Easton drops a new version of the B5 Pro Big Barrel Bat

Easton drops a new version of the B5 Pro Big Barrel Bat

The Green Easton is back!

When Easton first introduced the B5 Pro Big Barrel bat in 1978, it opened the world’s eyes to the largest barrel on an aluminum bat the sport of baseball had ever seen. Now, over 40 years later, Easton is bringing back that classic green, big barrel look and combining it with new, breakthrough technology worthy of the B5 Big Barrel name.

While the look will remind older generations of watching future legends like Barry Bonds, Bo Jackson, and Frank Thomas swing this stick, the new generation of players will be wowed by the larger sweet spot and bigger surface area that make this bat a must-have in today’s game.

“This is a really important bat launch for us because it combines the history of Easton as a company with the technology and engineering that we’ve been able to advance over the years,” said John Loeffler, the Category Manager of Bats at Easton Diamond Sports.

“We’re really excited to be reintroducing this bat to the next generation of baseball players,” Loeffler said. “I personally think it’s cool for a college or high school player to swing the same bat that their dad, uncle, or grandpa might have swung.”

But Loeffler also made it clear that it’s not really the exact same bat from the 70s and 80s — it’s loaded with the latest technology that Easton has been perfecting for decades.

The 2021 B5 version is BBCOR certified and features thin ATAC Alloy that maximizes barrel performance. This one-piece aluminum bat also utilizes a ringless barrel design with different layers of alloy spread across the barrel to create a bigger sweet spot and smoother feel. Finally, the VRS™ handle insert reduces vibration and the Natural Pro Balance results in a balanced feel, making it the perfect bat for both speed and power.

Even after all the innovative tech improvements, Easton’s design team didn’t want to stray too far from the original look, giving this bat a very minimalistic and retro feel.

“When starting to redesign the B5 Big Barrel, we wanted it to align with the original one’s look, but with a bit of a modern twist to it,” Loeffler said. “It’s a really sleek, traditional, and simple design. You see companies in other industries, like Vans or Chuck Taylor, keep that old school look. So, I think it’s cool to bring that vintage feel back into baseball because you never really see that in today’s age.”

Whether you’re fascinated by the revolutionary performance this one-piece aluminum BBCOR bat brings to the table or attracted to its modern remix of the Green Easton’s classic look, make sure to hit up eastbay.com right when it drops on 10/1 and pick one up!

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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

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.
Baseball Bats To Take Your Game To The Next Level

Baseball Bats To Take Your Game To The Next Level

Picking the right baseball bat can be a chore. There are so many to consider…. Do you want one-piece or two-piece bats? End loaded or balanced? Composite or alloy barrels? 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 younger hitters a lighter bat while still getting proper length. It is calculated by taking the bat length minus the weight. For example, a 32 inch bat with a -5 ‘drop’ would weigh in at 27 oz. while a 32 inch bat with a -10 drop would be 22 oz.

The brand of bat you choose is very important as well. Each brand brings something unique to the plate. Eastbay not only carries all of the top options but can offer you an inside take on what makes each bat so special.

Marucci

Cat7 Connect

BBCOR: $349.99

 

The Cat7 Connect is the same great bat you’d get with the Cat7 but with even less vibration and even better feel.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid (Composite Handle, Alloy Barrel)
  • Available in High School Sizes

Cat7

BBCOR: 249.99

 

By minimizing the worst part of batting (hand vibration) and offering a sweet spot twice as large as the Cat6, it’s easy to see why the Marucci Cat7 is such a big hit.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School, USSSA, and AABC Youth League Sizes

Easton

Mako Beast

BBCOR: $449.99

 

With the game’s longest two-piece composite barrel and its fastest swing weight, the Mako Beast is built to take every swing to the next level.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, PONY, Dizzy Dean, USSSA, Little League, Babe Ruth, Dixie, and AABC Youth League Sizes

Z-Core Hybrid

BBCOR: $299.99

 

The Z-Core Hybrid offers a very slight end-load to give you a consistent, balanced feel at the plate.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid (Composite Handle, Alloy Barrel)
  • Available in High School Sizes

 Z-Core Speed

BBCOR: $199.99

 

Looking for an alloy bat with a fast swing and huge sweet spot? Then look no further than the Z-Core Speed.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School Sizes

Z-Core XL

BBCOR: $199.99

Home run hitters will love the end-loaded design and superior strength of the Z-Core XL.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School Sizes

DeMarini

CF Zen

BBCOR: $449.99

 

Faster swings. Better feel. Reduced vibration. The DeMarini CF Zen is a great option for every type of hitter.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, Pony, Dizzy Bean, USSSA, Little League, Babe Ruth, Dixie, and AABC Youth League Sizes

CF Insane

BBCOR: $449.99

 

This bat gives you the same feel as the CF Zen with an end-load for more pop.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School Sizes

Vodoo

BBCOR: $299.99

 

Demarini’s Voodoo series is famous for its great performance and style, and now, you can finally grab a balanced version of the bat.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid (Composite Handle, Alloy Barrel)
  • Available in High School, Pony, Dizzy Bean, USSSA, Little League, Babe, Ruth, Dixie, AABC Youth League Sizes

Voodoo Insane

BBCOR: $299.99

 

Strong sluggers have loved the Voodoo Insane bat for years, and the latest model gives you that same great power with some modern updates.

  • End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Hybrid
  • Available in High School Sizes

 Voodoo One

BBCOR: $249.99

 

If you love the Voodoo line but want the stiffness of a one-piece bat, the One is perfect for you.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School, AABC, and USSSA Youth League Sizes

Louisville Slugger

Prime

BBCOR: $399.99

 

 

For maximum pop and comfort from your first swing to your last, choose the Louisville Slugger Prime.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, AABC, USSSA, AABC, Little League, Babe Ruth, Pony, and Dixie League Sizes

Rawlings

Quatro

BBCOR: $399.99

 

 

This new bat is built to provide you with premium pop and bat speed while minimizing hand vibration.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece Composite
  • Available in High School, AABC, and USSSA Youth League Sizes

Velo

BBCOR: $299.99

 

The Rawlings Velo is light and fast throughout the swing zone and is designed to give you great pop.

  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • One-Piece Alloy
  • Available in High School, USSSA, AABC, Pony, and Dixie Youth League Sizes

Find the BBCOR bat you need? We’re sure all of these choices will upgrade every at-bat you take, but make sure to check out our full collection of BBCOR bats for all of the latest and greatest bats on the market.