Best BBCOR Baseball Bats for 2017 Reviewed

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

The best BBCOR baseball bat should offer great playing capabilities and an affordable price – we recommend you the following 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, available in a huge discount. Great balance, plenty of pop, comfortable grip and no vibration.

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

 

Comparison

Model Material Price UK CA Our rating   Drop Available sizes Barrel Warranty
Easton S500 BBCOR 7050 aircraft alloy $75.00* .co.uk .ca 4.5 stars -3 31″-34″ 2 5/8″ 1 year
Easton S3Z BBCOR Hyperlite Matrix alloy $99.95* .co.uk .ca 4.5 stars -3 31″-34″ 2 5/8″ 1 year
Marucci Cat 6 BBCOR aluminum alloy $184.95* .co.uk .ca 5 stars -3 31″-34″ 2 5/8″ 1 year
Easton Mako Comp BBCOR TCTATM Thermo Composite $189.00* .co.uk .ca 5 stars -3 31″-34″ 2 5/8″ 1 year

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


Choosing the right BBCOR bat size

Weight / Height 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
71 – 80 lbs       31"      
81 – 90 lbs       31"      
91 – 100 lbs     31" 31" 31"    
101 – 110 lbs     31" 31" 32"    
111 – 120 lbs     31" 31" 32"    
121 – 130 lbs     31" 32" 32" 33"  
131 – 140 lbs     31" 32" 32" 33" 33"
141 – 150 lbs   31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 33"
151 – 160 lbs 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"

What is a BBCOR baseball bat?

BBCOR certified markAs we have mentioned in the beginning, BBCOR bats are used in High School and College leagues – and you can recognize such a bat by a BBCOR .50 certification mark on the barrel.

To be able to receive that stamp, an adult baseball bat has to meet 2 conditions – the barrel must not exceed 2 5/8″ and drop can be -3 at the most.

What is the reason behind the BBCOR certification?

In 2009 it became obvious the former standard BESR (ball exit speed ration) is becoming obsolete – due to the improved trampoline effect of composite bats and increased ball speed, the safety of pitchers was questioned.

BBCOR Bats Explained

So a new standard has been introduced: BBCOR stands for Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution and measures the trampoline effect of the bat. It has been determined that if the 0.50 coefficient is exceeded, a pitcher loses the ability to protect himself – and that’s where the .50 certification mark comes from.

BBCOR versus BESR and the naked truth about Baseball Bat rule changes


Easton S500 BBCOR Review

Easton S500 BBCOR Baseball Bat

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 5 stars 15+ reviews

Price: $75.00*        Buy from amazon.com

Or find on Amazon   .co.uk  or  .ca   

The Easton S500 BBCOR is a quality baseball bat for a good price. It swings well and offers excellent balance, great pop and a nice grip.

* depends on size and seller

 

Pros:

  • Great pop
  • Well balanced, nice grip
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • none significant
Specifications:
  • Material: 7050 Aircraft alloy
  • Sizes: 31″-34″
  • Drop: -3
  • Barrel: 2 5/8″
  • Warranty: 1 year

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2016 Easton S500 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BB16S500

The S500 from Easton is our most recommended BBCOR baseball bat for the money – it’s one of the cheaper bats out there, but offers quality and playing capabilities similar to much more expensive models.

Users love its balance and report it swings well – it’s easy to get around on any ball. It offers a decent sized sweet spot and great pop, the ball really jumps off the bat.

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Another plus of this bat is the grip – it has great feel, there are very little vibrations and no issues with stinging. And the color design is also cool, that vibrant neon color contrast nicely with the dark handle.

Conclusion:  Our top choice for the money – great bat for a very good price

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Easton S3Z BBCOR Review

Easton S3Z ZCORE BBCOR Baseball Bat

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 35+ reviews

Price: $99.95*        Buy from amazon.com

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The Easton S3Z BBCOR is a popular alloy baseball bat. Nicely balanced, with good swing speed and plenty of pop – and it isn’t overly expensive.

* depends on size and seller

 

Pros:

  • Great pop
  • Nicely balanced
  • Good price

Cons:

  • none significant
Specifications:
  • Material: Hyperlite Matrix alloy
  • Sizes: 31″-34″
  • Drop: -3
  • Barrel: 2 5/8″
  • Warranty: 1 year

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EASTON S3Z Review!

From its predecessor (the S3) the S3Z got some extra barrel length and users agree it’s definitely an improvement.

The bat feels nicely balanced, a tiny bit towards the barrel, just to feel it through the zone. It’s also easy to swing and provides a good speed.

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For an alloy bat it offers excellent pop, users also like the grip – only when you hit the ball off the handle, it stings pretty hard.

Conclusion:  Another great bat for a decent price

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Easton Mako Comp BBCOR Review

Easton MAKO COMP 3 BBCOR Adult Baseball Bat

Our rating: 5 stars Excellent!  

Customer rating: 5 stars 25+ reviews

Price: $189.00*        Buy from amazon.com

Or find on Amazon   .co.uk  or  .ca   

The Easton Mako Comp BBCOR is a top quality composite bat, available in a large discount. A 2-piece model with great balance, plenty of pop, comfortable grip and no vibration.

* depends on size and seller

 

Pros:

  • Excellent bat, great pop
  • Nicely balanced
  • Large discount

Cons:

  • none
Specifications:
  • Material: TCTATM Thermo Composite
  • Sizes: 31″-34″
  • Drop: -3
  • Barrel: 2 5/8″
  • Warranty: 1 year

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Easton Mako 2016 Review

As you can hear in the video, while the Mako Comp from Easton is a high quality bat, it’s seems to be a bit overrated – and for its original price (about $400) not worth it. But here we have it in a huge discount and for this price it becomes a really hot bat.

The 2-piece design helps to maximize energy transfer and eliminate vibration – users report it’s an excellent bat with great pop.

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The weight distribution is also top class and makes the transition from youth bats to the BBCOR -3 drop very easy. Plus it offers a nice design and the Cushioned Hyperskin grip with great, soft feel.

Conclusion:  High quality 2-piece composite bat in huge discount

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Marucci Cat 6 BBCOR Review

Marucci Cat 6 BBCOR Baseball Bat

Our rating: 5 stars Excellent!  

Customer rating: 4.5 stars 45+ reviews

Price: $184.95*        Buy from amazon.com

Or find on Amazon   .co.uk  or  .ca   

The Marucci Cat 6 BBCOR is a top quality one-piece alloy bat. It offers an extra-smooth swing with no sting or vibration, great pop and perfect balance – we highly recommend it.

* depends on size and seller

 

Pros:

  • Extra-smooth feel
  • Great pop and balance
  • Quality grip

Cons:

  • none
Specifications:
  • Material: aluminum alloy
  • Sizes: 31″-34″
  • Drop: -3
  • Barrel: 2 5/8″
  • Warranty: 1 year

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Marucci 2015 Cat 6 BBCOR Baseball Bat

The Marucci CAT 6 is our most recommended BBCOR bat – it’s a one-piece alloy model but the smoothness of the swing is actually very similar to composite bats.

The patented anti-vibration knob (a small rubber piece that absorbs the shock) eliminates the sting and vibration, plus the grip helps in this regard as well. Users even describe is as “fantastic” or “best grip they’ve ever seen”.

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The CAT 6 is perfectly balanced and users report great performance, the weight, feel and pop are just amazing. It offers a good-sized sweet spot and the swing is fast enough – there’s no problem catching up to the faster high school pitches.

Conclusion:  Top quality one-piece alloy bat with silky smooth swing and great pop

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