In baseball, only BBCOR and drop 5 sticks come in a 33-inch. That makes this best bat review write up rather straight forward. Although we cover the information on best BBCOR and best drop 5’s elsewhere, we thought more insight might be helpful for those about to pull the trigger on their best 33 inch baseball bat.
Best 33 Inch Baseball Bat
|Drop 5 Big Hitter||Marucci||CAT 7||33/28||5/5||$$$|
|Drop 5 Balance||Easton||Beast||33/30||5/5||$$$|
Best 33 inch Baseball Bat Article Contents
Best 33 Inch Baseball Bat Sources
We referenced a number of sources when putting together this article. As the reader might find them helpful, too, we share them here. Our Best BBCOR Bat and our best Drop 5 Bat article was useful. So was our Best 32-inch Baseball Bat article. Some may find our bat size chart a useful tool.
Are These Bats Really the Best 33-inches?
In some sense of the term, the bats on this list are in fact, the best. We would argue they are the best bats in terms of performance, durability and price point for the largest percentage of players. But, are they the best bat for you? That is impossible for us to tell. Bat preference is, well, a preference. Throw in the differences in durability needs, budgets and swing weights, and before you know it, you are back at square one.
With that disclaimer out of the way, here is our list of 33-inch bats that are the best in baseball.
Who Should Swing a 33-inch Bat?
In our opinion, way TOO many high school kids think they should be swinging a 33-inch bat. It is, we would guess, a matter of believing the bigger the bat, the better the kid. Sounds about like high school.
Back in reality, think of this: Tony Gwynn, likely the best hitter baseball has seen in a few generations, used a 32 inch-bat. The notion any kid who is 18 or younger should be swinging a 33 inch, even if it is a balanced bat, is far fetched. Take a better OPB and AVG all day over a longer bat.
So, who should be swinging a 33-inch bat? We would suggest a moderately strong collegiate hitter and a number of pros.
Best 33 Inch BBCOR Bats
The best 33-inch BBCOR bat, we think, is the 2017 BBCOR 617 SOLO from Louisville Slugger. We think big hitters, those who actually need a 33 inch bat, will appreciate the stiff feel and honest barrel of this single piece hybrid. It has a balanced weight that is aided by its extended composite end cap.
Best 33 Inch Wood Bat
Marucci’s AP5 would be our favorite wood bat in the 33 inch length. We like the larger barrel that is built for big hitters like Albert Puljos. There are a dozen or so legitimate wood bat companies in the market. Marucci has the best market presence and usage at the top levels. We think it is the best wood bat. Further, the AP5 is the best power hitter bat they make. Naturally, then, the AP5 is our favorite 33-inch wood bat.
Best 33 Drop 5 Baseball Bat Balance
We like a number of drop 5 bats. They are, far and away, the biggest hitting bats on the market. Not only are they heavy, but they are not restricted by the .50 BBCOR standards. We have long held the opinion that if you can swing a drop 5, you should be swinging a drop 5.
In the middle-of-the-road swing weight area, we like Marucci’s CAT 7 in a 33/27. It is a stiff feeling bat that feels like wood on contact, but has enough technology in the hand to rarely sting hands. It also uses a unique aluminum barrel to get a lot of sweet spot. It is our favorite drop 5 bat.
Best 33 Drop 5 Baseball Bat Speed
If you need speed but want to jump into the big boy 33-inch and drop 5 space, then Easton’s 2017 Easton Beast is a great choice. Super huge barrel with a pop packing punch make it a great choice. It swings a bit heavier than the 2016 version of the MAKO, but is still considered in the “speed” or handloaded cateogry. (Compared to the “Balanced” Marucci CAT 7 or an Endloaded bat).
We would run amiss without mentioning the CF Zen in a 33/27. It is, by all measurements, an equal to the Beast. Although a slightly smaller physical barrel, it is not to be taken lightly. This is also a speed/balanced bat and has been known to hit a ball a country mile. It is right up there with any drop 5 33-inch baseball bat you could find.