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

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

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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

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.
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

Built For The Pros, Perfect For You

Built For The Pros, Perfect For You

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Player Edition Gloves

Looking for a new fielding glove or mitt? Why not check out the massive selection of player edition gloves that Eastbay has to offer? Let’s run through some of this year’s top options:

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Wilson A2000 YP66 Fielder’s Glove: Yasiel Puig (OF)

LA’s Yasiel Puig is one of baseball’s most exciting outfielders. Time and time again, he makes incredible diving catches to rob hitters of extra bases. To help him makes those web gems, Yasiel wears the Wilson A2000 YP66 glove. It is made from Pro Stock Leather to give him the elite break-in and durability he needs.

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Wilson A2000 MC24 First Base Mitt: Miguel Cabrera (1B)

From a larger size to help scoop up low throws to extra padding for repeated use, it takes more than a glove to be a first baseman. You need a mitt. So what one does future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cabrera use? He wears the A2000 MC24 First Base Mitt. It features Super Skin material, which is twice as strong as cowhide leather and only half the weight. If it works great for ‘Miggy,’ it’ll work great for you.

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Wilson A2000 CK22 Fielder’s Glove: Clayton Kershaw (P)

A glove built for a pitcher needs a closed web to help conceal your pitches and a durable design to handle those screaming line drives. That’s why three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw wears the A2000 CK22 glove. A dual-welted, pre-curved finger design retains the glove’s shape and Dri-Lex material lines the wrist to keep your hands dry.

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Rawlings Heart of the Hide Catcher’s Mitt: Salvador Perez (C)

Three consecutive Gold Glove awards. A 2015 World Series MVP. No catcher has been better behind the plate the last few years than KC’s Salvador Perez, and the Rawlings Heart of the Hide Catcher’s Mitt is his secret weapon. With USA-tanned leather to withstand 95 mph fastballs, he can count on it to last and stay comfortable even if the game goes to extra innings.

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Rawlings Heart of the Hide Fielder’s Glove: Adrian Beltre (3B)

Few players have had as productive of a career both offensively and defensively as third baseman Adrian Beltre. When he lines up at the hot corner there is only one glove he trusts: The Rawlings Heart of the Hide. Lined with deer-tanned cowhide, it gives him the long-lasting performance and comfort he needs. So should you gear up like him? Well, he does have four Gold Glove awards, so yes. Yes, you should.

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Mizuno Global Elite VOP Fielder’s Glove: Ian Desmond (SS)

As a shortstop or second baseman, you can turn the tides in your favor by turning a double play or end your team’s hopes with an errant throw. Your glove needs to fit great, last a long time, and provide zero distractions. That’s why shortstops like Ian Desmond use gloves like the Mizuno Global Elite VOP. A rugged polyurethane patch protects the glove from normal wear and tear and an antimicrobial cushioned wrist pad keeps Ian comfortable.

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Nike Vapor 360 Flywire Fielder’s Glove: Carlos Gonzalez (OF)

If you are looking for an outfield glove with a flashy look and innovative design, look no further than the Nike Vapor 360 Flywire. Worn by Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, a three-time Gold Glove winner, this glove backs up its bold style with lots of cutting edge technology. Flywire technology is featured in the FlyTune lacing system for a personalized shape while the Hyperfuse construction fuses together layers of synthetic materials to make the glove incredibly lightweight and responsive.

But here’s the crazy part: we haven’t even began to scratch the surface of our collection of gloves! No one has more game-day options than Eastbay. From Evan Longoria, to Brandon Crawford, there’s a good chance we have the style you’re looking for.

MLB Watch: Player Exclusive Colorways Shine

MLB Watch: Player Exclusive Colorways Shine

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CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees brought out some impressive cleats for his start against the Indians but was out-shined by the debut of rookie right-hander Joshua Tomlin. In his first career start, Tomlin gave up only 3 hits to the big bats of the Yankees over 7 innings of impressive pitching.

Rookie phenom and All Star Jason Heyward, wearing some player exclusive Nike cleats, also makes an appearance in this week’s MLB Watch. Heyward has been considered a favorite in the Rookie of the Year chase, but the outfielder will have a tough battle ahead with the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg and the Giants’ Buster Posey also looking to take home the award this year.

David Ortiz, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, and a handful of others are also highlighted in this week’s MLB Watch. Check out their photos from around the league below and add Eastbay Baseball on Facebook.


Miguel Cabrera wearing the Nike Air Max MVP and Wilson A2800 GloveMiguel Cabrera wearing the Nike Air Max MVP PE and Wilson A2800 Glove.

Albert Pujols wearing Nike Show Elite batting gloves and Nike Air Max MVP PE.Albert Pujols flies out wearing Nike Show Elite batting gloves and Nike Air Max MVP PE.

Jason Heyward in the Nike Air Max MVP and Show Elite batting gloves.Jason Heyward in the Nike Air Max MVP PE and Show Elite batting gloves.

Buster Posey continues his hitting tear in with Under Armour Metal batting gloves.Buster Posey continues his hitting tear in with Under Armour Metal batting gloves.

Adam Wainwright wearing Mizuno 9 Spikes and Mizuno glove.Adam Wainwright wearing Mizuno 9 Spikes and Mizuno glove.

Jose Reyes after homering in Under Armour batting gloves.Jose Reyes after homering in Under Armour Yard IV batting gloves.

David Ortiz slides into home wearing Reebok U-Form PE cleats and Easton batting gloves.David Ortiz slides into home wearing Reebok U-Form PE cleats and Easton batting gloves.

Joshua Tomlin makes an impressive Major League debut wearing Under Armour cleats.Joshua Tomlin makes an impressive Major League debut wearing  Under Armour cleats.

Derek Jeter in the Jordan Jeter Throwback and Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRODJ2 glove.Derek Jeter in the Jordan Jeter Throwback and Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRODJ2 glove.

CC Sabathia in the Air Jordan 11 PE.CC Sabathia in the Air Jordan 11 PE.

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Miguel Cabrera wearing the Nike Air Max MVP and Wilson A2800 Glove
MLB Watch: Player Exclusive Colorways Shine

How to Choose the Correct Baseball Glove

With the Major League Baseball season solidly through its first week, for many of us who play the game, whether it be competitively or simply for fun, the search for gear to get us through this season also begins this week. As we see our favorite players debuting the latest technologies in their equipment, it’s natural to wonder how they decide upon the equipment they have chosen for the season. One of the most important parts of the game of baseball is the glove you choose. Being that there are so many different styles out there, just seeing your favorite player in a particular baseball glove doesn’t necessarily mean that is the right glove for you.

Although each of us have our own influences that guide us towards a particular style, I thought I’d reach out to some of  “those in the know” at Eastbay to give me some direction on some of the choices that are available. Depending on the position, there are some features and styles that may work better for some aspects of the game than in others. With that said, a quick trip throughout the defensive positions was in order to ensure a real understanding of how the design of a glove can affect your performance at a particular position. Below are some of the details that were given to me, and hopefully they can help guide you in the right direction in how to choose the correct baseball glove for yourself.

Rawlings GGPNP3 I Web Baseball Glove
Rawlings GGPNP3 I Web

Infielders use smaller gloves because they are handling the ball more. They are catching grounders, scooping quickly, transferring to their throwing hand, etc. They need to feel where the ball is right away so they can complete the play. Larger gloves will make it difficult to feel exactly where the ball is because the pressure is spread across a greater surface area. The deeper web would also make it a bit more difficult to transfer the ball quickly and efficiently to your throwing hand, so small is the way to go.

They’ll use a modified trap web, I web or basket (also called tartan or closely woven) web, something designed for a smaller glove, something that doesn’t create a deep web where the ball can get lost (okay, not actually lost, but at least less accessible).

Rawlings PRM1150T Primo Series Modified Trap Web Baseball Glove
Rawlings PRM1150T Primo Series with Modified Trap Web


Mizuno Classic Pro X GCP10X Tartan Web Baseball Glove
Mizuno Classic Pro X GCP10X with Tartan Web

Pitchers generally wear infielder’s gloves with a modified trap, tartan web or basket web. The web has to be closely woven so you can’t see the way he’s gripping the ball inside the glove. Some teams prefer their pitchers to wear large gloves, up to 12.75″, to offer more coverage and give them more opportunity to snag shots.

First-basemen don’t really wear gloves, they wear mitts. Without separate finger stalls, the glove wears like a mitten — a big, bulky, leather mitten. First base mitts are generally very large, up to 13″. The webbings are wide and usually posted for stability. They need to catch the wild balls thrown at them in desperate attempts to prevent a run.
Third basemen have a wide array of gloves to choose from. They can pretty much wear anything they feel comfortable with. They are in between infield and outfield as far as skill sets go, and they can benefit from the larger, looser webs of the outfield but may find it easier to handle the ball with a smaller, tighter glove.

Nokona American Classic Pro Buckaroo Baseball Glove
Nokona American Classic Pro Buckaroo

Once you’re in the outfield, it’s all about size and extending your reach. The gloves are larger, and the webs are bigger and looser. In the outfield you’ll see Trapeze webs and Ichiro webs that create a very deep ball pocket. You might also see specialty webs like the ladder web, Y web, H web or Aso web. The basic gist of these gloves is to make the ball pocket huge, so you’ll make a bigger bullseye for the ball. The gloves are larger, and some are even flared at the ends to create a funnel effect to direct the ball toward your palm.

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