Best Bats

The Best Bats | Top Rated Bat by Category | 2017

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By Sport​: Baseball | Fastpitch | Softball


Top Baseball Bat Awards

Just Bat Reviews' industry recognized awards are based on personal, player and parent feedback. We also spend considerable time researching, writing and discussing bats with major manufacturers and vendors. The details of those discussions include bat performance, barrel sizes, exit speeds, and improvements from previous years. The full length of our reasoning in the section can be found our our best baseball bats article.

  • BBCOR
  • USABat
  • USSSA (Big Barrel)
  • Wood
  • Fungo
  • Overall
  • Home Run Derby
  • All Time Little League

2017 Easton Mako Beast

Best Bats

The best baseball bat on the market today is the 2017 Easton Mako Beast. The bat has proven time and time again that it is rock star of a stick. Since 2014, the Mako series from Easton has led the space. This bat has a monster barreled with a nice light swing. The feel on contact is as good as it gets. It is helpful, when you win the best overall baseball bat award, to be offered in every size category imaginable. Every player in the market for a bat will find a 2017 Mako Beast in their wheelhouse.


Top Fastpitch Bat Awards

After thousands of cumulative hours using the bats, as well as several others writing, researching and discussing faspitch bat performance with major players in the industry, the following are the best fastpitch bats readily available on the market today. Read how these bats were chosen here

  • Best Fastpitch
  • Runner Up
  • Best Cold Weather
  • Best Slapper
  • Best Budget

Louisville Slugger X12

Best Bats

If your budget is outside the ‘performance’ bat market range, we suggest the Louisville Slugger X12 fastpitch bat. This is the bat for players convinced their hitting challenges have more to do with their mechanics than bat. Most of all, this fastpitch bat comes with a light enough swing weight (drop 12) and a big enough barrel to work well enough for many hitters. Hitters new to the game won't notice a difference between this bat and other high performing ones.


Top Slow Pitch Bat Awards

We have spent days and days testing, reviewing and writing about slow pitch softball bats. We a more exhaustive explanation of our best slow pitch bats in this article. You can see many of the highlights in the snippet box below. This includes our favorite ASA and USSSA bats as well as a couple unique types to the space.

  • USSSA
  • ASA
  • Value
  • Home Run Derby

2016 Miken DC 41

Best ASA Slowpitch Softball BAt

In our best USSSA slowpitch bat articles, we pimp the value of an end load and a two piece composite bat. No other company has quite captured the hearts and minds of serious slowpitch players like Miken. And the Denny Crine 41 bat is the best USSSA one they make. We love the extra ounce of end load in this beast. It makes even the small kids feel like they deserve a place at the table. It also feels pretty hot out of the wrapper and comes with a relatively smooth smash with a stiff transition.

How We Decide

How We Decide What Bat has the most Pop

As the leading independent voice on bat industry news and reviews, we pride ourselves on delivering real content from actual hitters and parents. In the last 12 months, we have spent no less than 2,000 hours hitting, playing, reviewing, reading and writing about bats of all types. Add to that a never ending stream of conversations on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook discussing the articles we decide to publish. We are not simply spinning product detail bullet points and calling it a review. Hoping, then, that Google ranks us well for “unique” content. Instead, the pages on this site chronicle real hitters, real parents, real coaches and real advice. It is, we believe, one of the major reasons this site is as popular as it is.

The Making of a Best Bats List

From that never ending stream of unique information it is only natural that lists of best bats begin to form. Certain brands and models have more social buzz. And, as the season goes on, the buzz begins to wax or wane. But keeping our independent finger on the pulse of the market does not mean we come without bias. In fact, we admit often our advice can be wrong. Everyone has their biases even, like us, if you don’t work for a given manufacturer or vendor.


By trade we are baseball and fastpitch players, not bloggers and search engine optimizers. We are parents of kids who play at the top level of their age group and of girls who struggle to hit the ball at all. We are fans of the game at every level of the sport. When it stops raining there is rarely a night of the week we are not at the fields. Our yards look long and weedy. And terrible. That’s because we are not home. And, you find yourself reading this far into this post, then you would know exactly what we mean.