2019 Easton Project 3 review

2019 Easton Project 3 Review: The All Encompassing BBCOR

Easton decided to try something different in 2019. After 4 years of research, they’ve come out with a full series of BBCOR bats that should provide a model for every type of player.

We’ve grown used to seeing each company come out with a few different models with completely different names (Louisville Slugger has the Meta Prime, Omaha, and Solo). Instead, Easton decided to have everything connected. They’ve developed the Project 3 which offers 6 different options.

2019 Easton Project 3 review

You can find the Alpha, Alpha XL, Alpha Lock and Load, Fuze, ADV, and the Hybrid 13.6. Each of them is slightly different and they offer their own benefits.

Easton’s Reputation

Easton has been one of the premier companies for at least 3 decades now. The Easton Redline that came out in the 90’s is considered one of the best aluminum bats ever made.

In fact, it can still fetch over $200 in today’s market. Laying claim to having the best bat ever made gives Easton an immediate level of respect in any bat they make.

2019 Project 3: Understanding the Terminology

Easton has put more focus on the bat and the quality rather than scientific terms that make it difficult for the customer to understand what they’re buying. There are always a few terms to learn though.

ATAC Alloy

This is the aluminum that Easton is using for the 2019 models. It’s supposed to be stronger which allows for thinner walls inside of the barrel.

NIRTOCELL

This is the connection point on the ADV model that helps to keep energy in the barrel rather than transferring it to the handle.

VRSCOR Insert

This simply describes another addition to the handle to minimize vibrations.

The Models: A Full Easton Project 3 Review

All of the Project 3 bats are BBCOR models. Each model is also a drop 3. So we’ll focus on the length of each bat. As mentioned above, there are 6 different models.

Each aluminum model is made from the same ATAC alloy. They’re all carbon-reinforced barrels that have VRSCOR inserts in the handle.

Each model features a power boost knob and forged composite caps. Easton has also used Lizard Skin grips on all of the Project 3 models.

Project 3 Alpha

  • Single-piece aluminum
  • Somewhat end-loaded
  • 29 to 34 inch models
2019 Easton Project 3 Alpha BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB19AL)

The Alpha seems like Easton wasn’t quite sure what it wanted out of its base model. Rather than being a fully end-loaded bat for power hitters, the Alpha splits the difference between a well-balanced bat and an end-loaded bat. It’s a concept that I’m not really a fan of.

Project 3 Alpha XL

  • Single-piece aluminum
  • Fully end-loaded
  • 32 to 34 inch models

The Alpha XL makes much more sense to be. It’s a fully end-loaded bat that is designed with a power hitter in mind.

2019 Easton Project 3 Alpha XL BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB19ALX)

It’s mid-level option as far as pricing for the Project 3 models goes. If you’ve got a strong player, you’ll be happy to use this bat.

Project 3 Alpha Lock & Load

  • Single-piece aluminum
  • Variable weight distribution
  • 31 to 34 inch models

The Alpha Lock and Load is a really interesting model. It gets its name from the concept that you can lock and unlock the end cap to change the weight distribution.

The weight can be moved to have a truly balanced swing (like the Fuze), and weight that is semi-end loaded (like the Alpha) or a fully end-loaded (like the Alpha XL).

2019 Easton Project 3 Alpha Lock & Load BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB19LL)

It’s a truly unique design that could change the way bats are made. In my opinion this is the best option. You’re, essentially, getting 3 bats for the price of one. You can’t really go wrong.

Durability could be a concern because of how you’re changing the bat, but I haven’t heard any stories about the bat breaking down.

Project 3 Fuze

  • Single-piece Aluminum
  • Balanced weight distribution
  • 30 to 34 inch models
2019 Easton Project 3 FUZE BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB19FZ)

The Fuze is Easton’s balanced model for hitters that are focused on bat control. It offers a lower MOI for hitters meaning it should be easier to push through the zone.

Project 3 ADV

  • Two-piece composite model
  • Balanced weight distribution
  • 30 to 34 inch models

The ADV is easily the most expensive option that Easton produced for this series.

The composite bat is different from one-piece aluminum in that it’s going to increase trampoline effect and decrease vibration in the batter’s hands.

2019 Easton Project 3 ADV BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB19ADV)

I just don’t think it’s worth it. I like the other models more than the ADV. If you’re looking at this series, I’d opt for something else.

The ADV is in the same price range as the Marucci CAT8 and the Axe Elite and I don’t think it compares.

Project 3 13.6 Hybrid

  • Two-piece model with Carbon handle and aluminum barrel
  • Slightly end-weighted
  • 31 to 34 inch models

The Hybrid is Easton’s entry into mixing two different materials. If you’re looking for a hybrid bat, this is a great deal as it is about 10% cheaper than any other hybrid BBCOR model that came out this year.

2019 Easton Project 3 13.6 Hybrid BBCOR Baseball Bat (BB19136)

Some people have said that the sweet spot feels small, so I would probably still opt for the Axe HyperWhip at only about $20 more.

2019 Project 3 Series vs. The Competition

We typically look at bats that are similar to the model we’re reviewing. Because the Project 3 has so many options, we tried to include comparisons throughout the article.

Conclusion

Easton continues to push the envelope when it comes to the new standard in baseball bats.

I think the Alpha Lock & Load is an incredible design that offers a lot of upside. I find it really interesting and have considered buying it myself. As for the rest of the bats, they don’t really wow me.

I find it odd that there are multiple models that aren’t balanced for bat control, but also aren’t end-loaded for power.

It seems like Easton was a bit lost when designing their concepts. It also seems bizarre that the landing page for Easton’s Project 3 only shows 3 of the 6 models.

Easton still produces a good bat, but I’m just not as impressed with the Project 3 series as some of the other top BBCOR bat options on the market.