Best Baseball Bats for 2017 Reviewed

Choosing the right baseball bat for you or your kid doesn’t have to be difficult. Just select your preferred type and we will present you our most recommended bats currently for sale – and with reviews.

Youth     BBCOR     baseball bats sizing

Best Youth Baseball Bats:

Youth bats are lighter (their drop is between -8 and -13) and feature a smaller, 2 1/4″ barrel. They are used in all the leagues for kids like Little League, Pony, Dixie and others – here are our most recommended ones:

Easton S500

Easton S500

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 90+ reviews

Price: $59.00*    (or check on Amazon  .co.uk / .ca )

Most recommended: High quality and lightweight (-13 drop) alloy model, well balanced and with a solid pop – our most recommended youth baseball bat for sale.

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Louisville Slugger Armor

Louisville Slugger Armor

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 80+ reviews

Price: $45.00*    (or check on Amazon  .co.uk / .ca )

Best for the money: Quality, lightweight (-12 drop) and easy to swing. Also well balanced and durable – perfect for starters and the best youth bat for the money in our opinion.

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Easton MAKO TORQ

Easton MAKO TORQ

Our rating: 5 stars Excellent!  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 40+ reviews

Price: $239.95*    (or check on Amazon  .co.uk / .ca )

Top quality: Premium 2-piece composite bat, more expensive but offers top quality, great pop and feel, plus a rotating handle as a bonus.

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* price is only approximate, it depends on size and seller

 

Best BBCOR Baseball Bats:

BBCOR (or adult baseball bats) are used in High School, Collegiate and also some Middle School leagues – their barrel must not exceed 2 5/8 inches and the maximum allowed drop is -3. Here are our most recommended models:

Easton S500 BBCOR

Easton S500 BBCOR

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 5 stars 15+ reviews

Price: $75.00*    (or check on Amazon  .co.uk / .ca )

Best for the money: Quality baseball bat for a good price – it swings well and offers excellent balance, great pop and a nice grip.

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Marucci Cat 6 BBCOR

Marucci Cat 6 BBCOR

Our rating: 5 stars Excellent!  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 45+ reviews

Price: $184.95*    (or check on Amazon  .co.uk / .ca )

Silky smooth swing: High quality alloy bat that offers an extra-smooth swing with no sting or vibration, perfect balance and great pop.

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Easton Mako Comp BBCOR

Easton Mako Comp BBCOR

Our rating: 5 stars Excellent!  

Customer rating: 5 stars 25+ reviews

Price: $189.00*    (or check on Amazon  .co.uk / .ca )

Top quality composite: High quality composite bat for a nice price. Great balance, plenty of pop, comfortable grip and no vibration.

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* price is only approximate, it depends on size and seller


Choosing the right baseball bat size

Simply take your (or your kid’s) weight and height and find the correct size in the table below:

Weight / Height 3′- 3’4" 3’5"- 3’8" 3’9"- 4′ 4’1"- 4’4" 4’5"- 4’8" 4’9"- 5′ 5’1"- 5’4" 5’5"- 5’8" 5’9"- 6′ 6’1"- over
Under 60 lbs 26" 27" 28" 29" 29"          
61 – 70 lbs 27" 27" 28" 29" 30" 30"        
71 – 80 lbs   28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31"      
81 – 90 lbs   28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31"      
91 – 100 lbs   29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 31"    
101 – 110 lbs   29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
111 – 120 lbs   29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
121 – 130 lbs     30" 30" 30" 31" 32" 32" 33"  
131 – 140 lbs     30" 30" 30" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33"
141 – 150 lbs     30" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 33"
151 – 160 lbs     30" 31" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 34"
161 – 170 lbs       31" 31" 32" 32" 33" 33" 34"
171 – 180 lbs         31" 32" 32" 33" 34" 34"
Over 180 lbs             33" 33" 34" 34"

When buying a new bat it’s also recommended to increase the size only one inch at a time – so it’s easy to get used to the new length without altering your swing too much.


How to Choose a Baseball Bat

It’s simple – just tell us what type of bat you need and we will present you our most recommended pieces:

  • Youth – for kids; these bats are certified for all the youth leagues (Little League, Dixie etc.)
  • BBCOR or Adult bats – certified for High School and College leagues

In each section you’ll find the top bats (in our opinion), also with reviews and comparison, their advantages and disadvantages. And if you don’t understand anything, just take a look at the frequently asked questions here:

FAQ

What is the Drop?

When you subtract the length of the bat (in inches) from its weight (in ounces), you get its Drop. Basically it shows how heavy the bat is – bigger, stronger players often choose heavier bats (smaller drop) to get the most power while smaller players prefer lighter bats (higher drop) to achieve higher swing speed.

Example: A youth bat that’s 28″ long and weighs 16 oz has a drop of -12 (16-28=-12).

The most common drop of youth bats is between -8 and -13; on the other hand, BBCOR bats are limited to a -3 drop at most.

Which Material – Alloy or Composite?

Wood is typically reserved for the professionals so the question is whether to choose an alloy bat (also called metal or aluminum) or a composite one:

Composite

Alloy

Easton Mako - example of a composite bat Louisville Slugger Armor - example of an alloy bat

Pros:

  • Reduced vibration, minimize the sting from a mis-hit ball
  • Usually a larger sweet spot and more pop

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • Require a break-in period

Positives:

  • Less expensive
  • Do not require a break-in period

Negatives:

  • Usually a smaller sweet spot and less pop than composites
  • More vibration and stinging than composites

Composite bats are made of a layered material similar to carbon fiber – the manufacturing process is more difficult and expensive but enables better distribution of weight and generally a better quality of the bat.

The alloy baseball bats have been around for longer time and are usually less expensive – but the price depends on the quality of the alloy, you can get aluminum bats with great balance and large sweet spot and also some really cheap, lower quality pieces.

Science of Hitting — Composite vs. Aluminum

How To Break In a Composite Bat?

Alloy bats come ready for the game right out of the box, but the composite ones require a break-in time to perform at their full potential. You are going to need approximately 150-200 hits on them – start at about 50% power and rotate the bat about a 1/4 of turn on every swing so you break it in evenly. Gradually increase the power as the number of hits rises.

Baseball Training: How to Break-In a Composite Bat

Next, take about 50 swings of soft toss or front toss, again rotating the bat with each swing. And finish with 50 swings with a pitcher who is throwing at least 40 miles per hour, rotating the bat again.

1-Piece or 2-Piece Bats?

Most of the time, you would probably encounter one-piece baseball bats – but there are also two-piece models where the handle is a separate piece from the barrel and they are joined together.

  • One-Piece Bats: Stronger and stiffer, with little flex.
  • Two-Piece Bats: Larger flex (creating a trampoline effect) and less vibration (eliminating the sting).

Note: There is a debate going on if the flex actually affects the performance of the bat or not.


History and More

Baseball bats have experienced a long and fascinating journey. From the first years when every player made his own bat as he wished, the times of Bud Hillerich and creation of the Louisville Slugger brand all the way up to the 21st century, the appearance of composite bats and the BBCOR certification.

This topic is already well covered on multiple websites, so let’s mention a few nice articles:

baseball bat history

How are Baseball Bats Made?

If you have ever wondered what the manufacturing process looks like, here are a few videos 🙂

How It's Made – Wooden Baseball Bat

How It's Made Aluminum Baseball Bats

How Its Made Carbon Fibre Bats

 

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