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The Best BBCOR Baseball Bats Of 2018

As the upcoming baseball season approaches, it’s time to hit the cages in order to begin fine-tuning your swing. However, finding your ideal bat for 2018 may be tougher than you think.  Are you in the market for a one-piece or two-piece bat? Would you rather have an end-loaded or balanced weight distribution? Composite or alloy barrel? This can be a lot to take in. Thankfully, we are here to help with the best BBCOR baseball bats of 2018.

Now, before you go ahead and ask yourself, “what in the world does two-piece mean?” Or “how do composite and alloy bats differ?”, let us give you a little breakdown.

 

Which Bat Is Right For You?

  • One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats: Just like it sounds, the standard one-piece bat is one solid piece of metal all the way through, whereas a two-piece bat is actually two separate materials held together by a connector. This means you’ll get stiffer swings out of one-piece bats which lead to consistency and reliability. But if you want more flex and less vibration, the two-piece is a better option for you.
  • End-Loaded vs. Balanced: Your bat’s weight distribution plays a huge factor in the kind of game you play. If your bat is balanced, its weight will be evenly distributed and you will get quicker bat speed and more contact. On the flip-side, end-loaded bats are slower, but provide more power thanks to the added weight at the end of the barrel.
  • Composite vs. Alloy Barrels: Alloy gives you reliable, consistent bat and ball speed at the point of contact. Meanwhile composite takes time to break in, but tends to flex more so that you can get more power in your swing. Composite bats also provide a faster bat speed than their aluminum counterparts.

Let’s not forget that the brand of bat you choose is very important as well. Each brand offers their own unique features. Not only do we carry all of these top brands, but we also will break down what each bat can offer you.

 

DeMarini

CF Zen

DeMarini Bat 1 Blog

Balance at its finest. The Zen’s barrel is made with Paraflex composite, which makes the bat’s weight evenly distributed throughout. This allows a contact hitter to thrive at the plate.

  • Two-piece fully composite.
  • 3Fusion handle and endcap streamline your feel and grip.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Available in 30”, 31”, 32”, 33”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $449.99

CF Insane

DeMarini Bat Blog

Find the extra power you need in your swing. Like the Zen, the Insane’s barrel is made with Paraflex technology, but instead of balancing, it focuses on end-loading the barrel which results in more power.

  • Two-piece fully composite.
  • 3Fusion handle and endcap streamline your feel and grip.
  • End-loaded swing weight.
  • Available in 31”, 32”, 33”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $449.99

Voodoo

DeMarini Bat 2 Blog

The longest tenured DeMarini bat is back and better than ever with its unique and flashy design. The Voodoo gives you even weight distribution with its precise X14 Alloy barrel and composite handle — a hybrid mix you don’t see often.

  • Two-piece hybrid.
  • 3Fusion handle and endcap streamline your feel and grip.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Available in 30”, 31”, 32”, 33” sizing.

Retail: $299.99

Voodoo Insane

DeMarini Voodoo Insane Bat Blog

Looking for that extra bit of power from your bat that boasts a bold design? The Voodoo Insane offers an end-loaded X14 Alloy barrel for extra power, while still maintaining enough balance to get through your swing quickly.

  • Two-piece hybrid.
  • 3Fusion handle and endcap streamline your feel and grip.
  • End-loaded swing weight.
  • Available in 32”, 32.5”, 33”, 33.5”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $299.99

Voodoo One

DeMarini Bat 3 Blog

The Voodoo One is the lone one-piece bat in the DeMarini family. This means the bat will give you more consistent and reliable pop, while still offering you an X14 Alloy balanced barrel.

  • One-piece alloy.
  • 3Fusion handle and endcap streamline your feel and grip.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Available in 30”, 31”, 32”, 32.5”, 33”, 33.5”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $249.99

 

Easton

Ghost X

Ghost Bat Blog

The replacement for the ever-popular Mako from years past, the Ghost X boasts a popular Dynamic Feel System. It uses CONNEXION technology to join an EXACT Carbon barrel with its handle. The result: a great feeling two-piece bat.

  • Two-piece fully composite.
  • EXACT Carbon composite handle.
  • Top of the line CONNEXION connector piece.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Available in 30”, 31”, 32” ,33”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $449.99

Beast X Hybrid

Easton Bat 1 Blog

The Beast X is the two-piece hybrid bat (composite handle and alloy barrel) made for the contact hitter looking to rake.  Throw in an extended barrel for a larger sweet spot and you’re hitting balls into gaps all day long.

  • Two-piece hybrid.
  • EXACT Carbon composite handle.
  • Top of the line CONNEXION connector piece.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • X-tended barrel design for a larger sweet spot.
  • Available in 31”, 32”, 33”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $329.99

Beast X Speed

Easton Bat 3 Blog

Get the swing speed you need with the Beast X Speed, a one-piece alloy bat that balances the power throughout your barrel and offers an X-tended barrel design for a larger sweet spot.

  • One-piece alloy
  • Advanced Thermal Alloy Construction alloy handle.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • X-tended barrel design for a larger sweet spot.
  • Available in 29”, 30”, 31”, 32”, 33”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $229.99

Beast X Loaded

Easton Bat 2 Blog

Smooth power. The Beast X Loaded is a one-piece alloy end-loaded bat that gives you maximum power and allows little flex for the consistent bounce you want off the barrel.

  • One-piece alloy.
  • Advanced Thermal Alloy Construction alloy handle.
  • End-loaded swing weight.
  • X-tended barrel design for a larger sweet spot.
  • Available in 32”, 33”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $229.99

 

Louisville Slugger

Prime 918

918 Prime Blog

A lighter swing weight and maximum pop. The Prime 918 is a contact hitters dream. It’s a balanced  two-piece fully composite bat that offers a lightweight design from its barrel and a custom lizard skin grip for an ideal feel on your batting gloves.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • MicroForm barrel design for a light swing weight and maximum pop.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • TRU3 constructed connector piece that reduces vibration.
  • Speed Ballistic composite end cap increases swing speed.
  • Available in 31”, 32”, 33”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $449.99

Select Hybrid 718

718 Select Blog

Lightweight power. The Select Hybrid 718 is a two-piece, end-loaded hybrid bat with a composite handle and alloy barrel. This combination allows any power hitter maximum durability with pop on contact.

  • Two-piece hybrid.
  • Lightweight composite handle.
  • End-loaded swing weight.
  • ST 7U1+ alloy barrel gives you power on contact.
  • TRU3 constructed connector piece that reduces vibration.
  • Available in 31”, 32”, 33”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $349.99

Omaha 518

518 Omaha Blog

A stiff feel on contact and a huge sweet spot. This sums up the classic and powerful Omaha 518, a one-piece, balanced, easy-to-swing mainstay in the field of BBCOR bats.

  • One-piece alloy.
  • Vibration dampening alloy handle.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • 6-Star premium end cap design for a faster swing speed.
  • ST 7U1+ alloy constructed barrel gives you power on contact.
  • Available in 29”, 30”, 31”, 32”, 33”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $199.99

 

Marucci

Cat7

CAT7 Bat Blog

Get pop like you’ve never seen with the Cat7, a balanced one-piece bat that gives you a high response rate and increased strength with its alloy barrel. This is an ideal bat for a hitter looking for solid contact each at-bat.

  • One-piece alloy.
  • AV2 knob finely tuned for better feel and less vibration.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • AZ4X ring free alloy barrel with no “dead” spots.
  • Available in 31”, 32”, 33”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $249.99

 

Rawlings

Quatro

Quatro Bat Blog

Get your bat around quicker than ever with the Quatro, a flexible two-piece bat with a balanced weight distribution aimed at making the contact hitters swing even stronger.

  • Two-piece carbon composite.
  • Ultimate Flex barrel and handle design accelerate speed through contact.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Vibration dampening technology from silicone collar at handle.
  • Lightweight endcap reduces swing weight.
  • Available in 32”, 33”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $399.99

Velo

The pop and ring you love from the barrel of an alloy bat comes standard in the Velo. This one-piece balanced bat has a lasered groove through the sweet spot, proven to increase flexibility for the contact hitter.

  • One-piece alloy.
  • COMP-LITE technology endcap creates balance and faster swing speeds.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Acoustic alloy — the loudest on the market.
  • Precision Laser Pop 2.0 in sweet spot increases barrel flexibility.
  • Available in 31”, 32”, 32.5”, 33”, 33.5”, 34” sizing.

Retail: $299.99

5150

5150 Bat Blog

A large sweet spot, a durable barrel, and little vibration. The 5150, a classic from Rawlings, has done it again when it comes to perfecting the one-piece balanced bat for a contact hitter.

  • One-piece alloy.
  • Engineered Pop 2.0 creates a larger sweet spot and improved feel.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • 5150 alloy, a radically responsive aerospace grade alloy built for durability.
  • Available in 30”, 31”, 32”, 33”, 34” sizing.

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