The 2019 - 2024 Annual Report On

MLB Bats

and the players that use them

Last Updated April 11, 2024 9:08am by @ BatDigest

We track MLB bat usage every opening day and some select days throughout the season. Our most recent 2023 data is below (as well as our historical data).

A Summary of 6 Most Interesting Findings

  1. For 2024 opening day,Victus has 1 out of 4 (24.4%) of all plate appearances.
  2. Marucci and Vicuts (owned by Marucci) have made up almost 50% of the MLB market. No changes for 2023.
  3. We counted 23 different bat brands at the plate for opening day 2024.
  4. The bottom 16 brands compete for 10% of the market. The top 7 brands make up 90% of the market.
  5. There is no particular trend among famous, popular, or good hitters in relation to the bat brand they use. The top echelon of players has a breakdown of bat usage like the general population.
  6. For 2024, Overfly has increased their market share the most with (3) players. Noise or a trend? We'll keep tracking.

Most Used Bat in MLB

We've tracked bat usage from 2019-2024. That data is compiled from our sources below and you can see the trend line here.

Marucci and Victus (who is owned by Marucci) have domianted the plate since 2019. Only 2021, the pandemic year, did Slugger figure a way to edge out Victus. Victus is back on top for 2024 by four players.

2024 Opening Day MLB Bat Usage

2024 MLB Bat Usage as observed on MLB TV Opening Day is found below. Victus and Marucci (owned by Marucci) continue to dominate. The rest stay pretty much the same too.

2024 Wood Bat Frequency Table
# Brand Count
1Victus66
2Marucci62
3Louisville Slugger44
4Chandler33
5Old Hickory20
6Tucci Lumber8
7DTB8
8B456
9Overfly3
10Trinity2
11Max2
12SSK2
13Rawlings2
14Tater2
15BWP1
16Pheonix Bats1
17Dinger Bats1
18Birdman1
19Anchor1
20Asics1
21Homewood Bats1
22Warstic1
23Under Armor1
24?1

2023 Opening Day MLB Bat Usage

2023 brings with it some predictable bat usage at the MLB level. Marucci, who lost its top spot to Victus last year is back on top. With 24% of all plate appearance on opening day, it leads the way. But it's sister company, Victus, isn't far behind at 23%. Slugger is in third with 15% followed by Chandler and Old Hickory (both around 10%).

2023 Wood Bat Frequency Table
# Brand Plate Share
1 Marucci 23.9%
2 Victus 22.8%
3 Louisville Slugger 14.6%
4 Chandler 10.40%
5 Old Hickory 10.1%
6 Tucci Lumber 3.7%
7 Dove Tail Bats 2.2%
8 B45 1.9%
8 Homewood Bats 1.9%
8 Overfly 1.9%
11 Max Bat 1.1%
11 Sam Bat 1.11%
13 Cooperstown 0.7%
13 SSK 0.7%
13 Tater 0.7%
16 Birdman 0.4%
16 Phoenix 0.4%
16 Rawlings 0.4%
16 SR 0.4%
16 Under Armour 0.4%
16 Zinger 0.4%

2022 Opening Day MLB Bat Usage

We watched the first 270 at-bats of the 2022 season on our MLB subscription and tracked in a spreadsheet every MLB bat brand. Most times, we could see the label or an identifying feature on the players first at bat. For the others, by the end of the game, we found an at bat where we could identify the bat by its logo. For three different players we could not identify the bat in game one so we used games later in the week or images online to document the bat used. You can see our sources here.

2022 MLB Wood Bat Frequency Table
# Brand Plate Share
1 Victus 25.93%
2 Marucci 22.59%
3 Louisville Slugger 15.93%
4 Old Hickory 10.74%
5 Chandler 6.30%
6 B45 3.70%
7 Tucci Lumber 2.22%
8 Homewood Bats 1.48%
8 SSK 1.48%
10 Dove Tail Bats 1.11%
10 Max Bats 1.11%
10 Sam Bat 1.11%
10 Tater 1.11%
14 Asics 0.74%
14 Cooperstown Bats 0.74%
14 Dinger Bats 0.74%
14 Rawlings 0.74%
14 Trinity 0.74%
19 Birdman Bats 0.37%
19 Mizuno 0.37%
19 Overfly 0.37%
19 Zinger 0.37%

2021 Opening Day MLB Bats

We watched every opening day game for 2021, saw the bat, and documented it on our spreadsheet. This chart represents what we found by way of total market share.

2021 MLB Wood Bat Frequency Table
# Brand Plate Share
1 Marucci 25.88%
2 Louisville Slugger 18.04
3 Victus 15.29
4 Old Hickory 10.2%
5 Chandler 9.41%
6 B45 4.31%
7 Rawlings 3.14%
8 Tucci 2.75%
9 Sam Bat 1.18%
9 Homewood Bats 1.18%
9 Max Bats 1.18%
9 Dove Tail Bats 1.18%
13 BWP 0.78%
13 SSK 0.78%
13 Trinity 0.78%
13 Zinger 0.78%
17 Asics 0.39%
17 Birdman 0.39%
17 Dinger 0.39%
17 Mizuno 0.39%
17 Overfly 0.39%
17 SR 0.39%
17 Tater 0.39%
17 Warstic 0.39%

2020 Opening Day MLB Bats

We watched every opening day 2020 game on July 23rd and 24th. We also tracked what bats the starters used. This graph represents what MLB Bats players used on opening day for 2021.

2020 MLB Wood At Frequency Table
# Brand Plate Share
1 Marucci 23.70%
2 Victus 19.26%
3 Slugger 16.67
4 Old Hickory 10.74%
5 Chandler 9.26%
6 Sam Bat 4.07%
7 Rawlings 2.59%
8 Tucci 2.22%
9 Max Bats 1.85%
9 Trinity 1.85%
11 Dove Tail Bats 1.48%
11 B45 1.48%
13 Asics 0.74%
13 Mizuno 0.74%
13 SSK 0.74%
13 Warstic 0.74%
17 Axe 0.37%
17 BWP 0.37%
17 Cooperstown Bats 0.37%
17 Dinger 0.37%
17 Valma 0.37%
17 Zinger 0.37%

2019 September Bat Usage

During the 2019 regular season (a week in September) we measured bat usage by brand.

2019 MLB Wood Bat Frequency Table
# Brand Plate Share
1 Marucci 28.83%
2 Victus 18.36%
3 Slugger 13.67
4 Old Hickory 11.33%
5 Chandler 5.47%
6 Sam Bat 6.44%
7 Rawlings 5.08%
8 Tucci 3.88%
9 B45 3.13%
10 Warstic 1.11%
10 Homewood 1.11%
12 B45 0.74%
12 Zinger 0.74%
12 SSK 0.74%
15 Asics 0.37%
15 Axe 0.37%
15 BWP 0.37%
15 Cooperstown Bats 0.37%
15 Dove Tail Bats 0.37%
15 Dinger Bats 0.37%
15 DTB 0.37%
15 Dinger 0.37%
15 Max Bats 0.37%
15 Valma 0.37%

MLB Bat Sources

We track our data with our MLBtv Account. We watch each at-bat and take a screenshot. You can see and confirm each of those images here. We then move that data to a spreadsheet where totals and averages are tabulated. You can access that datasheet here.

MLB Bat Brands and their Logos

Getting approved for the MLB is a process that costs real money. While the exact number changes every year and its sort of difficult to tell who exactly got in, below are bats we've seen at the plate and, therefore, must be approved at some level or another.

Asics Wood Bats
Asics Wood Bats
Axe Wood Bats
Axe Wood Bats
B45 Bats
B45 Bats
Baum Bats
Baum Bats
Bird Man Bats
Bird Man Bats
BWP Bats
BWP Bats
Chandler Bats
Chandler Bats Bat Listings
Cooperstown Bat
Cooperstown Bat
DeMarini D110 Pro Maple Composite Wood
DeMarini D110 Pro Maple Composite Wood
Dinger Bats
Dinger Bats
Dove Tail Bats
Dove Tail Bats
Great Lakes Bat Co.
Great Lakes Bat Co.
Home Town Bats
Home Town Bats
Louisville Slugger Prime
Louisville Slugger Prime
Mark Lumber
Mark Lumber
Marucci Wood Bats
Marucci Wood Bats
Max Bats
Max Bats
Mizuno
Mizuno
Old Hickory
Old Hickory
OTW Bat Co.
OTW Bat Co.
Phoenix Bats
Phoenix Bats
Rawlings Wood Bats
Rawlings Wood Bats
Sam Bat
Sam Bat
Show Bats
Show Bats
SR Bats
SR Bats
SSK Wood Bat
SSK Wood Bat
Tater
Tater
Trinity Bat Co.
Trinity Bat Co.
Tucci Lumber
Tucci Lumber
Veteran Bat Company
Veteran Bat Company
Victus V-Cuts Wood Bat Listing
Victus V-Cuts Wood Bat Listing
Viper Bats
Viper Bats
Zinger Bat Company
Zinger Bat Company