If you are looking for the best bat for a 10 year old then we've got you covered. We've sorted through every baseball bat on the planet and can wholeheartedly recommend the following bats.
Is this all the bats?
We should note, there are WAY more than just six bats that fit this age class---many of which we would happily recommend. But, in an attempt to be helpful rather than exhaustive, we made the hard decisions. For you quick reference, one of our favorite bats for a 10 year old is the Marucci Hex Composite. We like the bats huge barrel and light swing for this age group. It may be one of the most under appreciated bats in the 2017 lineup.
Best 10 Year Old Bat Sources
We divide our bat choices in terms of the number of games played. We think this makes some sense---although every player will have different needs and different swing skills. We also referred to a number of sources while writing this article. The most helpful one may have been our 2017 Baseball Bat Reviews. Otherwise, the Best Bat articles for 9 Year Olds and the Best Bat for 11 Year Olds articles were useful. Additionally, our Best Batsr landing page may be of some use if you are looking for different categories.
Best Bats for 10 year Olds
|Games Played||11 to 20||20 to 30||30 to 50||50+|
|Bat||516 or 517||MAXUM||HEX||Beast|
|Barrel Sizes||2 1/4, 2 5/8, 2 3/4||2 5/8, 2 3/4||2 5/8, 2 3/4||2 1/4, 2 5/8, 2 3/4|
|Drops||5, 10, 13||10||10|
|Another Option||Combat Vigor||Axe MB50||Rawlings VELO||Demarini CF Zen|
11 to 20 Games: Slugger 517
There are, without exaggeration, another dozen bats that fit into this category of bats. The 517 is still considered a performance bat with a real focus on peak standard performance, but it comes in a discounted "top shelf" price due to its simple single piece design. We have liked this iteration of bat since its release as the 515 a few years back, and we still like it now in the 517 realm. The bat comes in a 2 1/4, 2 5/8 and a 2 3/4 as well as a JBB version. Worth every penny.
Don't hesitate on a 516 model that many groups are selling brand new.
If you want something different but still in this price range, check out the Combat VIGOR. Combat went out of business, but dropped all their inventory on justbats.com who is selling them for a steep discount.
21 to 30 Games
Last year we would have put the Combat MAXUM toward the top of the best-bats-available-on-the-entire-market list. The barrel is GIGANTIC and the swing weight about as low as it gets. When Combat went out of business they unloaded all their inventory on major vendors. You can still buy this bat for a considerable discount.
31 to 50 Games
Speaking of bats you've probably never heard of, the Marucci Hex Connect is a sweet singing two piece composite with a more reasonable price point than the MAKO, Quatro and Zen. Although in the same class as those bats, expect to save a few bucks with this oversized barrel and light swing.
The only bat that really competes in the 10 year old space with the Easton MAKO Beast is DeMarini's Zen. Both, we would suggest, are for the top shelf player willing to afford a top shelf bat. The Beast comes in every size imaginable and has become the standard to which all other bats are compared. The only serious disadvantage is the bat's price.
Older Model Options for 10 Year Olds
If you're playing more than 40 games this season we will not hesitate to recommend the best. And although there are a handful of bats in the top shelf arena, DeMarini's CF7 is always on our shortlist. (Full review here).
The Big Barrel version comes in a 2 5/8 or 2 3/4 and we suggest, if your league allows it, go the 2 3/4. (There is also a highly recommendable 2 1/4 version). The average 10 year old should swing a drop 10. Check the pricing on a 2 3/4 drop 10 here.
Another recommendable option in this category is the 2015 Marucci Hex Composite. (Full review here). It does not come with the CF7's pedigree, but it does pack a punch. The Hex is a one piece composite so it will probably have less durability and a little more sting in the hands on mishits. The bat also comes in a 2 1/4, 2 5/8 and 2 3/4 in a drop 10. Check pricing here.
20 to 40 Games
This two piece hybrid bat is an upgrade from the 2014 Vertex. It's a great bat brand from a great company (which is now Wilson Sporting Goods). The price point is more in the wheel house of parents pulling the trigger for a serious player, but one where baseball has yet to take over his life. As well, for a bat that may only be used for a season before your player gets too big, it makes a lot of sense. Check pricing here before buying elsewhere.
Another great option in this space is the Rawlings Velo. (Full review here). Those looking for the lightest swing possible should like the VELO's unique design as a one piece alloy with oversized composite end cap. Best pricing for the VELO usually found with a search like this.
Less Than 20 Games
One highly recommendable option in the 'less than 20 game' space is the 2015 Louisville Slugger 515 Omaha. (Full review here). This is a solid bat with a moderate swing weight in a one-piece aluminum. Great design and great reviews across the board on a well priced bat. The 515 Omaha comes in a 2 1/4, 2 5/8 and 2 3/4. Remember, get the biggest barrel your league will allow. Check pricing here.
Another legitimate option in the less than 20 game space is DeMarini's NVS Vexxum. (Full review here). For a two piece bat, you will not find a better value on the market, and 10 year olds who hate hand sting will make a good home for this hybrid bat. The Vexxum will generally be on the higher price side of this category, but it's hard to not recommend considering its great pedigree and user reviews. Check pricing here before you buy elsewhere.
Common Questions From Parents of 10 Year Olds
What Size & How Much To Spend?
Generally speaking, for the average 10 year old we'd recommend a 30 inch big barrel bat with a drop 8, 9 or 10. (The drop is the numerical difference between the bat's length in inches and its weight in ounces). Of course there are several exceptions to this recommendation (such as if the league only allows smaller 2 1/4 inch barrels or if your player needs a VERY light bat).
The amount of $$$ you spend on a bat needs to correlate with the number of games played. We suggest you spend no more than $10 per game played and no less than $5. A 20 game season means a budget of $200 at most and $100 at least. This is pricing for new bats only.