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Top 20 BBCOR Bats of 2021
THE BAT BRO SCALE:
Our rating system for BBCOR baseball bats. Due to BBCOR restrictions, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT BAT. Between power, sweet spot, and swing weight, every bat is going to have to compromise in at least one category.
15-17: "A" - not a fan.
18-19: "AA" - very average; but it will get the job done.
20-21: "AAA" - a pretty solid BBCOR bat; plenty of upside but also a bit to complain about.
22+: "MLB" - excellent bat; bat bro approved
Keep in mind that there are nearly FIFTY 2021/2020 BBCOR bats out there, so anything in the Top 20 would be considered "above-average".
1) DeMarini Voodoo One BBCOR
Will and Cam's favorite BBCOR! Probably the single most well-rounded BBCOR in the game right now and we genuinely think it stands alone in the #1 spot. The Voodoo One has registered some of our highest exit velocities, and it's one of the easiest swinging bats out there - a combo that is extremely hard to come by in the BBCOR space.
Pros: ridiculous power for its swing weight / easy to control / great feel for a 1-pc
Cons: tough to find & always sold out, smaller sweet spot that some 2-pc hybrids and composites, some durability are being reported with the knob and end cap.
Scroll down for a link to customize the 2022 version of the Voodoo One BBCOR.
2) DeMarini The Goods BBCOR
JT's favorite BBCOR! This is a fun one to hit with. Pretty much maxed out in terms of BBCOR pop and sweet spot, but the heavier weighting of The Goods makes it more of a pure ‘power hitter’ bat as opposed to a bat like the slightly lighter-swinging Nox. Durability was a somewhat frequent concern though in 2020 with The Goods and its connector piece - and ours developed a barrel rattle pretty early on.
Pros: very powerful / huge sweet spot
Cons: expensive / heavy / durability issues
3) Louisville Slugger Select Pwr BBCOR
Just about as much thump as the Cat9 Connect and The Goods, but you’re going to sacrifice a little bit of sweet spot for the slightly lighter swing weight. Still one of the top performing BBCORs of the year. The only negative with the Select Pwr seems to be durability. Hearing of a few connector piece and end cap issues coming from this bat.
Pros: impressive power for its swing weight / great feel / cool sound
Cons: expensive / not incredibly durable
4) Victus Nox BBCOR
Trace's favorite BBCOR! The Nox is one of our 2021 BBCOR front-runners and ideal for a guy looking to put up some power numbers. However, this is going to swing a little bit lighter than a bat like The Goods or Cat9 Connect, making the Nox perfect for players that consider themselves a power-leaning ‘versatile’ hitter.
Pros: solid sweet spot, good power, and a tad lighter than most other "power" bats.
Cons: occasional barrel rattle, a bit endloaded, a little bit harsher on the hands than the Goods or Select Pwr.
5) Victus Vandal BBCOR
Ladies and gents; one of the best contact hitting bats of the year is a one-piece alloy!! The Vandal does an excellent job at combining a big sweet spot with a light swing weight - while retaining more power than a lot of composites. For those of you who don’t know, the Vandal is essentially a Marucci Cat9, but the last 10% of the bat is composite which makes it swing much, much lighter.
The Vandal is probably the most comparable BBCOR bat to the Voodoo One.
Pros: light / durable / easy on the hands / great sweet spot for its swing weight
Cons: not super powerful
6) Axe Avenge Pro Hybrid BBCOR
Our favorite Axe BBCOR so far! This essentially felt like "The Goods" with an Axe handle - but a little bit lighter and a little bit softer barrel. The sweet spot was massive, the swing weight was very manageable, but the exit velocities weren't quite there to put this bat above some of the other 2-pc hybrids.
Pros: huge sweet spot, easy to find barrel, light for a 2-pc hybrid
Cons: lower exit velos for us than some other 2-pc hybrids, and it's quite spendy.
7) Stinger Nuke BBCOR
Legitimately one of the top power-hitting BBCOR bats of the year, but also cheaper and more durable than a lot of the others. This bat was super fun to swing as it performs incredibly on mishit balls or off-balance swings. It hit the ball as hard as anything we’ve swung, and it is a rare 1-piece alloy that doesn’t have the annoying loud ping sound. Also one of our favorite grip/knob/taper feels. This is a very endloaded bat though so make sure you're very comfortable with a -3 swing weight before you decide to go with the Nuke.
Pros: cheap / durable / great power / excellent on mis-hits
Cons: heavy / occasional hand sting
8) Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR
A contact hitter's dream. However, the Meta is gonna be slightly nerfed compared to it’s 2019 and 2020 versions - a tiny bit more swing weight and it lost some sweet spot towards the end of the bat in our opinion. It retained its power, but that’s likely just because of the added swing weight. The sweet spot towards the hands is still the biggest in the game and you’ll actually likely get the most pop out of this bat on hits towards the hands. Because of this, hitters almost get rewarded for being late on faster pitching. Being a composite barrel, you’ll have break in the barrel before you can expect this bat to live up to its full potential.
Pros: huge sweet spot / easy on the hands / great for younger hitters
Cons: not super powerful / not great off the end / expensive
9) Easton Maxum Ultra BBCOR
We were a bit caught off guard when Easton switched up the Maxum after just 1 year...but they were onto something. While it's definitely quite a bit heavier, the extra mass added to the Maxum Ultra seems to beef-up the sweet spot and exit velocity from the previous Maxum 360. The sound/feel was almost absent (really weird) but the ball was still leaping off the barrel.
Pros: huge sweet spot / good power / comfortable to swing
Cons: expensive / endloaded / very dull sound / not at its full power until towards the end of the bat's life
10) Easton Maxum 360 BBCOR
The Maxum 360 is one of the best light-swinging BBCORs right now. It's pretty unique for a composite: it has a slightly smaller sweet spot, but packs a surprisingly impressive amount of power for how light it is (almost performs more like an alloy bat like the Vandal or Solo).
You can find this bat discounted pretty heavily right now since it's a 2020 (we hope they drop a 2022 version!). One downside of the Maxum 360 is that is has almost zero sound when you hit it.
Pros: very light / great power for its swing weight
Cons: expensive / stiff / not super great towards the hands / very dull sound
11-20 BBCOR Baseball Bat Rankings (2021):
11) Ritchie Pro Gen 1 - 21
12) Marucci Cat 9 Connect - 21
13) Louisville Slugger Meta Pwr - 21
14) Marucci Cat9 - 21
15) Warstic Bonesaber - 21
16) True Temper HZRDUS - 21
17) Rawlings 5150 - 21
18) DeMarini Voodoo/Gattaca - 21
19) Easton ADV 360 - 21
20) Mizuno B21 Hot Metal - 20
Customize the 2022 Voodoo One BBCOR
While the 2021 Voodoo One is sold out and the 2022 doesn't come out for another few weeks, you can currently customize your own 2022 Voodoo One for an additional $50 (2022 retail price is $350). This link will also let you customize the 2022 CF USSSA.
Our Favorite USSSA Bats of 2021
The hottest bats money can buy!! While there are some very hot alloy/aluminum USSSA bats out there this year, a broken-in composite USSSA bat will just about always outperform an alloy/aluminum USSSA bat. The primary benefit of swinging an alloy bat in USSSA is that they are much more durable than their composite counterparts. These composite bats sound/feel/hit a bit better though.
1) 2021 MARUCCI CAT9 COMPOSITE USSSA
Ladies and gents, this is the hottest bat in all of baseball for 2021.
While the Cat9 Connect (alloy barrel) has been getting tons of love in 2021 (which it rightfully should - it's an excellent bat), the Cat9 Composite beat out the Cat9 Connect by 3+ mph in our initial exit velo testing.
The Cat9 Comp is immediately ready to go out of the wrapper and doesn't require much break-in. The swing weight is pretty middle of the road for a USSSA bat and it has a fantastic feel and sound. The only downside of the Cat9 Composite is potentially going to be durability (that's the trade-off for "hot out of the wrapper").
Some of our highest exit velos and farthest bombs ever have been with this bat.
This bat is also available as the "Cat 9 Composite PASTIME" - which is the same bat with a different paint-job.
2) 2021 DEMARINI CF USSSA
The CF is probably the most popular USSSA bat over the past 5 years, and they really haven't had to change much about this bat. It's almost broken in and ready to go out of the wrapper, makes an epic sound, never rings up the hands, and hits the ball very, very hard. It just got out-driven by the Cat 9 Comp in exit velo testing.
Keep in mind that the CF is one of the more bendy/flexible feeling handles in the USSSA space, and the lighter versions (-10) are pretty dang fragile. The -5 has lasted a very long time for us though.
This bat is also sold as the "CF Glitch" - which is the same bat with different paint.
3) 2021 LOUISVILLE SLUGGER META USSSA
At first, we honestly weren't super impressed with the USSSA Meta, but after about 200 swings of break-in, this bat came alive. The Meta seems to put it all together: a balanced swing weight, excellent pop, and some decent durability for a composite bat.
This is one of the lighter bats in USSSA, so it's great for jumping up to a larger size for the first time. It also has a much higher-pitched sound than some of the other composites, but that sound gets better over time.
This bat is definitely in contention for the #1 or #2 spot, but it just got edged out in exit velo by the Cat 9 Comp and CF.
Our Favorite ALLOY Drop-5 USSSA Bats of 2021
While composite USSSA bats are typically going to be hotter than alloy USSSA bats, alloys are going to be much more durable and last much longer than their composite USSSA counterparts.
While we aren't quite yet 100% of which of these 3 bats should be #1, we can at least confidently tell you that if you're looking for an alloy -5, you should be picking up one of these three bats. These ratings are based on our initial exit velo tests.
MARUCCI CAT9 CONNECT USSSA
The Cat9 Connect is the most popular -5 USSSA alloy bat out there right now - and for good reason: the barrel is very hot, it's durable, it sounds and feels fantastic, and the sweet spot is huge for an alloy bat.
Exit velos weren't necessarily record-breaking, but they were the most consistently high (great sweet spot).
VICTUS NOX USSSA
A very similar build to the -5 USSSA Marucci Cat9 Connect, but a little bit less barrel, and a slightly more balanced swing weight.
Solid durability, excellent barrel forgiveness, and impressive power for a USSSA alloy bat.
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER SOLO USSSA
The Solo is one of the more underrated USSSA bats - it has an impressively large sweet spot, a really great sound, and excellent feel.
This bat swings nice and light, and the exit velos were among the highest of any USSSA alloy bat in our velocity testing.
It's also cheap!
Our Favorite Wood Bats
In no particular order, here is a slideshow of the best wood bats we've come across so far. We've included which wood type we prefer within each company and which turn models we prefer. Keep in mind that this is only for real/full wood bats and not "wood composite bats" (we'll get to those later in the year).
-These are all very expensive $150+ wood bats (but also keep in mind that some of them have a 1 to 2 month warranty). If you're looking for a solid lower-budget wood bat, we'd highly recommend the Louisville Slugger 5-Series Maple Wood Bats (especially the 243 model) for only $80.
-Most of these bats are pretty endloaded and will be a bit more difficult to swing than your typical metal or composite BBCOR bat. If you're specifically looking for a light-swinging wood bat with a forgiving barrel that's gonna feel a lot more like your composite BBCOR bat, then we'd strongly recommend getting a DeMarini Wood Composite (preferably the orange 110 model). Those swing and feel much more like a BBCOR metal bat.
-And lastly, we obviously haven't tried every single wood bat out there. Nobody has - there are literally thousands. We've probably tried about 100 different wood bats at the moment, and these are just the few that we've consistently had great experiences with.