Baseball players have their own preferences not just in their playing styles, but also in choosing bats. For instance, most players choose metal bats over wooden ones, because they think metal bats allow them to swing with better speed and control.
It may be true; if you have looked at statistical data, home run production and batting averages tend to be higher when batters swing metal “sticks” instead of wood.
A metal bat has a “trampoline effect,” which means that it springs the ball back off from it. That’s one of the metal bat’s main advantages over wood. Besides, a metal bat has a lesser tendency to break off compared to a wooden bat. However, many players have also complained about the same vibrating sensation that metal bats tend to leave to their own hands, especially after hitting the ball really hard.
Manufacturers are rarely amiss when it comes to the latest in technology and design of baseball bats. They are also obviously knowledgeable about the ever-evolving trends in the sport as well as the changing preferences and styles of the players. They have translated these factors into making the finest baseball equipment in the market, and they of course include varities of baseball bats like metal ones.
You may want to take a look at the top bat manufacturers (in no particular order) and some of their own best-known metal bat creations:
Marucci Sports, or simply Marucci, surely knows its way to make high-quality baseball gear largely in part because its founders are former MLB players.
Aside from other kinds of baseball equipment, Marucci also makes some of the best metal bats out there. One of their most popular models, the Marucci CAT 7, is made to guarantee less (as well as less annoying) vibrations as it is equipped with the brand-new “anti-vibration” knob. It comes in a one-piece alloy construction to ensure durablity as well as a solid and stable batting performance.
There are other excellent Marucci metal bats. The CAT 6, for instance, also comes with a one-piece alloy construction which gives it durability and a nice “pop” as well. It also has an incredible ability to absorb shocks and vibrations – about 5.6 times of its nearest competitor!
Rawlings is a “classic” brand, no doubt about that. Aside from their Big Stick wood bats, their VELO series (which comes in both wood and metal) has also been making waves in the world of baseball.
Some of Rawlings’ VELO metal bats have gained a reputation for being one of the lightest bats to work with. The lightness of the bat translates to maximum energy that is transferred to the ball as the bat hits it, which translates to better, faster and more powerful batting. VELO metal bats also allow for a greater control. Among the most popular VELO metal bats are the Silver Comp Lite and the 2018 Velo USSSA Baseball Bat, each of which comes in a one-piece alloy frame.
The brand (now BRG Sports) makes some of the best metal bats. A bit of trivia: Easton created the first aluminum bat in 1972, then it was followed by other manufacturers before the use of metal bats became widespread. One of their best metal bats is the Easton Z-CORE Speed Whiteout which is a limited-edition model which comes with a one-piece alloy construction and a nice all-white finish. It has the Z-CORE internal technology which allows for big, expanded “sweet spots.” The subsequent Beast X uses an advanced thermal alloy construction which allows for a incredibly strong and powerful swing that it creates a “bang.” It has a good weight which makes swinging it more balanced and less onerous.
4. Louisville Slugger
Whether they’re wood or metal, you can be sure of the top-of-the-line bats that Louisville Slugger offers. They’re engineered for excellent performance at prices that are attainable. The Louisville Omaha 518 is made to be durable and long-lasting even after several swings and strikes. It’s because it is made out of the high-quality ST 7U1 + alloy construction that makes this bat seem to be always “hot out of the wrapper” every time you use it.
DeMarini is also one of the names that you can trust when you’re shopping for metal bats. One fine example is the DeMarini Voodoo One which comes with a solid one-piece aluminum construction which allows for a balanced swing. It is one of DeMarini’s lightest bats, and its lightweight construction boosts swing speed and power.
Another good model from DeMarini’s metal bats lineup is the DeMarini CF Zen, which might cost a bit more than other metal bats but it’s going to be a worthwhile purchase. It creates a huge and expanded sweet spot thanks to its barrel which is made of Paraflex Composite material. No worries about annoying vibration on the hands as the bat is also equipped with the D-Fusion handle.