Determining the best BBCOR bats for 2021 is not an easy feat. There are more than one type of baseball player, so naturally different bats may work better, or worse, for different players.
The best thing about BBCOR bats is that if a baseball bat is BBCOR certified you know it follows a certain criteria. Because of these criteria, BBCOR baseball bat reviews are easier to navigate. However, there are subtle changes that make all the difference to the player.
This review guide for the best BBCOR bats of 2021 is designed to help high school and college-level players find the best fitting bat for their playing styles.
1. 2021 DeMarini The Goods
The overall best BBCOR baseball bat
If you can afford it (and swing it comfortably), the 2021 DeMarini The Goods BBCOR is an exceptionally powerful bat. Every feature of this bat is attractive for college or high school baseball. The end-loaded weight and structural end cap make this bat strong and heavy enough to drive the ball to where it needs to go.
While the 2021 DeMarini The Goods BBCOR baseball bat is end-loaded, which makes it a more favorable option for power hitters, its hybrid, two-piece design offers plenty of options that appeal to contact hitters as well. For this reason, this 2021 BBCOR bat turns the heads of a lot of different hitters!
Not like a normal two-piece bat, the hybrid model combines stability and functionality. This revolutionary hybrid technology breaks away from the pack of normal, two-piece BBCOR baseball bats.
The X14 alloy barrel is end-loaded for maximum power in hitting. Below the end cap is extra weight in the barrel to mimic the feeling of a heavy, wooden bat. That added weight will crush baseballs with ease, as long as you can maintain an even swing.
The Direct Connection technology reduces bat sting so that heavy hitters don’t need to wear out their hands. This technology reduces the feel of vibration but doesn’t trade off any of the power. Meanwhile, the lightweight handle works to balance the heavy, end-loaded feel to supply extra power.
The huge barrel has an extra long sweet spot. Even a mishit away from the center of the barrel should pop well above the outfielders’ heads. DeMarini’s The Goods BBCOR baseball bat is trying to take the spot as the best BBCOR bat for power hitters in college and high school.
With a surprising amount of pop for a BBCOR bat, all power hitters will love the structure and reliability of The Goods, making it one of the hottest BBCOR baseball bats of 2021.
Another important factor for college and high school players is the customization and personalization options available for this bat. Although it’s just cosmetic, sometimes customizing your bat can make it feel more like yours. That added touch can bring swagger and confidence to the plate!
While this bat and its customizations are a bit pricey, it can be well worth the money if you want to step your game up.
- X14 alloy barrel with end-loaded weight for heavy power hitting.
- Very little vibration with the composite handle, yet doesn’t sacrifice any of that power.
- Extra-long sweet spot in this huge barrel turns mishits into impressive drives.
- A high-end bat with a very expensive price tag.
- Requires a short break-in period to truly reach maximum pop potential.
- End-loaded BBCOR bats are not suggested for contact hitters.
2. 2021 The Goods One-Piece
The best end-loaded BBCOR bat
While the 2021 DeMarini The Goods One-Piece BBCOR bat will have more vibration and sting than its hybrid cousin, the one-piece design will allow you to transfer every ounce of your strength into the ball at the point of contact. With that in mind, this is easily worthy of the title of best end-loaded BBCOR bat of 2021.
DeMarini has outdone themselves this year with two entries on our reviews of the best BBCOR baseball bats for high school and college baseball. Both bats deserve a spot on this list because their differences in design cater to two different styles of players. The two models share an alloy barrel and Seismic End Cap.
This BBCOR end-loaded baseball bat features a one-piece, all-alloy design for stiffness at contact. This is the style typically preferred by power hitters because it allows you to push all the power of your swing into the ball.
The X14 alloy material was engineered with elite power hitters in mind and delivers a more durable barrel and wall construction. The barrel has a little weight added to give it that end-loaded feel.
The rigid end cap is specifically designed to help a power hitter produce tons of power. DeMarini designed the Seismic End Cap to give power players an extra performance edge while hitting. This special end cap keeps all your power right in the bat, not allowing any to escape.
However, this feature can also produce a lot of bat sting. You may want to invest in a better grip or a thick pair of batting gloves to use alongside this best BBCOR baseball bat. The one-piece design further contributes to this negative feedback because of its stiff feel when you connect with the ball.
That said, you probably won’t complain much about the bat sting when you see and experience the superiority of a stiff, solid piece design. Again, this type of feel and design is more desirable for the power hitters in the game who want to be able to transfer the full power of their swing to the ball.
- X14 alloy barrel with end-loaded weight for homerun power hitting.
- One-piece BBCOR baseball bat is best for power hitting.
- Huge barrel has extra long sweet spot to guarantee the most pop.
- Requires a short break-in period to truly reach maximum pop potential.
- Bat is end-loaded and can feel too heavy to some players.
- One-piece design and Seismic End Cap produce a lot of bat sting.
3. 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta
The best two-piece BBCOR bat
The 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR baseball bat is one of the best overall bats in this guide. The versatility of the two-piece design allows all hitters to use and enjoy this bat.
In the baseball world, Louisville Slugger is one of the most famous names. If you don’t know anything about baseball, you have still heard of this company. If you do know something about baseball and Louisville Slugger products, watch out because the 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR Baseball Bat is a game changer.
This BBCOR bat takes the title for best two-piece because it can be enjoyed by any type of hitter. The cool design offers a massive barrel length that feels light as a feather. This gives power hitters the surface that they want, but keeps it light enough that any contact hitter can swing this bat around with ease. Contact hitters who need an easy-to-control bat will enjoy this bat’s great balance.
The All-Composite material used to make this bat is the EKO composite, which is possibly one of the most responsive composite materials on the BBCOR baseball bat market. Sluggers who want to make sure all of their energy transfers into the ball will go nuts over the stiff feel of the composite material. The massive barrel still holds a lot of pop and will make a great sound at contact.
One of the most impressive features of the 2021 Louisville Slugger Meta is the way the two-piece design limits vibration. The composite material is stiff so all of your power is carried through your swing. Normally, this produces painful bat sting.
However, the revolutionary material and design of this bat produces only minimal vibration from the point of contact. Your hands will barely feel a thing! Some players may hold back their true strength because of the fear associated with bat sting. If that is one of your major problems in the batter’s box, this feature will provide a great relief to your game.
It’s worth mentioning that last year’s 2020 Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR bat was banned by high school and collegiate leagues. While this bat doesn’t have the best reputation, Louisville Slugger has gone the extra mile to ensure that this new model is 100% legal and ready for the 2021 season.
- Legal for play in Intermediate, Junior League, High School and College play.
- A super lightweight, but powerful two-piece composite bat.
- Almost no bat sting thanks to the sophisticated design of this product.
- One of the most expensive BBCOR bats available.
- Not available under a size 31″.
- Colors only come in black and gold, though some personalization is available.
4. 2021 Rawlings Velo ACP
The most balanced BBCOR bat
In recent years, “exit velocity” has become a popular way to measure a hitter’s power and performance. The 2021 Rawlings Velo ACP BBCOR bat has really taken this to the next level. It is easily the most balanced BBCOR baseball bat on the market.
The 2021 Rawlings Velo ACP BBCOR Baseball Bat is focused on one key attribute that contact hitters love: velocity. This bat aims to maximize the velocity in your swing with it’s amazing, lightweight design.
When you compare this bat to it’s older models, it’s longer, flatter and will taper into a thinner handle. This new shape and design provides better swing control. If you liked the Rawlings Velo bats from past years, you’ll love this new 2021 BBCOR baseball bat.
One of the best features of this bat is the Accelerated Carbon Performance (ACP) composite end-cap that Rawlings designed. The composite material of this end cap is designed to make the bat feel lighter at the barrel end. Measuring at 2 inches long, this feature delivers faster swing speeds. When contact is made by a high-velocity swing, the ball explodes faster off the barrel, which makes it a nightmare for the opposing fielders.
If that wasn’t enough velocity for you, the 2021 Rawlings Velo ACP steps it up another level with its Precision Laser pOp 2.0 Technology. This feature is represented by laser-etched grooves along the bat’s sweet spot that allows it to achieve optimal flexibility, without sacrificing any durability. When the barrel flexes like this, it produces whip through the swing that adds even more power and velocity to drives.
Contact hitters and power hitters who love the feel of a balanced bat should be able to use this bat and see great performance. For those looking to increase their swing speed, this may be a great pick for you.
- Super long and thin design allows for more grip-control when swinging the bat.
- ACP 2-inch long composite end cap allows for extreme balance.
- Lightweight bat makes for the most balanced BBCOR bat of 2021.
- This barrel is long and thin so it might not have as big of a sweet spot.
- Only comes in a few sizes.
- One-piece, all-alloy design may lead to too much bat sting for some players.
5. 2021 Easton B5 Pro
The best one-piece BBCOR bat
When looking for the best bat, you have to look at what you need out of a bat. This bat delivers a stiff feel with a rich barrel that has amazing alloy and technology. The sweet spot of the 2021 Easton B5 Pro BBCOR bat is one that you can’t ignore, which is why it is our choice for the best one-piece BBCOR bat.
Easton has been on the market for decades. It was one of the original proprietors of aluminum alloy baseball bats. The 2021 Easton B5 Pro BBCOR is an homage to one of their earliest designs. This bat’s vintage green-silver design is reminiscent of the 70s and 80s. But, don’t let the retro look of this new 2021 BBCOR bat fool you.
Although the design looks vintage, this barrel is nothing close to old. It’s made from Easton’s proprietary, top-rated Advanced Thermal Alloy Construction (ATAC Alloy). Easton has had many years to perfect this alloy and ensure that it is responsive and high-performing. To top this performance off, the barrel features varying wall thicknesses to allow for an extra long and potent sweet spot.
As a one-piece bat, this already is on most the power hitter’s radar. Although it may be harder on your hands, this massive barrel and one-piece design allow for powerful hits. When you make contact, the ball goes far, long and fast.
To protect players from the fear of bat sting, the VRS handle will mitigate the vibrations to make for a cleaner feel upon contact. Opposite from the VRS handle, on the other side of the bat, is the Speed End Cap. This is a standard end cap that produces a more flexible and responsive barrel to lend further credit to the balanced nature of this Easton bat.
The experts at Easton have thought of everything a hitter loves in a bat, making the Easton B5 Pro the best one-piece BBCOR bat for college and high school players.
- Huge barrel with thin walls and a ringless design layer for carefully optimized performance.
- One-piece design produces a powerful, stiff swing.
- VRS handle insert aims to reduce potential feedback from mishits.
- This bat has a stiff feel that may cause too much sting, even with the VRS feature.
- Many contact hitters look for two-piece balanced bats.
- Vintage design from 1970s/80s may not be to everyone’s liking.
6. 2021 Marucci CAT 9
The best BBCOR bat for contact hitters
Again, finding a great bat depends on what you’re looking for. The 2021 CAT 9 BBCOR Baseball Bat is a great choice for many players because it is very versatile. With a huge sweet spot, upgraded alloy in the barrel and many other improvements, this bat is worth keeping an eye on.
Marucci has really outdone themselves with this new 2021 bat. The technology that Marucci uses has only become more advanced as the years go on. With these updated technologies and new, innovative design, this bat is a strong option as the best bat for contact hitters in 2021.
The AZR alloy undergoes a 3-stage thermal treatment process. This special process creates a micro-structure that’s more responsive, offers better forgiveness, feels better on contact and performs at a higher level. This barrel does it all! And, did we mention the Ring-Free Barrel Construction that offers improved flexibility and minimizes dead spots?
The handle of the 2021 Marucci CAT 9 BBCOR bat features a special AV2 anti-vibration knob that has a dampening system for less negative vibrational feedback. With fewer vibrations, the batter experiences a better, more comfortable feel, which is perfect for contact hitters at the college and high school levels. As an added bonus, the micro-perforated, soft-touch grip has extra tack for improved feel and swing control.
If you are searching for the bat that will give you the most control, Marucci has designed it for you in the CAT 9. Being a one-piece bat, it already has the feeling most hitters are used to. Plus, the Longitudinal Groove System removes excess weight in the barrel, without compromising the barrel’s flexibility.
As if all of these features weren’t enough to make this one of the best BBCOR bats for contact hitters, the barrel is further optimized with a multi-variable wall. What this means is that the barrel walls are carefully shaped to maximize the size of the sweet spot. It also allows the barrel to be more forgiving if you don’t make contact right on the sweet spot.
With an extra large sweet spot and upgraded alloy, mixed with the AV2 knob on the handle with added grip, this bat will deliver beyond expectations.
- One of the best one-piece bats on the market and includes multiple size options.
- Extra long sweet spot to ensure even a mishit will produce solid contact.
- AV2 anti-vibration knob and added tack to the grip will protect your hands on contact.
- One-piece design may be too harsh for players who want more flex and a lighter bat.
- While it is amazing technology, the price is high for a single-piece alloy bat.
7. 2021 Easton Maxum Ultra
BBCOR bat with most pop
Not your average one-piece bat, the Easton Maxum Ultra is changing baseball bats in 2021. The all-composite design gives this bat some of the best pop of all BBCOR bats in 2021. With a slightly end-loaded feel and the biggest barrel on the market, this bat has a huge sweet spot and a great swing.
Easton’s reputation in the baseball world precedes them. It’s no secret that Easton bats are at the top of many lists on a yearly basis. Thus, it should come as no surprise to see another Easton product on this list of the best BBCOR Bats for 2021.
When you are looking for pop, you need to look at the barrel of the bat. This bat is another one-piece design, but the difference here is that Easton made an all-composite design. This is a rare design choice and some players would even argue that a composite bat just isn’t capable of the performance of alloy barrels. The 2021 Easton Maxum Ultra BBCOR baseball bat aims to prove these people wrong and offer one of the best drop 3 bats out there.
The bat features what Easton calls a “Seamless Carbon Construction.” Not only does this reportedly offer the stiff feel that one-piece alloy bat lovers enjoy, but it also produces a gargantuan sweet spot.
Another great feature on this Easton bat is the XXL barrel size. Again, this is where the Easton Maxum Ultra gets its huge sweet spot. This is one of the key features to give this bat maximum pop. Because the bat uses a 100% composite material, Easton was able to make this huge barrel without adding too much weight.
To keep this bat balanced, there is a slight end-loaded feel. Easton refers to it as “Pro Balanced.” This should be nice for contact hitters that want a bat with a little more power in its bones. You really feel like you’re crushing the ball with this 2021 BBCOR model.
This end weight is a new addition this year and appeals to power and contact hitters alike. Despite the slight end load, the all-composite design should keep the overall swing weight balanced enough for smaller contact hitters to comfortably control the bat through the zone.
- XXL Barrel is one of the largest barrel shapes on the market.
- All-composite material and exceptional design makes for a unique hitting experience.
- Stiff feel makes it so all of your power is transferred to the ball.
- Bit of a heavier end-loaded swing that may not be for every player.
- One-piece design has a stiff feel and can be hard for younger players to use.
8. 2021 Louisville Slugger Solo
The best value BBCOR bat for the money
The 2021 Louisville Slugger Solo BBCOR Baseball Bat is one of the lightest and most balanced bats you’ll find this year. Plus, it’s lower price makes it a great option for players that want to save a little money. While it is a versatile bat, it definitely caters more to contact hitters.
Often, the best and most popular BBCOR bats are also the most expensive. If you need a top-rated BBCOR bat that’s also a cheap BBCOR bat, then you need the 2021 Louisville Slugger Solo. While it still has a moderate price tag, it is much cheaper than the high-end models discussed above.
However, don’t let its lower price fool you. This is an impressive product with lots to offer. It starts with a one-piece, alloy design made from SL Hyper + Alloy material. Longer models of the Louisville Slugger Solo (31-inch to 34-inch) further increase the overall impressiveness of the alloy by including thin, optimized barrel walls.
At the end of the barrel is an SPD Composite End Cap, which is designed to remove excess weight from the barrel and offer that lightweight, balanced feel that contact hitters love. As an extremely balanced model, it is one of the best BBCOR bats for smaller players that want to swat powerful line drives.
At the other end of the bat is the VIBEX Handle. Although this is a one-piece bat, your hands should stay fairly sting-free thanks to this feature. This allows you to swing with complete confidence and no fear of painful feedback.
Finally, Louisville Slugger caps this very balanced BBCOR bat off with a proprietary Comfort Grip. This cushioned, sticky grip will keep your hands firm and your body in control of your swing.
- Comes in many sizes from 29 inches to 34 inches; you should have no trouble finding a fit.
- The most balanced BBCOR offered by Louisville Slugger.
- Lots of performance-enhancing features packed into a moderate price tag.
- One-piece design may be too stiff for some players.
- Not available as a two-piece, composite model.
- All-black design is sleek, but may not be everyone’s favorite.
This BBCOR bat review guide has outlined all of the best features of the top BBCOR baseball bats for college and high school level players in 2021.
When shopping for the best 2021 BBCOR bats, you actually need to know a lot more about the hitter you are shopping for than which bat is the best. This may be the time to stop and analyze what kind of player you are before making a large purchase.
From end-loaded sluggers to a balanced, lightweight bat, there are plenty of options to discover for every type of hitter.