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7 Best BBCOR Bats (2019 & 2018) We Hit the Farthest

7 Best BBCOR Bats (2019 & 2018) We Hit the Farthest

Our testers hit every 2019 BBCOR bat. We tracked the exit speeds of those hits, measured barrel sizes and swing weights as well as detailed our testers’ feedback and took over 2,100 surveys on bat usage for 2019. We graded out each bat and found the best BBCOR Bat for 2019, regardless of price, is the Quatro Pro or the Meta Prime.

2020 Note – We are currently working on gathering the data and feedback for the best 2020 BBCOR bats. Expect to have those results towards the middle to the end of September. Our hitters and reviewers are working on them now. You can the 2020 BBCOR bats we have reviewed here.

Best BBCOR Bats 2019
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Best BBCOR Bats 2019
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We loved, to name a few things, the smooth smash on hits and mishits, the exit velocities and balance.

2019 Best BBCOR Bats Video

Best BBCOR Bats 2019 – 2018

Category (Click for Full Review) Bat
Best 2019 BBCOR 2019 Rawlings Quatro
Best 2019 BBCOR 2019 Meta Prime
Best Power Hitter BBCOR Bat 2019 CF Insane
Best Value BBCOR 2019 Slugger 519 Omaha
Best 2018 BBCOR 2018 Rawlings Quatro
Lightest Swinging BBCOR 2019 Axe Avenge
Best Fall Ball BBCOR 2019 Easton 13.6
Best Cheap BBCOR Easton S650
Best Wood BBCOR Marucci AP5
Best BBCOR bat for 13U Slugger 619 Solo
Best Full Composite BBCOR Dirty South Kamo
Best BBCOR for Base Hits 2019 Rawlings Qautro
Best Full Aluminum BBCOR Rawlings 5150

Best 2019 BBCOR Bats

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Louisville Slugger Meta Prime
OUR PICK
REVIEW

After a couple hundred hits with the 2019 Slugger Meta 9 Prime BBCOR bat we have some recommendations. We think it one of the best BBCOR bats on the market.

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Rawlings Quatro PRO
OUR PICK
REVIEW

Rawlings looks to improve upon the durability of their flagship bat with the 2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro. The BBCOR version of the bat was our favorite bbcor bat in 2018.

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2019 Budget Picks

For those on a budget, our testers really liked the Easton Alpha and DeMarini One. Both bats are single piece aluminums and are priced accordingly. They hit the ball hard, felt reasnoable for a single piece and looked great. The Alpha is patterned after the 2018 Easton Beast X and the ONE is the similar to the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One.

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Louisville Slugger 519 Omaha
Budget Pick

We’ve hit with every 2019 Omaha 519 from Slugger. This series of bats, not changed much over the course of several years, is just what the traditionalist ball player prefers. It’s a single piece aluminum built with a decent sized barrel and a good av…

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Easton Alpha
Budget Pick

Easton starts their 2019 BBCOR bat offering with the new Alpha. This is a single piece bat that upgrades the 2018 Beast X Speed/Loaded in noticeable ways. The barrel construction is longer, the handle is reinforced with a stiffer feel and they’ve add…

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2019 BBCOR Bat User Survey Results

Below ranks each of the bats by the different categories we asked in the survey. For BBCOR bats, this comes from over 610 unique BBCOR players and parents from all throughout the country at all different skill levels. It is, as far as we know, the single largest collection of 2019 BBCOR user ratings and rankings anywhere.

Rank Brand Model Yes, My Bat
is Best
Popularity Player
Rank
Owner
Happiness
Price
1 Louisville Slugger 919 Prime 41%
#2 83 Price
2 Louisville Slugger Meta Prime 76%
#1 88 Price
3 DeMarini CF Zen 45%
#4 81 Price
4 Marucci CAT 8 72%
#3 85 Price
5 Easton ADV 3 59%
#6 72 Price
6 Rawlings Quatro Pro 66%
#7 82 Price
7 Marucci CAT 7 (2018) 0%
# 76 Price
8 Rawlings Velo 40%
#10 80 Price
9 Louisville Slugger 619 Solo 13%
#11 78 Price
10 Easton Mako Beast (2018) 0%
# 70 Price

*Rank: The bats are ordered based on their popularity.
*Player Rank: Player rank adds up how many self described BBCOR players or parents think a certain bat is the best.
*Owner Happiness: Players were asked how happy they were about their bat purchase on a scale from 0 to 100.
*Popularity: How many players claimed to use this bat.
*Yes, My Bat is Best: How many BBCOR players claimed the 'best bat' was also the bat they used.

We surveyed over 2,000 bat owners, 600 of which were BBCOR 2019 bat owners and users. We measured what bat they use, how they like it and what bat they consider to be the best. What follows is the insights we gained from this study.

Most Popular and Best BBCOR Bat: User Votes

We measured what bat brand is the most popular. In BBCOR for 2019, it is Slugger. We then asked each of those users to decide what brand is best. You can see those answers from the outer ring below. In BBCOR, for example, Slugger users thought Slugger brand was the best (not surprising) and then Easton as the next best (somewhat surprising). You can see information for each brand and league below.

Best BBCOR Bats 2019 Chart

Most Popular 2019 BBCOR Bat Brand

 

Most Popular BBCOR Bats

The order by popular brand goes like this:

  • Louisville Slugger
  • Easton
  • DeMarini
  • Marucci
  • Rawlings
  • Axe
  • All Other Brands
  • Dirty South
  • Mizuno

This isn’t that surprising. We knew Slugger was dominant in the BBCOR space becasue of the Meta’s wild success this year. But, what is interesting, is that Wilson (who owns both Slugger and DeMarini) is 1st and 3rd. They are, in large measure, a huge juggernaut in the BBCOR bat space.

If anything was surprising it was Rawlings’ 5th place finish. We also thought Marucci and the CAT 8 would have been a bit more popular. But, considering they really have one flagship bat (where folks like DeMarini, Slugger, etc have more), it does make sense that Marucci comes in 4th. Although the Cat 8 alone is one of the most popular BBCOR bats around.

Bat League Customer Satisfaction

Best BBCOR Bats
This might surprise people. Of all the baseball bat leagues, BBCOR users tend to be the most satisfied. This goes to show that a lot of companies have really figured out the BBCOR standard. Many bats really reach the standard and durability isn’t a serious issue. The distribution and market share is also even across a lot of brands—there really isn’t a stand out company or brand as all the top 5 have decent market share and reach.

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.

Quantitative Measures

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.

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.

Best BBCOR Bat 2018

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

Best BBCOR Bat 2018

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.

Players loved:

The balance and buttery smash on both hits and mishits.

We Loved:

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?

No.

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

Best BBCOR Baseball Bat 2018

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​

Best BBCOR Bats 2018

We have a running tally of our favorite metal bats on a different page. But here, for our favorite 2018 BBCOR aluminum bat, we like the 618 Solo from Louisville Slugger.

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

Best ​BBCOR Bats 2017 | 6 Top Models

Best BBCOR Bats 2017

​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

Best BBCOR Bats 2017

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

Best BBCOR Bats 2017

​​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

Best BBCOR Bats 2017

​​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

Best BBCOR Bats

​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

Best BBCOR Bats

​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​

Best BBCOR Bats

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

Best BBCOR Bats of 2016

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

Best BBCOR Bat 2016

​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.

2. 2016 Easton MAKO TORQ

Best BBCOR Bats 2016

​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.

3. 2016 DeMarini Voodoo Raw | Best Power Hitter

Best BBCOR Bats 2016

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.

4. Axe Hyperwhip Fusion | Best Design

Best BBCOR Bats 2016

​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

Best BBCOR Bats 2015

1. 2015 DeMarini CF7

Top Rated 2015 BBCOR Bat

​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

Best BBCOR Bats

​Maruccia​pre-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

Best BBCOR Bats

​​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

Best 2015 BBCOR BAts

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.

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