Best BBCOR Bats 2017 – Top Rated Baseball Bats From Top Brands

As the weather gets hotter, baseball players throughout the world are gearing up. If you’re also looking for some amazing BBCOR bats out there, then look no further. Here is an elaborate Best bbcor bats of 2017 buying guide for all you baseball players and parents actually buying the bats.

Best BBCOR Bats

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Best BBCOR Bats 2017

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1. Easton BB17MK Mako Beast BBCOR Baseball Bat

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The Easton BB17MK Mako Beast Comp bat is our favorite BBCOR baseball bat for a number of reasons. Foremost, the TCT Composite barrel is a proven commodity in the market. Ever since the MAKO took over the planet in 2014, and its accompanying TCT composite, every knows what to expect with the top shelf barrel from Easton. The design, as well this year, is a 2-piece design meant for an incredibly smooth smash at contact and an ultra light feel.

The bat has serious pop and on every hit it feels like you are going deep.

2. Marucci MCBC7 CAT 7 BBCOR Baseball Bat

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Marucci does not release a new BBCOR bat every year. Their last foray into the BBCOR market was in 2015 with the CAT 6. This year they release an upgrade to that very popular CAT 6. The 2017 CAT 7 has a larger barrel and a slightly lighter swing weight. Marucci accomplished this by shaving some of the inside of the barrel as to give it variable wall thickness. As such, the bat takes what the CAT 6 did fantastically and improves upon it.

The bat is made for hitters who love a light swing but still appreciate the feel of a stiff single piece aluminum bat. We would recommend it across the board to any hitter looking for top end performance on a 30, 31, 32 or 33 inch BBCOR bat.

They also have a special edition BBCOR bat that came out the beginning of May. That bat is built just like the CAT 7 but with some updated, and dare we say, sweet graphics.

3. Lousivlle Slugger’s BBP9173 917 Prime BBCOR Baseball Bat

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Anyone that has spent more than a few seconds swinging the 917 Prime from Slugger will know it is a top end bat. The two piece composite design is built with an ultra smooth feel and buttery smash to boot. We love the feel at contact and the multiple sizing options. If you are getting really technical, then the most unique feature on this bat compared to the CAT 7 and Easton MAKO Beast is the use of the custom Lizard Skin grip that comes on each of the bats.

Last years model, the 916, had a few issues where the barrel was becoming loose on the handle. You could feel it at contact when the barrel would shift slightly. This was no bueno. This year’s 2017 model appears to have corrected that issue. Compard to the other bats on this list the 917 Prime has the shortest barrel.

All in all, the 917 BBCOR deservers a spot on the top of any best BBCOR baseball bat list.

4. DeMarini DXCBC CF Zen Balanced BBCOR Baseball Bat

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The 2017 CF Zen comes in a ‘balanced’ version and an ‘end loaded’ version. The end loaded version is referred to as the CF Insane. The BBCOR CF Zen is, by all accounts, one of the very best bats on the market today. People love the CF line of sticks and appreciate the two piece composite design that DeMarini has perfected. The BBCOR Zen is meant for long strokes and even longer bombs. Most will like the lighter feel of the bat and the balance point that is closer to the hands.

Why the CF Zen is #4 on a list of best BBCOR bats, insteas of #1, is a great question. The short answer is that it is difficult to differentiate between the top 4 bats on this list. Each are two piece composite bats built with a light swing in mind. In fact, in an eyes closed test you would be hard pressed to find any bat that is better than another in the top 4 bats.

5. Rawlings BBRV3 VELO BBCOR Baseball Bat

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As the first non two piece composite on this best bbcor bats lists, the Rawlings VELO is a worthy addition. In fact, many would put the VELO much higher on this list. It is, by some measurements, the best selling BBCOR bat on the market. We suggest that has as much to do with its cheaper price point than the bats improvement over any of the two piece composites above. Regardless, there is no shame in having the Rawlings VELO at the plate.

With its light swing weight and good sized barrels it is a great bat for strong hitters who like a bunch of feedback. Those who don’t like the buttery smash of a two-piece, that feels like it is hitting a home run on every hit, will like the honest feedback of the Rawlings Velo. We should also note, if you have yet to hear this bat getting hit, it has the loudest ping in the industry.

6. Demarini DXVIC Voodoo Insane BBCOR Bat

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Next on the list is the first true hybrid baseball bat to make the best BBCOR list. A traditional hybrid bat, you should know, is a two piece bat with a composite handle and an aluminum barrel. The idea is for hot of out the wrapper stick that still has the nicer feel of a composite handle and its accompanying sting dampening in the barrel.

We like this bat for the same reasons other users do to. Namely, the end loaded feel and the massive pop on this stick feels amazing. We cannot get enough of the stick and how it feels on a perfect smash. Although it does not have as large a sweet spot as a more pricey composite, a solid smash on the middle of the barrel is a sight to behold.

We would recommend this bat for the stronger hitter, or the player that simply likes an end loaded feel. Generally, bigger hitters with faster bat speeds are all about this DeMarini Voodoo Insane.

7. Louisville Slugger BBS06173 617 Solo BBCOR Baseball Bat

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Other popular best BBCOR bats lists rank the 617 SOLO as their top choice for 2017. We understand their thinking. But, we are not sure that the bat has been on the market long enough, nor has the bats sales been good enough, to warrant a top spot. No doubt we like the new single piece hybrid designs and, as such, the 617 SOLO has found its way on the top of this list. We like how the bat also comes in a 29-inch length.

We would recommend the bat for the player looking for a smaller bat that really find any pitch with some great bat speed. Players that need a 29 or 30 inch bat might have more fun with this bat than any other on this list.

8. Easton BB16S500 S500 BBCOR Baseball Bat

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Make no mistake about this, the S500 from Easton is a cheap economy bat. But, at less than $100 we dare say it the best buy of the bunch. Many would argue that it is not the bat but the hitter. If that is the case, then you will appreciate the S500 from Easton. It meets the same .50 BBCOR standards that other bats do. As well, it drives a serious bargain price at a decent bat.

As a general rule, we have noticed that the better hitter you are the less a bat matters. If you are a great hitter we suspect you can make the S500 sing. If, on the other hand, you need as much help as possible then we would suggest you open up your pocket books a bit and find a place for a bat somewhere higher on this list.

Best Used BBCOR Bats – Old Models

If you are in the market for a BBCOR bat but would rather not spend brand new bat prices then we applaud your thoughtfullness. Often, places like eBay and Amazon, as well as a few major vendors, can have legitimate places to pull the trigger on baseball and softball bats. Last year’s model, or even the year before that, are often picked up for a song.

As a general rule, we would suggest you shy away from used aluminum barrel bats. Aluminum tends to lost its pop over time and, as such, can be sold without any pop. On the other hand, composite barrel bats tend to get more hot over time and as long as it is not broken will still give top end performance. With that in mind, we submit the following as our best used BBCOR bats list.

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1. 2016 DeMarini DXCVC CF8 BBCOR Baseball Bat

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If you can still find this bat new in wrapper then count yourself lucky. Otherwise, you are left to the throws of the used bat market where you can find a previously owned DeMarini CF8 BBCOR bat. We would not hesitate to buy one of these if the price was right. You will find it a sweet swinging lady just as good, if not better, than any of those bats in the new list. It has not changed much from the CF Zen and still has a nice big balance point on a light swinging bat.

2. 2016 or 2015 BBRV3 Rawlings VELO BBCOR Baseball Bat

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The 2016 Rawligns VELO may have been the best BBCOR selling bat of all time. It is, after all, a light swinging bat with great performance, a memorable sound and reasonable price point. All things parents and players adore. This bat has not changed much since the 2015 version. It does swing a bit heavier than the 2017 VELO and has a slightly smaller barrel than the new one too. But, if you can find it for the right price, expect some very happy hitters and very impressive stats.

3. 2015 Easton BB15MK MAKO BBCOR Baseball Bat

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Hard to argue that the 2015 Easton MAKO BBCOR bat is not the best of all time. So, of course, it makes this list of best used BBCOR bats on the market. If you can’t find any success with this bad boy then maybe it is time to hang up the cleats. There are several used versions of this bat on eBay. And with the BBCOR standard here for the long haul we have no reason to think these bats are not great invesetments. We would even suggest you stock up on a few before they become obsolete.

4. 2015 Louisville Slugger 915 Prime BBCOR Baseball Bat

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The 917 Prime has come along way since the 915 first came on the scene. This two piece composite was the first attempt by Slugger to enter the high end market and, in many respects, they did a lot of things right. They invented this idea of a TRU3 connection piece that is now found on all of their top end baseball and softball bats. The Prime series of bats has become a mainstay at every level of the sport.

You can often find these bats at very good discounts nowadays. Especially in the used market. As a composite barrel, we would still recommend this bat if the price was right. Good luck finding one with the wrapper still on it.

Common BBCOR Bat Questions

What Materials are BBCOR Bats made of?

BBCOR bats are either an aluminum alloy or composite. The aluminum is referred to as an alloy because it is given certain additives that change the aluminum properties. Those additives include things like scandium which help the bat get stronger and weigh less. Composite bats are another name for plastic. The fibers in the composite are structured to give the bat certain properties like trampoline effect, durability and weight. You can read more about composite bats here. You can also see a scholarly article as to which is better: composite or aluminum.

What is a drop 3 bat?

The drop of a bat is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weigth of the bat in ounces. So, for example, a BBCOR bat is required to be a drop 3. Meaning, a 33-inch BBCOR bat weighs 30 ounces. Non BBCOR bats often have much different weight drops like a drop 8 or drop 1.

What BBCOR bat has the most pop?

BBCOR standards have done a good job of leveling the playing field in terms of performance. Most BBCOR bats perform real close to the standard on a given pitch speed. What may be a more pressing question is what BBCOR bat has a longer sweet spot. Although each bat may produce at the .50 BBCOR standard only the best ones perform so along the length of the barrel.

What BBCOR bats are colleges using?

Most major collegiate D1 teams have a contract with bat manufacturers. This allows them great access to the latest and greatest BBCOR bats and gives the companies some exposure. As such, the players are required to swing those bats. DeMarini, Easton, Slugger and Rawlings are very much a part of the pay for play game at the collegiate level. Other’s like Adidas and Axe bats have made a serious run at those markets too.

Conclusions

We are hopeful the above information can drive you at least to the right area of bat you would like. We think the BBCOR market is an intersting one and, if nothing else, we suggest you find a batting cage where you can demo the bats. You will find they each swing at least a little bit differently. And, in baseball, the smallest difference can be a game changer. Happy Hitting!

The Most Popular Bats | 2017 BBCOR and Youth Breakdowns

The most popular bats can be measured in a few ways. We take on all of those below. First we go by data we find on the largest review sties. Second, we use google search analytics to see who is searching for what and where. Third, we speak with major vendors to decide what bats they think are the most popular. Our intent is to update this frequently.

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Collegiate Baseball: DeMarini Voodoo

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Many collegiate teams—especially good ones—have their bat brand determined for them. Meaning, a particular brand has an agreement with a college. As such, players on that team must swing bats from that brand. These bat suppliers often fork over a ton of money to keep their brand in the hands of the best teams.

To that end, determining the most popular baseball bat for collegiate players is as simple as learning what bat brand has the most contracts. Then, we can see what bat within that brand is more preferred by collegiate players. Turns out, such an approach is pretty simple: DeMarini has the most collegiate bat contracts. As such, they are the most popular bat at that level of play. Within the DeMarini brand the most popular bat is the DeMarini Voodoo.

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The stronger the hitter the more they tend to prefer aluminum bats. Stronger players prefer bats with an end load—which is exactly what the Voodoo has. Second, the DeMarini Voodoo uses an aluminum barrel for hot out of the wrapper performance. There is no work for the Voodoo, and other aluminum barrels, like there is for composite bats.

Collegiate Fastpitch: Louisville Slugger’s XENO

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The most popular fastpitch bat at the collegiate level is a tough one to narrow down. But, in the end, we see the Slugger XENO at the plate more often than others. I am sure DeMarini’s CF9 insane as well as Slugger’s LXT each feel differently. But, the XENO is made for heavy hitters and big bat speed. It is helpful, too, the Xeno comes in enough sizes to satisfy even range in the best of hitters.

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Highschool Baseball: Easton MAKO BBCOR Beast

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The most popular high school bat is the Easton MAKO. By several estimates, search interest in the Easton MAKO drawfs that of other brands. Although, we should note, the CF Zen and Marucci CAT 7 are the closest. We should note that we are not suggesting this should be the case.

Such a choice isn’t ultimately surprising considering high school players tend to prefer lighter swinging bats. They also have the time to work in a bat’s composite barrel. The huge barrel on the MAKO gives them as much chance as possible to square up a ball. As well, Easton’s distribution and branding is top notch. And the effects of that in terms of popularity is not lost on us.

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We are cheating here. The Rawlings VELO is such a wildly popular bat in some areas of the country we would be dumb not to add it right here. It has a considerably different makeup the Mako. Instead of a two piece composite with wood like sound the Rawlings VELO is a single piece hybrid with the loudest ping you ever heard. Still, high school players love the light swing of this flat out beautiful stick and few there be that have anything bad to say about the VELO.

High School Fastpitch: DeMarini CF9 Balanced

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DeMarini’s CF9 balanced drop 10 is the most popular highschool fastpitch bat. Of course, the real data on this is sparse so we used a lot of guesswork to come to this conclusion. But, in the end, the traffic on review sites as well as ranks of best selling bats made and google analytics made it a clear winner. Not surprising either. The CF9 Balanced is a big barreled bat made with a massive sweet spot and very ligth swing weight. It is consistently one of the most popular bats on the market ever since it was the CF7. The CFX series of DeMarini fastpitch bats, we suspect, will follow suit too.

Travel Baseball: DeMarini CF ZEN

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Despite the fact that a few versions of the CF ZEN were outlawed by the USSSA for being too hot, the CF Zen is the most popular bat for travel baseball. Not only does it get the most searches of any in that class, but it also finds itself on the top of many best big barrel bats lists. In fact, rarely have we ever seen a bat more hyped than the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen.

It helps, too, the CF Zen for travel ball comes in a number of sizes. The 2 5/8 version has a drop 5, drop 8 and drop 10 while the 2 3/4 version comes in a JBB drop 11 and Big Barrel drop 10. The long list of sizes make the likelihood of one being in your size very good.

Little League Youth Barrels: Easton MAKO Beast

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The most obvious winner on this most popular bats lists is the Easton Mako beast on the youth barrel leagues. The bat dominates the 2 1/4 space and has ever since the famed orange MAKO from 2014. We have no question these bats will be the most popular and best for as long as the 1.15 2 1/4 BPF standard stays in play. Which, mind you, is just until January 1st 2018 when the Little League board changes the standard for 2 1/4 baseball bat leagues.

Youth Fastpitch: DeMarini CF9 Drop 11

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As the ligthest swinging fastpitch bat on the market, it is no surprise that the drop 11 CF9 is the most popular fastpitch bat among smaller hitters. Although we ere a bit in lumping together both the Highschool and youth players, the bat still serves both markets well who are looking for contact and pitch speed.

There are several very good fastpitch bats. And, in the youth and highschool market, any number of bats could very well be the most popular. The Slugger Hyper LXT in a drop 11 is a fantastic bat. But, in the end, we were forced to choose something. And the CF9 Drop 11 from DeMarini is as good a choice as any.

USSSA Slowpitch Softball: Miken DC-31

The most popular bat in the USSSA slowpitch space is the 2017 Miken DC-31. It follows that it is also the most popular. Although Easton, DeMarini and Slugger run some pretty popular slowpitch bats, no one quite beats the Miken DC-31. This two piece monster is meant to crush balls right out of the wrapper. We dare say the DC-31 dominates the USSSA space as well as the Easton MAKO Beast dominates the youth barrel space.

ASA Slowpitch Softball: Miken Freak Platinum

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The DC-31’s twin, the Miken Freak Platinum, is a bomb making fool of a bat found only in ASA space. Although this niche of the market is replete with serious bats and all types of players love them dearly, we think the Miken Freak Platinum is the most popular. It is if we take lists of the most sold bat on Amazon and justbats.com into account.

Search Traffic for the Most Popular Bats

Another interesting way to measure brand popularity is to divide the information by state. We took way too much time making a few images for your viewing pleasure. Below, you will find a few interesting ways to look at bat brand popularity among states. You will find that bats popular vary by state.

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There could be several comments on these charts, but we will save you from those. With the exception of one: more regional bat companies fair better by their headquarters. Dirty South, based out of Atlanta, Georgia has found more interest in their home state then the entire state of California. And, it would appear, not a single soul in Vermont, Montana or the Dakotas has yet to hear of the bat. Anderson bats, on the other hand, has at least a couple fans in those states. But its stronghold is so firmly rooted in California insomuch you’d think the company was based there. Turns out, it is. Rude American Bats does well in Nevada relative to other search densities. They are based in Las Vegas. Yet no one in Wyoming has yet to be interested enough to search for it on Google.

Fastpitch popular vs Women’s Soccer

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As we found ourselves finding search data on a number of different baseball and fastpitch related items, one stood out to us. That was the search volume comparison between fastpitch and women’s soccer. Mind you, this does not show the interest volume compared to each other. Rather, it shows the search intensity across the country. We are not up for preparing many comments on the differences in the maps but thought it interesting enough to publish it somewhere.

What Little League Bat Has The Most Pop?

Pop is an often used term explaining the measure of bounce a particular bat gives the ball at impact. A bat with more pop would hit a ball further than another with less trampoline effect. But there are so many factors that determine how far bat travels that isolating the pop of a bat in tests is very difficult. To illistrate, some years ago, we thought we would try and measure the pop of Little League bat since we had few. We took 5 bats from the old school. And, although these bats are not readily available today the results were instructive nonetheless.

The 5 Bats We Measured:

  • DeMarinni Vexxum
  • 2013 Easton XL3
  • Combat B2 Da Bomb
  • Combat B2
  • DeMarinni CF4

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We set a Stalker Sports 2 speed gun up at the end of the cage and then our 10 year old at the plate. We threw soft toss to him while he hit the ball directly at the speed gun. The balls would travel 8 feet into the net. It was plenty of time to get a reading on the speed gun. We took 40 swings per bat in groups of 10 swings. After each hit, as long as it went directly into the speed gun, we took down the measurements. The balls we used were of the same type and brand.

What Little League Bat Has the Most Pop?

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What we found was disappointing, but at least insightful when measuring the pop in league bats. Our average hit from soft toss into the net was 47.3mph. Four of the Five bats had a max speed of 53mph the other (the Vexxum) was at 52. Statistically speaking, none of the bats were any better than the others. Although they were quite close, the rankings looked like this:

  • Combat B2: 48.0 mph
  • Combat B4: 47.9 mph
  • Easton XL3: 47.4 mph
  • DeMarini CF4: 46.8 mph
  • DeMarini Vexxum: 46.6 mph

In other words, despite our effort we were not able to really determine what little league bat was best. Others often write the best youth baseball bat articles and, although we do not disparage the effort, we struggle to find value in making lists that are more precption than science. That said, there are clearly bats the public and little league players prefer more than others.

What we Learned about Pop in Little League Bats

If there is a difference in trampoline effect among these bats then it was impossible to tell by us. Most players and parents who think a certain bat has more pop are relying more on sound and feel then on any measurement of actual ball exit speed. As well, in leagues where pitching is slow and swing speeds are down the trampoline effect becomes even less noticeable. Some of that insight is gained in by diving in to the bat standards which govern bat performance.

To take advantage of trampoline effect, a serious collision needs to occur. Some bat manufacturers try and solve this by adding two barrels to a bat. Where the outer one is softer then the inside one that keeps it performing under the standard.

Conclusions

  • There is (probably) between very  little and no trampoline effect on bat/bat collisions when forces are non-violent. In the very little leagues, where pitch speed and swing speed is lower, we see no reason to believe that trampoline effect, at least significantly, has anything to do with batted ball speed.
  • To measure trampoline effect in a hitting scenario you’ll need either more sophisticated equipment or a hitter with an exceptionally fast swing speed.