After several hours hitting with the 2017 Limited Edition Axe MB50, we have enough information to make recommendations. On the whole, a big barrel player looking for the honest feel of a single piece bat, who also prefers a lighter swing should have the MB50 on their short list. The asymmetric end cap and barrel built for predictive impact are useful and proven tools. The $129 price point might be the best thing about it. Of all the bats we have hit in 2017, the MB50 is the best looking. In more detail, the following comprises our 2017 Axe MB50 Review.
Players in the big barrel space who need a light swing and also like the power and direct feel of a single piece bat should consider the MB50. We would recommend it to players with a few years of experience, developed mechanics and those hitters who generally have good bat speed. The asymmetric handle should be a reason to purchase it, not a reason to shy away. Also, those players who want the best-looking bat on the market should seriously consider this beautiful piece of equipment.
Players who like the smoother feel of a two piece bat, or the deep pop sound of a composite barrel, should not consider the MB50 from Axe a viable option. As well, those who need anything but a drop 10 swing are out of luck, as this is only a drop 10 bat. (BBCOR hitters should see the 2017 Axe Hyperwhip Fusion).
The 2017 Axe MB50 is a limited edition bat. As such, it only comes in a drop 10. The Drop, you should know by now, is the numerical difference between the bat’s length in inches and the bat’s weight in ounces. Hence, a 31-inch bat that comes in a 21-ounce weight, for example, is a drop 10. The lengths for the MB50 are between 28 and 32 inches.
If you want the same construction in BBCOR, although different colorway, then choose the 2017 Axe Element.
In depth discussions of the Axe’s asymmetric handle and asymmetric end cap can be found on this site. Each element contributes to the idea of a faster bat and a barrel built for predictive impact. The MB50 takes each of those principles and applies them in a drop 10 2 5/8 senior barrel in a single piece aluminum. It is a remarkably unique baseball bat.
In terms of a light swinging senior barrel aluminum bat in the single piece space, there are a few examples. Most prominently, the Rawlings 5150 and Marucci CAT 7 fit the same bill. However, neither of those have an asymmetric end cap or knob, and claiming the bats are similar isn’t fair to the innovative nature of the MB50.
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Axe Bats has a write up on the MB50 from the Axe Blog. The product page at Axe Bats is helpful too. Our 2016 Axe bat reviews were useful while writing this review. So was our 2017 Axe Bat Lineup overview.