Giancarlo Stanton stole the show last night with the most impressive power display we’ve ever seen. 61 bombs. Obviously that’s the bat everyone wants to know about and you’ll hear all about it, but it was an awesome display of artillery all around. Here is every one of them and their link if available.
An interesting takeaway from the Derby is that 3 of the best power hitters in baseball are swinging BIRCH wood. Jack Hillerich, former Hillerich & Bradsby (Louisville Slugger) CEO once told WPW that birch didn’t catch on in its early days because of the sound, but we’ve been seeing it more recently. Birch, please!
Variation of Rawlings 271 Maple 34″/32oz
Seager swung a variation of the classic 271 turning model from Rawlings—when you think of a balanced bat, this is the prototype. Learn more about this cut from our bat expert, Christian Dunbar, in our “TOP 5 MOST POPULAR WOOD BATS IN MLB.”
The 271 has a tapered knob, medium handle, and a tapered medium barrel. This profile makes the bat very easy to swing and balanced. The profile allows for the bat to be made out of the densest wood available.
Guys like Prince Fielder, Tulo, Brandon Phillips, and Pedro Alvarez among many others swing this turn from various companies.
Seager also got a DP318 from Rawlings but he didn’t use it.
Trinity PC35 Birch 34/32 with Lizard Skin Grip
The power hitter’s standard 34/32 -2 drop. Not much else is known about this one but we know Trumbo used to swing the PS 27:1, Adrian Gonzalez’ model.
Pictured is Pujols’ bat, but Cano swung the same. The AP5P is one of several variations to the available AP5. The difference is slight modifications to the barrel (for different balance points).
We did a breakdown on Duvall’s bat earlier this week in our “Top 7 NL Power Hitters” post and you can check it out here. In hindsight, leaving Giancarlo out of that post despite a slow 1st half is the most pathetic mistake in WPW history. 61 apologies.
“The Cargo 5 has the biggest barrel permitted, a standard handle and a big knob.”
You can get Cargo’s bat here.
MaxBat WM4 Maple 34/32.5
Wil Myers’ MaxBat WM4 is an R10 (available) with a beefed up barrel. Myers and his bear paws have no use for peasant batting gloves.
MARUCCI SH7 (“JERSEY’S FINEST”) MAPLE 35″/32.5oz
Frazier had the Sinatra quote put on for the Derby. The SH7 is a very long (35″) and skinny bat, with a CU26 handle, thinner neck and smaller barrel. Frazier swings it like a whip and that’s what he looks for in a bat.
There’s a good chance that if you look up in the sky tonight, you’ll see no less than 20 of Stanton’s missiles orbiting the Earth. Stanton has NASA pop. Learn more about this one on Sam Bat’s website. The pro rep for Sam Bat said you can go to the site, use the chat option to speak with a rep, and you can get Stanton’s exact cut.