Best Wood Bats – Tips from professional baseball players

An overview of which are the best wood baseball bats… that is, which wood bats are being used by professional baseball players, as well as some pro tips to help you pick out the best wood baseball bats for your needs.

I’ve been swinging a wood bat for 20 years, and professionally for 14 years. I’ve tried a LOT of different models and wood types, as well as learning from many other pro players about their preferences.

In this article, I’ve tried to compile info about your top bat choices and combined it with some of the knowledge I’ve gained in my years as professional baseball player. [toc=”4″ title=”On this page:”]

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Wood Bat FAQ’s

How much does wood quality matter in a wood bat? Buying a wood bat that will last, may seem like a flip of a coin. The quality of the wood will not prevent a bat from breaking. However, using nice wood will help keep the bat together instead of flaking apart when you hit the ball in the same place over and over again (the barrel).

Where do you buy good wood bats? Unless you find a really nice sporting goods store (which can be hard to find), buying a wood bat online is your best bet to find a quality bat. Usually bat companies have different quality grades for their wood and the worst are sent out to the sporting good stores, unless the owner purposely gets the more expensive bats.

How much does a good quality wood bat cost? Quality wood baseball bats are not cheap (especially if you factor in that you may break it in one swing), but you don’t need to overpay for a wood bat. A nice piece of wood is in the range of $50-$100. Some bat prices are so expensive because you are paying for the name on the label of the bat. Once you get to a certain level of wood, just because you pay more doesn’t mean you are getting more bat.

Is it better to buy a wood bat from the big, name-brand companies? In my experience, large companies have so much demand for bats that they can be a little more expensive and you don’t always get quality wood because they are just trying to keep up with the orders. Smaller companies have the ability to use better pieces of wood because they don’t have as many people ordering bats. However, I have received both good and bad bats from large and small bat companies. Don’t take this as an absolute, but consider it when purchasing bats.

Should I buy maple or ash or birch?

If you are wondering about the quality of your ash bats, here are 3 tips to know if an Ash bat is made of good quality wood.

Best Wood Baseball Bats

These are wood bat companies which are most popular with pro players, and who are known to put out a dependable, quality wood bat. When looking for your best wood bats, these companies are putting out good quality.

REMEMBER, some of these companies make bats at all different quality levels, so don’t expect to find the best wood baseball bats in your average big-box sports store, even if you recognize the name brand.

Phoenix Bat Company

Phoenix Wood Bats

Phoenix Wood Bats

The Phoenix Bat Company is a smaller up-and-coming bat company that uses top quality maple and ash.

I’ve used these bats a lot. They have great customer service and are great with custom orders.

For a long time I used their bats exclusively because they worked with me to come up with my perfect custom model (D357m). I consistently receive good hard bats from them which can sometimes be frustrating with other companies.

If you get a bat from Phoenix Bat Co, use the code 10insider and you’ll get 10% off. Also, right now they’re offering free shipping, free engraving, and you can actually try the bat for 10 days and still send it back if you don’t like it. (Most companies don’t let you return a bat once it’s been used).  Also, the bats are made in the USA.

Guide to buying pro quality wood bats

B45 Yellow Birch bats


B45 bats are the best for birch.  They’re currently my favorite game bat.  The list of big leaguers using B45 is getting very long, and includes  guys like Carlos Gonzalez, Shane Victorino, Russel Martin, and many more.

B45 bats are made from Canadian yellow birch wood.  Birch is interesting because it has similar flex as an ash bat but the durability of maple.

They’re very strong and get better over time.  They definitely get harder and the ball comes off even faster the more the bat gets used.

If you don’t want a very heavy bat, this type of wood is probably just what you need.  These bats can be made light and not lose any durability, unlike some other wood.

“B45 makes the best birch bat on the market.” “Their models differ slightly from louisville sluggers (ie. the C243 barrel isn’t as big on the B45).” – Jordan Parraz

Use the discount code PBIMARCH15 for 15% off.  You can order B45 baseball bats here.

Old Hickory

Quality bat company that offers both ash and maple, but maple being the most used Old Hickory bat. Consistent made bats that come out the same every time. The barrels on the bats seem to be a little smaller than the Louisville model it was made after. They also feature composite bats, which can be a good alternative if you are worried about broken bats. You will not be disappointed with any Old Hickory bat.

Old Hickory bats can be hard to find. Hitting World has youth sizes and the Custom Pro Series bats (these are a step down from the professional models, but still good bats).


Uses very hard wood. I think their maple is some of the best around.  Finding the good quality Rawlings wood bats can be challenging at times. But when you find one it is a very dense piece of wood. There are many different types of Rawlings bats, but in short, stick with their pro maple and you’ll get a good bat. Rawlings Baseball Bats

Louisville Slugger

Louisville Slugger is the oldest, largest, and most used bat company. You know Louisville is the standard because almost every other bat company names their own bats using Louisville’s models and letter/number combo (or some variation). All Louisville models come in ash or maple. The models you would be able to find from online dealers would be:

  • C271 – small handle, small barrel
  • C243 – small handle, large barrel
  • M110 – med/large handle, medium barrel
  • P72 – small handle, long medium barrel (is probably the most similar to aluminum bat styles)
  • R161 – large handle, large barrel (free shipping and free 30 day return shipping) and have good selections

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Louisville Slugger MLB Prime wood bat

Note: Louisville Slugger has released the “MLB Prime” family of wood bats, which is said to have same the quality wood they would use if they were making a bat for Derek Jeter, now finally made available to the public.

I have personally tried a T69 and I13M Louisville Slugger prime baseball bats.  I thought these bats were great.  The wood was hard and the baseball seam marks in the bat were not as pronounced as other maple bats.  This is how I test the denseness of the wood.  The less the baseball compresses into the wood, the stronger the wood.  The ball came off well and they were well balanced. 

One thing I know from Louisville is that their bats are consistent.  Once you find a model you like they replicate them very well. I know cosmetics aren’t as important as performance, but the black color is deep and it’s the nicest looking black bat I have seen this season. I have talked to other players who use the prime bats from Louisville and I have only heard positive comments.

At $119 and up a pop, these bad boys are definitely at the top of the price range for wood bats.  Here’s a sexy one on Amazon.

Baum Bat

So we generally only include gear that the pros actually use in games, but this is a special exception.

Pros can’t use this bat in games because it’s not wood.  But that’s why we like it.  This bat is great because a kid can get the feel of using a wood bat without the fear of breaking it.

Baum bats are a wood composite that looks, sounds, and feels like wood but will not break.  They are about the cost of 2-3 wood bats but you will only need one.

This is a great bat for a child learning to use a wood bat for the first time. Also this bat can be used in many wood bat leagues which is nice as well.

Baum bat is available here

buying guide for composite and wood Mariucci bat

Marucci wood bat


Is becoming one of the best wood bats in the industry. Each bat is bone rubbed which condenses the wood and makes it a little more durable.

Their maple bats are more popular than their ash bats but they are used by a number of MLB players. They are very consistent in giving high quality wood to all. and have Marucci wood bats.

Chandler bats

These are good bats. There no other way to say it. I’ve never seen a bat come away completely spotless after smashing a baseball to the outfield – until the Chandler bats. Usually the baseball leaves a mark of some kind when it hits a wood bat, but not on these bats. I use Chandler bats and I highly recommend them. How to order a Chandler bat… There are only a few ways to get a chandler bat. Contact the company directly at 877-497-2287 or for new retail orders, or if you are a pro player then shoot an email to for pro orders. Or for a smaller selection of stock.

Up and Coming Bat Companies

These bats are beginning to gain popularity, and are already being used by All Stars and notable Major League players.

  • Tucci Lumber Bat Co – Good word of mouth, getting more popular.  Used by Troy Tulowitsky and Pablo Sandoval, as well as some guys on my team
  • Trinity Bat Co – Southern California, popular with California guys like Adrian Gonzalez
  • Dove Tail Bat Company – Started getting popular with the Kansas City Royals last year
buying guide for mizuno wood or composite bat; how to choose the best wood bats

Mizuno Wood Bat


High quality Japanese ash and maple. These bats can be very hard and have good pop. Mizuno is one of the top baseball companies around that pride themselves on tradition and high quality products.

I haven’t used Mizuno bats, but the company has a good reputation for making quality baseball products. Again, these bats aren’t sold everywhere, but you can find them at (free shipping and 30 day return shipping).

Zinger Bats

Zinger is another USA bat company that has an impressive list of current and past clients.   A number of their models were designed by or for big leaguers.  Zinger Bat company is based out of Arizona.

Our Comparison chart for Online Stores can help you pick where to order your bats. See who has free shipping, free return shipping, how long you have to return stuff, etc.

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About Author

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Doug Bernier, founder of Pro Baseball, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and has played professional baseball for 5 organizations (CO Rockies, NY Yankees, PIT Pirates, MN Twins, & TX Rangers) over the past 16 years. He has Major League time at every infield position, and has played every position on the field professionally except for catcher. (You should click to watch this great defensive play by Bernier) Where is he now? After 16 years of playing professionally, Doug retired and took a position as a Major League scout with the Colorado Rockies for 2 years. Currently Doug is the Data and Game Planning Coordinator with the Colorado Rockies


  1. Avatar für Tom Brian

    A highly hard sort of wood is hickory. Thus, it delivers baseball bats durability that is unmatched. There is never a concern for it snapping or breaking during play. The longevity of hickory baseballs is also greater. Additionally dense and shock-resistant by nature, hickory makes the best material for baseball bats.

  2. Avatar für Mim

    Thank you for writing this article; it has helped me improve in all aspects of baseball as well as improve my weaknesses. People like you should be admired for the effort and time you put into something that we all enjoy, baseball! 

  3. Avatar für Khalif Ali

    My experience with Homewood bats was not good at all. My son had 2 bats from them. His first bat broke in three days. They replaced the bat. The bat they replaced it with broke the same day he used it. They did not replaced the bat and did not return him his money for the bats. They’re customer service was poor. The quality of their bats are poor. If you want a novelty bat with your name on it cool. but if your a competitive baseball player ex. high school /15u and up don’t waste your money. Their bats are garbage. You’ll be better off buying from a bat company that at least gives you a 30 day warranty. Real Talk!!!

  4. Avatar für sean

    I agree with the comments on Max Bats. I used them when I played 18+ wood league up until 38 when I put it all aside for my 2 sons ball.

    My 15 is playing 17U showcase which is often BBCOR AL but for tournaments, he has been using MacDougall Jeter model and I am rather impressed with these bats. BBCOR certified, strong as heck, and that Tanoak seems to have legitimate pop. Might want to try them for the next review.

  5. Avatar für Ben

    Zero K bats company produce limited quatity of bats per year from the best billlets and sell their bats in an range $75-$80 cnd.

    Best bats in the market

  6. Avatar für Bruce

    Have you had the chance to try Cooperstown Bat Company bats? They are used in the pros, mostly by Latino players. My sons use CB wood bats exclusively. One son has used the same modified AP5 hard maple bat for 3 years.

  7. Avatar für Rick Budziak

    Hi Doug, Your the best. Love your baseball insight. I support Hoosier Bats in Valparaiso, Indiana. I have been experimenting with composite bat. Formerly maple lover. Also, finding right oz. makes a difference.

  8. Avatar für Ramón

    Hello Doug:

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention anything about MAXbats. I’ve been swinging those bats for the last two years in a senior league in MN and in the Roy Hobbs tourney in FL and they feel solid with good weight distribution.

    But what it’s more surprising is that you played for the Twins and MAXbats is a local company. Not that I’m expecting a big advertisement (I play against one of the co-founders and I wish get a discount by writing this) but, as I mentioned, this is a MN company and they are MLB approved.

    BTW, the information in this article is very helpful and an eye opener.

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      You are right, MAX bats are a great company, they are just a bat that I haven’t used much. Not because I don’t like them its just I like the bats I swing. I know many players that use MAX bats because they work with the twins, especially with their minor leagues. I’ll make sure to include them when I’m talking about bat companies. Thanks for your comments.
      Doug Bernier

  9. Avatar für Mike Schaefer

    Training with a wood bat is essentially for any serious baseball player. It was a requirement for all of my high school players when I coached at that level. There are so many companies out there and many great bats. Don’t make the mistake of buying from a large sporting good store. The wood is crap. Bonsall Bat Company is the first I have found that make a truly custom bat (weight/length/colors/etc). I use them myself and recommend them to all of my students and players. Small family company out of PA.

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      I’m glad you use wood bats and I think its very important as well. That is something I talk about quite a bit is that you can get the best wood straight from a bat company compared to a sporting goods store. I’m not familiar with Bonsall Bat company, probably because I am only familiar with the bats that are approved to be used by professional baseball. They may be a great company and I am glad you like them, but if you talk to other bat companies (phoenix, B45, louisville, Chandler, etc.) you will find most will be pretty flexible with weight, length, and certain colors. You can get much brighter and cooler colors from non professional approved bat companies which I think is pretty cool. I’ll go check out Bonsall Bat company to see what they are all about.

      Thanks for writing in,
      Doug Bernier

  10. Avatar für Jack

    I am a 15 year old player who likes to train and play with wood bats. I’m a very big, strong kid who has lots of pop, but I always find myself breaking bats after a few imminent bad swings. So my question is, what is the most durable bat that you know that also carries a lot of pop? Price within reason is not an issue.

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      Thanks for writing in. For the most part bat companies are very similar. Using a slightly thicker handled bat may help a bit but the biggest thing when it comes to a wood bat is hitting the ball on the barrel. The more often you can do that the less bats will break.

      Good Luck,
      Doug Bernier

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      I have never used Dream Bat. There are 38 bat companies that have their bats certified by minor league and major league baseball. I believe Dream Bat is not one of those companies. They may be a great bat but for the simple reason that I couldn’t use it in a game, I don’t know much about the company.

  11. Avatar für Tom


    Good to hear your endorsement of Phoenix Bats. My son owns a couple of their bats and seems to like them. We’ve actually taken a plant tour at Phoenix, very interesting and great folks there. I’m curious to hear about your custom model D357m, what are some of the specs, turning model similarities?

    Doing a great job with the site. The videos and the book of batting tips for the tee are very well done.

    Good luck…..appears you had a good night against Durham, 2 doubles in the first game (continued from 7/24) and 2 RBI single in the second. Congratulations!


  12. Avatar für Eric

    Hello Mr. Bernier,
    I recently bought my first 2 wood bats with the intention of getting one for practice and one for games. One is an M9 and one is a Louisville Slugger Hard Maple. However, the latter feels better to me, so I want to use that in games despite it being lower quality. Is there any difference in performance in terms of hitting distance between higher quality and lower quality wood?
    Thank you very much for the help.

  13. Avatar für Josh

    Mr Bernier,

    Good informative article. I was wondering if you have heard of TRUMP bats and what your opinion on them may be. My coach from MSBL under 30 men’s team ordered them recently. It’s a 33in 29.2oz C243.
    Last year was my first year with wood, and I used a AP5 Marucci. Too many shots to the handle caused it to be short lived. I’m hoping this TRUMP bat lasts longer.

  14. Avatar für Josh

    Have you heard or used M^POWERED wood bats? I’m thinking about getting their birch bats. Also, are they certified by MLB?

    • Avatar für George

      How about Chandler bats. MT son loves these bats wont buy anything else. Louisville he likes as a second option.


  15. Avatar für rb

    hey im 12 and ill be playing in my first wood bat tournament ever so in other words this is my first time using wood in a game ever. I recently bought the marucci ap5 and its a great a durable bat but im worried that it might break what should I do? I was thinking of getting another ap5 and use one for practice/pre game warm ups and the other for the game. Is this a good idea? Or do you have any other suggestions? If you could please answer before May 4 if you have time.

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      Thanks for writing in and good luck in your tournament. It sounds like you got a nice bat the AP5 is the Albert Pujols model bat. When it comes to wood no matter how good the bat is there is always a chance it could break. I know in my case I broke a lot more bats as I was learning to hit with wood. Using a wood bat it is important to really hit the ball on the barrel. Most people when starting to use wood bats break them because they hit the ball off the end of the bat, don’t be afraid to get jammed. Its always good to have at least a backup bat just in case your gamer breaks. Don’t feel you have to get another expensive bat, if you want get something with a similar feel but costs a little less, try it. Its a personal feel, if you really like the AP5 get another one. Its totally up to you but I think you should have another bat just in case. Unlike aluminum most people don’t like to share wood bats. Just understand that no matter how good a bat is it could break at any time. Good luck and thanks for writing in.
      Doug Bernier

      • Avatar für rb

        Thank you Doug you really help me with my game and helping me get prepared for my games, especially in my first games with wood and being a beginner when it comes to hitting with wood.

  16. Avatar für Dylan V.

    I have been researching bats more than usual lately since I had shoulder surgery. I have swung mostly BWP bats and Louisville’s. I have really been interested in x bats, Phoenix bats, old hickory and a couple others. I swing a lot of maple, but I get hooked every time I swing ash. I seem to hit the ball better and love the flex and overall feel of ash. I just always hear about how good everybody’s maple is and never hear about their ash. So do you know of any companies that our known for their ash? Have you swung ash from Phoenix? What ash do most pros swing? Thank you for all of your opinions and answers I appreciate it and love this website.

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      Thanks for your question. I am glad you are trying different bat companies and using maple and ash. In my opinion bat companies are always talking about how good their maple is just because people like swinging maple bats. I wouldn’t go on what the companies are telling you. I would say almost half of professional baseball players prefer ash to maple. If you like using ash, I would stick with it. I have swung all the bat companies you have talked about and I liked them all, except for BWP (to be honest). Maybe I just had a bad batch of wood but I liked other companies better. I primarily swing Phoenix, I like the customer service and the wood I get has been very consistent. Pros swing a variety of bat companies but when it comes down to it, it is a personal preference of which bat company you like the best. A suggestion if you like the flex of ash but would prefer the longevity of maple, try birch wood. You can find them through Phoenix, Louisville, and B45 bat companies. They are starting to get more popular and some people really like using birch. I hope this helps you but make sure you are comfortable with which ever bat you choose.
      Doug Bernier

  17. Avatar für Joey G.

    Hi, I am 14 years old in middle school and eager to start my first high school baseball season. I was wondering, have you ever used bamboo or birch bats before? What is your opinion on them? I just purchased 3 bamboo bats from for the minimal price of $90 (total), how they would compare to a maple or ash wood bat? Also, I have heard a lot of talk about birch wood bats and I was considering using one in high school. Do you believe they are the best overall wood bats? Would you recommend them over other types of wood? How would you compare the two (bamboo and birch)? Thanks!

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      Thanks for writing in. I get excited when players try different types of wood and see what they like for themselves. Everyone has a little different preference on what they like. I have never used bamboo before. Write back and let me know what you think of bamboo so I can pass along your feedback to anyone thinking of buying bamboo bats. I have used birch before and I like it. The way I describe it is the flex and feel of ash with the durability of maple. Birch bats need a break in period, so use them for batting practice to compress the wood. The more you use it the harder the wood gets and the better the ball will come off the bat. Bat companies that make birch bats suggest that you don’t use it in the game brand new. But I like birch. Maple and ash you can use brand new in a game if you want. I wouldn’t say any of the three types of wood are better than the others it is a personal opinion. I hope you enjoy your new wood bats and good luck this season.
      Doug Bernier

  18. Avatar für ryan

    I have a question and I’m really hoping you can answer it. So I’ve been looking for a maple bat and I’ve been wanting to get a louisville slugger and surprisingly I haven’t tried their maple bats yet. But I found this one bat that I really like it’s the Josh Hamilton model gh359jh or the h359 and they say it is the exact mlb quality wood that people like josh hamilton would be swinging in games. So is it true? Is it the EXACT same as major league? Because I always try to get the best quality wood that I can get and this caught my attention. You can find the bat on just

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      Thanks for your question. I hate to inform you that when you order that model you are going to get the exact model he swings, but you will not be getting the same quality of wood Josh Hamilton will be using. I don’t know how it breaks down with maple but but with ash I believe there are 13 different qualities of wood and only the best of the best in the major leagues get the best quality. There are major leaguers that don’t get the same quality of wood as Josh Hamilton. That being said, maple bats are closer in quality than ash bats. If you want to try this model give it a try. It is so difficult to see a difference between different grades of maple bats. I think you should try it to see what you think. Most times (unless you find a high end sporting goods store) when you order off the internet you will probably be getting a slightly better product. I know thats not always the case but in my experience that is what I have found. Good Luck on your bat search.
      Doug Bernier

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      Thanks for your comment. Sam bats are nice bats. They were very popular in the late 90’s and early 2000’s but you don’t see them used much anymore. If you can find them and want to pay the hefty price for one, you will most likely love it. I think you bring up a good point, I probably should put it on my list of bats. The reason I left them off is because they aren’t as popular as they once were. The maple they use is very hard, its a good wood bat.
      Doug Bernier

  19. Avatar für Quincy Hamilton
    Quincy Hamilton on

    Hi Doug, I would personally like to say thank you for creating this website it has helped me get better in all aspects of baseball and help better my weaknesses. It is people like you that everyone should look up to for the time and effort you put in to something that we all love…. baseball! Now I am 14 and committed in starting my journey to Major League Baseball. Im a freshman in high school and I am a small, speed guy that hits for base hits and play outfield. I am trying to get stronger to swing bigger bats. I can swing a 32.5 inch bat but my question was what type of bat do you recommend for a player like myself (regardless of price)? Thanks in advance.

    Quincy Hamilton

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I am glad you are getting a lot out of our website and good luck on your journey of baseball. I hope to see you in the big leagues in the future. Don’t worry about being small, there are many guys in the big leagues that aren’t very big. Also, being 14 you still have some growing to do.

      Bats can be a tricky thing. I recommend using wood as much as possible in practice. I have known some smaller guys use really big bats (34 or 35 inches) and choke up. They did this because the larger bats have bigger barrels, when they choked up the weight was balanced just right for them. I heard Tony Gwynn used a 32 inch bat for a while during his big league career. Length is personal preference.

      Since there are so many models out there a good place to start is the most common models Louisville slugger makes. These model numbers are usually used by other bat companies as well since most hitters are familiar with Louisville slugger models. As for a bat company Louisville is fine, but I am partial to smaller bat companies. I feel like I will get better wood, better customer service and it will take less time for the bats to get to me. I personally like Phoenix bats, that is what I use. Also if you use the promo code DOUGB10 on their website you get 10% off.

      The major models are:
      C271 – small tapered handle, small barrel
      P72 – similar to metal bat. Small handle, long medium barrel
      M110 – medium handle, medium barrel
      C243 – small tapered handle, large barrel
      I13 – medium tapered handle, long medium barrel
      S318 – medium tapered handle, large barrel

      Again most bat companies know these models and can make them also. If you like the 32.5 inch bat, great, work with that length. I hope this points you in the right direction in your bat selection process. It may take some time to find your perfect model.

      One more thing, maple will last longer than ash (unless you break it). Ash will eventually flake away on the barrel and no longer be usable. Ash does have more flex than maple and may feel lighter sometimes. Birch bats are starting to become more available now, they tend to have the flex of ash but the durability of maple. But with birch wood you have to break it in. Maple and ash you can use right away and see good results, a birch bat may need a couple hundred swings for it to compress and actually get harder. So if at first the ball isn’t coming off your bat too hot, remember to give it time and the bat will continue to get harder and the bales will come off better.

      I know this was long winded but I hope it helps get you started. Good luck
      Doug Bernier

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      Thanks for your question. I have not used Akadema bats and honestly I don’t see too many professionals using their bats. It does sound interesting with a textured handle which would give you a good grip. Maybe I am old school but I still like using pine tar to “tacky up” my grip, so a textured handle wouldn’t interest me too much but many people may prefer this type of bat and handle. Sorry I don’t have more information on these bats but I don’t have any experience with this bat company or this type of handle. If you do purchase this bat write me back because I would love to hear how you like it and how you liked the textured handle.
      Doug Bernier

  20. Avatar für Scott Smith

    Wanted to ask about birch bats and how they compare to ash or maple. Trying to get a good bat for my son who is in high school and do not know about or hear much about birch wood bats. Looking at the Phoenix bats and like what I see, but don’t know about birch compared to other woods. Thanks.

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      Thanks for your question. I actually was talking to the owner of Phoenix bats not too long ago and he was telling me about his birch bats. Birch has the flexibility similar to ash but has the durability of a maple. The barrel won’t flake away like an ash bat, it actually compresses as you use it. Bat companies will tell you not to judge the bat when you first use it. Give it a week or so of batting practice and you should notice the ball coming off the bat better. I am actually planning on purchasing birch bats this season for myself. I think your son will like using them. Remember if you use Phoenix bats to put in the code DOUGB10 into the promo box on the Phoenix bats website and you will receive 10% off. Hope that helps answer your question.

      Doug Bernier

  21. Avatar für Jake

    Are there any good wood bats in a -8 or -10 that I can get cupped. If there aren’t any good quality ones then I’ll wait until I get a little bit older.

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier


      I was talking with the owner of Phoenix bats, they pride themselves on sending out good wood because they are a smaller company that takes pride in quality and not quantity. When you get wood bats from big companies that put out a lot of bats, the quality of the wood suffers when the bat gets lighter.

      Think about it for a second, the more dense the wood the heavier it is. So if you take two bats that are exactly the same model and size but one is 2 ounces lighter, it would make sense that the wood that was used wasn’t as good as the heavier bat.

      But he did tell me they could make a -7 or -8 ounce bat for young kids and about a -5 for kids around 12 years of age. I’m not sure how old you are but that was the answer I received. Keep in mind that if you get an evenly weighted bat it may seem lighter than it weighs. Bats tend to seem heavier when it has a big barrel and more of the weight is in the end portion of the bat.

      If you put in the promo code DOUGB10 you will also receive 10% off your bat order.

      You can also look at other bat companies we liked on our website

      Hope this helps.
      Doug Bernier

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier


      Thanks for your question. I have not heard of Maddog bats. I will keep a look out for them. Bat companies have to get their bats certified by MLB in order for players to use their bats in the minor leagues or big leagues. I don’t believe Maddog bat company has done that. Every year we get a list of bat companies that we can use and I will keep a look out for Maddog bat company.

      Doug Bernier
      Pro Baseball Insider

  22. Avatar für Steve Klopp

    Hi Doug,
    What do you think of MAX BATS? I would like to hear your opinion.
    Also, in the 70’s before the use of metal bats I used a Louisville Slugger MC44 33 inch. Louisville’s website appears inferior to other bat companies. Do you think I could get a Model MC44 bat custom made?


    Steve Klopp


    • Avatar für Doug Bernier


      Thanks for your question. First I want to say that I really like Max bats. I tried them for the first time this spring training and I thought they were nice. I only tried maple, not the ash. The bat seemed hard and durable. I have seen plenty of minor league and big league players using Max bats, they are starting to get more popular.

      I agree I don’t like Louisville Sluggers website. I am pretty sure you can order your MC44 bat but I would try calling them. It may be easier actually talking to someone that works there.

      Good Luck, hopefully you can get your bat.

      Doug Bernier
      Pro Baseball Insider

  23. Avatar für danny williamson

    K R 3 a canadian bat company formerly the cooper bat company.
    i have seen a lot of use in the west coast but not at the pro level. i think the companies that can drop money in the majors get great exposure,but there is this little guy with gr8 quality. as for affordability, they make a composite that is gr8 because it has the durability and the composite helps player as they learn to hit and they have a pop not like the other composites on the market.
    have a gr8 season

    • Avatar für Doug Bernier

      Thanks for your comment about the KR3 baseball bat. I havent heard of them but I will keep a look out. I know that for bat companies to be used at the pro level they need to be certified through Major League Baseball. I am not sure if they are, but I will keep an eye out.

      Thanks, Doug

  24. Avatar für Dave Lapinel

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