Baseball is back. And that means there’s a whole brand new line of equipment out for the 2018 season.
In particular, the new wave of BBCOR bats have hit the market. BBCOR stands for “Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution” and are the current standard in high school and collegiate play. Each of the bats listed below are BBCOR certified.
Browse a wider selection of BBCOR and metal baseball bats if this list doesn’t have what you’re looking for. But keep reading below to check out the most popular BBCOR bats on the market for 2018.
1. Rawlings 5150 Alloy BBCOR High School/Collegiate Baseball Bat
One of the newest releases from Rawlings is the 5150 Alloy BBCOR Baseball Bat, which is certified for high school and collegiate play. Made of durable aerospace grade 5150 alloy, the bat is highlighted by Rawlings’ improved Precision Optimized Performance (pOp) 2.0 Technology. This technology balances the swing weight and enlarges the barrel’s sweet spot, which, in turn, leads to more consistent and solid contact at the plate. The bat is a one-piece construction and features a -3 length to weight ratio, 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter, and a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty.
2. Easton BB17ZSW ZCORE Speed White -3 BBCOR Adult Baseball Bat
The Easton BB17ZSW ZCORE Speed White BBCOR Adult Baseball Bat is highlighted by Z-CORE Internal Core Technology, which creates a huge sweet spot for more consistency at the plate. It is made of a one-piece, HMX (Hyperlite Matrix) alloy construction and has a thin 31/32 inch tapered handle with 1.2mm HYPERSKIN grip for extreme comfort. It also features a -3 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8 inch diameter barrel, a full 12-month manufacturer’s warranty, and is certified for high school and collegiate play.
3. Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat
You can’t have a top list of baseball bats without a Louisville Slugger on it. The Omaha 517 is BBCOR certified for high school and college play and is highlighted Louisville Slugger’s brand new ST 7U1+ alloy, which produces a huge sweet and extreme durability. Featuring a balanced swing weight, the Omaha 517 is made of one-piece construction and has a 31/32 inch tapered handle and a custom lizard skin grip for extra comfort and decreased vibration on contact. There is a -3 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter and a full 12-month manufacturer’s warranty.
4. Marucci Cat7 BBCOR Baseball Bat
Marucci’s 7th edition of their BBCOR Baseball Bat is guaranteed to get you extra pop at the plate. The sweet spot is twice the size of last year’s Cat6 thanks to an optimized barrel design. It features an improved AZ4X Alloy one-piece construction (increased strength and more durability), an AV2 Knob (better feel and less vibration), and ring-free barrel technology which eliminates dead spots. The Cat7 has a -3 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter, and the BBCOR certification which makes it legal for play at the high school and collegiate level.
5. 2017 COMBAT VIGOR BBCOR Baseball Bat
Made with 100 percent composite, one-piece, single wall barrel construction, the Combat Vigor BBCOR bat gives top-quality performance at a bargain price. It features COMBAT’s Precision Molded Seamless Construction Technology, which leads to a more durable bat and consistency at the plate, and and ultra-premium Lizard Skins Grip for maximum comfort and reduced vibration. With a -3 length to weight ratio and a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter, the Vigor is BBCOR certified, meaning it’s approved for high school and collegiate play.
Price: From $99.95
6. Louisville Slugger Vapor 17 BBCOR Baseball Bat
The one-piece, 7-Series alloy Louisville Slugger Vapor 17 gives you a top-notch bat at an unbelievable price. With a balanced swing weight and a durable synthetic leather grip, the Vapor 17 is BBCOR certified for both high school and college players. It has a 31/32 inch tapered handle, a -3 ounce length to weight ratio and a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter. The Vapor 17 offers supreme value from one of baseball’s most recognizable brands.
Price: From $75.97 (25 percent off MSRP)
7. Rawlings Velo Hybrid Balanced BBCOR High School/Collegiate Baseball Bat
Highlighted by Rawlings’ Precision Laser p0p 2.0, the Velo Hybrid has an enhanced sweet spot with increased flexibility for more consistency at the plate. Also featuring a fiber reinforced composite endcap and one-piece acoustic alloy construction, the Velo Hybrid is one of Rawlings’ most complete BBCOR bat for high schoolers and collegiate players. It also has a -3 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter and a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
Price: From $199.95
8. Easton BB17MK Mako Beast Comp 3 BBCOR Baseball Bat
The Easton BB17MK Mako Beast Comp 3 is one of the most expensive bats on this list, but it’s also arguably the most complete. Coming with a two-piece TCT Thermo Composite design, the Mako Beast Comp has an extended barrel, but is also extremely lightweight enabling you to swing with ease and great speed. The ConneXion technology maximizes energy transfer creating an ideal feel while at the plate. It also features a cushioned Hyperskin Grip for a soft feel and reduced vibration. The Mako Beast Comp 3 is BBCOR certified for high school and collegiate play and has a -3 length to weight ratio and a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter in a sleek look.
Price: From $409.95
9. DeMarini CF Zen Balanced BBCOR Baseball Bat
Like the Easton Mako Beast Comp 3 listed above, the DeMarini CF Zen Balanced Bat is going to cost a bit, but you’re getting one of the best bats on the market. The barrel is made of Paraflex Composite and offers an enormous sweet spot and DeMarini’s D-Fusion 2.0 handle reduces hand sting and vibration. Couple those with its complete balance throughout, and you have a bat you can really handle at the plate. Other highlights include two-piece construction, an RCK knob, a Low Pro end cap, BBCOR certification, a -3 length to weight ratio, and a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter.
Price: From $439.95
10. 2017 Anderson Flex BBCOR Baseball Bat
The Anderson Flex BBCOR bat uses Flex Barrel technology for top performance and durability. Made of one-piece, aerospace alloy material, Anderson’s Flex bat has an oversized sweet spot, a thin handle and offers a balanced feel to ensure consistency on each swing. It is BBCOR certified for high school and college play, and features a -3 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter, a lightweight endcap and a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Price: From $154.99