A few weeks ago, I covered what I thought were three of the best BBCOR baseball bats for the 2014. After that article, I decided to take a deeper look at those same bats, as well as those that I missed in that article. With that said, here is the complete guide to 2014 BBCOR baseball bats.
Rip it Air
The Rip it Air is a $300 bat that allows you to get your hands through the strikezone with a quicker swing. For the Air series, Rip It essentially started over and redesigned their bats to make them one of the best for baseball players. This bat was constructed with a single piece, R2 aluminum alloy material that allows Rip It to produce these bats with thinner walls, while still maintaining its durability. To remove any unnecessary weight from the bat, Rip It used Rifle Barrel Technology that doesn’t affect the stability of the bat. This bat comes with a 400 day warranty against defects and also has a 30 day money back guarantee.
This $400 bat is another that is considered to be one of the best on the market for the upcoming baseball season. DeMarini redesigned this CF6 BBCOR bat, much like Rip It did with the Air series. This bat was made with a Paradox Composite barrel and D-Fusion handle. The latter removes all vibration from the bat, which will make colder weather games more fun everywhere. There is an even weight distribution on this bat and after eliminating excess weight from the inside of the barrel, the baseball players will be the ones that benefit. This bat is approved for use in high school and collegiate leagues and comes with a 12 month warranty.
One of the most underappreciated BBCOR bats available in 2014 is the Rawlings TRIO. This bat retails for $400 and is with Rawlings TRIO technology which combines the different pieces needed to make this a solid bat for high school and college players around the country. Rawlings used a Comp Lite Endcap on this bat, which has more composite fibers and allows you to get it through the zone quickly. The barrel of the bat was made with 5150 aluminum alloy, which is the most durable aluminum available to the company. The bat has a large barrel diameter that has a larger sweet spot, which allows for more pop with each swing.
DeMarini Voodoo Overlord
Available for $300, the Voodoo Overlord has a D-Fusion handle that eliminates the vibration and improves the overall feel of the bat. When you swing this bat, it feels stiff, but still provides a trampoline effect with the ball when contact is made. They made the handle with carbon reinforced Paradox Composite that is stiff and allows for a better transfer of energy. The barrel was made with aluminum alloy that is rigid and has been tested and proved to have the best barrel wall thickness. This bat also has a RCK Knob that is ergonomically comfortable when swinging. For power hitters, this end loaded bat is one that will lead to a padding of home run counts.
Rip It Air Elite
While the Rip It Air is considered to be one of the best BBCOR bats on the market today, the Rip it Air Elite takes it even further in terms of production. This bat retails for $400 and has a composite handle to go with the traditional Rip It R2 aluminum in the barrel. This 2014 bat was the first time the company ever made a BBCOR bat with a composite handle and considering how much acclaim the bat has received already, it won’t be the last. The material allows for an even more balanced swing than with the basic Rip It Air and allows the power hitters on your team to reach the fences.
The Marucci Black BBCOR baseball bat was made with aerospace grade aluminum and composite materials that are crafted together by their trained staff of engineers. This bat features an extended barrel length, which combined with a counterbalanced knob gives you a larger sweet spot and more balance throughout your swing, something that other bat manufacturers have struggled to do in the past. Those that hate the sting that you get from some bats will be happy to see that Marucci uses a Kevlar reinforced grip that will keep your hands safe.
To many, this is the cream of the crop of the 2014 line of BBCOR baseball bats. The Easton MAKO is one of the most expensive BBCOR bats for the upcoming season with a $499.95 retail cost, but it is one that is considered to be worth it. The bat is meant to get your bat through the zone quicker than with any other bat and has a large sweet spot that will aid you in your quest to hit bombs. Easton used new technology with their 2014 line of bats that increased the length of the barrel, reduced the MOI and overall, increased the speed of the bat. The bat was constructed with TCT Thermo Composite Technology including their patented ConneXion technology that ensures all the energy is properly displaced.