Finding the best baseball bat for the type of player you are may seem almost as impossible as hitting a homerun every time you’re at bat. There are so many different BBCOR bats out there, figuring out which one is right for your hitting style may seem like a daunting task. We know it can take some time to find the right bat, so we decided we’d take some of the struggle out of the task and compile a list of the top-rated baseball bats for 2020.
What are BBCOR Bats?
A BBCOR (Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution) bat is a bat that’s approved for use in high school and collegiate play. When rating these types of bats, BBCOR measures the trampoline effect of a bat instead of measuring the ratio of the ball exit speed to the pitch and bat speeds.
How to Choose a BBCOR Bat
When searching for the right BBCOR bat for you, you will want to make sure the bat you are looking at is in fact a BBCOR bat. All non-wood BBCOR baseball bats will have the “BBCOR Certified .50” stamp (pictured below) on it, typically, just above the handle of the bat. Additionally, you will want to select a bat that feels comfortable to you; one that is not too heavy or too light. Another thing to consider is the construction of the bat; one-piece vs. two-piece and alloy vs. composite. For more information on choosing a bat, check out our bat buying guide!
The Best BBCOR Bats of 2020
If you’re looking to get a competitive edge over your opponents this season, you want to find the best baseball bats out there. You probably know all the major companies, and while you would expect some of them to have great bats, you may be surprised to learn about a few of the newer or less popular companies that have emerged in the market in recent years. We’re taking the guessing game out of the equation for you, so read on to find the best BBCOR bats 2019 has to offer.
Marucci is back in 2019 with one of the best BBCOR bats from 2018. The 2019 Maruccci CAT8 BBCOR Baseball Bat brings its classic one-piece AZ105 Alloy construction to the diamond. This bat features a durable design, all while remaining one of the most balanced one-piece bats in the game. A multi-variable wall creates an expanded sweet spot and thinner barrel walls help create an extremely high-performing and forgiving barrel.
Precision-balanced, one-piece alloy barrel construction provides a clean, consistent, traditional swing and increased pop.
- Little to no vibration on impact
- Tapered handle for more top hand control and comfort
- Expanded sweet spot
- Can scratch somewhat easily
The POSEY28 Pro Metal baseball bat combines all the pop of the high-strength AZ105 alloy with the look of Marucci partner Buster Posey’s in-game model. The smoke-colored wood grain cosmetics are the only thing “wood” about this one-piece alloy masher which delivers explosive performance with an extended barrel and more responsive sweet spot. Featuring a 2 5/8-inch barrel design and drop 3 length to weight ratio, the 2019 Marucci POSEY28 Pro Metal BBCOR Baseball Bat is the perfect size bat for any elite-level player.
Expanded sweet spot with no “dead spots” which allows for more barrel flex and increased performance.
- Super durable, last multiple seasons
- Very little vibration on impact
- Extra tacky grip improves feel and bat control
- Can develop a rattling sound after heavy use
Axe Bat and their unique handle design is rapidly growing in popularity across all levels of the sport. In the most balanced BBCOR bat Axe Bat has ever made, the 2019 Axe Avenge brings a three-piece design to the plate and helps spring them to our list of top BBCOR bats. The Avenge features a 100% composite construction to help promote durability and performance. ACR Technology creates a 270-degree hitting zone that allows the bat to repeatedly use the same hitting surface without losing any pop.
Lightweight, composite handle flex-tuned to increase whip and reduce vibrations.
- No negative feedback on impact
- Light and balanced swing weight
- Comfortable bat grip
- Lacks in pop at first, can take a while to fully break in
DeMarini is always pushing the boundaries in design and performance, and the 2019 Voodoo One BBCOR Baseball Bat is no exception. Designed for the hitter who prefers a stiff feel at contact, the Voodoo One is a one-piece bat built with X14 Alloy. The premium alloy construction helps maximize performance, while maintaining balance to provide the hitter with a light-swinging bat loaded with pop. DeMarini's 3Fusion End Cap redirects the energy back into the barrel, further contributing to the bat's performance. If you love a stiff feel at contact and value bat control and bat speed, give the DeMarini Voodoo One BBCOR Baseball Bat a swing.
3Fusion End Cap reduces weight at the end of the bat for more balanced swing.
- Tons of pop right out the wrapper
- Extremely balanced swing weight
- Very durable
- A bit of vibration and sting on mishit balls
New for 2019, the Axe Hyperwhip Fusion BBCOR Baseball Bat features a 1-piece, 100% Aluminum Alloy designed for a very balanced and controlled swing, while still providing a bunch of pop. Additionally, the HyperWhip Fusion barrel provides for a stiffness you’d normally find in a 1-piece bat but gives it the balanced swing weight of a 2-piece bat. This bat has Axe Bats’ patented Axe Handle which enables your best swing, more often; maximizing bat speed and improving barrel control for harder, more consistent contact.
Shock-absorbing handle helps reduce vibrations and stop stings.
- Extremely durable
- Shock absorbing handle; not normally seen in 1-piece alloy bats
- Axe handle; never have to rotate the barrel
- Barrel is quite stiff due to alloy construction
The AP5 Hybrid Pro Model, Marucci’s first wood composite hybrid bat, features a dual composite design for increased levels of durability and performance, while the 100% maple wood exterior provides an authentic wood bat feel and sound. This popular turn model profile is built for power with a large barrel and slightly end-loaded feel.
Two-piece inner composite tube system provides increased durability and performance.
- Authentic wood bat feel and sound
- End load feel for power hitters
The Easton 13.6 Hybrid (-3) BBCOR Baseball Bat includes an optimal barrel design of which provides players with better bat control and maximum launch angle, and the new Speed Cap provides a more flexible and responsive barrel with a neutral sound on impact. The power balanced swing weight integrates an optimized barrel length and balance point with more mass in the barrel for explosive power.
New Speed Cap provides a more flexible and responsive barrel with a neutral sound on impact.
- Very well balanced
- Lots of pop
- Sound off the bat is great
- Somewhat small sweet spot
Rawlings is a traditional baseball bat manufacturer known for putting out quality bats and has been doing so for decades. The 2019 Rawlings 5150 will continue this tradition as the best BBCOR bat in the Rawlings lineup. Crafted with a one-piece alloy design, the Rawlings 5150 is a great option for a hitter who loves tradition. Featuring a huge alloy sweet spot, Rawlings found a way to create a huge sweet spot while keeping the swing weight surprisingly balanced.
Single piece alloy design which features a huge sweet spot and a balanced feel.
- Perfect swing weight, not too light, not too heavy
- Comfortable grip
- Tons of pop
- You will feel mishit balls, quite a bit of vibration
Another one of the products developed in Easton's Project3 is the 2019 Easton Alpha BBCOR Baseball Bat. Built for the power hitter, the Alpha is a power balanced one-piece bat crafted with ATAC Alloy reinforced with CARBON-CORE Technology to build some of the thinnest walls in the game. The Speed Cap on the Easton Alpha helps provide a more flexible and responsive barrel while generating one of the sweetest sounds at contact.
Power Balanced Swing Weight provides optimized barrel length and balance point with more mass in the barrel for added power.
- Very solid pop
- Increased exit velocity
- Can become dented after heavy use; end cap is not very durable
Designed for bat speed, the 2019 Rawlings Velo is the perfect bat for a hitter who loves the feel of a light-swinging bat. The Velo has long been one of Rawlings most popular bats and for good reason. Constructed with Acoustic Alloy, the Rawlings Velo offers one of the most unique sounds at contact on the market. A Comp-Lite endcap further contributes to the extremely light swing-weight of the Velo.
Comp-Lite endcap allows for an insanely light swing-weight.
- Very well balanced
- Good amount of pop
- Bat grip can wear out with heavy use
Best BBCOR Bat for Contact Hitters
New for 2019, the Axe Origin BBCOR Baseball Bat features a 1-piece, 100% Aluminum Alloy construction designed for a very balanced and controlled swing, while still providing a bunch of pop. Additionally, the Origin features an ergonomic handle for better control, comfort, speed, and safety. This bat has Axe Bats’ patented Axe Handle which enables your best swing, more often; maximizing bat speed and improving barrel control for harder, more consistent contact.
Common BBCOR Bat Questions
Now that you have seen what we believe to be the very best BBCOR bats for 2019, we will answer some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to all things BBCOR. We hope this helps!
Do BBCOR bats lose pop?
Any bat can lose its pop over time with heavy use, not just a BBCOR bat. Typically, an alloy bat BBCOR bat will be more durable and keeps its pop longer than a composite bat. This is because alloy bats are one piece and are much more durable than a two-piece composite bat.
Are BBCOR bats better than USA Bats?
USA bats are typically a bit shorter and lighter than a BBCOR bat but are constructed with the same technologies to get younger players ready to use BBCOR bats once they get to high school. Therefore, neither one is technically better, they are just designed for players in different age groups.
Can you use BBCOR bats in high school?
Of course! BBCOR bats are only legal in high school and collegiate leagues and tournaments. Make sure your bat has a BBCOR certified stamp on it, or it will not be considered legal. No other bats such as USA or USSSA bats are legal for use in high school play.
Are BBCOR bats legal for USSSA?
They are not; BBCOR bats can only be used in high school, college and any tournaments that require BBCOR bats to be used. Only bats with a USSSA certified stamp can be used for USSSA leagues. USSSA bats are designed for youth players and therefore are much lighter than a BBCOR bat and have quite a bit more pop.
Well there you have it, a complete list of what we believe to be the very best BBCOR baseball bats available for 2019. We hope that this article has helped in the decision-making process of buying a new bat, and that you have been able to narrow down your choices. To see our bat choices for all baseball leagues check out our best baseball bats article.