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Our Top 5 BBCOR Bats of 2022
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. To see our full list of BBCOR Bat Bro Scales, click here.
1) DeMarini Voodoo One BBCOR
Will & Cam's favorite BBCOR. The Voodoo One has registered our highest exit velocities ever (107.9 mph), and it's one of the easiest swinging bats out there - a combo that is extremely hard to come by in the BBCOR space.
The 2023 version of the Voodoo One is the same as the 2022/2021/2020, but the endcap durability has been improved, and they allegedly reinforced the knob as well.
Pros: excellent power for its swing weight / easy to control / great feel for a 1-pc
Cons: smaller sweet spot / past durability issues (knob & end cap)
2) Marucci CatX BBCOR
This is essentially Marucci's version of the Voodoo One - and it's shockingly similar. Zak & JT even both slightly preferred the CatX over the Voodoo One. The primary difference we've noticed is that the CatX is a bit more forgiving than the Voodoo One, but the Voodoo One is a tiny bit more powerful.
In our opinion, this is the most unique "Cat" bat to-date, and probably the best BBCOR that Marucci has come out with.
Pros: excellent power for its swing weight / easy to control / great feel for a 1-pc / fantastic grip/taper
Cons: expensive for a 1-pc alloy / very loud
3) DeMarini The Goods BBCOR
JT's favorite BBCOR! The Goods is probably the single most-loved bat in the game. One of the best sweet spots in BBCOR and the ball absolutely jumps off of this bat. The Goods is definitely more on the endloaded side, so it pairs well with stronger/advanced hitters.
The Goods would very possibly be our #1 ranked BBCOR bat if it wasn't for the durability issues. The Goods' 2-pc connection joint has been a liability over the last 3 years...
Pros: huge sweet spot / great feel / tons of pop
Cons: expensive / heavy / durability issues (telescoping handle)
4) Louisville Slugger Select Pwr BBCOR
You can think of the Select Pwr as a lighter-swinging "The Goods" with a tiny bit less barrel and a tiny bit less power. The Select Pwr has an incredibly comfortable feel on contact and you'll immediately notice the unique sound of the Select Pwr (sounds somewhere between composite and alloy).
Pros: impressive power for its swing weight / great feel / cool sound / good for any type of hitter
Cons: a bit endloaded / slightly lower exit velos than The Goods & Gunner
5) Stinger Nuke BBCOR
Trace's favorite BBCOR! Also know as the "Budget Goods", the Nuke is legitimately one of the top power-hitting BBCOR bats, 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, and it put up the highest exit velo we've ever seen on our channel. Also one of our favorite grip/knob/taper feels.
This is a very endloaded bat though so make sure you're very comfortable with an endloaded drop-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
Best BUDGET BBCOR Bats (under $200):
With such a restrictive performance standard like BBCOR, we've found that a lot of the cheapo bats are actually really solid. While these aren't the "best" bats on the market in our opinion, they're honestly not very far off from our Top 10 bats.
1) Stringking Metal 2 BBCOR - $160
At only $160, the Metal 2 is probably the single best bang for your buck in BBCOR right now.
The Metal 2 performs very similar to a bat like the Victus Nox or L.S. Select Pwr: you're likely to see a little bit hotter exit velos with the Stringking Metal 2, but you'll also experience a little bit more sting on the hands with the Metal 2 when compared to a 2-piece hybrid bat like the Nox or Select Pwr.
2) Marucci Cat6 BBCOR - $190
For under $200, the Marucci Cat6 performs as good if not better than the more expensive 7/8/9 versions of the Marucci Cat BBCOR.
The Cat6 swings very similar to the Stringking Metal 2, but it's a little bit more forgiving on the hands.
Our Top 5 USSSA Bats of 2022
The hottest bats money can buy!! While there are some very hot alloy/aluminum USSSA bats out there this year, a good broken-in composite USSSA bat will usually outperform an alloy/aluminum USSSA bat (which is not really the case in BBCOR). The primary benefit of swinging an alloy bat in USSSA is that they are more durable than their composite counterparts. These composite bats sound/feel/hit better though.
1) MARUCCI CAT9 COMPOSITE USSSA
Ladies and gents, this is the best bat in all of baseball right now.
The swing weight is very manageable, the sweet spot is unrivaled, it has an electric feel and sound, and it's extremely durable for a USSSA composite bat.
The Cat9 Comp -5 is our all time exit velo record-holder at 109.4 mph (Hittrax).
This may very well be the GOAT of USSSA.
2) MARUCCI CATX COMPOSITE USSSA
VERY similar to the Cat9 Composite USSSA, but the CatX requires a bit more initial break-in (150-200 swings). It also feels a little bit lighter and a little bit more stiff/rigid than the Cat9 Comp. But it's still just as hot once broken-in.
3) LOUISVILLE SLUGGER META USSSA
While we think the Cat9 Composite is a bit hotter than the Meta, the Meta is one of the most balanced USSSA bats on the market (with a suprisingly large sweet spot for it's lighter swing weight), and it's one of the most durable USSSA composites.
With durability and swing weight being a constant issue in the composite travel-ball space, we wouldn't be surprised if the Meta was one of the most popular USSSA bats in 2022.
4) DEMARINI ZOA USSSA
The Zoa is essentially a slightly hotter version of the DeMarini CF. This bat feels 100% ready to go from the very first swing. But it's still shockingly similar to the CF.
While we didn't love the $500 BBCOR version of the Zoa, the USSSA version is LEGIT. One of the best sweet spots in the game, and very impressive exit velos.
Similar to the CF though, the Zoa is going to be fragile (maybe even more fragile than the CF). That's the trade-off for having the hottest bat from swing #1.
5) DEMARINI CF USSSA
The average USSSA player would barely be able to distinguish the difference between the DeMarini CF and its newer successor, the Zoa. But the CF takes a few more swings to break-in, it has a slightly more flexible handle, and it's a bit more endloaded.
Other than that, you're still getting the hot-out-of-wrapper performance & fragilility of a DeMarini USSSA bat. This bat is flaming-hot within 50 swings and has a mega sweet spot, but those notorious durability concerns are what's keeping the Zoa and CF from being in the 1 & 2 spot.
The Batting Gloves we use: BRUCE BOLTS
Since we started this channel, we've been among the voices saying "Who the heck would ever pay $100 for batting gloves??"
But about a year ago, a friend gave us our first pair of Bruce Bolts (white/red Bader long-cuffs)... and we've been using the same pair for over a year 😂. They smell pretty bad, but they're still kickin.
These are the most durable batting gloves we've ever come across, and their one of the few BG's we've found that handle sweat really well.
The Pine Tar we use: KRAKEN
This stuff is a lot like Tiger Stick, but we think it holds up better in hot weather, and the packaging makes it a lot easier to use/maintain. It's a bit spendy, but we freaking love it. Using really good grip/tar is one of the most underrated aspects in hitting.