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Biggest Sweet Spot | 2018 BBCOR Bat Barrel Sizes | JBR

2018 Barrel Size Comparisons

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After measuring every barrel in the 2018 lineup of baseball bats, and categorizing them by type and length, we have found the Easton Ghost X as the bat with the largest barrel in more categories than any other. Of the 21 categories we detail below, the Easton Ghost X is the largest barrel in 10 of them. It is the second largest barrel in 7 others, putting it in the top 2 barrel sizes for 17 of 21 of the barrel size categories.

Winner

2018 Easton Ghost X Review

2018 Easton Ghost X

If barrel size is the main determinate in your bat buying factor, then the 2018 Easton Ghost X is the bat for you. In 17 of the 21 categories of bats we measured, the Ghost X boasts the biggest or second biggest barrel in its category.

A word of caution: Before you get too excited about the pictures you are about to see, let us point out that barrel size is NOT sweet spot size. And although we are capable of measuring a bat's barrel length with some pretty simple paper donuts discs, measuring the true sweet spot is a far harder task. In some measure we are confident the sweet spot and barrel size are related. But, by no means are they one and the same.

Runner Up

Biggest Barrel

2018 DeMarini CF Zen

The 2018 CF Zen was top two in 8 of the 21 categories we measured for biggest barrel. It is a reasonable runner up and a fantastic bat.

Winners: Biggest 2018 Barrel

Inch

BBCOR

USSSA Drop 5/8

USSSA Drop 10

USABat

27

Easton Ghost X

28

Easton Ghost X

29

DeMarini CF Zen

Easton Beast Hybrid

30

DeMarini CF Zen

Ghost X Drop 10

31

Easton Ghost X

DeMarini CF Zen

Rawlings Quatro

Ghost X Drop 5

32

Easton Ghost X

Easton Ghost X

Easton Ghost X

Ghost X Drop 5

33

Easton Ghost X

Combat Maxum

34

Easton Ghost X

Runners Up: Biggest 2018 Barrel

Inch

BBCOR

USSSA Drop 5/8

USSSA Drop 10

USABat

27

Rawlings Quatro

28

Rawlings Quatro

29

DeMarini CF Zen

Easton Ghost X

30

Beast X Hybrid

Easton Ghost X

Easton Ghost X

Beast X Drop 8

31

Beast X Hybrid

Easton Ghost X

Easton Ghost X

Ghost X Drop 10

32

Beast X Hybrid

DeMarini CF Zen

DeMarini CF Zen

Ghost X Drop 10

33

DeMarini CF Zen

34

Combat Maxum


That said, we understand many folks want to know how barrel size compares---especially when trying to decide between two bats that appear similar. These rankings may be helpful in those situations. But---and this is our fair warning---don't expect a bigger barrel to imply a better bat. Feel, swing weight, performance and price points are much more significant factors than barrel size when comparing bats."

Just Bat Reviews

That said, we understand many folks want to know how barrel size compares---especially when trying to decide between two bats that appear similar. These rankings may be helpful in those situations. But---and this is our fair warning---don't expect a bigger barrel to imply a better bat. Feel, swing weight, performance are much more significant factors than barrel size when comparing bats.

Also, do note that several of the barrel lengths below are very, very close. As such, take the rankings with a grain of salt in some cases. Although we did our best to keep camera angles consistent our work wasn't perfect. And what do milometers in barrel size really prove anyway?

2018 USABat Barrel Sizes

The 32 inch Easton Ghost X in the USABat version is not just the largest barrel for any USAbat on the market for 2018. It is also the biggest 2 5/8 barrel on the market in total ever. You read that right. Since measuring barrel sizes in the last 5 years, there has not been a single BBCOR or USSSA bat with a larger barrel than the drop 5 USSSA Ghost X USABat (in the 2 5/8). Simply put, after measuring just about 2 5/8 barrel in the last 5 years we can safely say the Drop 5 Ghost X has the largest 2 5/8 barrel ever.

29-Inch

Barrel Size uSAbats 29
  1. Easton Ghost X
  2. Easton Beast Hybrid
  3. Rawlings Quatro
  4. Rawlings 5150 Drop 10
  5. 5150 Drop 10
  6. VELO Drop 10

30-Inch

USAbat Barrel Size
  1. Easton Beast X Drop 8
  2. Easton Ghost X Drop 10
  3. Easton Beast Hybrid Drop 10
  4. Rawlings 5150 Drop 5
  5. Rawlings Quatro Drop 10
  6. Rawlings VELO Drop 5
  7. Rawlings 5150 Drop 10
  8. Rawlings VELO Drop 10
  9. Rawlings 5150 Drop 10

31-Inch

Biggest USAbat Barrel
  1. Easton Ghost X Drop 5
  2. Easton Ghost X Drop 10
  3. Easton Hyperlite Drop 11
  4. Beast X Speed Drop 11
  5. Rawlings Quatro Drop 10
  6. Easton Hybrid Drop 10
  7. Rawlings 5150 Drop 5
  8. Rawlings VELO Drop 5
  9. Rawlings VELO Drop 10
  10. Rawlings 5150 Drop 10
  11. Rawlings 5150 Drop 11

32-Inch

USAbat Barrel Sizes
  1. Easton Ghost X Drop 5
  2. Easton Ghost X Drop 10
  3. Easton Beast Speed Drop 8
  4. Rawlings Quatro
  5. Easton Hybrid Drop 10
  6. Rawlings 5150 Drop 5
  7. Rawlings VELO Drop 5
  8. Rawlings VELO Drop 10

2018 USSSA Bat Barrel Size Rankings

The 2018 USSSA Big Barrel world is HUGE. From drop 12, 10, 8, and 5s to 26, 27, 28, 29 30, 31 and 32 inch bats. (There are also a couple 33 inch bats in the Voodoo and the Maxum). And we took the time to measure everyone of their barrel sizes and put them by category below.

It is fascinating that the barrel rankings to not stay true throughout the line. The fact the Easton Ghost Drop 8 may win at one length does not necessarily mean it will win at another too. The below lists should be sorted by barrel length.

Biggest Barrel

28-Inch Drop 10

  1. Easton Ghost X
  2. Rawlings Quatro
  3. Axe Element
  4. DeMarini Voodoo
  5. Easton Beast X
  6. Axe Avenge
  7. Axe Hyperlite
  8. Marucci Hex Alloy
  9. Slugger 618 Solo
  10. Rawlings VELO
  11. Slugger 518 Omaha
  12. Rawlings 5150
  13. Marucci F5
  14. Slugger 918 Prime
  15. Slugger Catalyst

27-Inch Drop 10

Barrel Sizes
  1. Easton Ghost X
  2. Rawlings Quatro
  3. Rawlings VELO
  4. Rawlings 5150
  5. Slugger 518 Omaha
  6. Slugger Catalyst

29-Inch

Biggest Barrels
  1. DeMarini CF Zen Drop 8
  2. DeMarini CF Zen Drop 10
  3. Easton Ghost X Drop 10
  4. Rawlings Quatro Drop 10
  5. Marucci Hex Connect Drop 8
  6. Marucci Hex Connect Drop 10
  7. Marucci Hex Alloy Drop 10
  8. Slugger 918 Prime Drop 8
  9. DeMarini Voodoo Drop 10
  10. Slugger 918 Prime Drop 10
  11. Axe Element Drop 10
  12. Axe Avenge Drop 10
  13. Rawlings VELO Drop 10
  14. Rawlings 5150 Drop 10
  15. Easton Hyperlite Drop 10
  16. Slugger 618 Solo Drop 10
  17. Easton Beast X Drop 10
  18. Slugger 518 Omaha Drop 10
  19. DeMarini Voodoo One Drop 10
  20. Marucci F5 Drop 10
  21. Slugger Catalyst Drop 10

30 Inch Drop 8s and 5s

Biggest Barrels
  1. DeMarini CF Zen Drop 8
  2. Easton Ghost X Drop 8
  3. Marucci Hex Connect Drop 5
  4. Marucci Hex Connect Drop 8
  5. Slugger Prime 918 Drop 8
  6. Rawlings VELO Drop 5
  7. Marucci Cat 7 Drop 5
  8. Easton Ghost X Drop 5
  9. Slugger 518 Omaha Drop 5
  10. Demarini Voodoo Drop 5
  11. Marucci CAT 7 Connect Drop 5
Biggest Barrels

30-Inch Drop 10

  1. Rawlings Quatro
  2. Easton Ghost X
  3. DeMarini CF Zen
  4. Marucci Hex Connect
  5. Axe Avenge
  6. Marucci Hex Alloy
  7. Slugger Prime 918
  8. Axe Element
  9. DeMarini Voodoo
  10. Easton Beast X
  11. Slugger 618 Solo
  12. Slugger 518 Omaha
  13. Easton Hyperlite
  14. Marucci F5
  15. Rawlings 5150
  16. Rawlings VeLO
  17. Slugger Catalyst
  18. DeMarini Voodoo One

31 Inch Drop 8s and Drop 5s

  1. DeMarini CF Zen Drop 8
  2. Easton Ghost X Drop 8
  3. Marucci Hex Connect Drop 5
  4. Marucci Hex Connect Drop 8
  5. Slugger Prime 918 Drop 8
  6. Rawlings VELO Drop 5
  7. Slugger 518 Omaha Drop 5
  8. Marucci CAT 7 Drop 5
  9. Easton Ghost X Drop 5
  10. Marucci CAT 7 Connect Drop 5
  11. DeMarini Voodoo One

31-Inch Drop 10

Biggest Barrels
  1. Rawlings Quatro
  2. DeMarini CF Zen
  3. Easton Beast X
  4. Axe Avenge
  5. Marucci Hex Connect
  6. Marucci Hex Alloy
  7. Slugger Prime 918
  8. DeMarini Voodoo
  9. Easton Hyperlite
  10. DeMarini Voodoo One
  11. Slugger 618 Solo
  12. Slugger 518 Omaha
  13. Axe Element
  14. Marucci F5
  15. Easton Beast X
  16. Rawlings VELO
  17. Rawlings 5150
  18. Slugger Catalyst

32 Inch Drop 8s and Drop 5s

Biggest Barrels
  1. Easton Ghost X Drop 8
  2. DeMarini CF Zen Drop 8
  3. Marucci Hex Connect Drop 5
  4. Marucci Hex Connect Drop 8
  5. Slugger 918 Prime Drop 8
  6. Marucci CAT 7 Drop 5
  7. Rawlings VELO Drop 5
  8. Easton Ghost X Drop 5
  9. Marucci CAT 7 Connect Drop 5
  10. DeMarini Voodoo

32-Inch Drop 10s

Biggest Barrels
  1. Easton Ghost X
  2. DeMarini CF Zen
  3. Slugger 518 Omaha
  4. Slugger 617 Solo
  5. DeMarini Voodoo
  6. Rawlings VELO
  7. Easton Beast X
  8. Axe Element
  9. DeMarini Voodoo One

2018 BBCOR Bat Barrel Size Rankings

Special thanks to Closeoutbats.com who let us on site and, after way more work than was reasonable, helped us get images of every bat on the planet for 2018. These images are property of Just Bat Reviews and protected under creative licenses.

29-Inch BBCOR

Bat with the Biggest Barrel
  1. Easton Beast X Speed
  2. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
  3. Louisville Slugger 618 Solo​

30-Inch BBCOR

  1. Easton Ghost X
  2. Easton Beast X Hybrid
  3. DeMarini CF Zen
  4. Easton Beast X Speed
  5. Marucci CAT 7
  6. Louisville Slugger 918 Prime
  7. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
  8. Louisville Slugger 618 Solo​
  9. Rawlings 5150

31-Inch BBCOR

  1. Easton Ghost X
  2. Easton Beast X Hybrid
  3. DeMarini CF Zen
  4. Easton Beast X Speed
  5. Axe Fusion
  6. Axe Element
  7. Louisville Slugger Prime 918
  8. Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal
  9. Marucci CAT 7
  10. Marucci CAT 7 Connect
  11. Marucci CAT 6
  12. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
  13. Axe Elite
  14. Marucci F5
  15. Rawlings VELO
  16. DeMarini One
  17. Louisville Slugger 718 Select
  18. Rawlings 5150

32-Inch BBCOR

BBCOR Barrel Size 32 inch
  1. Easton Ghost X
  2. Easton Beast X Hybrid
  3. Combat MAXUM
  4. Easton Beast X Loaded
  5. DeMarini CF Insane
  6. Axe Fusion
  7. Easton Beast X Speed
  8. DeMarini CF Zen
  9. Rawlings Quatro
  10. Axe Element
  11. Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal
  12. Marucci CAT 7
  13. Marucci CAT 7 Connect
  14. Marucci CAT 6
  15. Louisville Slugger 918 Prime
  16. Louisville Slugger 618 Solo
  17. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
  18. DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
  19. Axe Elite
  20. Marucci F5
  21. DeMarini One
  22. Louisville Slugger 718 Select
  23. Rawlings VELO
  24. Rawlings 5150

33-Inch BBCOR

Biggest 33 inch BBCOR Bat
  1. Easton Ghost X
  2. DeMarini CF Zen
  3. Combat MAXUM
  4. Rawlings Quatro
  5. Easton Beast X Hybrid
  6. DeMarini CF Insane
  7. Easton Beast X Loaded
  8. Easton Beast X Speed
  9. Axe Element
  10. Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal
  11. Axe Fusion
  12. Marucci CAT 7
  13. Marucci CAT 7 Connect
  14. Louisville Slugger 918 Prime
  15. Marucci CAT 6
  16. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
  17. Louisville Slugger 618 Solo
  18. Axe Elite
  19. Marucci F5
  20. Louisville Slugger 718 Select
  21. DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
  22. DeMarini Voodoo One
  23. Rawlings VELO
  24. Rawlings 5150

34-Inch BBCOR

BBCOR barrel data-lazy-sizes 34 inches
  1. Easton Ghost X
  2. Combat MAXUM
  3. Rawlings Quatro
  4. Easton Beast X Hybrid
  5. Easton Beast X Loaded
  6. Easton Beast X Speed
  7. DeMarini CF ZEn
  8. DeMarini CF Insane
  9. Marucci CAT 7 Connect
  10. Marucci Posey Pro Metal
  11. Marucci CAT 7
  12. Louisville Slugger 918 Prime
  13. Axe Fusion
  14. DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
  15. Axe Element
  16. Cat 6
  17. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha
  18. Louisville Slugger 618 Solo
  19. Marucci F5
  20. Louisville Slugger 718 Select
  21. Axe Elite
  22. Rawlings VELO
  23. Rawlings 5150
  24. Voodoo One