Best Baseball Bats for 2021
Due to the large number of bats available on the market, purchasing a new bat can be daunting at times. Baseball and softball bats are no longer just standardized aluminum as size, material, measurements, league rules, and team brand all play a role in selecting the right bat for you. When looking for a new bat, durability, performance, and comfort at the pitch plate are all important factors to consider.
There are 246 baseball bats, 211 different gloves, 22 catcher gloves, and 17 caps to choose from at Baseball360. With so many different requirements and rules to consider, it can be difficult for parents and players to decide which baseball bat is right for them.
Before going to a shop to buy a new bat, we have compiled a list of what we believe are the best bats available for the 2021 season, along with a few bat reviews. We also discuss the best options for each form of bat, such as BBCOR, USA, USSSA, and wood bats. So, grab your rawlings quatro pro and let’s get batting!
Do heavier bats hit farther?
The weight of a bat has been studied to see how it correlates with strength and ball velocity. According to data, heavier bats produce a faster batted ball pace.
This makes sense because a heavier bat has more energy entering the collision. If you don't have the power and stamina to carry a big baseball bat, you'll hit slower and get tired faster. So the question is, do you want bat speed and swing speed or ball speed?
Which bat has the most pop?
Pop is defined as the batted ball speed, also known as exit velocity, when all other variables are held constant. Since there are so many other factors, comparing one bat to another is extremely difficult.
Swing speed, swing weight (MOI), the ‘bounciness' of the baseball, pitch speed, and the barrel area where contact is made are only a few of the variables. The pace at which the ball leaves the bat will be called the pop if we can keep those variables constant.
The newly updated Rawlings 5150 Bat has rapidly risen through the ranks to become one of the highest-rated bats on our list. This high-performance BBCOR bat has been specially crafted with pop technology for the perfect crack every time, making it a favorite of players all over the field.
Baseball Bat Certifications
Governing bodies, such as USA Baseball, BBCOR bats, and USSSA, develop and enforce special bat performance criteria that are in line with the rules of the leagues or tournaments they oversee. Before going to a shop to buy a new bat, it's a good idea to learn about the expectations that the bat must meet.
BBCOR Baseball Bats
What is a BBCOR bat?
You’ve probably heard of BBCOR (Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution), which is the current norm regulating adult baseball bats used in high school and collegiate play. BBCOR bats focus on the trampoline effect of the bat rather than the ratio of ball exit speed to pitch and bat speeds.
When a pitched ball contacts a BBCOR bat or composite, the alloy barrel slightly flexes inward, allowing the ball to maintain more of its energy, resulting in more hits. Wooden baseball bats have less give, and the ball loses a lot of energy as it hits the ground.
BBCOR bats have a composite and alloy barrel diameter of no more than 2 5/8 inches and a length-to-weight ratio of no more than -3. BBCOR bats are considered adult baseball bats and must be used in high school and collegiate leagues, although some middle school leagues require all baseball bats to have the BBCOR.50 qualification mark on their alloy barrel or taper.
Other Certifications of Baseball Bat
The United States Specialty Sports Association has set guidelines for bats. The Elite World Series, USSSA World Series, Global Sports World Series, and All-American Games are only a few of the travel ball tournaments that use these bats.
A bat with a USSSA 1.5 BPF rating has a lot more flexibility. The thin, unregulated barrel walls of these bats produce a big-time springy trampoline effect and a loud, hollow sound when striking. On well-struck balls, the difference between a BBCOR bat and a USSSA bat is around 25-40 feet.
Here’s a list of tournaments that have adopted the USSSA Bat standards:
- Elite World Series
- USSSA World Series
- Global Sports World Series
- All American Games
USA Baseball Bats meet the new norm for youth baseball bats, which calls for a more wood-like performance. The new norm went into effect on January 1, 2018, and it can affect someone who is not in a USSSA bats league. To decide which bat norm applies, it’s best to consult with league officials.
The leagues that use the USA Bat standards are listed below:
- American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)
- Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken
- Dixie Youth and Dixie Boys
- Little League Baseball
- PONY Baseball
- National Amateur Baseball Federation
- Dizzie Dean Baseball
Best Softball Bats in 2021
When it comes to serious fast pitch softball, you must be at the top of your game every time you enter the box. Today's pitchers have a slew of fastballs, drop pitches, riseballs, and off-speed deception at their disposal, all of which are built to send you to the bench in a hurry. With one of the best fast pitch softball bats for 2021, you will be ready to take on the challenge.
The 2020 Ghost Advanced softball Bat features a barrel that is longer, lighter, and better than ever before, allowing hitters to rake at the plate reliably. This version of the Ghost Advanced, which comes in a variety of drop weights, has a two-piece composite construction that uses Easton's Second-Generation Double Barrel design to provide the lowest compression in the game for maximum barrel flex and performance.
If you’re looking for something a little less expensive, our experts and customers recommend the classic Easton Ghost series for the 2021 season.
The aston® Dual Stamp Ghost Double Barrel softball bat is designed with a patent-pending DOUBLE BARREL design to give players the best possible feel, pop, and sound. The Ghost's unique double-barrel design, 2-Piece Connexion+TM technology incorporating NitrocellTM foam for a better overall feel bat, and XTXTM Xtra Tough Resin Matrix technology offers the most toughness and stability with an extremely low barrel compression will appeal to all levels of hitters.
In the Louisville Slugger softball fast pitch lineup, the LXT is the most famous bat. Right out of the package, the composite alloy barrel offers a sweet spot, maximum pop, and amazing sound. At effect, the VCX Connection System allows the barrel and handle to travel independently, improving feel and practically eliminating vibration.
The Best Baseball Bats on the Market For 2021
Following the launch of the Maxum 360 BBCOR bat and USSSA bats last year, the 2021 Maxum Ultra 1-piece composite BBCOR bat marks Maxum's long-awaited return. Maxum Ultra's alloy barrel size and sweet spot, as with its predecessors, are unrivaled in the industry, as are its distinguishing features.
The Maxum Ultra BBCOR bat builds on the Maxum 360 by incorporating input from countless D1 college programs, as well as elite travel ball and high school programs from around the world. Easton used the information to re-balance the Maxum Ultra BBCOR bat, increasing the alloy barrel's mass. The Maxum Ultra's composite build, large composite alloy barrel, and massive sweet spot make it a formidable BBCOR bat providing speed and power.
The Easton® ADV 360TM -10 is the most advanced two-piece composite bat in the game, designed for the best combination of power and pace. Launch CompTM integrates composite technology with 360 Engineering to provide 360° of barrel-tuned accuracy, optimizing barrel profile and pushing output boundaries.
The new lighter iSo ConneXionTM made with patented NitrocellTM foam isolates the handle from the barrel for a strong feel and more power through the zone in the two-piece iSo CXNTM construction. Power BoostTM Soft Knob technology increases leverage and power potential while reducing vibration and improving bottom-hand comfort. The new Dynamic Feel SystemTM carbon handle was designed with you in mind.
The new Dynamic Feel SystemTM carbon handle is made up of 90% carbon fiber, making it extra rigid and with the best feel in the industry. The optimal barrel length and balance point are provided by a balanced swing weight for the best combination of power and speed.
A more flexible and sensitive barrel with a neutral sound on impact is provided by the Speed CapTM. Custom Lizards SkinsTM grip gives players the best feel, cushion, and tack in the industry. It's legal to play in the USSSA and other organizations that meet the 1.15BPF format.
The new and improved AZ105 Alloy, the strongest aluminum on the Marucci BBCOR bat line, allows for thinner barrel walls, a higher reaction rate, and better reliability than the CAT 7. Its 2 5/8-inch composite and alloy barrel allows for a larger sweet spot, allowing for more base hits. The 2nd Generation AV2 Anti-Vibration Knob, which features a harmonic dampening system for better feel and less negative vibrational feedback, is another addition to the line-up.
This Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR bat (MCBC8) has a -3 length-to-weight ratio and a 2 5/8 inch ring-free alloy barrel construction, which is vital for increased barrel flex and fewer dead spots, so any ball you hit can fly high and far. The barrel is also precision-balanced for a lower M.O.I, resulting in a lighter feel and greater precision and stability when you swing.
The tapered handle with its soft-touch grip is topped with an ergonomic knob shape for more top-hand control and comfort while at the plate, and the one-piece alloy construction ensures a clean, consistent swing. The BBCOR bat is approved for high school and college baseball, and it comes with a year of warranty.
The POSEY28 Pro Metal baseball bat blends the pop of Marucci partner Buster Posey's in-game model with the strength of the high-strength AZ105 alloy. The only thing “wood” about this one-piece alloy masher is the smoke-colored wood grain cosmetics, which offer explosive results with an expanded barrel and more sensitive sweet spot.
The AZ105 alloy, the most durable aluminum in the Marucci bat line, allows for thinner barrel walls, faster reaction, and longevity and the multivariable wall architecture provides a larger sweet spot and thinner barrel walls that are more forgiving when touch is off-center.
The Easton Ghost X Evolution 2 5/8-inch USA Baseball Bat is a two-piece Exact Carbon composite build with a speed balanced swing weight, though from 2019, it’s still a formidable bat in 2021.
Easton's CXN Evolution two-piece construction uses Nitrocell foam to build a lighter and more comfortable link between the handle and the barrel, and a new Speed Cap design helps create a more flexible and sensitive composite and alloy barrel while also improving the bat's tone.
The 2 5/8-inch barrel on this 2019 Easton Ghost X Evolution model baseball bat features a custom LizardSkins grip for the best sound, cushion, and tack. It's legal to play in leagues and clubs that adhere to the USA Baseball rules.
The DeMarini Nautalai Endload Slowpitch bat, model 2021, is the most recent iteration of one of our most famous bat series. This Nautalai features a 13" continuous fiber barrel and a ZnX alloy handle, as well as the Nautalai's famous continuous fiber barrel to increase your power rate on the plate.
From the first strike to the last, the continuous fiber barrel delivers high efficiency consistently. The ZnX alloy handle has more stiffness and toughness, which means less flex and more deflection for better barrel efficiency.
If you want to wait for drop pitches or want to keep up with the best pitchers, the 2021 Velo ACP BBCOR bat is for you. This BBCOR bat was meticulously designed to increase the speed of your swing without losing strength, since speed is, after all, power. You will feel the bond between speed and power thanks to its Accelerated Carbon Performance (ACP) endcap and laser-engineered pop sweet spot.
You will make explosive contact with more drop pitches as a result, and you will drive in more runs. Furthermore, the Velo ACP's heavy alloy barrel and precision-made handle make it the lightest-weight, best-feeling BBCOR bat on the market today.