We get the biggest kick out of watching what bats the best of little league baseball bring to the plate at their World Series. Easton, who has an exclusive contract with the Little League World Series, dominates the plate by contract. As a result, they smartly release their high performance 2016 little league MAKO bats around this time—and you can often find them on the family of ESPN channels pinging and popping all over the place. This makes it as good a time as any for justbatreviews.com to review the 2016 Easton MAKO Youth bats.
Youth or “Little League” bats, as we know, are required to be no greater than 2 1/4 inch at their greatest diameter. This is opposed to Senior League bats which are also bats for younger players but can have up to 2 3/4 inches on their barrel. All of these bats are required to have the 1.15 BPF certification stamp.
Easton makes several youth barreled (2 1/4) baseball bats. The XL3, S2, S3 and the SC500c from days of yore will have a 2016 version. There are probably several others in the Walmart quality of bats too. But, for 2016, Easton places their top shelf performance youth bats under the MAKO umbrella. There will be three versions of the youth MAKO bat:
1. 2016 Easton MAKO Youth Barrel
The 2016 Easton MAKO youth barrel (Amazon Price Check) bat will likely be the most the popular bat in all of little league—including the 2015 Little League World Series. This bats’ grandfather, the ever famous 2014 MAKO with its neon orange colors, pillaged the pocketbooks of parents a few years ago while other bat manufacturers stood like deer in the headlights watching the MAKO take over little league. It is rumored the 2014 MAKO was the best selling little league baseball bat in history.
Construction & Sizing: The 2016 Easton MAKO, like its 2014 and 2015 counterparts, will be a 2 piece composite bat built with a remarkably low swing weight and a monster sweet spot on an over sized barrel. The youth version of this bat will come in a drop 10, 11 or 12. Each drop, it should be noted, has its own color pattern of neon green, black and white.
Compared to previous years, the 2016 Easton MAKO youth bat only changes the color and an upgraded grip for more cushion. Other bats similar to the MAKO in the youth version are DeMarini’s CF8 and Louisville Slugger’s 916 Prime.
By way of our recommendation, we’d be hard pressed to find a hitter that wouldn’t like the 2016 Easton MAKO. The bat is shockingly smooth and pairs so much barrel with so low a swing weight, just about everyone will find value in the bat. The only hitters who may not appreciate it are those who prefer an end loaded bat or those who love the feel and power of a single piece stick. Other than that, we’ve yet to speak with any user of the 2016 MAKO who doesn’t think it’s the best youth stick in the universe.
2. 2016 Easton MAKO XL Review
We confirmed with Easton that the 2016 MAKO XL (Amazon Price Check) will not make its debut in the Little League World Series. However, we thought it appropriate to add a short blurb in this blog post as to be a comprehensive guide for 2016 Easton youth barrel bats.
The 2016 MAKO XL is a reprint of the 2015 youth MAKO XL. The only difference between the MAKO XL and the MAKO in 2016 is the MAKO XL has a heavier swing weight (and a different paint job). According to our conversation with Easton, we confirmed a 10% increase or thereabouts, in swing weight per given length.
The 2016 Easton MAKO XL will be the only end loaded two piece composite bat in the market for 2016 and we think it a very welcome edition. The bat only comes in a drop 10.
3. 2016 Easton MAKO TORQ Review
Also found at the Little League World Series, and rounding out Easton’s 2016 youth barrel MAKO line, will be the 2016 Youth MAKO TORQ (Amazon Price Check). This bat, made so very famous last year, is released again this year with the same spinning handle.
We wrote a comprehensive blog review on the science behind that spinning handle last year so we will save you the speech for the moment. Suffice it to say Easton believes in the technology so much they put it on their bats again.
The 2016 Youth MAKO TORQ is also a two piece full composite bat with an ultra light swing weight (although slightly heavier than the MAKO). Compared to the 2015 version not much has changed aside from an updated grip cushion and the paint job.
We’ve liked the idea of the spinning handle from day one and, for those who want to try something a bit different, we wouldn’t hesitate recommending the bat if, of course, money was no object. We rarely find the premium on the TORQ worth it—but for dads whose money is finite what else would you expect? These days we’ve found that eBay tends to have some remarkably reasonable deals on the original 2015 TORQ.
2016 Easton MAKO Youth Bat Reviews
As the Little League World Series plays out, Easton will dominate the plate. The trend will continue as they release a bat for every type of hitter in 2016. Small hitters to big, those looking to try the latest and greatest, we’d have a hard time ever saying the MAKO youth barrel isn’t a legit choice. Those who really love one piece bats or would rather have an aluminum or alloy barrel might find a better fit elsewhere. Otherwise, if you want to afford it, the MAKO comes highly recommended from justbatreviews.com.
We often have luck getting great deals on eBay for last year’s model with a search like this: eBay Search. Sort by auction and ‘time ending soonest’. Good luck!