There is no difference in the question of what is the Best BBCOR bat and what is the Best Drop 3 Bat. Ever since 2014, all BBCOR bats are drop 3 and all drop 3 bats are BBCOR. That is, the numerical difference between their length in inches and weight in ounces is equal to three. As such, there would be no reason to change our best BBCOR bat list for this best drop 3 bat list.
That is assuming, of course, you are not looking for an old school drop 3 BESR bat, which are now illegal. Those pre-2014 bats were indeed crazy hot, and if you are looking for a BESR bat in a drop 3, be aware, the Best BBCOR bat and Best Drop 3 bat are not the same. If you find yourself in that situation, since these bats are no longer produced, your best option is eBay with a search like this.
Why Write a Best Drop 3 Bat Article?
If the list is exactly the same, then why write an article at all? Well, if you understand how Google works, then you’ll understand the answer. Google has yet to make the equivalence of the phrase drop 3 bat and a BBCOR bat. So, if you are out searching for “Drop 3 Bat,” then good luck finding an article about the Best BBCOR Bats. In other words, we write this article for no other reason than to give you a chance to read the actual Best BBCOR Bat article on the planet.
Best Drop 3 Bat Resources
We reference a number of articles in this Best Drop 3 Bat. Each of which you might find helpful. We conglomerate them here for your easier reference.
Why We Are Different
There are several bat review sites that have popped up in the last 8 months. Each, it appears, compiles a list of what bat is the “best”. And, in particular, what bat is best in the BBCOR or drop 3 space. We have yet to find one that actually hits with the bats, speaks with the manufacturers or has done anything but look at pictures of the bat. It is possible, maybe even likely, they simply use amazon reviews or this site to make some determinations and then put together some search engine optimization to hope the uninformed click on some of their ads.
You can be sure, with us, we hit with every bat we write a review on. Often we use multiple hitters to do so. We take serious notes with conversations directly with the manufacturer, and it is not uncommon for us to have conversations with big time vendors on what they see in terms of volume, consistency and warranty claims.
Table of Contents
- Why Write a Best Drop 3 Bat Article?
- Best Drop 3 Bat Resources
- Why We Are Different
- Table of Contents
- The Best Drop 3 Bat List
- Best Drop 3 Bat Overview
- The Best Drop 3 Bat: 617 SOLO
- Other Best Drop 3 Bat Options
- Composite Barrel Drop 3 Bat Options
- Best Unique BBCOR Bat: Axe Hyperwhip Fusion
- Best Power Hitter Drop 3 Bat
- Best Base Hitter Drop 3 Bat
- Best Value Drop 3 Bat
The Best Drop 3 Bat List
|Best BBCOR Bat Reference Table|
|1||2017 Slugger 617 Solo||Overall||5||$$||Smooth|
|2||2016 or 2017 MAKO||Overall||4.5||$$$$||Ubiquitious|
|2||CF8 or CF Zen||Overall||4.5||$$$$||Polished|
|5||916 or 916 Slugger Prime||Overall||4||$$$$||Notable|
|1||Axe Hyperwhip Fusion||Inventive||4||$$||Ingenious|
|1||Voodoo Raw or Insane||Power Hitter||5||$$$||Dominant|
|1||2017 or 2016 VELO||Base Hitter||4.5||$$$||Ping|
|1||Marucci CAT 7||Base Hitter||4.5||$$||Graceful|
To avoid the risk of repeating everything we wrote in the Best BBCOR bat article. The following gives some very high-level overviews on the bats found in the best drop 3 bat list. More information can be found about each bat on their individual bat review page.
The Best Drop 3 Bat: 617 SOLO
Those in the BBCOR space who need as much bat speed and control as possible will love the feel of the 617 SOLO. Smaller players in 8th and 9th grade who still need something swingable will love the 29-inch option. Expect a wood-like feel and legitimate power with the single piece design.
We love the new design from Slugger and the commitment to a traditional sounding bat with a hot out the wrapper feel. An ultra-light swing that also comes in a 29-inch drop 3 bat is great news.
Other Best Drop 3 Bat Options
The MAKO Beast is our best 2017 baseball bat in the overall category. The drop 3 version of the stick is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. It did not win the overall category due, in part at least, to the fact it is not much different than its 2016 version.
DeMarini CF ZEN & CF8
Any list that says the MAKO is the best BBCOR bat would not be honest by leaving out the CF Zen or CF8 from DeMarini. Yet, much for the same reason the MAKO didn’t warrant the top spot, there isn’t enough of a difference between the ZEN and CF8 to claim it new and fresh. But, make no doubt about it, the CF Zen and CF8 are ridiculously impressive bats.
Composite Barrel Drop 3 Bat Options
In terms of new technology to the market, the Quatro is right up there. This is the next generation TRIO from Rawlings and every hitter that we saw try out the Quatro loved it. See our 2017 Rawlings Quatro Review.
Slugger’s second bat on the list is the 917 Prime. Not much different than the 916 version, but that doesn’t mean it can’t rake. Don’t expect a massively oversized barrel, but do expect a serious bat for serious players at the highest levels of the sport.
Best Unique BBCOR Bat: Axe Hyperwhip Fusion
Axe Hyperwhip Fusion
Best Power Hitter Drop 3 Bat
The 2017 DeMarini Voodoo Insane is a favorite power hitter’s bat. Don’t confuse this with a light swinging and over-sized barrel of a two-piece composite. This bat is built for a man swing and can flat out smash balls. See our full 2016 Voodoo Review here.
Best Base Hitter Drop 3 Bat
If base hitting is the name of your game, then the Rawlings VELO is a legit choice. It is built much like the 617 SOLO from Slugger with its light swinging extended end cap. This bat in the drop 3 has fantastic user reviews. It just makes a lot of contact. There is no difference between the 2016 and 2017 bat.
Marucci CAT 7
The 2017 Marucci CAT 7 is also one our favorites in the balanced hitters’ space. Hitters love the single piece feel and the sting dampening afforded by the extra technology in the knob. You really can’t go wrong with this thing. See our Marucci CAT 7 Review here.
Best Value Drop 3 Bat
Although “Value” is quite the subjective term, we won’t hesitate to point out how much we like the 517 Omaha from Slugger. It is inexpensive (Value?) when compared to most other bats on this list. The 517 is a simple bat without any frills–except for the custom Lizard Skin Grip. In terms of a pure budget buy at new in wrapper MSRP pricing, the 517 Omaha is our favorite drop 3 bat.