Now that spring training is over and opening day is here we thought we’d put out our top 5 BBCOR bats for 2015. There are at least 39 different BBCOR baseball bats released for the 2015 season and after hitting extensively with each one we’ve narrowed them down to 5 of our favorites.
Disclaimer: IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER and YES We Probably Missed Some.
DeMarini’s CF7 is a pleasure to hit with. It’s sting dampening is top shelf. The barrel size is perfect. Its mid-balance, hand loaded feel gives great bat speed and feel through the zone. It is impossible for anyone to really measure in game batted ball speed in relation to other bats and we know that BBCOR standards really level the playing field, but from a pure eyeball test its hard to say anything hits the ball with as much velocity as the CF7. We simply love this bat. (Pricing check here).
We awarded the Marucci CAT 6 a best pre-season BBCOR bat award and we are still in love with it for all the same reasons. We love the one-piece feel of power and drive. And with the added sting resistance in the knob it should be a preference for the rope-makers among us. The bat is downright beautiful. We are also in love with it’s price point and at $249 it is the least expensive bat on this list. (Pricing check here).
Ever since we saw Louisville Slugger’s 915 in the Jr. Home Run Derby and make waves as the best home run hitting bat in the 2014 NCAA world series we knew Slugger was on to something. Since then this bat has received nothing but absolute rave reviews. Few, if any, have ever hit with the 915 and then ever let it out of their site. This bat is a highly recommendable. (Pricing check here).
Any honest list of the best 2015 BBCOR bats must include Easton’s 2015 MAKO. This bat should sell upwards of twice as many as any other BBCOR bat in production for 2015. It’s barrel size is dreamed of, swing weight calculated precisely for the widest audience and two piece construction arguably flawless. Easton isn’t the largest baseball bat company only because they have massive distribution and marketing. No, they are they largest composite and metal bat company in the world because they make bats like the MAKO. Most who swing this bad boy never look elsewhere and scoff at any one who suggests they should. (Pricing check here).
It’s a random choice to round out #5 but we really do like the RIP-IT Helium BBCOR bat. This is, you may recall, the bat that is actually pressurized with Helium. And we don’t like the bat because it is filled with helium. Rather, we just like the bat. Fill it with mustard gas or the smell of a dorm room for all we care. The bat is a light swing and very well constructed. Hits on the barrel are smooth and seamless. A new bat and new innovation but a nice light swing and, in RIP-IT fashion, a hitters bat. (Pricing check here).
If you’ve been keeping count the 2015 BBCOR Axe Avenge is actually number six in this list. We just couldn’t decide and felt a little disingenuous if we kept it off the list of ‘bests’ because we are big fans. This bat is an end loaded freak with a barrel built for one sided hitting. Whenever we’ve been asked what we think about the handle and barrel we have nothing to say but good things. Those who have hit with the bat and are patient enough to get accustomed to the axe shaped handle (which really doesn’t take that long) will fall in love. Another 2015 BBCOR bat that is highly recommendable. (Pricing check here).
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What We’ve Learned from the 2015 BBCOR Class
- Lots of bats are really good. It is probably safe to say that a top shelf bat from any number of companies performs at peak powers. If it says Slugger, Easton, DeMarini, Rawlings, Axe, Anderson, Marucci or Combat (and maybe one or two others) than you can bet the bat is legit.
- More money usually does buy a better bat. Bats that have higher price points tend to have larger barrels, more specific swing weights and technological innovations that dampen hand sting.
- BBCOR standard implementation has really forced bat companies to the drawing board on innovation. This is ultimately good for all of us.
- Swing weight and where the load is found in a bat are not the same. To the contrary of what many vendors often erroneously claim, a bat with an end load does not also have a high swing weight or MOI (mass moment of inertia). Instead where the load is found in a bat is only one of many factors which determine swing weight—the most important of which is arguably the total length of a bat. Just because a bat has a handle or end load does not also mean it has a low or high swing weight. You can prefer an end loaded bat but get a low swing weight by simply getting a shorter size.