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BBCOR Ball Exit Speed & Bat Reviews (2018)

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Barrel Size Chart

Actual Scale Weights

Ball Exit Speed Test Results

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Rawlings Quatro

 

DeMarini Voodoo One

Demarini Voodoo Balanced

DeMarini Voodoo Insane End Load

 

DeMarini CF Zen Balanced

DeMarini CF Insane End Load

Marucci Cat 7

Marucci F5

 

Marucci Posey 28

Easton Ghost X

Easton Beast X Speed

Easton Beast X Hybrid

  

Easton Beast X Loaded

Axe Origin

Axe Element

Axe Hyperwhip

Axe Elite

 

Louisville Slugger 918 Prime

Louisville Slugger 618 Solo

Louisville Slugger 718 Select

 

2018 Rawlings Quatro - BB8Q3

OUR THOUGHTS:
The 2018 Quatro feels slightly less end-loaded than last years model, which is an improvement in my opinion. It has a huge barrel and is probably the hottest composite BBCOR out of the wrapper. They improved the connection piece this year which is supposed to make it stronger and less likely to break. Upon contact, this bat has little to no flex and a nice crisp feel with a good amount of feedback for a multi-piece bat. For the power hitter, this bat is probably the best 100% composite choice if you can handle a little bit of an end-load. The 2018 Quatro is my #1 choice for a composite bat this year.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

89.4mph

SWING WEIGHT

ENDLOADED

BARREL LENGTH

9 1/4"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 DeMarini Voodoo One - WTDXVOC-18

OUR THOUGHTS:
The 2018 Voodoo One is one of our favorite BBCOR bats. It is very balanced which allows for a ton of bat speed and makes this bat a great choice for any size player. It doesn't have the biggest barrel length, but when you catch it on the sweet spot this bat has a ton of pop. This bat has a great shape and feels great in your hands. Aside from the paint job, the only difference I can tell from last year is that the grip is noticeably thicker. For the player who likes a balanced alloy bat, the Voodoo One is hard to beat.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

BALANCED

BARREL LENGTH

5 1/2"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced - WTDXVBC-18

OUR THOUGHTS:
This is a balanced version of popular DeMarini Voodoo. When you put it next to the Voodoo Insane, the difference is obvious. The Voodoo Balanced has a much smaller barrel, which is probably what makes it a more balanced bat. It has the classic 2-piece hybrid feel with a nice buttery feel on contact. I also noticed a small amount of flex in the handle upon making good contact. Overall I like this bat a lot and I think it's the most balanced BBCOR 2-piece hybrid bat on the market. 
AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

BALANCED

BARREL LENGTH

6 1/4"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 DeMarini Voodoo Insane End Load - WTDXVIC-18

OUR THOUGHTS:
This is one of the most end-loaded, heaviest swinging BBCOR bat on the market. This bat is for bigger players and power hitters. It has slight flex upon contact and feels amazing when you square it up. If you're strong enough to swing this bat you'll love it. It just powers right through the ball. One thing I can say about this bat, make sure it's not too heavy for you. This bat is probably best suited for college-level players who have developed a lot of strength. If you're in love with the design, be sure to try the balanced version too just to be sure this is the best choice. 
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

ENDLOADED

BARREL LENGTH

8 1/4"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 DeMarini CF ZEN Balanced - WTDXCBC-18

OUR THOUGHTS:
This is a pretty balanced bat. It feels good in your hands, but I didn't get much feedback on contact. I noticed a fair amount of flex on contact, but not as much as last years model. This bat seems to be most popular among younger players. I like the look of the new 3-Fusion connection piece and end cap. 
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

BALANCED

BARREL LENGTH

9"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 DeMarini CF Insane End Load - WTDXCIC-18

OUR THOUGHTS:
This bat is an end-loaded version of the CF ZEN. A 2-piece 100% composite bat designed for the power hitter. I did notice a fair amount of flex at ball contact, which is not really desirable for power most hitters. Aside from the flex, this bat feels great when you square it up.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

ENDLOADED

BARREL LENGTH

9"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Marucci CAT7 - MCBC7

OUR THOUGHTS:
The Cat7 isn't new for 2018, but we reviewed it anyways since it's still in production from Marucci. One of the most popular one-piece alloy bats on the market, for good reason too. While this is not the most balanced BBCOR, it does have a huge forgiving barrel. It feels great in your hands, has great pop and sound. The huge barrel makes this thing really forgiving too. I recommend this bat for any and all players, big and small. Can't go wrong with this one, it definitely ranks in the top 3-4 BBCOR bats.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

MIDLOADED

BARREL LENGTH

8 1/4"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Marucci F5 - MCBF5

OUR THOUGHTS:
The Marucci F5 is brand new for this year. As a low cost option, I was VERY impressed with the performance of this bat. It is very balanced and I was able to generate a ton of bat speed. Ball exit speed results were right up there with any other BBCOR bat we tested. It doesn't have a hige barrel, so may not be as forgiving as others, but when you catch it on the sweet spot the ball rockets off the barrel. As a 1-piece alloy, this bat is stiff enough for any power hitter. Time will tell how durable it is, but so far I love this bat in the 2018 BBCOR lineup.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

90.1mph

SWING WEIGHT

BALANCED

BARREL LENGTH

6 1/2"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Marucci Posey 28 Pro Alloy - MCBF5

OUR THOUGHTS:
Aside from the cool wood like paint job, this bat looks, feels and performs just like the CAT7. Super balanced, forgiving and has a ton of pop. If you want something that looks a little different, give this bat a try. The performance will not dissapoint.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

MIDLOADED"

BARREL LENGTH

8 1/4"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Easton Ghost X - BB18GX

OUR THOUGHTS:
The Ghost X is new to the Easton lineup this year. It looks and feels just like the MAKO Beast from 2017. This has the most balanced feel of any 100% composite BBCOR this year. The barrel is also the longest out of all the composites, making it very forgiving. It has great pop and is easy to get around, making it a great choice for all players. Even though it's a 2-piece bat, I didn't notice any flex at ball contact which is something I like. This bat is in my top 2-3 choices for a composite BBCOR bat in 2018.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

BALANCED

BARREL LENGTH

10"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Easton Beast X Speed - BB18BXS

OUR THOUGHTS:
The Beast X Speed is new to Easton this year. It's a 1-piece alloy bat that replaced the Z-CORE Speed from last year. Just like the Z-CORE, this is a great balanced bat with a big barrel and plenty of pop. I couldn't find any real difference in this bat from last years Z-CORE line. That said, the Beast X  Speed is a great bat for any player and I expect it to be just as popular as the Z-CORE.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

BALANCED

BARREL LENGTH

9"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid - BB18BXH

OUR THOUGHTS:
This bat flexed more than any bat I tested this year, which is not something I'm a fan of but some people like it. I feel like flex at contact robs a little power from you. It has a slight end-load due to the hybrid composite handle and alloy barrel design and the barrel performance is right in line with the Beast X Speed bat. If you're looking for a hybrid 2-piece with a swing weight in-between the DeMarini Voodoo Balanced and Voodoo Insane, this bat is for you. 
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

ENDLOADED

BARREL LENGTH

9"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Easton Beast X Loaded - BB18BXL

OUR THOUGHTS:
This is the end-loaded version of the Beast X Speed. If you're familiar with the Z-CORE line from last year, this bat performs just like the end-loaded Z-CORE. Big barrel, very forgiving, great pop and a substantial end-load. This bat would be best suited for the college level player who hits for power.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

ENDLOADED

BARREL LENGTH

9"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Axe Origin - L132F

OUR THOUGHTS:
I love the Axe handle, but this bat was my least favorite out of the Axe Bat lineup. Mostly because it just feels really heavy. If you're on a budget, this is the lowest priced Axe BBCOR, but beware that it swings the heaviest out of all your Axe Bat choices.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

ENDLOADED

BARREL LENGTH

8"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Axe Element - L137F

OUR THOUGHTS:

I liked this bat a lot. First thing I love is the Axe handle. It's comfortable and seems to help get the barrel through the zone a little quicker. The Element is made with a higher grade alloy than the cheaper Origin option, and you can definitely tell when you hear and feel the ball hit the sweet spot. Better pop and better sound with a slight end-load. This is my favorite 1-piece alloy option from Axe. Worth the upgrade from the Origin for sure.

 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

MIDLOADED

BARREL LENGTH

TBA"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Axe Hyperwhip - L138F

OUR THOUGHTS:
The Hyperwhip Fusion is the balanced alloy bat from Axe. It is made from the same alloy as the Element and has great pop. It also has the longest barrel out of the Axe alloys. They call this a 2-piece because of the composite tip, but in the traditional way of looking at bats, it is a 1-piece. If you swing a balanced bat and like the Axe handle like I do, this bat is a great choice.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

BALANCED

BARREL LENGTH

7 3/4"

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2018 Axe Elite - L130F

OUR THOUGHTS:
This is the 2-piece hybrid from Axe. It has good pop and a nice size barrel. It's slightly end-loaded and I only noticed a slight flex in the handle at ball contact. With barrel performance comparable to other hybrids, the handle is the biggest difference. So, if you like the Axe handle this is the obviouse choice for a hybrid.
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

MIDLOADED

BARREL LENGTH

6"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 - WTLBBP918B3

OUR THOUGHTS:
Great balance and a nice feel on contact. This bat has been popular for the past 3 years. Slight flex upon contact and expect there to be a little bit of movment at the connection point eventually, although it's not supposed to effect the performance of the bat at all. This is a great bat as usual and will get will get better as it gets broken in. An extra bonus, this bat has a nice custom lizard skin on it. 
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

MIDLOAD

BARREL LENGTH

7 5/8"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 - WTLBBP618B3

OUR THOUGHTS:
This is my favorite 1-piece alloy bat this year. It's super balanced and has a ton of pop. This is the best choice for younger players new to BBCOR since it swings so light. If you like 1-piece alloy bats you have to try this one. Plus it includes a nice custom Lizard Skin grip!
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

90.5mph

SWING WEIGHT

BALANCED

BARREL LENGTH

7"

BALL EXIT SPEED TEST:

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2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 - WTLBBP718B3

OUR THOUGHTS:
This is Louisville Sluggers version of a 2-piece hybrid bat. They brought it back after taking a year off production last year. It's fairly end-loaded and feels really nice on contact. I noticed minimal flex at contact and good pop out of the wrapper. This is in my top 2-3 choices for a hybrid BBCOR bat. Extra bonus, is includes a custom Lizard Skin!
 AVG. EXIT SPEED

TBA

SWING WEIGHT

ENDLOADED

BARREL LENGTH

6 1/2"

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BARREL SIZE COMPARISON
Biggest
Easton Ghost X Speed

LENGTH

10"

Rawlings Quatro

LENGTH

9 1/4"

Easton Beast X Speed

LENGTH

9"

Easton Beast X Hybrid

LENGTH

9"

DeMarini CF ZEN

LENGTH

9"

Marucci Cat7

LENGTH

8 1/4"

Marucci Posey 28

LENGTH

8 1/4"

DeMarini Voodoo Insane

LENGTH

8 1/4"

AXE Origin

LENGTH

8"

AXE Hyperwhip

LENGTH

7 3/4"

Louisville Slugger 918 Prime

LENGTH

8 5/8"

Louisville Slugger 618 Solo

LENGTH

7"

Louisville Slugger 718 Select

LENGTH

6 1/2"

Marucci F5

LENGTH

6 1/2"

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced

LENGTH

6 1/4"

AXE Elite

LENGTH

6"

DeMarini Voodoo One

LENGTH

5 1/2"

Smallest
*length measured from end-cap
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ACTUAL SCALE WEIGHTS
Lightest
AXE Hyperwhip

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.0oz

AXE Elite

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.4oz

Marucci F5

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.5oz

AXE Origin

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.5oz

Easton Ghost X Speed

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.6oz

Marucci Cat7

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.6oz

Marucci Posey Pro Metal

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.6oz

Rawlings Quatro

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.7oz

DeMarini Voodoo One

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.7oz

Slugger 918 Prime

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.8oz

Slugger 718 Select

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.8oz

Slugger 618 Solo

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.8oz

Easton Beast X Hybrid

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+0.9oz

Easton Beast X Loaded

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+1.0oz

Easton Beast X Speed

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+1.1oz

DeMarini Voodoo Insane

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+1.1oz

DeMarini CF Zen

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+1.2oz

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced

ACTUAL WEIGHT

+1.3oz

Heaviest
*example: +1.2oz means it weighs 1.2oz more than it says
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BALL EXIT SPEED RESULTS
HIGHEST
Easton Ghost X Speed

AVG.

TBA

Rawlings Quatro

AVG.

89.4mph

Easton Beast X Speed

AVG.

TBA

Easton Beast X Hybrid

AVG.

TBA

DeMarini CF ZEN

AVG.

TBA

Marucci Cat7

AVG.

TBA

Marucci F5

AVG.

90.1mph

Marucci Posey 28

AVG.

TBA

DeMarini Voodoo Insane

AVG.

TBA

AXE Origin

AVG.

TBA

AXE Hyperwhip

AVG.

TBA

Louisville Slugger 918 Prime

AVG.

TBA

Louisville Slugger 618 Solo

AVG.

90.5mph

Louisville Slugger 718 Select

AVG.

TBA

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced

AVG.

TBA

AXE Elite

AVG.

TBA

DeMarini Voodoo One

AVG.

TBA

LOWEST
*AVG. = average of 20 swings
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