Last updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
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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.
By the way, there are WAY more than just 6 bats we that fit this age class and are legit, but in an attempt to be helpful we made the hard decisions made cuts. We update these regularly as new bats arrive and as pricing in the market changes.
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 bats length in inches and its weight in ounces). Of course there are several exceptions to this recommendation (like his league only allows smaller 2 1/4 inch barrels or he 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 would spend $200 at most and $100 at least. This is pricing for new bats only.
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 be 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, as of the morning of me writing this, Wilson Sporting Goods). The price point is, we think, 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 will only be used for a season before he 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 find a good home with this hybrid bat. The Vexxum will generally be on the higher price side of this category but it’s hard to not recommend considering it’s great pedigree and user reviews. Check pricing here before you buy elsewhere.