We’ve spent a lot of time coming through all of the 2022 BBCOR models.
Today, we’re going to look at the top 10 across the board.
As we’ve analyzed the different models, we’ve found a few trends. First, we’re big fans of hybrid models. Second, we seem to prefer bats that offer quality pop.
There’s nothing wrong with buying a BBCOR bat for contact hitters if you’re just looking to top a .300 average. But, in this list, you’ll find that a bat that will allow you to hit for average and power is something we value.
We’re actually going to make this list a top 11. There is a 2021 bat that was able to sneak into our rankings. So, we’ll be including that as part of the list. But we want to offer a true top 10 of 2022.
To make things easier, we’ve provided a link with each bat. That link will take you to each of our 2022 BBCOR bat reviews.
Our 2022 BBCOR bat rankings
These are the best BBCOR baseball bats you can buy:
- DeMarini The Goods
- Louisville Slugger Select PWR
- Axe Avenge Pro Hybrid
- Warstic Gunner
- True Temper HZRDUS
- DeMarini The Goods One-Piece
- Louisville Slugger Meta
- Easton ADV Hype
- Victus Nox
- Axe Avenge Pro Composite
- Easton Alpha ALX
2022 DeMarini The Goods 4.74
Simply put, DeMarini delivers the goods with this bat. It’s a bad pun, but it’s the truth. The Goods is the best BBCOR bat on the market.
The Goods is a two-piece hybrid that offers everything a hitter could be looking for. It has a bit of an end-loaded feel that will help power hitters add extra distance. It may also be the BBCOR with the biggest sweet spot.
DeMarini’s X14 alloy barrel is engineered for performance, swing speed and durability. It also features a direct connection point that allows this bat to feel stiff while killing the vibration. It’s the perfect mix of performance and comfort.
2022 Louisville Slugger Select PWR 4.68
The Louisville Slugger Select PWR is the best three-piece hybrid on the market. It’s an outstanding model that features one of the most comfortable grips in 2022.
You’ll find that the Slugger Select PWR provides plenty of pop that is slightly end-loaded to help power the bat through the zone. Its PWR connection system does a great job of minimizing vibration and negative feedback.
2022 Axe Avenge Pro Hybrid 4.64
The Axe Avenge Pro Hybrid is the best contact BBCOR bat. It’s also an outstanding model for players who struggle with hand and wrist injuries.
The Avenge Pro Hybrid is a three-piece hybrid model that features Axe’s patented axe handle. Some players have a bit of an adjustment period, but in the end, most players love the bat.
Its MX8+ alloy provides plenty of pop, but this bat is more focused on a contact hitter being able to drive the ball all over the field.
The Avenge Pro Hybrid is one of the best BBCOR bats for high school players. We believe that using the Axe handle will help young players develop a better swing.
We also believe the axe handle will significantly decrease the chance of a young player injuring their wrist. That’s a significant concern when you have players that are still growing into their own.
2022 Warstic Gunner 4.55
The Warstic Gunner is the biggest surprise on the market. It stands alone as the bat with the highest exit velocity. If we’re handing out awards, the Gunner wins |the most improved BBCOR bat” as well.
Warstic took the time to fix the issues customers complained about with the last model. You’ll still find that the Gunner is one of the more end-loaded BBCOR bats in the market, but they’ve made it a bit more reasonable.
The Gunner really stands out for its adding distance: it is the BBCOR with the best pop. Players consistently drove the ball further with the Gunner. Our power hitters noticed that the ball cleared the fence with extra height.
Watching from the bleachers, it definitely seemed like the Gunner provided higher exit velocity than any other bat.
Quite frankly, the Warstic Gunner is the best value BBCOR bat on the market today. It’s a top 5 model for $350 and it provides a ton of extra pop.
2022 True Temper HZRDUS 4.50
The True Temper HZDUS is one of the most unique bats that you’ll find. It’s considered a one-piece hybrid BBCOR. That means that its composite handle is fused directly to its alloy barrel. There is no collar.
The HZRDUS is the best new bat on the market. True Temper hasn’t developed a following, but they’re working with up-and-coming players like Blaze Jordan to establish a name that people will flock to.
2022 DeMarini The Goods One-Piece 4.46
The Goods One-Piece is the best one-piece BBCOR bat on the market in 2022. It does have a bit more vibration than the two-piece model, but that’s to be expected.
The Goods One-Piece features a slightly end-loaded swing weight that makes it a great one-piece option for power hitters.
2022 Louisville Slugger Meta 4.44
The LS Meta is the best composite BBCOR bat on the market. It offers a surprisingly stiff feel. Much like the Select PWR, the Meta features their patented LS Comfort grip which makes the bat feel great in a hitter’s hands. The Meta is another one of the best BBCOR bats for contact hitters.
The Meta is a bit lacking in pop (3.5) but provides plenty of barrel for bat control. There is also a Meta PWR model which actually rates as a 4.2 on the pop scale.
It’s a great option that grades out between the Gunner and the HZRDUS. The Meta is one of the best BBCOR bats for high school.
The Meta carries a $500 price tag which ties for the most expensive BBCOR bat on this list.
2022 Easton ADV Hype 4.44
The ADV Hype is our favorite two-piece composite model. It’s one of the most comfortable BBCOR bats that we were able to test out.
The tape is similar to lizard skin and offers a bit of cushion under the tape. It’s similar to the Louisville Slugger model.
The ADV Hype also features a soft knob that helps to avoid any blisters or calluses when you swing the bat repeatedly in batting practice.
The Hype provides plenty of durability and pop. It’s also known for being a BBCOR with a large sweet spot. It’s an outstanding model that brought back the old TCT that Easton used with the Mako bats that were really popular during their day.
The ADV Hype is $500 which ties it for the most expensive bat on this list.
2021 Victus Nox 4.44
The Victus Nox is a true unicorn in that it’s the only 2021 model that could make it to our list. That really says something about its quality and durability.
It’s safe to say that the Victus Nox is the most durable BBCOR bat that you’ll find.
The 2SIX connection reduces vibration. The grip tape provides some extra tack, but doesn’t offer anything in the way of additional comfort.
The Nox provides plenty of pop and has a large sweet spot. It’s slightly end-loaded but provides a more reasonable swing weight than most of the competition.
Our biggest knock here is that the Nox is still priced at $400. Given that the model is a year old, we would like to see the price a little lower.
2022 Axe Avenge Pro Composite 4.41
The Avenge Pro is a three-piece composite BBCOR bat. It’s designed with contact hitters in mind.
While this bat doesn’t offer much pop, it does provide a large sweet spot that will let hitters drive the ball all over the field.
We love the axe handle design. You’ll find that the AR blastwall and the endogrid technology provide premium durability.
We’ve been impressed with the shock suspension technology and its ability to almost eliminate vibration.
2022 Easton Alpha ALX 4.40
The Easton Alpha ALX is quickly becoming one of the most popular BBCOR bats for college hitters. It has a light swing weight, soft knob and flow tack grip.
We love the overall performance of the ALX. It’s downfall is that it’s not consistent. We saw players that could hit a towering flyball that went deep over the fence, then couldn’t manage another homerun for 20-30 swings.
The ALX provides great max exit velocity but it seems to lack consistent results.
Our process: How do we find the best bats?
We’ve searched high and low for the best drop 3 bats on the market. Our first option is to get out on the field and get our batting gloves dirty.
We love to take live batting practice or work with local players. Those relationships are so valuable when trying to build a community.
Ultimately, having local players doesn’t give us all the information we need. When we discuss durability concerns, we depend on a larger network that includes other players, customer reviews, and youtubers that we’ve developed a relationship with.
We combine all of those things to help us get a better feel for how a bat holds up.
We want to be sure that we didn’t get the one lemon that a company puts out. We also want to be sure that we’re not touting a company that has produced a bunch of duds.
Summary and conclusion
Looking through this list, we can see a few significant trends. We have a clear “type” when it comes to grading out the best BBCOR bats.
We love hybrid models that can combine the best of both worlds. That is, a bat that will perform well without negative feedback.
We also significantly prefer bats that provide good pop.
The contact models definitely took a hit in our grading system. But we tried to take note of the bats that have large sweet spots even if they don’t have a ton of power.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. We’ve spent a lot of time testing and reviewing these bats, but that doesn’t mean we know everything.
Whether you agree with our reviews or not, we’d love to hear your take.