Best BBCOR Bats of 2022 – Best Drop 3 Bats for High School & College

- March 30, 2022

Need to buy the best BBCOR bat on the market today? You are not alone. More than 450,000 high school players and more than 25,000 college players, National Federation of State High School Associations baseball players, and players in other different leagues need BBCOR certified bats.

We’ve hit with some of the best BBCOR bats of 2022, and while there are some amazing bats lined up, 2022 DeMarini’s The Goods stood out as the best BBCOR bat for power hitters, while the 2022 Louisville Slugger Meta is the best BBCOR bat for contact hitters thanks to its lighter, balanced profile.

If these two bats aren’t what you’re looking for, read on. There are so many great options to pick from.

Our Top 8 BBCOR Picks of 2022

The 2022 DeMarini The Goods BBCOR, as expected, is fantastic. The 2022 model has impressed just as much as the 2021 Goods that we had as our pick for ‘Best BBCOR bat of 2021’. For 2022, The Goods is still our pick for best BBCOR bat, and best hybrid BBCOR bat of 2022.

This is a two-piece hybrid (composite handle and alloy barrel) with a great-feeling endload that swings somewhat like a wood bat and hits bombs. The 2022 DeMarini The Goods is made for bigger, stronger, more experienced high school and college players that like a stiff, big-barrel bat.

That the 2022 DeMarini The Goods is just as good as its predecessor isn’t surprising. They’ve kept it largely similar, save for an updated end cap to fix reported durability issues. Its X14 alloy barrel couples to a composite handle that can make this bat a handful for beginners but a delight for power hitters. The connector does well to give a stiff feel on contact, and did surprisingly well on mishits.

We loved the big barrel, huge sweet spot, tons of pop, and performance.

Despite its amazing performance, a word of caution: this bat is fairly heavy thanks to the slight end load, so better suited to players 16 – 18 years old. Smaller players just getting up to speed with the game are likely to have a hard time swinging it comfortably.

The Louisville Slugger SELECT PWR got edged out by The Goods for top spot, but its still an amazing bat that hits bombs right out the gate.

This two-piece, hybrid (alloy barrel and composite handle) is slightly end loaded, and the barrel tech used on the Select Pwr allows the barrel’s length to be 0.5” longer than other bats, which makes it a tad bit longer than other BBCOR bats. The alloy barrel is great for cold weather so this bat should do well compared to a composite bat.

The way we see it, this bat strikes a balance between the Meta and The Goods in terms of swing weight, where it isn’t too heavy, but also won’t be too lightweight to give adequate power.

The connection piece on the Select Pwr creates a nice, stiff feel between the handle and barrel, while working to stop any sting in the hands. 

This all makes for a bat that has a super forgiving barrel, is really easy to swing, has a fantastic swing weight, and a massive sweet spot.

All new for 2022 is the drop 3 Warstic Gunner BBCOR Baseball Bat that builds off the success of the 2021 model. The 2021 Warstic Gunner was a fantastic bat, but was incredibly end loaded in its feel, which made it daunting for most. Quite possibly the heaviest BBCOR bat we’ve swung.

For 2022, Warstic have managed to build a bat that is so much better than last years. Warstic have built the Gunner to mimic the feel of the I13 cut wood baseball bat, so it is end loaded, and is still a power hitter bat. However, the 2022 touts a longer barrel, and a lighter swing weight (but still end loaded). Hitting off the sweet spot absolutely launches the ball. 

This two-piece hybrid uses an enhanced alloy for its barrel, and composite material on its handle. The handle is new, and so is the connection piece. In our experience, the 2022 Gunner has a big forgiving sweet spot, is easy on the hands, flexes more, and you hardly feel any sting off the end or off the hands. 

This is a great bat, it feels solid – It still is end loaded, but not as heavy as last year’s bat. Feel is similar to that of The Goods or the Select PWR in terms of swing weight. Knob size and taper feel super comfy, with our only criticism being that it wasn’t as forgiving as The Goods.

The fourth rendition of the Louisville Slugger Meta BBCOR is here, and you guessed it, it’s up there as one of the best drop 3 bats of 2022! The BBCOR Louisville Slugger Meta has always been a massively popular bat that has consistently featured on plenty of best BBCOR bat lists.

To be fair, however, the 2022 Meta has not changed compared to 2021, save for a new coat of paint. It is, effectively, the same bat. If it ain’t broke, right? It looks great (probably the best looking Meta so far), sounds fantastic, is easy to swing, and easy to control. Traits that make it the best BBCOR bat for highschool freshmen, contact hitters or smaller players making the transition to BBCOR. Definitely not for college baseball.

It comes as a balanced, three-piece (composite barrel and composite handle and connector piece), fully composite BBCOR baseball bat. The Meta sports a huge barrel that swings light. What’s more, its Connection System gives it a stiff feel and reduces sting in the hands.

Despite the fact that it swings great, if you’re a power hitter looking for exit velocity and distance, this two piece composite won’t hit as far. It’s best for singles hitters, not power hitters. Also, its price is really steep – expensive but fantastic performance. If that’s something you can live with, this is the bat for you. 

Lastly, keep in mind that this bat will need breaking in to reach full potential which is in the 200-swing region.

The 2022 Easton ADV Hype is Easton’s best BBCOR bat for 2022. It replaces the ADV 360 with an all-new barrel design, new handle and new connection piece. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive BBCOR bat Easton has ever produced. 

The 2022 Easton ADV Hype is a light swinging two-piece composite bat. Its barrel tech makes it one of the lightest swinging bats in Easton’s Lineup, while still allowing for a huge barrel and sweet spot to help contact hitters make solid hits.

The Easton ADV Hype’s most noteable’s feature is its Power Boost knob. This is a soft knob made out of pliable rubber that’s comfortable in the hands, increases leverage, and rids of any vibrations that make it past the connection piece. 

A new connection piece stiffens up the bats and keeps vibration from traveling down to the handle. The ADV Hype’s handle feels great in the hands, and its grip adds to this with a cushiony but tacky grip.

Contact hitters will love its big barrel, and how it feels in the hands. Mishits didn’t sting, and swing weight feels fantastic. Our only complaint would be durability, since this is an all-composite bat so it will break eventually. If this is something you can get past then the Easton ADV Hype BBCOR is a fantastic choice.

This is easily one of the lightest swinging BBCOR bats on this lineup. This two-piece composite was designed for speed, and its lightweight design shows it.

The Vandal is a one-piece, durable all-alloy BBCOR that’s well balanced for faster swing speeds. The barrel design employs different levels of thickness which works to create a thinner, larger, springier sweet spot for better performance.

The Vandal’s end cap isn’t alloy, however. It’s replaced by a composite material that helps to lower swing weight thus making the bat feel more balanced. The tapered handle and the tacky grip allow for more control, and more speed. The Vandal’s Performance on mishits is surprisingly good even with its light swing, and it has a loud ping.

The Vandal isn’t going to be popular with big hitters who prefer heavy end loaded bats that transfer all their power to the ball. On the other hand, this is going to be a hit amongst small hitters who like light swinging bats since these bats let them generate as much bat speed as possible.

The bat has been built in a one-piece, all-alloy design with an end-load. The Nuke is loved by power hitters in high school and college for its end-load, its pop and huge sweet spot.. In addition, the handle has been designed for comfort, with a taper where the handle connects with the knob, and a tacky, soft bat grip for max control.

The feel of the 2022 Stinger Nuke is one that suits bigger, stronger advanced players who can handle its stiff feel and end load. Also, less advanced players looking to build strength in batting practice can benefit from its elite-player focused construction. 

Our experience was great – this bat nukes baseballs, and feels amazing when you catch balls right on the sweet spot. Stronger hitters liked the stiffness and the end-load. The best thing about the 2022 Stinger Nuke, however, is its price point. For a bat that hits almost as well as The Goods, the price point is impressive.

Few BBCOR baseball bats can hold a candle to The Goods, but the 2022 True Temper BBCOR HZRDUS is a formidable foe. This bat is a 1-Piece, hybrid (alloy barrel & composite handle) that will suit players looking for a stiff bat with a decent-size barrel and a slight end load.

This alloy used on the barrel is extremely responsive, and the slight end load and stiff feel will suit power hitters well. The Hzrdus doesn’t use a connection piece. Instead, it seamlessly connects the barrel and handle for a stiff feel that transfers max energy from the swing into the baseball. The composite handle has angled fibers along its length to limit hand sting, and the end cap helps immensely with this bat’s acoustics.

The thing that sets True Temper apart from the competition, however, is their bat sizing options. Most other manufacturers offer their bats in whole sizes, while True Temper offers additional half sizing options to make it easier for high school and college players to find their true bat size. 

We love how it looks, its construction, and the sizing options on offer. The Hzrdus feels great in the hands, and the sizing options guarantee you find a suitable length thanks to the half inch sizes. The Hzrdus is no slouch, and competes with other hybrid BBCOR bats such as The Goods and the CAT 9 Connect. Definitely one of the best hybrid BBCOR bats for 2022.

Choosing the Best BBCOR Bat – A Buyer’s Guide

If you dream of hitting like a seasoned pro, choosing the best bat will get you one step closer to achieving this dream. Making the best choice, however, is tedious and time-consuming.

Additionally, the BBCOR bat space has a range of fantastic bats. Not to mention the new, improved models that manufacturers continue to put out year after year. Making the right choice is getting increasingly difficult.

The first thing to remember is to determine what’s important to you. Take a look at your budget and your preferences – your hitting style & taste. It all depends on what you need from your bat.

When buying a BBCOR bat, ensure that the bat is from a reputable manufacturer & has the BBCOR certification label. If not, it may not be legal for use in your league.

For instance, if your budget is not high and you’d prefer an inexpensive bat that’s still a good BBCOR bat, a solid wooden BBCOR bat fits the bill quite nicely.

On the other hand, if money is not an issue and you want the best BBCOR bat the market has to offer, get yourself a composite BBCOR bat.

What is a BBCOR Bat – What Does BBCOR Stand For?

When shopping for a baseball bat, you’ll eventually come across the BBCOR acronym.

The BBCOR qualification standard was put in place by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

It ensures that alloy bats and composite baseball bats used by high school & college players met a certain standard.

What does BBCOR stand for? Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution. The BBCOR qualification standard measures the “trampoline effect” on an aluminum or composite bat. The higher this number is, the faster the ball leaves once it’s hit.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a 0.50 rating or less (slightly more than a wooden bat) was required for a bat to BBCOR certified.

Other BBCOR certified bat rules state that:

  • The drop weight of the bat must not exceed -3
  • The diameter of the bat should be no more than 2 5/8-inches
  • The length of the bat should not exceed 36 inches

The BBCOR standard was implemented to ensure player safety (especially pitchers) on the field. The old ration did not adequately protect them from dangerous ball speeds. When the bat conforms to the BBCOR standard, the league can make sure that its players are not in harm’s way.

For instance, wood baseball bats don’t have a lot of “flex” when the ball is hit, and as a result, the ball loses a significant amount of energy. The BBCOR standard makes sure that non-wood bats perform much like wood bats.

This evens out the field and increases player safety.

While BBCOR bats are only required for high school & collegiate level, they have started to feature in other leagues around the 10 to 14 age range. This is because young hitters can generate deadly speed with hits from bats that are not BBCOR certified.

Choosing the Right BBCOR Baseball Bat

Now that we’ve covered what the BBCOR stands for, let’s move on to picking the best BBCOR bat. Finding the best bat, given the hundreds of options available, is no small feat.

Do you want an aluminum or composite bat? Would you prefer a one-piece or two-piece? End-loaded or balanced? This can be a lot to take in.

Here’s a little breakdown that’ll make your choice a whole lot easier. You’ll need to consider several factors when picking out your bat. Some of these factors include:

  • Weight
  • Length
  • Material
  • Construction

Weight

BBCOR bats have a -3 length to weight ratio (and are often referred to as drop 3 bats). Drop or length to weight ratio is the difference between the bat’s weight and length. The resulting negative is what’s called length to weight ratio or drop.

For instance, a 33-inch BBCOR bat that weighs 30 ounces is a drop 3 bat. Take the length, 33 inches, and subtract it from its weight, 30 ounces.

Length

A good number of BBCOR bats range between 31 – 34 inches in length. A few models such as the 2018 Louisville Slugger 618 Solo go down to 29 and 30-inch lengths.

Our bat size chart will help point you in the right direction.

  • At the top, find your height range (in inches)
  • Pick your weight range on the left of the chart
  • Scroll across the chart up until the point where the top (height) and the left (weight) meet.

His chart only serves as a recommendation. Ultimately, the right choice boils down to preference, strength, and technique. Test out several lengths until you find the one that suits you best.

Material

The next item on the list is the type of material. BBCOR bats come mainly in aluminum and composite materials.

  • Aluminum BBCOR Bats – Also referred to as alloy bats. They feel more traditional and give off an unmistakable “ping”. Fully aluminum bats also come in a one-piece design. One-piece bats give honest feedback and are unforgiving on mishits. Read about the difference between one-piece bats and two-piece bats. Additionally, alloy bats are much cheaper than composite bats, which is a huge plus.
  • Composite BBCOR Bats – are quickly growing in popularity. Composite bats give players a distinct edge at the plate, helping them become better players and improve their performance. Some of these advantages are a bigger sweet spot and reduced sting on mishits.
  • Wood baseball bats – Few things are as distinct as the “crack” of a wooden bat. They’ve been in production since the 1800s and are the only type of bat allowed in the MLB. Currently, wood bats are feature several different wood types such as bamboo, ash, birch, maple, and wood composite.

Construction

Much like the name suggests, a one-piece bat features a single, continuous piece of metal. On the other hand, two-piece bats feature two different sections (a barrel and a handle), held together by a connector.

One-piece bats: One-piece bats have a stiff feel and provide little flex on contact with the ball. Because of this, very little power is lost on contact with the ball resulting in more power. One-piece bats are the preferred choice by strong, power hitters.

Two-piece bats: Provide more give/flex on contact with the ball. The construction of a two-piece bat creates a “whip” effect that increases bat speed. This whip effect results in more power. Because of this, two-piece bats are excellent for players with contact hitters with average or below-average bat speed.

Balanced: These bats have their weight distributed evenly across the length of the bat. Players generate faster swing speeds as a result. Contact hitters prefer balanced bats because of this, owing to greater control and faster swing speed.

End Loaded: Have more weight near the end cap, towards the end of the barrel. As a result, end-loaded bats are a bit harder to control and are best used by stronger, power hitters. More weight around the sweet spot means players can generate more power and hit farther.

BBCOR Bats and Cold Weather

BBCOR bats are made from different materials. These materials will perform differently in various weather conditions.

For instance, composite & aluminum baseball bats are unsuitable fpr cold temperatures and should not be used in temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. They will not perform as well in these temperatures and are likely to crack or break.

The primary issue is not the bat but the balls. As it gets colder, the baseball or softballs get denser. Composite baseball bats and aluminum bats are not made to hit such heavy, dense objects.

The best bats for playing in cold weather are wooden BBCOR baseball bats. Their performance is not affected by the low temperatures, and in cold weather, you can count on your wooden baseball bat to be there for you 🙂

How to Take Care of Your BBCOR Baseball Bat

Manufacturers will only honor the warranty if you take proper care of your baseball bat. Here’s how you can ensure your BBCOR bat receives the right care.

Aluminum bats: Do not use your aluminum BBCOR bats in temperatures under 60 degrees. While the bat may keep its performance, the baseball bat gets hard and heavy. This weight change will dent your bat.

Another good tip is to have a spare, cheaper bat for your practice sessions. Limit the use of your bat to game days to slow the wear and tear on it. If you must use your bat during practice, use leather balls instead.

Also, be a little selfish with your baseball bats. Breaking your bat is a genuine possibility. Please do not share your bat so that it lasts longer.

Wooden bats: Store them in a dry area. If you are using a wooden bat, it will sometimes develop tiny dents from continued use, which is normal. To fix these, rub the bat down with a bone. This smooths out the surface of the bat by buffing out the dents.

Composite bats: Store your composite BBCOR bats in a cool and dry place. Additionally, please refrain from using your composite baseball bat in cold temperatures (below 60 degrees) as this will lower temps, lowers the bat’s performance, and may make them crack.

Conclusion

Success on the field is mostly dependent on picking not only the best equipment but the right equipment. As you shop around for the best BBCOR bat of 2022, we sincerely hope that this article helps you in your quest.

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