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The Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat: The Transition to BBCOR

Best Drop 5 Bat


We have hit every drop 5 baseball bat on the market in since 2014. Some we have loved, others not so much. Although it is unfair to the other bats who have made the best drop 5 bats below, we also know people want information fast. With that in mind, we think the Marucci CAT 7 Drop 5 bat is as good as any drop bat on the market in 2017. You can read more of our reasoning, and other options, below. Also, this article is a subset of our best bats write up. You may also like our best baseball bats page.

Marucci Smart Bat Review

Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat

Aluminum BarrelMarucciCat 7 Price 5/5
End LoadEastonMAKO XL TORQ Price5/5
Composite BalancedSlugger917 Prime Price5/5

End Load: MAKO XL

Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat

We are going to get a few eye rolls for this choice, but as of this publishing, the drop 5 2016 Easton MAKO TORQ XL is our favorite drop 5 in an end loaded version. There are other bats, no doubt, that match this one in terms of barrel size and a nice end loaded feel. Many of those bats also have great performance. But, none of them are anywhere close to the price point. These older model TORQs can be found at serious discounts.

If you hate the spinning handle, just tape it down.

Price check this bat here on Amazon. You can read our XL TORQ review on the bat here.

Balanced: 917 Prime

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The drop 5 Louisville Slugger 917 Prime is the now largest barrel Slugger has ever built. The performance across the entire length of the barrel has proven top notch by hitters across the country.

However, they are not the only ones to crack this code in this particular niche. The CF Zen, and Easton MAKO Beast are two other very legit options in the drop 5 space. Both have large barrels and great performance. But, for us, the 917 is our favorite in terms of aesthetics and a little less cliche’.

Check Amazon’s price. See our full 2017 Louisville Slugger 917 Prime Review.

Aluminum: Marucci CAT 7

2017 Marucci CAT 7 Review

Our best Drop 5 Aluminum barreled bat may have been the easiest choice. The 2017 Marucci CAT 7 is a beautiful stick built with a lot of direct power and very little flex on contact. Our experience maintains the bat possess wood like power transfer without the associated ring in the hands due to their ring free knob design. Marucci’s CAT 7, modeled after the CAT 6 and CAT 5,  is an upgrade on previous versions with a larger barrel. The CAT 7 is one of our favorites across the board.

Amazon pricing is here for the Marucci CAT 7 Drop 5. Our Marucci CAT 7 Review can be found here.

Old Model Best Drop 5 Baseball Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat

We have long argued that if you can reach near max bat speed and control with a drop 5 bat then you should be swinging one. That is, of course, if you are not yet in a BBCOR league where drop 5’s are prohibited. Simple physics tells us that if you can hold swing speed high and increase the mass of the bat then you will hit the ball further. Hence, a drop 5—which is the heaviest weight before BBCOR—will create the strongest impact. As such, if you can swing one then you should be.

DeMarini CF7Best Drop Bat For 2015

As predictable as the sun rising the in East, our favorite older model in the drop 5 is tDeMarini’s CF7 (Amazon $239, Ebay).

We have had this bat on our ‘best youth bats of all time list’ for a long time now and we don’t see a time when it will come off.

Marucci CAT 6

Best Drop 5 Bats

The Marucci CAT 6 (5th place), the Louisville Slugger Prime 915 (4th place), the Easton XL1 (3rd Place) and the DeMarini Voodoo FT (2nd place) rounded out the top 5. All fantastic bats made by legit companies who stand behind their bats.

Common Drop 5 Bat Questions

Who Should Use An Endloaded Drop 5?

Best Drop 5 Baseball Bat

There are many end loaded drop 5 bats that swing with a greater MOI (swing weight) than many BBCOR bats. Meaning, an endloaded drop 5 bat with a BPF 1.15 stamp can be a bigger hitter than any number BBCOR bat. As such, those who hit with an end-loaded drop 5 are bomb making hitters that pack serious punch.

Who Should Use a Balanced Drop 5?

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The balanced drop 5 is a conundrum. Indeed, one chooses a drop 5 to get more power because your swing speed has maxed out and the greater weight gives you more power. But one would use a balanced bat to help increase bat speed and make better contact with the ball. So, a balanced drop 5 creates some logical inconsistencies.

But, we consider those looking for a drop 5 in a balanced model can either

  1. Not find enough weight in a drop 8, but also think an end loaded drop 5 is too much to handle. Or,
  2. They appreciate the feel of a balanced bat, but can wield the power of a drop 5.

Who Chooses An Aluminum Barreled Drop 5?

2017 Marucci CAT 7 Review

An aluminum barreled drop 5 would fit a player who wants hot out of the wrapper performance and more feel through contact. As such, there are a decent number of drop 5 baseball bats that have an aluminum barrel. Most of these bats are end loaded. Some, however, are single piece aluminum bats. Others are hybrids that have a composite handle and an aluminum barrel.

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