Top rated BBCOR baseball bats

 If you are searching for a good baseball bat, or you are upgrading for a high school league – you will quickly realize that it can be quite a pain. Selecting a good bat is great, but it can be quite annoying when you have so many brands to choose from. However, this list will help you make the right decision, especially when you are considering buying BBCOR bats.

BBCOR is an acronym for the Ball Bat Coefficient of Restitution, and it describes the energy loss when the bat hits the ball. These types of bats are effective enough to be used in leagues, especially senior leagues, as long as you are not dealing with a very young player (under the age of 13) or a complete beginner in the game.

Comparison table

Brand bat
Construction
Swing weight profile
Material
Barrel diameter (inches)
Price on Amazon
Easton 2018 Beast X Speed bat
1-piece
Balanced
Alloy
2 5/8
Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 bat
1-piece
Mid balance
Alloy
2 5/8
Marucci MCBC7 Cat7 bat
1-piece
Balanced
Alloy
2 5/8
Rawlings 2018 Velo BBCOR bat
1-piece
Balanced
Hybrid
2 5/8
Easton BB17MK Mako Beast Comp 3 bat
2-piece
Balanced
Composite
2 5/8

Easton 2018 Beast X Speed bat

When you are talking about the best bats in the game, it would be hard to not find Easton on the list. Among all their models, it is quite hard to beat out the Beast X Speed, which also happens to be the alloy type among all the Beast range of bats. Thanks to the large barrel size of 2 5/8 inches, the bat will also have substantial contact with the ball as well.

Features

  • Length to weight ratio of 3
  • Barrel diameter of 2 5/8 inches
  • 1.4mm Hyperskin grip
  • One-piece construction
  • ATAC (Advanced Thermal Alloy Construction) design
  • Handle diameter of 31/32 inches

This bat prominently features the ‘balanced swing weight’ feature, which makes it substantially different from most bats you will find on the market. This criteria, along with the 1-piece alloy design, also makes it really good for contact hitters and power hitters alike.

The bat remains lightweight, yet very strong and durable, thanks to the use of the ATAC alloy in the main material. In fact, the manufacturer says it is the best barrel alloy they have produced in recent years, so expect to see it as a main feature in future bats. On the other hand, the X-tended barrel design that also contains internal core technology (in form of Z-CORETM) is the reason behind the impressively large sweet spot.

In addition, the grip is quite comfortable to use. Comprised of a 1.4mm Hyperskin material, it combines a good cushioning ability with the ability to create quicker bat swings. The company is confident enough in their product to deliver this at a 12-month warranty.

Pros

Pros

  • Has very good balance
  • Comfortable to handle due to the grip
  • Good swing speeds and a lot of pop
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Pricey

Verdict

If you have a young player that is transitioning to using BBCOR bats or wants to upgrade their skill level, this is a great choice for them to pick as it has all the necessary features while remaining comfortable and lightweight for them to use.


Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 bat

When it comes to the issue of popular baseball bats, it is easy to notice that Louisville Slugger clearly stands out from much of their competition, honed by years of experience in manufacturing baseball equipment. This specific model lays emphasis on improving the performance of a young baseball player, both off and on the pitch.

Features

  • Barrel diameter of 2 5/8 inches
  • Length to Weight ratio of -3
  • Stiffer feel when getting into contact with the ball due to the use of ST 7U1+ alloy
  • Premium performance gripping from the customized Lizard Skin
  • New vibration dampened handle to reduce negative vibration
  • Certified by BBCOR and NCAA
  • 12-month manufacturer warranty
  • Colors – black, red, gray

The barrel size of the bat is 2 5/8 inches, and the drop weight is -3. Its size will maximize the chances of getting a sweet spot for hitting, and you will reduce the misses you have; making it great when teaching a young player to hit the ball accurately. On the other hand, the drop weight make it sufficiently lighter compared to most baseball bats you will find in the market or young players.

The bat itself is made from very strong alloy, making it have a stiff and more traditional feel. In addition, there is an added extended cap, and this will help to increase the barrel length while also helping it to maintain its correct weight distribution and balance.

Pros
  • Certified for playing in the United States
  • The manufacturer warranty is quite long
  • A lot of pop
  • Comfortable gripping
  • Affordable option
Cons
  • It can tend to feel a bit heavy at times

Verdict

This bat is great for power hitters, but not so much for players who get plenty of foul balls – in cases like that, it is better to get a two-piece bat. It is also quite affordable, so it will work well for you if you are on a tight budget.


Marucci MCBC7 Cat7 bat

Marucci is quite new when it comes to making baseball bats compared to the other brands on this list, but they still put out high quality items that deserve the praise they get. The MCBC7 is no exception, and its features make it work well for hitters who require extra control in their swings and hits.

Features

  • The alloy in use (Az4x) increases the response rate and bat strength
  • Traditional feel due to the one-piece construction
  • 2nd generation Av2 anti-vibration knob
  • 1 5/8 inch barrel diameter
  • End-barrel thickness for improved balance and faster swing speed

Even though it has plenty of balance that can work well for a power hitter, it also has that great pop that any end-loaded bat will have. In fact, our review and many others will unanimously agree that it exhibits very good levels of control and smoothness, even in its swing.

The sweet spot is quite impressive as well, having even twice as long as that of the Cat6 model. The reason why this model is so good with control is the MOI rating, or the Moment Of Inertia. The lower it is, the more swing speed and control are.

You will not need to worry about vibrational feedback when using it either; it has a 2nd Generation AV2 anti-vibration knob, which goes a long way to reducing the negative feedback when you mishit the ball, and which also gives you improved feel, while the ring-free barrel will give you improved performance without the problem of ‘dead spots’.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use, regardless of the weather conditions
  • Very good build and durable
  • Well balanced
  • Does not result in pain due to the vibration dampening
Cons
  • Quite pricey

Verdict

The versatility that this model offers makes it a great choice for older players as well. As long as the price will not bother you, you will not regret purchasing it due to its long-lasting quality.


Rawlings 2018 Velo BBCOR bat

It is impossible to skip Rawlings on the list when it comes to the best baseball equipment, regardless of what you are dealing with or the level of player you are buying it for. They have been in the business from 1887, and this gives them a special kind of prestige when it comes to brand value, which other manufacturers might not have.

Features

  • BBCOR certification and stays within the performance standard of .50
  • Barrel flexibility due to laser-etched groove in the sweet spot
  • Drop weight of -3
  • Loudest acoustic alloy composition
  • Bat length of 33 inches

The balance that is present here is great, and is even among the best when it comes to baseball bats, even comparing with the Malucci model we described above. This does not mean it is heavy either, even when putting the length into consideration: the material that makes it up s ultra-lightweight, since it is mainly a combination of alloy and carbon fiber (which make it a hybrid material).

The company is well known for incorporating variable wall thickness as well, which allows the bats to have bigger barrels even without affecting the swing weight. In addition, the end cap is comprised of composite material, which reduces the weight of your swings and ensures the bat is as comfortable as possible. On the other hand, bat flexibility increases thanks to the Precision pOp 2.0 technology they incorporate into the barrel.

Pros
  • Warranty period (12-month)
  • There are multiple weight and length variations you can select according to your preferences
  • The synthetic grip makes the bat durable
  • Has a good feel
  • Lightweight and has good balance
Cons
  • Can be slightly heavy for small-bodied players

Verdict

For a bat that has multiple variations in choice, this is the best one to go for. It is also durable in its build, so it should last for a number of seasons without wearing out or cracking.


Easton BB17MK Mako Beast Comp 3 bat

Another pick from the Easton Company, this one has slight variations to most of their models, and is suitable for players who want an alternative to the one-piece construction that is usually a feature of most BBCOR bats.

Features

  • Length to weight ratio of -3
  • Patented two piece ConneXion Technology design
  • 1.2mm Hyperskin grip
  • Barrel diameter of 2 5/8 inch
  • Two-piece composite barrel, TCT Thermo
  • One-year warranty
  • The sweet spot is quite substantial, and in many ways it does feel like a softball bat

This model has the most extended barrel size and length, even when compared to other models from the same manufacturer. Thanks to the longer barrel though, the sweet spot is quite long, and the bat will become very enjoyable to use.

In addition, the two-piece construction means that it gives you greater flexibility, especially if you are a contact hitter. It also works well for power hitters, as long as it fits their preferences. Like the previous Easton bat model we mentioned, many of the features are the same, with the cushioned Hyperskin grip (1.4mm, it combines a good cushioning ability with the ability to create quicker bat swings), TCT technology, and the ConneXion technology for greater flexibility and feel.

Pros
  • Very large sweet spot
  • Very good weight distribution throughout the barrel
  • Has a lot of pop
  • Good grip
Cons
  • Weighs slightly heavier than advertised – avoid getting it for small teens
  • Pricey

Verdict

This bat is a very good option for advanced players, and works well for teens and college league players that have built up their muscle strength over time. Its weight might be a problem for smaller players though, so make sure to keep that in mind when purchasing.


What you should consider when purchasing a BBCOR bat

When you are in the process of looking for a bat that performs perfectly, gives you the convenience you require, and conforms to the BBCOR standards, it is important to have a few factors in mind when looking for them. This is not as easy though, since there are many brands that might not fit these standards. Here are some of those criteria.

The type of material

When it comes to looking for a good BBCOR bat, the most important aspect to look at is the material it is made of. Most of them will have alloy (aluminum), or sometimes feature composite and hybrid materials (mixed with other materials like carbon fiber).

  • Alloy – mixture of aluminum and other metals. They tend to have less of a trampoline effect, so they conform easily to BBCOR standards.
  • Composite – made from carbon, resin, and graphite materials. They will need a break-in time before becoming comfortable to use and give their full potential, and will not necessarily fit in with the BBCOR standards (make sure to check first).
  • Aluminum – lightweight and very durable. They have a high trampoline effect.
  • Hybrid – they are the high-end version of a BBCOR bat, and comprised of aluminum and composite materials. Very durable and have large sweet spots.

However, this will also depend on the League you are playing in, as some of them will restrict the use of composite bats. Therefore, when buying one, make sure to check in with the regulations of the League itself.

Keep in mind that composite bat types will out-perform aluminum ones due to the swing weight and large sweet spots, as well as performing better in colder weather. On the other hand, aluminum types are better in their lifespan and are lighter than composite types.

If you have no restrictions on the material, it is better to go for the composite bats, or a higher end alloy bat in harder cases.

Dimensions

Ensure you check the BBCOR ideal dimension standards when purchasing the bat, and see whether it fits those standards in the length and width. Some of the standards are a barrel diameter of 2 5/8 inches, as well as a maximum length of 36 inches. The length to weight ratio must be -3 as well.

Grip and taper

The taper is the part of the bat that is in the middle, lying between the barrel (handle) and the knob. If the taper of the bat is wrong, then you will feel uncomfortable holding the bat throughout the game. This is because this is the part that is subject to the most vibration – so when it is incorrect, the vibrations are distributed inefficiently throughout the bat and it leads to awkward shocks in your hands.

The thicker the taper, the less the amount of shock, as a general rule. In addition, alloy bats will usually have a rubber grip, which does the same work, and thicker tapering will also work well with leather types.

Additionally, your swing speeds will depend on your taper, and narrower ones will result in higher swing speed. Grips are also important, and manufacturers are paying extra attention to the grip as well and making it as comfortable as possible.

Knob

This does not have as much importance as the other criteria, but it will act as a stopper to your hands. This will prevent a case of the bat slipping due to improper support and grip even as you swing the bat.

Construction detail

There are a variety of details in the construction, which include:

  • One-piece construction – these are made up of single materials. They tend to have lesser swing and are stiffer.
  • Two-piece construction – consist of a barrel that is joined to the handle and both of these are of different materials.

Final thoughts

When choosing a BBCOR bat, it is important to look for one that ensures durability in its service, since these are bats that will last you for a long time. They will also help to transition a player to intermediate level or advanced level baseball, so make sure that the bat itself fits their playing style and that they will love for years to come.

Don Mattingly

My name is Don Mattingly (not the famous one) - CEO Founder MattinglyBaseball. I dedicated my whole life into baseball, I have gathered a lot of experience through all my years. I hope my blog will be useful to some people.

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