The Best BBCOR Baseball Bats Of 2018

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
Youth Baseball Bat Regulations Are Changing — Here’s What You Need To Know!

Youth Baseball Bat Regulations Are Changing — Here’s What You Need To Know!

Youth baseball athletes and parents, changes may be on the horizon for bat regulations in your local league.

Beginning January 1st, 1.15 BPF bats will no longer be permitted for a number of youth baseball leagues and tournaments around the world.

Leagues affected by rule change:  Little League, (AABC) American Amateur Baseball Congress, (AAU) Amateur Athletic Union, Baseball Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball and Pony Baseball.

Not all leagues will be adapting the changes as some will stay with the traditional 1.15 BPG USSSA certified bat.

However, these rule changes may vary depending on the youth league or tournament. The best way to confirm changes is to contact league or tournament officials before taking action.

As 2018 approaches, a number of new USA and USSSA certified bats have come out that meet new league and tournament regulations. Below is a breakdown of these bats from various brands.

Bats for 2018

 

Demarini Voodoo

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AVAILABLE IN:

  • USA: -10 weight drop; 2 5/8” barrel.
  • USSSA: -5 weight drop; 2 5/8” barrel,
  • -10 weight drop; 2 3/4” barrel.
  • One-piece as the Voodoo One, or two-piece as the Voodoo.

The Voodoo line from DeMarini has stuck around for years and become a staple in leagues everywhere because of its bold and flashy design. This bat offers a streamlined 3Fusion handle and balanced weight distribution with X14 Alloy material, giving you the elite power and pop you need.

 

Easton Ghost X

Which Fastpitch Bat Will You Take to the Plate?

Which Fastpitch Bat Will You Take to the Plate?

Picking the right fastpitch bat can be a chore. There are so many to consider…. Do you want a one-piece or two-piece bat? End loaded or balanced? Composite or alloy barrel? It can be a lot to take in. But we’re here to help.

Let’s start by breaking down some of these distinctions:

  • One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats: While one-piece bats are just one solid chunk of metal all the way through, two-piece bats are actually two separate materials held together by a connector. 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, two-piece bats are the better options.
  • End-Loaded vs. Balanced: Your bat’s weight distribution can make a huge difference in your swings. If your bat is balanced, its weight will be evenly distributed and you will get quicker bat speed. End loaded bats are slower, but provide more power thanks to the added weight to the end of the barrel.
  • Composite vs. Alloy Barrels: Alloy, or aluminum, gives you reliable, consistent bat and ball speed at the point of contact, while composite takes time to break in, but flexes more so that you can get more power on hits. Composite bats also provide a faster bat speed than their aluminum counterparts.
  • Weight Distribution: The ‘drop’ a bat has is all about giving hitters a lighter bat while still getting proper length. It is calculated by taking:
  • Length- Drop= Weight
  • For example, a 32-inch bat with a -9 ‘drop’ would weigh in at 23 oz. while a 32-inch bat with a -10 ‘drop’ would be 22 oz.
  • -8, -9 and endloaded bats give you more power with each swing due to extra weight.
  • -10 and -11 are for hitters with quicker bat speeds and looking to get on base everytime.

Louisville Slugger

LXT Hyper 17

$349.99

 

Big-time power hitters will love the unrivaled power, huge sweet spot, and minimized vibration of the Hyper 17.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz, -9oz, -10oz, and -11oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Xeno Plus 17

$299.99

 

Ideal balance, massive power, and a light weight—the Xeno Plus 17 delivers everything you need in a fastpitch bat.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz, -9oz, -10oz, and -11oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Demarini

CF9

$349.99

 

With premium amounts of power and comfort, the CF9 is perfect for college and high school hitters.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -9oz and -10oz drops (-10oz also available in Hope “Breast Cancer Research Foundation” colorway)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified.

CF9 Insane

$349.99

 

This bat is just like the great CF9, but with its end load design, it brings even more power to every swing.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

CF9 Slapper

$349.99

 

The CF9 Slapper is specifically designed for the left-handed speed demons who are always looking for the perfect slap hit.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Vendetta

$199.99

 

For youth and transitional hitters, the Vendetta provides you with the feel and lightweight performance you need.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -12oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

Easton

Stealth Flex

$299.99

 

Get maximum performance and elite swing speed right out of the wrapper with the Stealth Flex.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -8oz and -9oz end-loaded drops, -10oz and -11oz Balanced drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Stealth Retro

$299.99

In 2008, Easton released the legendary purple Stealth bat. Well, now it’s back and better than ever.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz drops
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Hyperlite

$199.99

 

An optimized sweet spot and zero vibration make this a great fastpitch bat for all types of hitters.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -12oz drops (End-Loaded or Balanced)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA, and ISF certified

Mizuno

Nighthawk 2

$299.99

 

For a bat with elite power and feel that lasts, head to the plate with the Mizuno Nighthawk 2 bat.

  • End-Loaded and Balanced Swing Weights Available
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in -10oz and -11oz drops (End-Loaded or Balanced)
  • USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and ISF certified

We’re sure all of these choices will upgrade every at-bat you take, but make sure to check out our full collection of fastpitch bats.

Baseball: adidas EQT Silver Pack

Baseball: adidas EQT Silver Pack

 

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With the exception of cleats, when you think baseball, you don’t typically think adidas. But this year, the sporting goods giant is on a mission to change the perception of its brand within the realm of America’s pastime.

Producing premium offerings in the way of bats, batting gloves, fielding gloves, and cleats, adidas is covering all the bases when it comes to setting you up with the top-level gear you need to Prepare To Win.

Leading off are the bats: the EQT X1 and the EQT X2.

Built for the all-around hitter, the X1 comes in at $199.99. It’s a single-piece bat, constructed from a high-quality Damascus aluminum alloy, engineered for its durability, strength, and flexibility. The flexibility and strength of the alloy allowed adidas to squeeze an insane amount of pop out of the thin-walled barrel, and by packaging it in a one-piece design, they created the perfect balance of barrel pop paired with handle stiffness. Built with a balanced swing weight, the X1 flies through the zone at high speeds, making it easier to get around on fast pitches.

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The X2 on the other hand, was designed with the power hitter in mind. It utilizes the same high-performance Damascus alloy found in the X1, but pairs it with adidas’ Permalock Connection Technology, to create a bat that launches balls off the bat like nothing you’ve ever swung before.  The Permalock Connection Technology also serves another purpose: reducing vibration from off-center hits, while mimicking the handle stiffness of a one-piece bat to enhance energy transfer. Built with an end-heavy swing weight, the barrel of the X2 drives through the zone with more inertia than a balanced bat, producing harder, longer hits.  The X2 comes in at $299.99.

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Up second: the EQT batting gloves.

The goal was to create a batting glove that could serve as the perfect link between the hands and the bat. And with highly detailed craftsmanship and premium quality materials, the EQT batting gloves do not disappoint. Sheepskin leather provides a luxury feel with unparalleled bat feel, while perforated back-of-hand areas provide strategic ventilation, fighting sweat that can negatively affect grip and concentration. The EQT batting gloves retail for $44.99

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3rd in the lineup: the adidas EQT fielding glove.

For baseball players, a glove is something special – something you become so close with that you end up knowing it better than the back of your hand. Every glove needs to have three essential qualities to make it worthy of the player it serves: fit, feel, and control. The EQT fielder’s glove series embodies all three, giving you a glove that you can rely on inning after inning, season after season. Full-grain Pro K3 cowhide leather is extremely durable, yet incredibly lightweight, making for a tough, maneuverable defensive weapon. USA Deerskin lines the finger pockets, while deer-tanned cowhide lines the palm, cushioning the hand and providing excellent comfort.  The EQT fielder’s glove series comes in a number of different styles and sizes, suitable for every position on the diamond, and is priced at $219.99.

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Batting cleanup: the adidas Energy Boost Icon.

Featuring adidas’ revolutionary Boost cushioning, the Engery Boost Icon is a true player’s cleat. Traditional metal cleats, while great for traction, can cause foot fatigue and discomfort in the later stages of games. The use of Boost cushioning eliminates this discomfort, while delivering energy return unmatched by any other cushioning technology on the market. On top of that, the Damascus upper has been outfitted with shockvent windows to ventilate your feet and keep you cool and comfortable.  An ICONTRAX 7-cleat configuration rounds out the cleat, providing exceptional traction on the base paths and in the field.  The Energy Boost Icon retails for $149.99.

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