Best 2016 Baseball Bat

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Ever on our quest to determine the very best bat, we run a user generated poll which pits one 2016 bat versus another and ask the user to click on their choice. Results are tallied and lists are made. We recently concluded a “Choose the Best 2016 Bat” competition and tallied over 10,000 votes. This is, as far as we are aware, the largest user generated poll of bat opinion on the market.  Added to our Pre-Season Awards, this Best 2016 Bat article should round out our research.

User Rank
Category WinnerModel (Review)Price
1OverallEaston MAKOAmazon
2Runner-UpDeMarini CF8Amazon
3Surprise FinishEaston TORQAmazon
8Perfect RankDeMarini Voodoo RawAmazon
9Too LowSlugger 716 SelectAmazon
13Really Too LowRawlngs VELOAmazon
25Way Too LowAdidas RBZ X3Amazon

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Criteria for Inclusion


What we didn’t make clear to the voter, and this was intentional, is the exact type of bat they were to consider. We expected readers to assume it was their best bat for their given circumstance. Some of the bats, for example, were only BBCOR bats and not available to the senior league and big barrel worlds. Others have different compositions and constructions at different levels of play.

As such, we added every performance bat in 2016 that we reviewed (which includes all 2016 performance bats). From bats few have ever heard of, like the Axe Hyperwhip, to those that are seen everywhere like the MAKO and CF8, all performance based bats were listed.

How The Scoring Works

Best 2016 Bat

We should note this head to head is unique in the way it scores. It uses, similar to the way chess players are ranked, an ELO type system. This awards points based on not just winning and losing, but who you beat and who you lost to. A win against a high ranked bat adds more points than a win against a low ranked bat. The opposite is also true. The idea is to keep the scoring close and reward bats not based off popularity, but off player adoption. We think it does a decent job at this.

However, like most ranking systems, it doesn’t come without its problems. Most noticeably is how influential a single voter, who prefers a very low ranked bat over other topped ranked bats, can be in the rankings. It only takes a handful of “upsets” to push a top ranked bat off the charts. You’ll notice in the rankings, for example, how a few bats have more losses than wins, but are still in the top of the rankings. Other bats who win more than 50% of the time are often found below bats that lose more than 50% of the time. We hope the idea gives less popular bats a chance to move up in the rankings, but admit it may unfairly reward the lone wolf in the voting.

Top Bats

Best 2016 Bat

Not surprisingly, the 2016 Easton MAKO and the 2016 DeMarini CF8 stand as the top bats in nearly every list we’ve ever put together for 2016, and this poll produced the same result.

As much as DeMarini and Wilson may not be willing to admit, the bats are very, very similar. They both serve the same market in the sense of a light swinging two piece composite bat with an oversized barrel. They are also the flagship bats of the two major players in the space. They both come from companies with massive R&D and marketing budgets. In large measure, they perform very similar along the length of the barrel and come in every drop and size imaginable. Best 2016 Bat

We don’t put too much stock into the fact the MAKO ended on top of the CF8. The top two places jockeyed at 1 and 2 for the majority of the 10,800+ votes. As our last “Best 2016 Bat” article of the season, we feel confident in proclaiming these two bats are the best of the 2016 season. Full Stop.

What You can Learn

As we say above, our attempt at defining the very best bat in the industry is and endless one. We’ve tried to slice and dice the data a number of ways. This user generated data is always instructive to confirm, after 10,000+ votes, that our thinking is in line with the field. We’ve confirmed the best bats in your list are the best bats in our list. We’ve also confirmed that our least liked bats are your least liked bats too.

Does this answer the age old question as to what is the best bat for your budget and level of play? Unfortunately not. But it doesn’t mean we aren’t getting closer to figuring it out.

Rated Higher than We Expected

Best 2016 Bat

The MAKO TORQ, and its spinning handle, hasn’t been the most well received technology addition in recent memory. Some have never quite come around to the idea of a spinning bottom hand. But, as we’ve mentioned before, the barrel is exactly the same as the top place finishing MAKO. Hence, it is not a breach in logic to assume the MAKO TORQ could be one of the very best bats in the industry for 2016.

That doesn’t mean we thought the TORQ would end up 3rd in the final voting, beating out bats like the very popular 916 Prime and Combat MAXUM. This surprised us, but the people have spoken.

Rated Lower than We Expected

Best 2016 Bat

Three bats did not rank out as highly as we thought they should have. And as such, we thought they deserved a bit of a shout out in this write-up. For starters, Louisville Slugger’s 716 Select is one of our favorite bats of the year (and probably most favorite in they hybrid space). Its ranking of 9th (which is still respectable) still felt at least a good 2 to 4 spots too low.

Best 2016 Bat

The Rawlings Velo is also too low at 13—or at least that’s what we think. The VELO is a very well received bat, especially at the big barrel sizes. It’s a remarkably light swinging bat with great bat speed. As well, the bat’s BBCOR version is a great performer and used at all levels of the sport. In high school games we observed this year, the VELO was an absolute favorite.

Best 2016 Bat

Far, far too low was Adidas RBZ X3. This bat, probalby suffering as a new name in a very overstuffed market, was one of our preferred two piece composite bats with a light swing and oversized barrel. It would compete, as far as we see it, with the MAKO and CF8 which ended up winning the competition. But at 25 out of the 30 we measured? No way.

Overall Results

Total Wars Fought: 11858

  1. CF8 BBCOR

    1. 2016 DeMarini CF8

    Wins: 232 Losses: 163 Total: 395
  2. Youth Baseball Bat Reviews

    2. 2016 Easton MAKO

    Wins: 244 Losses: 169 Total: 413
  3. BBCOR MAKO Torq

    3. 2016 Easton MAKO TORQ

    Wins: 203 Losses: 183 Total: 386
  4. Trio Small

    4. 2016 Rawlings TRIO

    Wins: 203 Losses: 185 Total: 388
  5. Combat Maxum

    5. 2016 Combat Maxum

    Wins: 204 Losses: 172 Total: 376
  6. Best Bat Deals

    6. 2016 Louisville Slugger 916 Prime

    Wins: 218 Losses: 168 Total: 386
  7. Voodoo Raw Smallest

    7. 2016 DeMarini Voodoo Raw

    Wins: 226 Losses: 187 Total: 413
  8. 2016 MAKO XL BBCOR

    8. 2016 Easton MAKO XL

    Wins: 226 Losses: 193 Total: 419
  9. Trio Small

    9. 2016 Rawlings TRIO

    Wins: 204 Losses: 206 Total: 410
  10. Easton Z-Core Hybrid TORQ

    10. 2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid TORQ

    Wins: 197 Losses: 212 Total: 409
  11. VELO Small

    11. 2016 Rawlings VELO

    Wins: 215 Losses: 196 Total: 411
  12. Easton Z Core TORQ Back

    12. 2016 Easton Z-Core TORQ

    Wins: 184 Losses: 216 Total: 400
  13. 716 Select

    13. 2016 Louisville Slugger 716 Select

    Wins: 211 Losses: 198 Total: 409
  14. Best Bat For 11 Year Old

    14. 2016 Louisville Slugger 516 Omaha

    Wins: 200 Losses: 184 Total: 384
  15. Easton XL PHoto

    15. 2016 Easton Z-Core XL

    Wins: 194 Losses: 201 Total: 395
  16. 2016 ZCore BBCOR

    16. 2016 Easton Z-Core

    Wins: 206 Losses: 183 Total: 389
  17. 2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid XL

    17. 2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid XL

    Wins: 216 Losses: 211 Total: 427
  18. avenge

    18. 2016 Axe Avenge

    Wins: 193 Losses: 212 Total: 405
  19. Axe Hyperwhip

    19. 2016 Axe Hyperwhip Element

    Wins: 169 Losses: 214 Total: 383
  20. Vexxum

    20. 2016 DeMarini NVS Vexxum

    Wins: 179 Losses: 207 Total: 386
  21. 2016 XL TORQ

    21. 2016 Easton MAKO TORQ XL

    Wins: 198 Losses: 184 Total: 382
  22. RIP IT ONE

    22. 2016 RIP-IT Element One

    Wins: 173 Losses: 190 Total: 363
  23. 2016 5150 BBCOR 2

    23. 2016 Rawlings 5150

    Wins: 207 Losses: 220 Total: 427
  24. Z-Core Hybrid Easton BBCOR

    24. 2016 Easton Z-Core Hybrid

    Wins: 209 Losses: 195 Total: 404
  25. Adidas Bats

    25. 2016 Adidas X3 RBZ

    Wins: 189 Losses: 213 Total: 402
  26. Axe Bat PHoto 1

    26. 2016 Mizuno MaxCor

    Wins: 163 Losses: 220 Total: 383
  27. MIzuno Nighhawk BBCOR

    27. 2016 Mizuno Nighthawk

    Wins: 174 Losses: 221 Total: 395
  28. Insane 2016

    28. 2016 DeMarini Insane

    Wins: 170 Losses: 199 Total: 369
  29. mizuno generations

    29. 2016 Mizuno Generations

    Wins: 156 Losses: 220 Total: 376
  30. rip it element

    30. 2016 RIP-IT Element Two

    Wins: 166 Losses: 207 Total: 373