Big Barrel Bats
These are the best big barrel baseball bats on the market. I’m going to list the best of the best and then categorize by brands…
Best Overall Bat
The Easton Mako is the clear winner here. For various reasons we’re going to list below:
- Performance: The good thing about the Mako is that the series comes inherently with an enlarged barrel, as such, its plate coverage is phenomenal. It’s also very comfortable to hit with as the CXN piece removes all bat vibration and sting, and the grip material is top of the line as well.
- Power: This bat has great pop. The reason I chose it over the Voodoo Raw or the Prime was because those bats feature an end-load and this closes it off to various hitters who prefer bat speed and control over raw power. Nevertheless, the Mako still produces great pop with very high consistency.
- Price: Among all the best bats in the market, the Mako tends to be relatively cheaper. The likes of the Prime or the CF8 tend to be at least a $100 more than the Mako and we realize most people don’t have that kind of cash to throw around. As such, we feel the Easton Mako provides the best of both worlds: Performance and Price correlation.
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Best Affordable Bat
The DeMarini Voodoo Raw is our go-to choice for this category.
The Voodoo Raw is one of the best sticks in the market right now. Its ability to produce high amounts of power is uncanny and for that reason it’s shown a very strong showing this year.
It has an alloy barrel and an end-load which means this bat creates enormous power at the plate but it also comes game-ready without the need for a break-in period.
This bat was a strong contender for both the best power hitting bat and the best overall bat, that goes to show it’s a very well-rounded bat.
We’d argue this is a power-hitter friendly stick because it does have an end-load, but if you want, literally, the best bang for your buck – this is it. Hands down.
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Best Power Hitting Bat
For this category – the DeMarini CF8 takes the cake.
Here’s what really separates this bat from the Mako XL, the Voodoo Raw and the Prime 916:
- Bat Speed: Universally, all power bats tend to suffer in the bat speed department and this is for a few reasons. The most prominent one is the use of end-loads to create barrel-heavy swing weights to push more momentum into the ball at contact and thus produce farther distances. The DeMarini CF8, however, does not suffer in the bat speed department. It’s the most powerful bat in the market because not only does it produce nasty pop, but it blazes through the zone and crushes balls with ease. Here’s how it does that:
- Construction: DeMarini is able to keep the walls of the barrel incredibly strong even at the thinnest points. This allows the bat to maintain its full strength and a low swing weight which aids players in cutting through the hitting zone easily and with incredible force.
- Swing Weight: As we have alluded to before, the swing weight of this bat is very low. Not as low as say the NVS Vexxxum, but it is low. This allows players to have far better control over the barrel of the bat rather than compromising in that department.
However, if you’re a player who enjoys end-loaded bats and feel they give you an edge over the pitcher: go with the Voodoo Raw.
Here’s the best pricing for the CF8:
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