After writing our 2018 BBCOR bat reviews, spending hundreds of hours testing, hitting and reviewing bat, what is the Best BBCOR Bat for 2018?
The 2018 Rawlings Quatro. Our hitters love the easy feel on hits and mishits. Exit speed pop measurements showed the best we could find in the 2018 class. And the balance is right where we wanted it. Price Check: Closeoutbats.com | JustBats.com | Amazon.com.
Best 2018 BBCOR Bats
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|6||Louisville Slugger||$$||618 SOLO||4.5/5|
Our Value Pick
If you want to spend under (or around) $150, we really like the Omaha 518 from Slugger. But you can read more about that on our best cheap BBCOR bats write up.
Top Rated BBCOR Bats 2018
Every review we write also captures the ratings of our readers. This shows the highest rated BBCOR bats for 2018 as determined by the thousands of folks who come to our site.
Part of the reason we loved the 2018 Rawlings BBCOR Quatro is the fact it rated out the highest in our BBCOR exit speed test. That is, under controlled circumstances, we found it had the most pop.
Of course there are several problems with measuring exit speeds in a controlled enviroment, many of which we discuss in that article. But, in terms of the bat we found could hit the ball the fastest it was the 2018 Rawlings Quatro.
1. Rawlings BBCOR Quatro Swing Weight
As well, the BBCOR 2018 Quatro has a balanced swing weight. It’s official swing weight, as we recorded it, sat in the bottom 30%. That is, 705 of BBCOR bats in the 2018 swung heavier.
Lightness in the swing isn’t a good or bad thing when isolated by itself. It just is what it is. Most players, especially highschool BBCOR players, prefer a lighter than average swing and the Rawlings Quatro fits squarely in that mix.
The balance and buttery smash on both hits and mishits.
It also rated out as the BBCOR bat with one of the largest barrels and highest exit speeds. The Rawlings Quatro averaged over 2.1% hotter in our exit speed tests than the average of the 35 bats we tested. Also, turns out, we love the many length options and the balanced swing.
Is the BBCOR Quatro the right bat for everyone?
Make no mistake, there are a lot of great options in the BBCOR space. Every major company, and even some of the small ones, are able to deliver a bat that produces exit speeds right at the limit—and some companies do it with several bats.
But all bats are not created equal just like all hitters are not created equal. Below we categorize more of our favorite BBCOR bats for the 2018 season.
2. DeMarini Voodoo Insane
We have hit with, watched others hit with, and measured the success of every 2018 BBCOR Bat on the market. We often prefer hybrid bats for their durable and hot out of the wrapper nature. (A hybrid bat, you may recall, is a two piece bat where the barrel is aluminum and the handle is composite).
After all that hitting and measuring, we are in love with the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo Insane. The bat packs serious power, can hit the long ball like nobody’s business, and feels ultra smooth on both hits and mishits. If there is any bat in the 2018 class we might take to the plate before the Rawlings Quatro, it is the 2018 Voodoo Insane.
See our 2018 Voodoo Insane Review
3. 2018 Louisville Slugger 618 Solo
Not only did the 618 create the closest grouping of high speed hits in our testing (meaning the bat was the most consistent) but it also comes in sizes ranging from a 29 to a 34. And in a world where BBCOR bats are required for very small players, it is an absolute plus to have a 29-inch bat.
See our 2018 618 Solo Review
How We Decided the Top Rated 2018 BBCOR Bat?
We are confident no one has hit a greater variety of BBCOR bats in the last year. We, at Just Bat Reviews, make it a point to deliver real reviews from real players. A major piece of the baseball bat market is the BBCOR space, and as such, we have used every performance ($150+) BBCOR bat for 2018 in some fashion or another. Most of that work comes between three to four different hitters, but often we gather feedback from far outside that circle, too.
Much of the data we capture is qualitative. That is, it responds to the quality of the product in terms of feel, aesthetics, and personal feedback. They serve as a basis for our impressions of the bat. Qualitative data is less objective and, therefore, harder to transfer its value from one player to another.
We also use a number of quantitative measurements to get a feel for the best BBCOR bats. Our exit speed testing and barrel testing, as well as our liberal use of swing weight calculator, influence our rankings considerably. As well, we use aggregated feedback from some ratings sites like Amazon and justbats.com to get a feel for what people may or may not be saying about the bat.
Granted, much of those reviews are terribly difficult to verify and it is possible, maybe even likely, they are scrubbed by the sellers to only portray a positive outlook.
Are Our Rankings Correct?
Fitting a baseball bat is too much a function of feel and personal feedback for any general recommendation of the best BBCOR bat to be right for everyone. This is our funny way to to answer the question of whether we are right by simply saying no, we are probably not right. We can say with confidence we are not right for everyone.
Our defense is a best effort in finding the 2018 BBCOR bat players would be the most happy with on average. Does that mean everyone will appreciate the feel, pop and balance? Of course not. But our best guess—which we believe is more educated than anyone in the market—is without industry or vendor bias.
Best BBCOR Bats 2017 | 6 Top Models
With a number of options to choose from, the best BBCOR bat for 2017 is Louisville’s 617 Solo.We love the bat’s ultra light swing due to its extended composite end cap. The fact it comes in a 29-inch is a huge plus for a market that demands the lightest swinging sticks on the market. As we mention in our exclusive best bat article, the 617 SOLO has a huge benefit at a reasonable price point too. Slugger’s 617 Solo tops our Best BBCOR Bats 2017 list.
This articles serves as a subset to our best. It works along side our best Little League bats article. Both may be worth your time ,too.
1. 2017 Slugger 617 Solo
There are several reasons the 617 the top of our Best BBCOR Bat 2017 List. For starters, we like how the 617 SOLO is different. Unlike most top shelf choices that run with an expensive two piece composite bat with an over-sized barrel, the SOLO is a moderately priced bat in the single piece hybrid space. This design keeps the lighter swing found on more expensive bats, but now delivers hot out of the wrapper performance.
The barrel size, usually sacrificed in aluminum barrels, is still large.
Throw in the fact the bat’s MSRP is under $300, and the choice of a non-composite barreled bat gaining the top prize is actually pretty simple. What is that you say? The bat also comes in a 29/26 inch length making it the LIGHTEST swinging bat in the BBCOR space? Done.
2. 2017 Easton MAKO Beast
As predictable as the sun rising in the East, we like the 2017 MAKO BBCOR a lot. This type of bat, a two piece composite with a balanced swing weight, has come to define the performance space. The MAKO Beast, much like the CF Zen below, sits at the top of the shelf in players’ minds and parents’ wallets for a reason. It is a smooth swinging, buttery smash ball driller and few there be that walk away unimpressed.
Why not the top spot? For many, we would argue, it is. But 2017 finds us looking for something different than the same old two piece composite with a huge barrel and balanced swing weight.
3. 2017 DeMarini CF Zen
In 2016 our favorite bat of the BBCOR bunch. Even today, well into the 2017 bat market season, the CF8 is in high demand—-it is a tough find atcounts Zen is the next generation of that CF8 without much, if any, real changes.
Like the bat’s predecessor, we have yet to find a player that does not love the BBCOR CF Zen. This, like the Easton MAKO, is a remarkably legitimate stick in the hands of so many players. Even bad ones.
So, why not the top spot?
If we were to pin it on one aspect, it is the lack of a 29-inch version. BBCOR is forced on younger and younger players, insomuch that finding a bat they can even make contact with is getting difficult. We might also add that there are so many two-piece composite bats with a big barrel and light swing weight that it makes it hard for one to rise to the top.
4. 2017 Marucci CAT 7
If you are looking for a bat that is like the 2017 Louisville Slugger 617 SOLO, then Marucci’s strongs an unrelated cousin. The idea is the same: balanced swinging single piece aluminum. The bat is hot out of both the wrapper and photo-shoots. It uses a proprietary sting dampening mechanism in the knob to help remove some vibration on the thumb during mishits. However, the CAT 7 does not have the extended composite end cap like the 617 SOLO, so expect a slightly heavier swing per given inch. It does not come in a 29 inch, but it is $50 cheaper.
5. 2017 Rawlings VELO
If you are looking for a near mimic of the 617 SOLO, then the 2017s the ticket. This is also a single piece aluminum with an extended composite end cap. The bat is built with a very light swing and fits in the same niche as the 617 SOLO across the board. However, the 2017 Rawlings VELO’s shortest length is a 31 inch.
6. Axe Hyperwhip Fusion
Axe’s asymmetric knob on the Hyperwhip is combined with an asymmetric endcap. This endcap shape removes weight and lightens swing weight dramatically. Like the 617 SOLO and Rawlings VELO, it uses an extended composite end cap to even further reduce swing weight.
If you are looking for something a little bit different, but still want that light swinging single piece aluminum feel and sound, then the 2017 Hyperwhip Fusion Element could be the beginning of your magic moment.
Best BBCOR Bats 2016 | 4 Used BBCOR Deals
To put together this list, we have hit, seen hit, reviewed, tested and read numerous reviews on every single 2016 BBCOR bat on the market. As well, we compiled data from NCAA Division 1 World Series stats according to the bat they used.
Although the answer can never be the same for everyone, all of this information led us to name the Best BBCOR Bat for 2016. More details and reasoning follow in our discussion of the best BBCOR bats 2016 list. We consider this our definitive and final work on the 2016 season.
1. 2016 DeMarini CF8
DeMarini’s 2016 BBCOR CF8 has everything most people want in a BBCOR bat. For starters, the bat is balanced. Meaning, it swings easily and gives a lot of barrel for such a silent swing. Additionally, the bat is a two-piece design, so it allows for a smooth smash on sweet spots and a manageable ring on mishits.
As well, the barrel is composite which leads to a larger barrel and greater performance along the length of the barrel. Also, DeMarini’s CF8 has a long pedigree of top shelf performance.
Add to that sweet and comfortable design a few other factors. Namely, users voted that bat as the best for 2016; the 2016 BBCOR CF8 is a very hard find because lots of people like it; Amazon reviews are generally glowing.
2016 Easton MAKO TORQ
Our Best BBCOR Bat 2016 edition wouldn’t be complete without a runner-up. That award goes to the 2016MAKOes, you read that correctly. The TORQ actually won a 2nd place award on this site.Why the TORQ and not the traditional MAKO? Fair question. We will ask one of our own: why the MAKO and not the TORQ? They are, after all, the same exact bat. Put some Lizard Skin to pin down the spinning handle and BOOM! you just got yourself a MAKO.
The MAKO TORQ has consistently run several dollars cheaper than the MAKO—enough to afford a Lizard Skin and still come out ahead. The 2016 BBCOR MAKO Torq is an easy choice.
2016 DeMarini Voodoo Raw | Best Power Hitter
There are only a few bats on the market made for dead serious big hitters. We discuss many of those at length in our bestitter’s. In the 2016 line, our top BBCOR bat is the 2016 Rawlings is a two-piece hybrid bat with an endload and a super stiff transition.
Our experience with this bat left us enamored with the reasonable endload, hot out of the wrapper performance and trust in a model line that has supported big hitters for several years now.Of course, like the CF8 and MAKO above, the best power hitter’s bat is a function of preference. Many big hitters like the ultra stiff feel of a single piece bat, and as such, the Voodoo Raw won’t cut it for them.
Axe Hyperwhip Fusion | Best Design
2016 may be the most unique bat ever invented. The bat’s asymmetric knob, long a fixture on Axe bats, leads to a phenomenon we have discussed at length referred to as “predictive impact.” The shaped knob forces contact on one side of the barrel.
Axe plans for this by supporting the contact side of the barrel differently than the non-impact side.In the 2016 Hyperwhip, Axe took it a step further by shaping the end cap to elongate the barrel on the hitting side. The asymmetric knob now has an asymmetric friend at the opposite end of the bat. This design creates a lower swing weight than could possibly be found on a bat without predictive hitting.
Best BBCOR Bats 2015 | 4 Great Old Bats
1. 2015 DeMarini CF7
DeMarini’srongure 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.
2. 2015 Marucci CAT 6
Marucciapre-season 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.
3. 2015 Louisville Slugger 915 Prime
Ever since we saw Louisville’s Jr. Home Run Derby and make waves as 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
4. 2015 Easton MAKO
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.