordon2BChandlerMariners
LopezSSChandlerRoyals
Ruiz3BChandlerOrioles
HernandezCFChandlerBlue Jays
CalhounLFChandlerRangers
AlvarezDHChandlerAstros
BenintendiLFChandlerRed Sox
CrawfordSSChandlerMariners
VillarSSChandlerOrioles
WilkersonCFRawlingsOrioles
Drury3BRawlingsBlue Jays
Guzman1BRawlingsRangers
Alberto2BRawlingsOrioles
BeckhamSSRawlingsTigers
NunezDHRawlingsOrioles
DavisDHRawlingsAthetics
Cuthbert3BRawlingsRoyals
Davis1BTucciOrioles
Odor2BTucciRangers
BogaertsSSTucciRed Sox
MazaraDHTucciRangers
Gurriel JrLFTucciBlue Jays
GarciaCFTucciWhite Sox
Freeman2BB45Indians
LucroyCB45Angels
GalvisSSB45Blue Jays
White1BB45Astros
SmithCFB45Mariners
Sanchez2BHomewoodWhite Sox
CordellRFHomewoodWhite Sox
UptonLFWarsticAngels
CastellanosDHWarsticTigers
TovarSSSSKAngels
AndrusSSZingerRangers
Sano3BBWPTwins
OhtaniDHAsicsAngels
d’Arnaud1BDTBRays
Garcia2BtPadres
Knapp2BMarucciPhillies
LagaresCFMarucciMets
ArciaSSMarucciBrewers
Kang3BMarucciPirates
RojasSSMarucciMarlins
PillarCFMarucciGiants
PolancoRFMarucciPirates
WilliamsCFMarucciPhillies
Dozier2BMarucciNationals
VerdugoCFMarucciDodgers
MonilaCMarucciCardinals
RileyLFMarucciBraves
HernandezLFMarucciPhillies
Frazier3BMarucciMets
Bell1BMarucciPirates
Castro2BMarucciMarlins
PoseyCMarucciGiants
Donaldson3BMarucciBraves
DahlCFMarucciRockies
Suarez3BMarucciReds
Rendon3BMarucciNationals
ConfortoRFMarucciMets
AustinLFMarucciGiants
Rizzo1BMarucciCubs
Freeman1BMarucciBraves
SwansonSSMarucciBraves
WinkerLFMarucciReds
TurnerSSMarucciNationals
Panik2BMarucciGiants
Carpentar3BMarucciCardinals
CainCFMarucciBrewers
WoltersCVictusRockies
GomesCVictusNationals
YastrzemskiRFVictusGiants
BaderCFVictusCardinals
Franco3BVictusPhillies
MartinCVictusDodgers
Aguilar1BVictusBrewers
PuigRFVictusReds
Longoria3BVictusGiants
TaylorSSVictusDodgers
FowlerRFVictusCardinals
Dietrich2BVictusReds
Hoskins1BVictusPhillies
DavisLFVictusMets
Anderson3BVictusMarlins
PeraltaLFVictusDiamondbacks
SolanoSSVictusGiants
DejongSSVictusCardinals
Tatis Jr.SSVictusPadres
PerazaSSSluggerReds
Almora JrCFSluggerCubs
MejiaCSluggerPadres
McMahon2BSluggerRockies
RiddleCFSluggerMarlins
Belt1BSluggerGiants
Walker1BSluggerDiamondbacks
RamirezLFSluggerMarlins
RenfroeLFSluggerPadres
BellingerRFSluggerDodgers
JonesRFSluggerDiamondbacks
GrandalCSluggerBrewers
Votto1BSluggerReds
ReynoldsCFSluggerPirates
Tuner3BSluggerDodgers
YelichRFSluggerBrewers
NewmanSSSluggerPirates
Hernandz2BSluggerDodgers
SchwarberLFSluggerCubs
AcunaCFSluggerBraves
StallingsCOld HickoryPirates
GarlickLFOld HickoryDodgers
AhmedSSOld HickoryDiamondbacks
Wong2BOld HickoryCardinals
Adams1BOld HickoryNationals
SotoLFOld HickoryNationals
Goldschmidt1BOld HickoryCardinals
StorySSOld HickoryRockies
EatonRFOld HickoryNationals
Cooper1BOld HickoryMarlins
BlackmonRFOld HickoryRockies
SeguraSSOld HickoryPhillies
HerreraRFOld HickoryMarlins
KellyCSamDiamondbacks
Perez2BSamBrewers
Moran2BSamPirates
NaylorRFSamPadres
Moustakas3BSamBrewers
Arenado3BSamRockies
CabreraLFSamPirates
BraunLFSamBrewers
RamosCChandlerMets
KingeryCChandlerPhillies
HarperRFChandlerPhillies
Hosmer1BChandlerPadres
BamhartCRawlingsReds
Albies2BRawlingsBraves
SenzelCFRawlingsReds
MarkakisRFRawlingsBraves
OzunaLFRawlingsCardinals
FlowersCTucciBraves
Murphy1BTucciRockies
ContrerasCTucciCubs
DysonCFTucciDiamondbacks
TapiaLFB45Rockies
Escobar3BB45Diamondbacks
Marte2BB45Diamondbacks
HoladayCWarsticMarlins
Bote2BHomewoodCubs
BaezSSSSKCubs
Freese1BZingerDodgers
ParraCFTrinityNationals
RosarioSSCooperstown BatsMets
MyersCFMaxPadres
HeywardRFDinger BatsCubs
Machado3BValmaPadres
Bryant3BAxeCubs
Alonso1BDove TailMets
McNeil2BDove TailMets
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Amazing article !!! Love it. Very useful.

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