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BBCOR Bat Reviews | 2019 BBCOR Bats: 18 Must Read Reviews

BBCOR Bat Reviews | 2019 BBCOR Bats: 18 Must Read Reviews

2019 BBCOR Bat Reviews

Looking for independent and player drive 2019 BBCOR bat reviews?You’ve come to the right place. After measuring barrel sizes, exit speeds,
compression tests, swing weights and a number of other factors we wrote a review for each 2019 BBCOR bat. You can see and sort that list below. You might also like the 7 best BBCOR bats Or you might like looking at our Frequently Asked BBCOR questions.

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Axe Elite

2019 Axe Elite Review
2019 BBCOR Elite Review

Axe's most popular bat is the Axe Elite. That popularity is due to its… Full Review

Last Updated: September 19, 2019

Victus Vandal

2020 Victus Vandal Review
2020 BBCOR Vandal Review

Victus now makes a light swinging bat for 2020 called the Vandal. The … Full Review

Last Updated: September 18, 2019

Marucci CAT 8

2020 Marucci CAT 8 Review | Cat 9 Release Date Unknown
2020 BBCOR CAT 8 Review

We are bombarded with questions about the release date of the Marucci … Full Review

Last Updated: September 5, 2019

Rawlings Velo

2019 Rawlings VELO Review
2019 BBCOR Velo Review

After recording several hitter's experience with the 2019 Rawlings Vel… Full Review

Last Updated: September 5, 2019

Rawlings Quatro

2017 Rawlings Quatro Bat Review
2017 BBCOR Quatro Review

After considerable time in the cage, direct feedback from hitters at… Full Review

Last Updated: September 4, 2019

Louisville Slugger Select

2020 Louisville Slugger Select Review
2020 BBCOR Select Review

This comprises our 2020 Louisville Slugger Select and 2020 Louisville … Full Review

Last Updated: September 4, 2019

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced

2019 DeMarini Voodoo Bat Review | Balanced
2019 BBCOR Voodoo Balanced Review

Before we are confusing, the 2019 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced is often re… Full Review

Last Updated: September 4, 2019

Marucci F5

2020 Marucci F5 Review (Black Out)
2020 BBCOR F5 Review

We spent time with Marucci's 2020 F5 in a number of games this season.… Full Review

Last Updated: September 4, 2019

Rawlings Quatro PRO

2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro Review
2019 BBCOR Quatro PRO Review

Rawlings looks to improve upon the durability of their flagship bat wi… Full Review

Last Updated: September 3, 2019

Louisville Slugger 519 Omaha

2019 Louisville Slugger 519 Omaha Review
2019 BBCOR 519 Omaha Review

We've hit with every Full Review

Last Updated: September 3, 2019

DeMarini CF

2020 DeMarini CF Review
2020 BBCOR CF Review

The 2020 DeMarini CF review comes on the heels of hours of testing and… Full Review

Last Updated: September 3, 2019

Rawlings VELO ACP

2020 Rawlings VELO ACP Review
2020 BBCOR VELO ACP Review

The Rawlings Velo is as iconic as any bat in the non-wood bat space. I… Full Review

Last Updated: September 3, 2019

Easton Ghost X

2018 Easton Ghost X Review
2018 BBCOR Ghost X Review

Easton's flagship baseball bat line for 2018 is the Easton Ghost X. Th… Full Review

Last Updated: September 2, 2019

DeMarini CF Zen

2017 DeMarini CF Zen Review
2017 BBCOR CF Zen Review

The 2… Full Review

Last Updated: August 30, 2019

DeMarini CF Zen

2019 DeMarini CF Zen Review
2019 BBCOR CF Zen Review

We have hit with the BBCOR, Drop 5, Drop 8 and Drop 10 2019 DeMarini C… Full Review

Last Updated: August 29, 2019

Easton Fuze 360

2020 Easton Fuze 360 Review
2020 BBCOR Fuze 360 Review

There are a lot of changes for Easton's 2020 Fuze 360. For starters, t… Full Review

Last Updated: August 29, 2019

Rawlings Quatro Pro

2020 Rawlings Quatro Pro Review
2020 BBCOR Quatro Pro Review

We can't believe this will be Rawling's 4th year of the Quatro. This e… Full Review

Last Updated: August 29, 2019

Marucci CAT 8

2019 Marucci CAT 8 Review
2019 BBCOR CAT 8 Review

After a month of use with the BBCOR and USSSA versions of the CAT 8 we… Full Review

Last Updated: August 28, 2019

Easton Beast X Hybrid

2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid Review
2018 BBCOR Beast X Hybrid Review

Easton continues their two piece hybrid design for the 2018 class in a… Full Review

Last Updated: August 28, 2019

Easton ADV 360

2020 Easton ADV 360 Review
2020 BBCOR ADV 360 Review

After hitting with the 2020 Easton ADV 360, comparing it with the 2019… Full Review

Last Updated: August 28, 2019

Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal

2020 Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal Review
2020 BBCOR Posey28 Pro Metal Review

The 2020 Posey28 Metal is the same, save the colorway, as the 2020 CAT… Full Review

Last Updated: August 28, 2019

Wood BBCOR Bats

There are more wood bat brands than most people have ever heard of. We try and keep track of several of them here. We have also hit with the vast majority of these and put our wood bat ratings and recommendations on the individual reviews. See our
wood bat reviews.

Commonly Asked Best BBCOR Questions​

Now that you have narrowed down the best choices for your 2017 BBCOR bat, you may have some questions. There are several we have fielded and think this might be a good place to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about BBCOR Bats.

What is a BBCOR Bat?

BBCOR bats are drop 3 bats used in regulation play for collegiate and high-school baseball players. The rules enforcing BBCOR standards have been in place from around 2012. Previous to this standard BESR bats ruled the day but, today, those are illegal in most leagues.

Are BBCOR Bats Legal in 2020?

Yes, since 2014 BBCOR bats have been the standard for high school and collegiate play. There is not even a rumor that BBCOR bats standards will change anytime soon. New USA Bat standards will not effect BBCOR players.

Can BBCOR bats be legally rolled or shaved?

Most agree that rolling a BBCOR bat is illegal. Everyone agrees that shaving a BBCOR bat is illegal. We discuss the concepts of shaving and rolling bats here. In short, we never recommend it for a host of reasons. Not the least of which are the bats duraiblity and it is flat cheating.

Can BBCOR bats be used in little league?

It depends on the league within Little League. Major division and below requires USA Bats. Intermediate (50\/70) and Junior League Baseball divisions can use either BBCOR or USA. Senior League Baseball must use the BBCOR standard. Some other leagues for youth players that are requiring USA bats are also allowing BBCOR bats. But, you’ll need to check with the local league to see their policy.

Can BBCOR bats be used in USSSA?

Some 13U and 14U USSSA leagues may allow BBCOR bats. But, you’ll need to check with that specific league. Although BBCOR bats have less pop than USSSA baseball bats the younger leagues are still required to swing a USSSA and not a BBCOR bat. We are not sure why anyone would want to do this anyways.

Do BBCOR bats need to be broken in?

If the bats have a composite barrel then they need to be broken in. If they have an aluminum barrel then they do not need to be broken in.

Do BBCOR bats lose pop?

Yes. Both composite and aluminum barreled BBCOR bats lose their pop over time. There is some argument as to when this begins. Some aluminum bats can hold their pop for years and years and thousands of hits. Some composite barrelled BBCOR bats appear to keep getting hotter and hotter over the years. But, in terms of pure physics, aluminum begins to break down with micro dents and composite BBCOR bats are designed to never cross a certain line of performance without breaking.

Do BBCOR bats have less pop?

In the long run, we all go dead. BBCOR bats too. Good ones can last several years and several thousand hits. Sometimes micro dents on aluminum barrels can affect performance in a noticeable way. It would be unlikely for this occur with a performance BBCOR aluminum barrelled bat within the first few thousand hits. Composite BBCOR bats tend to crack and break when they officially lose their pop.

Are BBCOR bats composite or aluminum?

Some BBCOR bats are made of composite parts while others are aluminum. There are three types of composite BBCOR Bats, roughly: Some have a handle that is composite and the barrel aluminum (these are called hybrids). Others are made of a two pieces that are both composite. (These are called two piece composites) A few are made of a single piece of composite. (These are called single piece composites.

Do BBCOR bats have less pop?

BBCOR bats have less pop than softball bats and USSSA baseball bats. But, they have the same amount of pop as a USA Bat. BBCOR bats are designed to perform like wood bats but, as we note many times on this site, the length of the sweet spot and barrel size can be dramatically enhanced with a composite bat even if the peak performance is equal to wood.

Are BBCOR bats legal for pony league?

Yes. Colt 16U and Palomino 18U Pony League players are required to use BBCOR Bats. Other PONY leagues can use BBCOR bats as well as the new USA Bat standard.

Are BBCOR bats legal for high school?

Yes. BBCOR bats are legal and required for high school (NFHS). No other bats are allowed in high school play. Single piece wood bats are considered BBCOR bats.

Are BBCOR bats legal for Babe Ruth?

It depends on the Babe Ruth League. 13U and 15U Babe Ruth leagues can use either Babe Ruth or USA Bats. Under 13U leagues cannot use BBCOR and must use the new USA Bat.

Are BBCOR bats better than wood?

Generally, yes. They might not have a maximum trampoline greater than wood, but the controlled swing weight and larger barrel size make them preferable to wood bats. In other words, wood bats are more difficult to hit well than a good BBCOR bat.

Are all BBCOR bats drop 3?

Yes. All BBCOR bats are drop 3. It is a requirement of the BBCOR test that they weigh no less than 3 ounces less than the bat is long (measured in inches).

Are all BBCOR bats the same?

Absolutely not. We spend a considerable amount of time hitting with BBCOR bats, and have for several years, different BBCOR bats feel much different.

When are BBCOR bats required?

Leagues differ, but most start around the age of 13 or 14 and run through college baseball. Although, some college divisions don’t allow BBCOR bats, only wood.

Are all wood bats BBCOR?

Yes. All single piece wood bats are considered BBCOR. Do note, several composite wood bats are made of multiple pieces and are only BBCOR if they are stamped as such.

Where to buy BBCOR bats?

BBCOR bats can be bought just about anywhere baseball bats are for sale. There are a lot of one vendort and the vast majority of serious sporting good stores will have a baseball sections with BBCOR bats

What BBCOR bats are illegal?

A few BBCOR bats in the last few years have been banned. When the standard first came out there were a few. We wrote about a an article discussing illegal BBCOR bats here.

What BBCOR bats are colleges using?

Colleges use different types of BBCOR bats. However, they are almost always the name brand bats. Many companies have deals with serious baseball schools and pay them sponsorship dollars to use their bats. As a general rule, expect the most recent Easton, Rawlings, Louisville Slugger and DeMarini BBCOR bats to be used at most colleges.

What BBCOR bat has the biggest sweet spot?

Barrel size and sweet spot size are not one and the same. But, they are likely correlated. We measured the barrel sizes of most BBCOR bats.

How long do BBCOR bats last?

It really depends on the type of bat. Some break early. Those are usually composites. Some last a generation (or so it seems). As a general rule, expect to get at least a really good season out of your BBCOR bat. Likely two or even three. Which BBCOR bat is the most balanced? We measured the swing weight for every BBCOR bat. When we saw most balanced it likely means the lightest swinging bat for its size. It depends on the length you are looking for. We talk about the a the most balanced BBCOR baseball bats.

What does BBCOR bats stand for?

Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution

What is the Difference Between 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 BBCOR Bats?

The short answer is not much. If anything, the 2017 market has seen a surge of single piece hybrid bats. They give the stiff feel of an aluminum bat but lower the swing weight by using an extended composite end cap. Both the 617 Solo and Axe Hyperwhip, that made the best BBCOR 2017 list above, are single piece hybrid bats. And, both bats, are also new for 2017.

What BBCOR bat has the most pop?

Almost every BBCOR bat on the market meets the .50 BBCOR standard somewhere along the barrel. But, better bats tend to have a longer sweet spot along the length of the barrel and others, still, meet the standard at different pitch speeds. As a general rule, more expensive bats tend to do better at mulitple pitch speeds and longer across the length of the barrel. If we accept that rule, then bats like the 917 Prime, CF Zen, Rawlings Quatro and Easton Beast have the best pop. But these are, at best, debatable claims.

What are BBCOR bats made out of?

There are two types of material BBCOR bats are produced from. Composite is a type of plastic that performance bats often use. Aluminum alloy is a type of metal some other bats implement. Some bats use a combination of Composite and Aluminum and are referred to as Hybrid bats.

What is a Drop 3 baseball bat?

The drop of a baseball bat is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces. A drop 3 bat, as one example, can be of 33 inches and weigh 30 ounces. All BBCOR bats are drop 3 bats. As such, the best 2017 BBCOR bats are also the best drop 3 bats.

What is a BESR certified bat?

BESR is the bat standard that existed before BBCOR. It stood for Ball Exit Speed Ratio. It did not determine the exit speed of bats after they have been worked in and was therefore eventually scrapped for the current BBCOR standard.

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