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2018 Barrel Size Comparisons

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Before you get too excited about the pictures you are about to see, let us point out that barrel size is NOT sweet spot size. And although we are capable, with some pretty simple paper donuts discs of measuring a bats barrel length, measuring the true sweet spot is a far harder task. In some measure we are confident the sweet spot and barrel size are related. But, by no means are they one and the same.

Barrel Size

That said, we understand many folks want to know how barrel size compares---especially when trying to decide between two bats that appear similar. These rankings may be helpful in those situations. But, and this is our fair warning, don't expect a bigger barrel to imply a better bat. Feel, swing weight, performance and price points are much more significant factors when compared to barrel size when comparing bats.

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on Barrel Size Implications

That said, we understand many folks want to know how barrel size compares---especially when trying to decide between two bats that appear similar. These rankings may be helpful in those situations. But, and this is our fair warning, don't expect a bigger barrel to imply a better bat. Feel, swing weight, performance are much more significant factors, in our opinion, as to the right fit.

Also, do note that several of the barrel lengths below are very, very close. As such, take the rankings with a grain of salt in some cases. Although we did our best to keep camera angles consistent our work wasn't perfect. And what do milometers in barrel size really prove anyways?

2018 USABat Barrel Sizes

The 32 inch Easton Ghost X in the USABat version is not just the largest barrel for any USAbat on the market for 2018. It is also the biggest 2 5/8 barrel on the market in total ever. You read that right. Since measuring barrel sizes in the last 5 years, there has not been a single BBCOR or USSSA bat with a larger barrel than the drop 5 USSSA Ghost X USABat (in the 2 5/8). Simply put, after measuring just about 2 5/8 barrel in the last 5 years we can safely say the Drop 5 Ghost X has the largest 2 5/8 barrel ever.

29-Inch

Barrel Size uSAbats 29
  1. Easton Ghost X
  2. Easton Beast Hybrid
  3. Rawlings Quatro
  4. Rawlings 5150 Drop 10
  5. 5150 Drop 10
  6. VELO Drop 10

30-Inch

USAbat Barrel Size
  1. Easton Beast X Drop 8
  2. Easton Ghost X Drop 10
  3. Easton Beast Hybrid Drop 10
  4. Rawlings 5150 Drop 5
  5. Rawlings Quatro Drop 10
  6. Rawlings VELO Drop 5
  7. Rawlings 5150 Drop 10
  8. Rawlings VELO Drop 10
  9. Rawlings 5150 Drop 10

    31-Inch

    Biggest USAbat Barrel
    1. Easton Ghost X Drop 5
    2. Easton Ghost X Drop 10
    3. Easton Hyperlite Drop 11
    4. Beast X Speed Drop 11
    5. Rawlings Quatro Drop 10
    6. Easton Hybrid Drop 10
    7. Rawlings 5150 Drop 5
    8. Rawlings VELO Drop 5
    9. Rawlings VELO Drop 10
    10. Rawlings 5150 Drop 10
    11. Rawlings 5150 Drop 11

    32-Inch

    USAbat Barrel Sizes
    1. Easton Ghost X Drop 5
    2. Easton Ghost X Drop 10
    3. Easton Beast Speed Drop 8
    4. Rawlings Quatro
    5. Easton Hybrid Drop 10
    6. Rawlings 5150 Drop 5
    7. Rawlings VELO Drop 5
    8. Rawlings VELO Drop 10

    2018 BBCOR Bat Barrel Size Rankings

    Special thanks to Closeoutbats.com who let us on site and, after way more work than was reasonable, helped us get images of every bat on the planet for 2018. These images are property of Just Bat Reviews and protected under creative licenses.

    29-Inch BBCOR

    Bat with the Biggest Barrel
    1. Easton Beast X Speed
    2. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
    3. Louisville Slugger 618 Solo​

    30-Inch BBCOR

    1. Easton Ghost X
    2. Easton Beast X Hybrid
    3. DeMarini CF Zen
    4. Easton Beast X Speed
    5. Marucci CAT 7
    6. Louisville Slugger 918 Prime
    7. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
    8. Louisville Slugger 618 Solo​
    9. Rawlings 5150

    31-Inch BBCOR

    1. Easton Ghost X
    2. Easton Beast X Hybrid
    3. DeMarini CF Zen
    4. Easton Beast X Speed
    5. Axe Fusion
    6. Axe Element
    7. Louisville Slugger Prime 918
    8. Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal
    9. Marucci CAT 7
    10. Marucci CAT 7 Connect
    11. Marucci CAT 6
    12. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
    13. Axe Elite
    14. Marucci F5
    15. Rawlings VELO
    16. DeMarini One
    17. Louisville Slugger 718 Select
    18. Rawlings 5150

    32-Inch BBCOR

    BBCOR Barrel Size 32 inch
    1. Easton Ghost X
    2. Easton Beast X Hybrid
    3. Combat MAXUM
    4. Easton Beast X Loaded
    5. DeMarini CF Insane
    6. Axe Fusion
    7. Easton Beast X Speed
    8. DeMarini CF Zen
    9. Rawlings Quatro
    10. Axe Element
    11. Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal
    12. Marucci CAT 7
    13. Marucci CAT 7 Connect
    14. Marucci CAT 6
    15. Louisville Slugger 918 Prime
    16. Louisville Slugger 618 Solo
    17. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
    18. DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
    19. Axe Elite
    20. Marucci F5
    21. DeMarini One
    22. Louisville Slugger 718 Select
    23. Rawlings VELO
    24. Rawlings 5150

    33-Inch BBCOR

    Biggest 33 inch BBCOR Bat
    1. Easton Ghost X
    2. DeMarini CF Zen
    3. Combat MAXUM
    4. Rawlings Quatro
    5. Easton Beast X Hybrid
    6. DeMarini CF Insane
    7. Easton Beast X Loaded
    8. Easton Beast X Speed
    9. Axe Element
    10. Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal
    11. Axe Fusion
    12. Marucci CAT 7
    13. Marucci CAT 7 Connect
    14. Louisville Slugger 918 Prime
    15. Marucci CAT 6
    16. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
    17. Louisville Slugger 618 Solo
    18. Axe Elite
    19. Marucci F5
    20. Louisville Slugger 718 Select
    21. DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
    22. DeMarini Voodoo One
    23. Rawlings VELO
    24. Rawlings 5150

    34-Inch BBCOR

    BBCOR barrel sizes 34 inches
    1. Easton Ghost X
    2. Combat MAXUM
    3. Rawlings Quatro
    4. Easton Beast X Hybrid
    5. Easton Beast X Loaded
    6. Easton Beast X Speed
    7. DeMarini CF ZEn
    8. DeMarini CF Insane
    9. Marucci CAT 7 Connect
    10. Marucci Posey Pro Metal
    11. Marucci CAT 7
    12. Louisville Slugger 918 Prime
    13. Axe Fusion
    14. DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
    15. Axe Element
    16. Cat 6
    17. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
    18. Louisville Slugger 618 Solo
    19. Marucci F5
    20. Louisville Slugger 718 Select
    21. Axe Elite
    22. Rawlings VELO
    23. Rawlings 5150
    24. Voodoo One

    2017 Biggest Barrels in the Big Barrel Space

    Misconceptions: Biggest Sweet Spot and Barrel Size

    Dispelling myths is one of our favorite things to do here at JustBatReviews.com. We find manufacturers and vendors often fall into hype traps.  One hype trap is that barrel is supremely important. We will look past the hype and offer solid reasoning as to why this is untrue.

    One common misconception with barrel size is that it correlates with the size of the sweet spot. The sweet spot is the area of a bat that performs at max capacity, and in reality, a bigger barrel does not necessarily mean one bat has a bigger sweet spot than another.

    To the bigger barrel bat’s credit, we submit at some level, the bat’s sweet spot and barrel size are highly correlated. A bat with the dimensions of a broom stick handle, for example, is unlikely to have the same type of sweet spot as the Combat Maxum. But, in more practical ways, the reasoning does not hold true. We explain more below.

    Largest Barrel Size (not Sweet Spot) Lengths List

    Biggest Sweet Spot Baseball Bat

    After our discussion as to the maximum barrel size NOT necessarily leading to the largest sweet spot, if you are still looking for the list of bats that have the largest barrel, the following should be helpful.

    Although the bat’s total length will effect the barrel size, the following list is from largest to smallest for 2017 BBCOR bats.

    2017 Biggest Maximum Barrel Rankings

    RankBrandModel (Review)Max Barrel
    Size Rating
    Price
    1EastonMAKO Beast10$$$$
    2RawlingsQuatro9.5$$$$
    3AxeAvenge9.5$$$$
    4EastonZ-Core Speed9$$$
    4EastonZ-Core Hybrid9$$$
    6MizunoMAXCOR9$$$$
    7DeMariniCF Zen8$$$$
    7DeMariniCF Insane8$$$$
    9WarsticGunner8$$$
    10MizunoGenerations7.5$$
    11Louisville Slugger917 Prime7.5$$$$
    12Louisville Slugger617 Solo7.5$$$
    12Louisville Slugger516 Omaha7.5$$
    14DeMariniInsane End Load7$$$
    14DeMariniInsane Balanced7$$$
    15DeMairniOne7$$

    Measuring Total Barrel Size

    Biggest Sweet Spot Baseball Bat

    Measuring when a bat’s barrel gets to its largest size does not measure the length of a barrel. This is because real barrel size is really a measurement of total volume, not a volume on the barrel only.

    In fact, a bat that never reaches maximum diameter may very well cover more area than than one that does. This is because of the bat’s taper. The taper is the shape a bat uses to move from the handle’s diameter to the diameter at maximum barrel size. Imagine a bat with a very long taper that begins early and never quite reaches maximum barrel size. Now, compare that to one which reaches maximum barrel size rather late and uses a very fast taper. The larger maximum barrel would not cover more area at the plate than the bat that is more voluminous for longer, though technically still measuring at the smaller max barrel size.

    Why Assume Barrel Size and Sweet Spot Are Different?

    If barrel size and sweet spot were the same, the best hitters would always choose the larger barrel. But, just take a quick look at any NCAA baseball game. They don’t. Neither do MLB players choose a bat because it has a longer maximum barrel. Do those players, who make a living based on hitting a ball, want a bat with a smaller sweet spot? Of course not.

    This holds true in high school and little leagues too. Although bat companies are trying to make a larger barrel, the ones that have the biggest barrels are not always the ones that people purchase. The Combat Maxum, which we discussed at length on this blog, had the largest barrel ever. The result? They still went out of business.

    This is not to say that a larger barrel does not mean the bat is bad. Indeed, it may be the perfect fit for you. But choosing a bat based on the length of its maximum barrel size because you think it also has a longer sweet spot is a mistake. Don’t fall for the hype of vendors and manufacturers who rely on the public being ill-informed.

    Why Not Choose the Longest Maximum Barrel Size?

    If you are looking for good reasons to justify a purchase of a bat that does not have the largest maximum barrel size, then let us add a few to your list.

    First, we are not talking about inches. In most cases, the largest maximum barrel length ads literally millimeters squared to your plate coverage. A change from 2 19/32 of an inch to 20/32 of an inch all of 9 inches from your bat’s end cap will make no difference whatsoever. We guess you could claim you are more likely to foul one on a 2 strike count every 3,000 at bats or so. But don’t make the lure of a larger barrel sacrifice things that actually matter to you.

    And, the things that should matter to you? Swing weight, grip feel, and maximum bat speed. As well, you should consider bats that have great bat reviews, on this site as well as other consumer sites (as far as they can be trusted).

     

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