The Best BBCOR Bats: Buyer’s Guide [Updated for 2018]

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The Ultimate Guide To BBCOR Bats 2017

If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to the best BBCOR bats on the market, look no further. We did our best to help you find the BBCOR bat that best suits your needs. This page is a compilation of your current and past reviews of BBCOR bats. This includes the top 2016 & 2017 BBCOR Bats. 

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Top BBCOR Bats of 2018
Affordable 2018 BBCOR Bats (Under $200)
Top BBCOR Bats of 2017

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2018 Rawlings Velo

Rawlings VELO

Every year, the Rawlings VELO has been a top choice for hitters. The 2018 VELO is a single piece aluminum alloy bat. It is unmistakably the loudest acoustic alloy on the market. You can hear this bat from the parking lot. Some distinguishing features include the Laser-etched groove, precision laser p0p 2.0 technology, and the Comp-Lite Endcap. Aside from a few cosmetic upgrades, the 2018 VELO is similar to last years model. If you’re on a budget, consider checking out the 2017 VELO. Both models feature a very low swing weight, making it a great option for players transitioning from a -5/-8 to -3. 

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Louisville Slugger Prime 918

Louisville Slugger Prime 918

The Prime 918 is one of four bats Louisville Slugger released this year. Like last years model, it will continue to be one of the most popular bats on the market. This three-piece composite bat has a new RTX End Cap designed to allow for a longer barrel shape. Like the 917, its fitted with a beautiful custom Lizard Skin premium performance grip. If you’re on a budget, but still want a top of the line bat. Consider investing in the Prime 917 instead. 

Suggested: In-Depth Review: 2018 Louisville Slugger Bats

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2018 Combat Maxum

Combat Maxum

After Combat ceased sales of their bats, Easton absorbed Combat with the intentions of relaunching the Maxum. The one feature that distinguishes the Maxum from competitors is the one piece composite technology that allows for a considerably larger barrel. Another added benefit of the one-piece composite design is the uniform strength and precision molding. This bat is hot out of the wrapper and is a great investment for a serious hitter. 

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2018 Rawlings Quatro

Rawlings Quatro

The Rawlings Quatro is a balanced two-piece composite bat. The most noticeable difference from the 2017 model is the reduced swing weight thanks to the newly designed lightweight end cap.  The Quatro has a smooth feel at contact with reduced sting in the hands on mishits thanks to their patented “Quatro Collar”. 

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Louisville Slugger Select 718

Louisville Slugger 718

The second bat in the Louisville Slugger 2018 lineup is the 718. Unlike the 3-piece composite that is the 918, the 718 is a two-piece alloy barrel with a composite handle. The 718 is more end loaded compared to the 918 meaning its build more for a power hitter.  We’d recommend this for stronger or more advanced hitters.

Suggested: In-Depth Review: 2018 Louisville Slugger Bats

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Louisville Slugger Solo 618Louisville Slugger Solo 618

The Louisville Slugger Solo 618 is a one-piece alloy hybrid. One of the differences from last years model is the new vibration dampening handle design. Of the four Louisville Slugger bats in this years lineup, the Slugger Solo is the most balanced, followed by the prime 918. Thanks to the new composite end cap, it is also the lightest swinging bat in the LS lineup.

Suggested: In-Depth Review: 2018 Louisville Slugger Bats

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Easton Ghost X

Easton Ghost X

Easton has left the Mako in 2017 and replaced it with the Ghost X. The Ghost X is a two-piece composite bat with one of the biggest barrels on the market. The barrel is even slightly bigger than the Mako’s, which also had one of the biggest barrels of the 2017 lineup. The Ghost has a balanced swing weight and is the best bat in the 2018 Easton Lineup. 

Suggested: In-Depth Review: 2018 Easton Bats

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2018 Demarini CF Zen

DeMarini CF Zen

The Demarini CF Zen is a two-piece composite design. The added Paraflex Composite material makes it 22% stronger than other models. The 3Fusion handle is made with a new streamlined design for ultimate feel and reduced vibration. 

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DeMarini Voodoo OneDeMarini Voodoo One

The Demarini Voodoo one is a one-piece aluminum alloy. The stiff one-piece design that many advanced college hitters enjoy. It’s the lightest-swinging alloy BBCOR of all the 2018 DeMarini bats.

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DeMarini Voodoo BalancedDeMarini Voodoo Balanced

Not to be confused with the DeMarini Voodoo One, the Voodoo Balanced is an alloy bat that swings a little lighter than usual. This bat is very similar to the 2017 model. If you’re on a budget consider that model instead. 

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Affordable 2018 BBCOR Bats (Under $200)

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Rawlings 5150

Rawlings 5150

Features
  • Single piece alloy design with a huge sweet spot and balanced feel.
  • Radically responsive, aerospace-grade alloy for incredible performance every time you make contact.

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Marruci F5 BBCOR

Marucci F5

 Features

  • Multi-variable wall design creates an expanded sweet spot with high durability
  • Ring-free barrel technology offers greater performance with no “dead” spots
  • Balanced, one-piece alloy construction produces a clean, consistent, traditional swing feel
  • Custom micro-perforated soft-touch grip for better grip and improved Feel
  • One piece alloy

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`18Louisville Slugger Vapor

Louisville Slugger Vapor

Features
  • Made with a 1-piece 7-Series alloy material
  • Cheapest bat on the list

Suggested: In-Depth Review: 2018 Louisville Slugger Bats

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Best BBCOR Bats of 2017

Easton Mako Beast

Easton Mako Beast Features
  • Redesigned TCT Thermo composite barrel – 1.5 inch longer than the original mako BBCOR Bat
  • Easton’s patented two-piece ConneXion maximize power and feel for unmatched performance
  • 31/32 inch composite handle with 1.2mm HYPERSKIN grip
    Easton Mako Beast Information

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Demarini CF Zen

DeMarini CF ZenFeatures
  • All-new Paraflex Composite barrel
  • 22% stronger Paraflex Composite barrel allowing for a more precise weight distribution
  • D-Fusion 2.0 handle reducing vibration
  • RCK Knob – Perfectly Fits Bottom Hand For A Comfortable Grip
    Demarini CF Zen Information

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Rawlings Quatro

Rawlings QuatroFeatures
  • Quatro Collar secures the smoothest feeling at contact by absorbing and deflecting any sting
  • Tru-View Technology reveals the true material composition of the bat
  • Carbon Fiber Composite Barrel shaped for optimum pop and distance
  • Vibration Dampening Technology (VDT) – silicone infused collar at handle creates smooth feel at impact
    Rawlings Quatro Information

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Combat Maxum Combat Maxum

Features
  • Carbon-fiber sleeve running the length of the bat providing uniform strength for a fine-tuned performance
  • Produced with advanced Precision Molding Technology (PMT) resulting in an ultra-consistent product that eliminates seams and weak points, and dead spots.
  • One-piece, fully composite designs crafted with a seamless construction.
    Combat Maxum Information

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Marucci Cat7

Marruci Cat7Features
  • Thinner barrel walls produce a greater trampoline effect on contact.
  • The AZ4X alloy’s increased tinsel strength and higher response mean a larger area sweet spot. (Double that of the Cat6)
  • The AV2 knob features a finely tuned and upgraded harmonic dampening system for a better feel and less negative feedback on contact.
    Marruci Cat 7 Information

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Rawlings Velo Hybrid
Rawlings Velo Hybrid
Features

  • Precision laser pop 2.0 – lasered groove through sweet spot increases flexibility
  • Silver comp-lite endcap – fiber reinforced composite endcap
  • Acoustic alloy (This bat is LOUD)
    Rawlings Velo Hybrid Information

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Louisville Slugger Prime 917

Louisville Slugger Prime 917Features
  • MicroForm Composite used more, smaller layers to increase the sweet spot and pop
  • Improved the patented TRU3 Dynamic Socket Connection maximizing the barrel trampoline effect and eliminating negative vibration
  • Custom Lizard Skins Grip
    Louisville Slugger Prime 917 Information

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DeMarini Voodoo
DeMarini Voodoo

Features
  • Cushioned Hyperskin Grip offers enhanced grip for a softer feel.
  • Easton’s patented 2-piece ConneXion technology isolates the handle from the barrel, maximizing energy transfer and eliminating vibration.
    Demarini Voodoo Information

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Easton ZCore Hybrid

Easton ZCore

Features
  • End-loaded barrel design has a higher swing weight Index for more mass behind the ball
  • HMX Hyperlite matrix alloy barrel for expanded sweet spot and greater durability
  • Z-core internal core technology produces more power thru a massive sweet spot
  • Patented two-piece connexion technology maximizes energy transfer for optimized feel
  • Sic black carbon handle eliminates vibration for better feel
    Easton ZCore Hybrid Information

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Anderson Flex

Anderson Flex

 
 
 
 
 
Features
  • Flex Barrel technology offers enhanced performance and durability. One-piece design. Aerospace alloy material.
  • Lightweight end cap. Balanced feel. No break-in period necessary.
    Anderson Flex Information

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Best Deals On BBCOR Bats

If you’re looking to buy a great BBCOR bat without breaking the bank look no further. Below you”ll find the biggest bang for your buck bats even suitable for a high level high school or college player. All of these BBCOR bats are under $150.

Louisville Slugger Vapor

Louisville Slugger Vaper

Features
  • One-piece 7-Series alloy for maximum durability and performance
  • Durable synthetic leather grip

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Combat Vigor

Combat Vigor

Features
  • Ultra-Premium Lizard Skins Grip – Supreme Comfort / Reduced Vibration
  • COMBAT’s Precision Molded Seamless Construction Technology
    Combat Vigor Information

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Rawlings 5150 Alloy

Rawlings 5150 Alloy

Features
  • Pop 2.0 – precision-optimized-performance technology that enlarges the sweet spot
  • Constructed of 5150 alloy – responsive, aerospace-grade alloy
  • Composite end cap creates balance for faster swing speed.
    Rawlings 5150 Alloy Information

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Five Best BBCOR Bats of 2016

2016 Easton Mako Comp 3

2016 Easton Mako

Features
  • Patented two-piece ConneXion technology Maximizes energy transfer for optimized feel.
  • Cushioned Hyperskin Grip offers enhanced grip for a softer feel.
  • TCT Thermo Composite Technology
    2016 Easton Mako Comp 3 Information

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2016 Easton Mako XL Comp 3

Easton Mako XL Comp 3

Features
  • TCT Thermo Composite Technology for a massive sweet spot and unmatched bat speed.
  • Patented two-piece ConneXion technology Maximizes energy transfer for optimized feel.
  • Slightly End-Loaded Barrel for more mass behind the ball2016 Easton Mako XL Comp 3 Information

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DeMarini 2016 Voodoo

Features
  • Slightly end loaded X12 aluminum barrel requires no break-in period
  • D-Fusion 2.0 kicks it up a notch with a stiffer feel and more barrel performance
    Demarini 2016 Voodoo

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2016 Rawlings Velo Balanced

2016 Rawlings Velo Balanced

Features
  • APATM Acoustic Performance maximizes alloy strength with unyielding ping
  • Comp-LiteA end cap enhances balance for faster swing speed
  • pOp 2.0ATM – Precision-Optimized Performance technology
  • Premium synthetic leather grip
    2016 Rawlings Velo Balanced

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Marucci Cat 6

Marucci Cat 6

Features
  • Ring-free barrel technology
  • Patented anti-vibration knob
    Marruci Cat 6 Information

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