Finding the Best Youth Baseball Bat of 2014 is a difficult task — especially when the category criteria is budget. Youth barrel bats are 2 1/4 bats (opposed to big barrel or senior barrel bats that are 2 5/8 or 2 3/4). There are hoards of bats in this category under $80 brand new. When considering resale value, durability, user performance review and sting dampening the Louisville Slugger Assault rises to the top.
Most low end bats plummet in price when its new version come out. They also struggle in the secondary market–often finding themselves in a situation where someone is unwilling to pay even the shipping to get the bat sent to them. The Assault, however, has kept its value well and the bat is still fetching almost full retail pricing a year from release. This proves, in a round about way, the market appreciates the bat’s performance and durability.
The pop, considering its time tested ST+20 aluminum alloy construction, is dependable and for the smaller hitters who tend to gravitate towards the swing weight of the Assualt find the bat has sufficient bounce and power. These make it the best youth baseball bat in 2014 for those not willing to spend an arm and a leg.
The durability of the ST+20 alloy is unbeatable in the space. It is hard, these days, to spend less than $80 on a baseball bat and expect it to last, but Lousiville Slugger made this alloy famous in the original Omaha bat line and haven’t looked back.
If there is one defficienty (outside of the more obvious non-composite pop) its that the bat caters to the lighter swinger. The bat is handle loaded which allows for a faster swing speed or less brawny swinger. Yet, on the flip side, it lacks the capability to drive the ball hard. We’d suggest the Assault would find a better home in the hands of the younger little leaguers who like base hits.