We have hit, seen players hit and gathered feedback on every big barrel bat made for 2017. From that data, and or conversations with major vendors and manufacturers, we put together this Best Big Barrel Bats 2017 Edition. We also partition these articles in other sections under the Best Drop 5, Best Drop 8, Best Drop 10 and Best Drop 10 bats. We cover both baseball and softball.
Best Big Barrel Bats 2017
|Drop 5||Marucci||CAT 7||5/5||$$|
|Drop 8||DeMarini||CF Zen||5/5||$$$$|
|Drop 9||DeMarini||Voodoo Insane||5/5||$$$|
|Drop 10||Easton||MAKO Beast||5/5||$$$$|
Due to the enormous variety in people’s search tendencies, much of this information can be found throughout this site. We address, for example, the best drop 5, best drop 8, best drop 10 and best drop 12 bats. Most of those are big barrel bats—in the drop 5 space, all are. Those do cover larger groups like fastpitch and youth barrel bats, so expect them to be more expansive.
We update each of those pages at different times. As such, you will often what might appear to be conflicting bat information on the site. We would argue that it is not conflicting but, instead, both accurate answers as there are several good big barrel bats in each space.
Best Big Barrel Bats 2017 Edition Contents
- Best Big Barrel Bats 2017
- How to Navigate This Site’s Best Big Barrel Bat Section
- Best Big Barrel Bats 2017 Edition Contents
- Best Big Barrel Bats 2017 Edition Sources
- The Best Big Barrel Drop 5 Bat
- The Best Big Barrel Drop 8 Bat
- The Best (Only) Big Barrel Drop 9 Bat
- The Best Big Barrel Drop 10 Bat
- The Best Big Barrel Drop 12 Bat
Best Big Barrel Bats 2017 Edition Sources
We reference a number of articles in the following. You can also take a more detailed look at the bats we mention in the Drop 5 Marucci CAT 7 review. The CF Zen Review covers the drop 8 option, and the Easton MAKO Beast Review covers the XL. As one of the only drop 9 bats in the 2017 market, the Voodoo Insane review might be worth your study. And of course, don’t forget our 2017 Rawlings VELO review.
You can find our best particular drop articles, too. We write a best drop 5 bat article, a best drop 8 bat article, a best drop 10 bat article as well as a best drop 12 article. Those cover more than just big barrel bats, but they are discussed in depth in those sections, too. There is a lot of overlapping information, but we are trying to make this as helpful as possible.
The Best Big Barrel Drop 5 Bat
There are a ton of great drop 5 bats on the market. Easton’s MAKO XL Beast, DeMarini’s CF Insane or the Voodoo Insane are great drop 5 options. But the attractive price and the stiff feel in a bat niche meant to drop bombs, makes the CAT 7 drop 5 from Marucci our favorite for the largest swath of hitters for 2017.
The 2017 model over the 2016 model, added some barrel length with a new internal design. The technology in the knob to help dampen sting is still there. Expect a focused barrel and a super smooth feel. Great for kids who can handle a drop 5, but who don’t think an endload is the feel for them.
The Best Big Barrel Drop 8 Bat
Like the drop 5 section, top shelf drop 8 bats are dead serious about great performance. The CAT 7, MAKO Beast and 917 Prime all deliver a great bat with that balanced swing in mind. There are others, too.
Our favorite is the drop 8 CF Zen from DeMarini. We think DeMarini’s CF Zen has proven its worth in this transition niche for several years now. The CF8 was our favorite in the drop 8 for 2016 and so was the CF7 in 2015. Although the bats have not changed much, they can still absolutely rake.
The Best (Only) Big Barrel Drop 9 Bat
DeMarini’s Voodoo 2 5/8 big barrel bat is our favorite drop 9 of the bunch, in part because the balanced two piece hybrid is a great smooth swing with that hot out of the wrapper aluminum from DeMarini we have grown to love. Collegiate teams that swing DeMarini almost always tend toward the Voodoo over the CF Series.
The other part of the reason we think it is the best drop 9 big barrel today is because it is just about the only one. Most other brands offer a drop 10 or a drop 8. A two piece hybrid in a drop 10 or drop 8, though, is difficult to find, too. Hence the reason the DeMarini Voodoo dominates the space.
The Best Big Barrel Drop 10 Bat
No bat space in the baseball bat market is more competitive, save BBCOR, than the drop 10 big barrel space. There are literally a half dozen or more great choices in this exact space. We chose the Easton MAKO Beast as our best big barrel drop 10 for its barrel size, balance weight and great performance. Every single player who used the bat sang it’s praises.
The Easton Beast won our best overall 2017 baseball bat award. Not a small feat. In part that award rests on fulfilling the purpose of the drop 10, which the Beast does so very well. We are confident there is not a kid in the drop 10 big barrel space that will dislike the 2017 Easton MAKO Beast. The only thing we don’t like about the Beast is the price—but welcome to youth baseball.
If you are looking for bats like the Easton MAKO Beast drop 10, then check out full review.
The Best Big Barrel Drop 12 Bat
Like the drop 9 section, there are not a ton of bats competing in the drop 12 space. Most drop 12 bats are made for the Junior Big Barrel divisions which come in shorter sizes between 26, and possibly 29 inches. We dedicate an entire page to those best junior barrel baseball bats.
In the Big Barrel, a.k.a. Senior Barrel, realm, there are only a few that really compete with bats longer than 28 inches. One favorite of ours is the 2017 Rawlings Composite VELO. This bat is unlike any other in the VELO line, as instead of a single piece hybrid, it is a two piece composite bat. It comes in a 2 3/4 only, but has a super light swing weight.
Reviews of last year’s model were not stelllar, due to some durability issues on some early releases. But the 2017 model claims to have fixed that, and our players have had great success with the drop 12 VELO.