BBCOR Bat Review

Having success at the plate partly depends on swinging the right bat, one that makes you feel comfortable, confident, and capable of crushing anything that comes through the zone. In 2017, there are plenty of bats to choose from, each one offering something different. We're here to explain just what those differences are so you can decide which bat is best for you. Because the sooner you know, the sooner you can get it in your hands and start practicing with it.

DeMARINI 2017 CF Zen

“It’s a huge hitting zone. Players love that – gives them room to contact the ball and generate a lot of power.”
-Matt Bultman, DeMARINI

DeMARINI 2017 CF Zen Balanced BBCOR Baseball Bat

CF Zen is the ideal companion for hitters who spend hours in the cage obsessing over their swing, visualizing every game situation, and refusing to accept anything less than the best from himself and his bat. CF Zen consists of 22% stronger Paraflex composite and has become the lightest swinging bat in DeMarini’s line - all accomplished without sacrificing barrel size. It’s the perfect blend of balance and power. It’s hard to believe something that sounds so peaceful can cause so much destruction.


Louisville Slugger Solo 617

"We’re using a new end cap that’s half the weight of a regular end cap, so it swings like a -5.”
- -Matt Bultman, Louisville Slugger

Louisville Slugger Solo 617 BBCOR Baseball Bat

Who Swings It? THE LONE WOLF
At the plate, you can feel very alone, so it makes sense to have a bat that embraces such isolation. Solo is the lightest-swinging one-piece bat on the market due to the new SBC (Speed Ballistic Composite) end cap, which is half the weight of a standard BBCOR end cap, making it feel like a -5. This one-of-a-kind bat is for hitters who aren’t afraid to stand in with two outs, the game resting on their shoulders. They know help isn’t on the way because they are the help, and that’s what compels them to deliver.


Marucci Cat 7

"We gathered feedback, went back to the drawing board and designed a better looking, better feeling, and better performing bat.”
-Ryder Dupuis, Marucci

Marucci Cat 7 BBCOR Baseball Bat

Cat 7 is made from AZ4X alloy, the strongest alloy in Marucci’s arsenal. It also has a more responsive, optimized barrel to create a sweet spot twice as large as its predecessor, Cat 6. It’s a clean and consistent swing every time up, no surprises. If hitters know what they can expect from their bat, they can more easily stick to their approach and concentrate on the next pitch. That’s what Cat 7 users like: predictability, structure, and the comfort of a routine.


Louisville Slugger Omaha 517

"A ‘go-to’ bat. When you’re confused, this is the best option – it’s dynamite bat players really like.”
-Matt Bultman, Louisville Slugger

Louisville Slugger Omaha 517 BBCOR Baseball Bat

Omaha is a proven performer. If you don’t know which bat to get, this is one you can and should turn to. The improved ST 7U1+ alloy makes it stronger and more durable. It’s also more end-loaded than Prime 917 and Solo 617 (although it’s still considered a balanced bat), so it’s capable of delivering fence-clearing distance, but you can also spray the field with it. Like all-around good players, it’s a bat you can depend on at a price that won’t break the bank.



"With this bat, no worries when stepping to the plate. You’re going to feel comfortable in the box.”
-Jim Glueckert, Mizuno

Mizuno Covert BBCOR Baseball Bat

Covert is like bat therapy: it’s designed to make hitters feel comfortable in the box. It combines Hot Metal™ aluminum alloy with CORTECH™, which adjusts wall thickness along the barrel to create a 35% larger sweet spot and a whole lot of forgiveness. So for hitters who are slightly unsettled at the plate, there is nothing to fear. In Covert, you’ve got a bat that’s fast, powerful, and easy to swing. Trust us, after a couple of “sessions” at the plate, you’ll be feeling much better.



"We offer Voodoo balanced because balanced bats are making up a high percentage of the marketplace.”
-Matt Bultman, DeMARINI

DeMARINI Voodoo BBCOR Baseball Bat

Voodoo has traditionally meant end-loaded, but since balanced bats are becoming more and more popular, DeMarini decided to offer it in a balanced version. This is accomplished by shifting more weight towards the hands, making it much lighter and easier to swing. The X14™ alloy barrel is stronger than ever, and the bat still generates the kind of pop you expect from a Voodoo despite its lower swing weight. So what’s the takeaway? Bigger, stronger kids aren’t the only ones who can swing Voodoo anymore.



"A unique heat treatment allows us to use variable wall thickness to balance these bats precisely.”
-Matt Bultman, DeMARINI

DeMARINI Voodoo One BBCOR Baseball Bat

Voodoo One is even more balanced than the aforementioned Voodoo for an even faster swing speed and easier handle. This bat is made from the same X14™ alloy, and the one-piece design is going to provide hitters with more feedback. It’s a great bat for contact hitters who want to be able to put the ball in a certain place (i.e. go the other way) or just put the ball in play. It’s also a bat that works when you’re behind in the count and must protect the plate. A fast, fun hitting machine that’s very easy to swing and control.


Louisville Slugger Prime 917

"It's the #1 BBCOR bat right now across the nation. With this bat, you get everything you want."
-Matt Bultman, Louisville Slugger

Louisville Slugger 2017 Prime 917 BBCOR Baseball Bat

Who Swings It? The Traditionalist
Louisville Slugger has been around for well over a hundred years and sold more than 100,000,000 bats. Prime 917 will continue adding to that impressive total. The high-strength Microform composite provides a large sweet spot while TRU3 Technology maximizes trampoline effect and takes the sting out of your swing. Perfect for hitters looking for something elegant, smooth, and scorching hot right out of the wrapper - no break-in required, from the most popular bat brand in baseball history.



"A tremendous bat. Adding weight to the barrel and reducing it in the handle gives the bat a slight end-load."
-Matt Bultman, DeMARINI

Base hits are great, but there’s no feeling like the one that accompanies hitting a home run. With CF Insane, the swing weight has been pushed toward the end of the barrel, producing more mass under the ball for added power. It’s for hitters who need a little more oomph to get the ball over the fence without the heft of a more end-loaded bat. It’ll increase plate production, work the crowd up into a frenzy, and help you deliver in the game’s biggest moments. In other words, everything you need to get your fix.


"It’s our quickest bat through the zone and the most powerful composite barrel Easton has ever made."
-Chris Bruegge, Easton

Who Swings It? THE BAD BOY
The traditional Mako® has been upgraded with the Beast. It now has a 1.5” longer barrel, making it the largest barrel on a two-piece composite bat, and it still manages to be fast as hell. The silver and black graphics also give it a bad-to-the-bone attitude, which will perfectly suit the hitter unfazed by detention, the occasional parole violation, or a fastball high and tight because it just gives you a reason to brawl. With Beast though, you’ll settle for taking him yard. And remember, the bad boy always gets the girl.


"It’s a bat that’s engineered to provide faster swing speeds and more balance than you might be used to."
-Elliot Frey, Rawlings

Who Swings It? THE DRIVER
You’ll be a fan of Velo because it cuts through the zone with the swiftness of a cheetah. The fiber reinforced end cap removes weight from the end to create a faster swing speed and more balance. Plus, this year’s model includes pOp 2.0™ technology which creates a larger barrel and 25% larger sweet spot. Velo is a good option for leadoff hitters looking to live on the bases. But it can do more than set the table. Because it’s so fast, it’s been known to clear the table.


"We’ve literally put a trampoline on the bat. When the ball hits, it creates more backspin and more distance."
-Jim Glueckert, Mizuno

Mizuno 2017 Maxcor BBCOR (-3) Baseball Bat

The viscoelastic polyurethane sleeve that surrounds the barrel, which literally acts as a trampoline for increased carry and distance, makes it unlike any bat you’ve ever swung. This distinguishing feature increases the sweet spot both up and down and side-to-side. Those tired of seeing their balls struggle to find their way out of the infield will appreciate the added pop Maxcor provides. If your swing is lacking, shake things up with this true original.



"Our most end-loaded bat that we make at DeMARINI - ideal for college athletes and stronger high school players."
-Matt Bultman, DeMARINI

Voodoo Insane only cares about one thing: launching the ball into the stratosphere. If you have the same one-track mind, this is a match made in heaven. It’s for aggressive, middle-of-the order hitters who lick their chops when given the green light. And if a pitcher leaves a mistake over the plate, and you’re swinging this bat, it will be deposited into the stands. The pure power of Voodoo Insane makes it appealing to all hitters. Just make sure you’ve got the muscle to swing this monster.


"We’ve brought pOp 2.0™ technology to the barrel of the 5150® to increase the size of the sweet spot 25%."
-Elliot Frey, Rawlings

Rawlings 2017 5150 BBCOR (-3) Baseball Bat

Who Swings It? THE WINNER
5150® bats are swung by champions - literally. They’ve powered teams to the CWS® 3 out of the last 5 years. pOp 2.0™ technology has been added to the barrel for a 25% larger sweet spot, and the responsive 5150® alloy is high-performing and durable. 5150® users aren’t that concerned with individual stats. The only stat they care about is the “W.” Hitters who use 5150® are disciplined: they work counts and wait for their pitch. They have no problem walking - whatever it takes to win..



"Our R&D team has worked endlessly to bring the best materials and performance to the Generation."
-Jim Glueckert, Mizuno

Mizuno 2017 Generation BBCOR (-3) Baseball Bat

Generation features CORTECH™ and Hot Metal™ which allow the barrel walls to get thinner as they approach the taper and the knob. This creates the biggest sweet spot possible. With the help of a new end cap, the bat also produces a unique ping that provides the soundtrack to your greatest hits. If you like to establish a rhythm and tempo before hitting the ball, Generation is an instrument that can help you find your groove.