Should college baseball switch to wood bats? | The Tylt
College baseball is a stepping stone for many aspiring MLB players. However, the difference in equipment is still stark enough to call into question how prepared players actually are. Aluminum bats are required in college baseball, and if they want to go professional, student-athletes should be swinging wood. Still, the new composite bats have been made to reflect the same power attributes of wooden bats. And with the NCAA beholden to sponsors, a switch is impossible. What do you think? ⚾
Should college baseball switch to wood bats?
If professionals use wood bats, college baseball players should too. Aluminum bats might be close to wooden bats now, but it's still not the same. You wouldn't give an aspiring baker an Easy-Bake Oven to train with. These athletes should be using professional equipment.
Composite bats have been the standard in college baseball, and are no longer the power boosters they were in the past. Here is Art Gardner, an MLB scout, with more:
It takes some of the guesswork out of recruiting in college baseball. You used to go to a game and it seemed like every team's lineup had six guys with 10-plus homers...Now we have a much better idea who really has the ability to get the ball out of the park.
These bats are similar enough to wood bats that they don't need to be replaced