After reviewing a range of bats, consulting with the experts, undertaking on-the-plate tests and talking to the players, we have decided that Louisville Slugger Solo 618 tops the list of the best drop 3 bats for this season.
Following closely on its heels are the Easton 2018 Beast X Speed and DeMarini 2019 CF Zen bats. We have also included a special mention for the Axe 2018 Origin bat in our list of best drop 3 baseball bats, simply because this bat deserves some love as well.
Best Drop 3 Bats Review
Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR
Louisville Slugger bats are known for their classy performance and looks. The Solo 618 combines both qualities in its 1-piece alloy construction.
The alloy bat has a stiff profile which fits just right in the hands of a power hitter. To tackle the problem of negative feedback on the handle, typical in alloy bats, Louisville has used a special handle design. This ensures that players are able to swing this bat with greater comfort. The handle is topped with a premium custom lizard skin grip.
To improve the swing momentum and speed of the bat, it features a Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap. The cap lets you achieve better accuracy on the plate while improving swing speed as well.
The overall profile of the bat is perfectly balanced which further enhances its ability to hit with precision.
We believe this is one of the best drop 3 baseball bats this year, especially when it comes to alloy offerings.
Easton 2018 Beast X Speed BBCOR: BB18BXS
Another excellent BBCOR drop 3 bat for the season is the Easton 2018 Beast X. As the name suggests, this bat is designed to deliver a massive performance on the plate. It features a 2 5/8-inch barrel.
The bat is constructed entirely from aluminum alloy material and has a single one-piece construction. Easton has used Advanced Thermal Alloy Construction (ATAC) alloy which allows the bat to pack a larger and more powerful barrel. To expand the size of the sweet spot, the bat utilizes Z-Core Internal Core technology.
The bat has the longest BBCOR alloy barrel available in the market, which is definitely one of its most important achievements. The handle has a 31/32 profile and features 1.4mm hyperskin grip.
The overall feel of the bat is perfectly balanced. Together with its powerful barrel, this gives hitters plenty of opportunities to hit powerful and accurate shots all over the field. With its unique design, the bat is equally suitable for both power hitters and contact hitters.
Beast X carries BBCOR certification and is approved for use in both high school and collegiate matches. It is available in black, white and gold color options.
DeMarini 2019 CF Zen Balanced BBCOR
DeMarini, with its rich offering of bats, is sure to make it to any list of best BBCOR bats 2019. This is true for this list as well where DeMarini 2019 CF Zen has clinched the third spot.
In contrast to the above two bats, this one comes with a two-piece composite construction. Composite material enables this bat to deliver a superior performance on the plate.
DeMarini has used Paraflex+ composite in creating this bat which allows the bat to feature a more balanced feel with better weight distribution. The 2 5/8-inch barrel offers plenty of flex and pop on the plate. The overall feel of the bat is balanced.
To further improve the feel and balance of the bat, DeMarini has used a 3Fusion End Cap to top the barrel. This improves the swing momentum through the hitting zone. The bat is legal for use in both high school and collegiate games. It bears the BBCOR certification. Available 5 length options with corresponding 5 weight options.
Axe Bat 2018 Origin Alloy BBCOR
The Axe Bat 2018 has earned the final spot in our list, being the special mention. This is simply because this bat has a powerful and high-performance profile. It is geared entirely towards power hitters who want explosive hitting prowess from their bat.
The bat has a single-piece construction with a slightly end-loaded profile. The LP1 alloy used in manufacture of the bat ensures excellent durability and great pop on the plate. A great thing about this barrel is that it has a 270-degree contact area, so that you can rotate the barrel and hit with any side, thanks to the Engineering Hitting Zone technology.
To improve the feel on the handle, Axe has used shock-absorbing Endogrid technology. This greatly reduces bottom-hand vibrations for a more focused and comfortable hitting experience. The bat is available in a single black-yellow color.
We cannot deny the impact of bbcor bats (Drop 3 bats) on hitting and leagues. So, picking the best bat is very important. If you are looking for the best drop 3 bats of the season, this list provides you the best contenders for that title.
The list includes both composite and alloy bats. As alloy is the more popular option at the BBCOR level, you have plenty of options to choose between the Solo 618, Beast X and the 2018 Origin bats. The composite 2019 CF Zen from DeMarini is an also excellent choice. Ultimately, the final decision depends on your style and preferences – if you are a power hitter, you will get more out of an alloy bat.