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USSSA Drop 8 Bat Reviews

We’ve hit every USSSA (aka Big Barrel and Senior League) bat from 2021 through 2016. Individual reviews for USSSA Drop 8 bats are below. You can also find what we think are the best USSSA bats here.
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Score Year League Drop Model Price MOI Relevant Sizes Demand Player Rating Tech Specs Performance Stiffness Durability Barrel Profile Resell Diameter Sizes Type Serial Release
2021 USSSA 8 Marucci CAT 9 280 Mid+ 4 5 5 3 5 4 4 4 4 2 3/4 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA MSBC98 10/01/20
2022 USSSA 8 DeMarini Zen 350 Mid 4 5 5 4 5 2 4 4 5 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC WTDXC8Z-22 10/27/21
2021 USSSA 8 Louisville Slugger Meta 350 Light+ 5 5 5 5 5 3 4 4 4 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC WBL2468010 09/15/20
2023 USSSA 8 Easton Black Magic 280 Mid 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 3 2 3/4 31, 32 SPA SL23BM8 06/01/22
2023 USSSA 8 Marucci CAT X Light+ 5 5 4 5 2 5/8 , SPA 2023MCXU8
2023 USSSA 8 Marucci CAT X Connect Mid+ 5 5 4 5 2 5/8 , Hyb. 2023MCXCoU8
2023 USSSA 8 Marucci CAT X Composite Light+ 5 5 4 5 2 5/8 , TPC 2023MCXCU8
2023 USSSA 8 Axe Avenge Pro 399 Light+ 4 4 5 5 5 2 3 5 4 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 TPC L173I 05/24/22
2021 USSSA 8 Marucci CAT 9 Connect 300 Mid 5 4 5 5 5 2 4 4 4 2 3/4 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA MSBCC98 10/01/20
2021 USSSA 8 Victus Nox 300 Mid 5 4 5 4 5 3 4 3 4 2 3/4 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Hyb. VSBNX8
2022 USSSA 8 Victus Vandal 2.0 280 Mid 5 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 2 3/4 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA VSBV2X8 10/27/21
2020 USSSA 8 Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal 230 Mid 5 4 5 4 5 4 5 3 4 2 3/4 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA MSBP288S 10/01/19
2016 USSSA 8 Easton XL3 200 Mid+ 2 3 3 2 4 2 4 3 3 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 SPA SL16X38
2022 USSSA 8 DeMarini Zoa 400 Mid 4 5 5 4 5 3 4 5 5 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC WTDXZ8Z-22 10/27/21
2021 USSSA 8 Victus Vandal 280 Mid 4 5 5 4 5 3 4 4 4 2 3/4 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA VSBVX8 11/01/20
2022 USSSA 8 DeMarini The Goods One Piece 250 Heavy 4 3 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA WTDXGO8-22 10/27/21
2021 USSSA 8 DeMarini The Goods One Piece 230 Mid 4 3 5 2 5 4 5 2 4 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 23 SPA WTDXGO821 08/01/20
2022 USSSA 8 Anderson Techzilla 240 Mid+ 3 2 4 3 5 5 5 3 4 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 SPA YB22ZILLA08LF 06/01/21
2021 USSSA 8 Anderson Techzilla 240 Mid 5 3 4 3 5 5 5 3 4 2 3/4 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA YB21ZILLA8 08/01/20
2022 USSSA 8 Louisville Slugger Solo 250 Light+ 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA WTLSLS6X0822 10/27/21
2021 USSSA 8 Louisville Slugger Solo 230 Light+ 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA WBL2485010 09/15/20
2022 USSSA 8 True Temper Rake 300 Light+ 5 3 4 4 5 2 4 3 3 2 3/4 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 32.5 Hyb. UT-22-RKE-X-8 11/01/21
2022 USSSA 8 Rawlings Quatro Pro 350 Light+ 4 4 4 4 4 2 4 5 4 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC UTQ8 11/01/21
2019 USSSA 8 Louisville Slugger Prime 919 350 Mid 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 3 4 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 TPC WTLSLP919X8 09/15/18
2018 USSSA 8 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 350 Mid 5 3 4 4 4 2 3 3 4 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC WTLSLP918X8 10/01/17
2017 USSSA 8 Louisville Slugger Prime 917 Mid 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 3 4 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 TPC STLSLP9178 10/01/16
2016 USSSA 8 Louisville Slugger Prime 916 Mid 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 3 4 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 TPC SLP9168 10/01/15
2022 USSSA 8 Dove Tail Bats Polar Power 200 Mid+ 2 2 3 5 4 4 4 3 2 2 5/8 29, 30, 31 SPA PLRPWR8 10/08/21
2020 USSSA 8 Louisville Slugger Prime 350 Mid 3 4 4 4 5 2 3 4 3 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 TPC WTLSLP9X820 09/15/19
2022 USSSA 8 Louisville Slugger Meta 350 Mid 4 5 5 5 5 3 3 4 4 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC WBL2529010 10/27/21
2019 USSSA 8 Marucci Cat Composite 350 Mid 3 5 5 5 5 4 4 3 4 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 SPA MSBCCP8 10/01/18
2022 USSSA 8 True Temper HZRDUS 300 Mid+ 5 3 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 2 3/4 31, 31.5, 32, 32.5, 33 Hyb. UT-22-HZR-X-8 11/01/21
2017 USSSA 8 Marucci CAT 7 Silver 200 Mid+ 3 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 SPA MSBYC78 07/07/20
2022 USSSA 8 Easton Hype 350 Light 4 4 4 5 5 2 3 4 4 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC SL22HYP8 10/07/21
2015 USSSA 8 Marucci CAT 6 200 Mid+ 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 2 3/4 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA MSBC68 10/01/14
2021 USSSA 8 Mizuno Hot Metal 180 Light+ 4 2 4 3 5 4 5 3 2 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 SPA SL21HM8 08/01/20
2017 USSSA 8 Easton XL3 Mid+ 2 3 3 2 5 2 4 4 3 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 SPA SL17X38 08/01/16
2016 USSSA 8 Easton Mako Torq 400 Light+ 2 4 4 5 5 2 4 4 2 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 TPC SL16MKT8
2022 USSSA 8 Warstic Gunner 299 Mid+ 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 Hyb. MBGNR22GY08 11/11/21
2015 USSSA 8 Easton Mako Torq 450 Light+ 2 4 4 5 5 2 4 4 2 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 TPC SL15MK8T
2018 USSSA 8 Mizuno Generation Mid 2 2 4 2 4 4 4 2 1 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 SPA 340439 10/01/17
2017 USSSA 8 Mizuno Generation 180 Mid 2 2 4 2 4 4 3 2 1 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 SPA MZ96941TD8 08/01/16
2016 USSSA 8 Mizuno Generation 180 Mid 2 2 4 2 4 4 4 2 1 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 SPA 340357 08/01/15
2018 USSSA 8 Easton Beast X Mid 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 SPA SL18BX8 08/01/17
2019 USSSA 8 Easton Beast Speed Light 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 SPA SL19BP8 08/01/18
2020 USSSA 8 Mizuno B20-Hot Metal 180 Light+ 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 SPA 340517 08/01/19
2019 USSSA 8 Mizuno B19-HOT METAL Light+ 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 2 3 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 SPA 340492 08/01/18
2020 USSSA 8 Easton Alpha 360 180 Mid 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 SPA SL20AL58 09/01/19
2020 USSSA 8 Rawlings VELO ACP 250 Light+ 2 3 4 3 4 4 5 2 3 2 5/8 29, 30, 31 SPA UTZV8 10/01/19
2019 USSSA 8 Rawlings Velo 200 Light+ 2 3 4 3 4 4 5 2 3 2 5/8 29, 30, 31 SPA UT9V8 10/01/18
2015 USSSA 8 Easton XL1 Comp 300 Mid 3 4 5 4 4 2 4 4 4 2 5/8 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC SL15X18
2016 USSSA 8 Easton Mako XL 350 Heavy 3 3 4 4 4 2 4 4 4 2 5/8 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC SL16MK8
2017 USSSA 8 Easton Mako Beast Mid 3 4 4 4 5 2 4 4 4 2 5/8 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC SL17MK8 08/01/16
2019 USSSA 8 Easton Ghost X Evolution Mid 3 4 4 4 4 2 4 4 4 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC SL19GXE8 08/01/18
2018 USSSA 8 Easton Ghost X Light+ 3 4 4 4 4 2 4 4 3 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC SL18GX8 08/01/17
2020 USSSA 8 Easton ADV 360 350 Mid 3 4 4 4 4 2 4 4 4 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC SL20ADV8 09/01/19
2020 USSSA 8 Easton Alpha 360 180 Mid 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA SL20AL8 09/01/19
2016 USSSA 8 Easton S200 Mid 3 2 3 2 4 4 4 2 2 2 5/8 28, 29, 30, 31 SPA SL16S2008 09/01/15
2020 USSSA 8 Marucci F5 100 Mid 4 4 4 2 4 4 4 2 4 2 3/4 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA MSBF52X8 10/01/19
2022 USSSA 8 Marucci F5 100 Mid 4 4 5 3 5 4 4 3 4 2 3/4 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA MSBF538 07/01/21
2016 USSSA 8 DeMarini CF8 Mid 5 5 5 4 5 2 3 5 5 2 5/8 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC WTDXCFR-16 09/01/15
2017 USSSA 8 DeMarini CF Zen Retooled Mid 5 5 5 4 5 2 3 5 5 2 5/8 30, 31, 32, 33 TPC DXCBRR 08/01/16
2019 USSSA 8 DeMarini CF Zen Black 350 Light+ 5 4 4 4 4 2 3 5 4 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC WTDXC8Z-BL 02/01/19
2018 USSSA 8 DeMarini CF Zen 350 Mid 5 5 5 4 5 2 2 5 5 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 TPC WTDXCBR 08/01/17
2019 USSSA 8 DeMarini CF Zen 350 Mid 4 5 5 4 5 2 3 5 5 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 TPC WTDXC8Z-19 08/01/18
2017 USSSA 8 DeMarini CF Zen Mid 4 5 5 4 5 2 3 5 5 2 5/8 30, 31, 32 TPC WTDXCBR-17 08/01/16
2020 USSSA 8 DeMarini CF Glitch 350 Mid 5 5 5 4 5 2 3 5 5 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC WTDXC8ZGL 09/01/19
2020 USSSA 8 DeMarini CF 350 Mid 4 5 5 4 5 2 3 5 5 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC WTDXC8Z-20 08/01/19
2021 USSSA 8 DeMarini CF 350 Mid 4 5 5 4 5 2 3 5 5 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC WTDXC8Z21 08/01/20
2021 USSSA 8 Marucci CAT 9 Composite 350 Light+ 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 3 5 2 3/4 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 TPC MSBCCP98 10/01/20
2019 USSSA 8 Marucci CAT 8 230 Mid+ 5 4 5 3 5 4 4 4 4 2 3/4 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA MSBC88 10/01/18
2020 USSSA 8 Marucci CAT 7 Silver 180 Mid+ 5 4 5 3 5 4 4 4 4 2 5/8 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA MSBC728S 10/01/19
2016 USSSA 8 Easton S400 Mid 5 2 3 2 4 4 4 2 2 2 5/8 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA SL16S4008 09/01/15
2022 USSSA 8 Combat B2 Ultra 350 Light+ 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 5 4 2 3/4 29, 30, 31/28, 32 SPC SLPAB28
2022 USSSA 8 Axe Avenge Pro 350 Mid+ 4 4 4 5 5 3 3 4 3 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 TPC YB22ZILLA8 08/01/21
2021 USSSA 8 Axe Avenge Pro 350 Light 3 3 5 5 5 3 3 5 3 2 3/4 30, 31, 32 TPC L173J 08/01/20
2022 USSSA 8 Easton Alpha ALX 230 Mid 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 3 3 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32 SPA SL22AL8 10/07/21
Overall Ratings

The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).

(UR) Un Rated: An overall rating of UR means the bat has yet to be fully rated. When it is, this score will update.

(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.

(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.

(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.

(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.

(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.

(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.

(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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