We have spent hours and hours dissecting the features of the 2018 Mizuno Ghost. This is a new bat for Mizuno in 2018, designed like many of the high end bats in the space, but with a twist. That is, they use floating rings in the bat’s barrel to help increase barrel size and expand the length of the sweet spot. We share some recommendations and insights in our 2018 Mizuno Ghost Review below.
The two piece composite space is filled with high performing—and high priced—bat options. These include the 918 series from Slugger, the Zen from DeMarini, the Ghost from Easton, the Quatro from Rawlings and the Avenge from Axe.
But, in terms of a single piece composite the Ghost stands almost alone. There is the hyperwhip from Easton and a late USA Rawlings release called the threat. But those aren’t meant to compete with the Ghost from Mizuno. Those are lower priced and smaller barreled bats. The Ghost from Mizuno really tries to capture the Combat MAXUM market.
You can expect most major online retailers to carry at least some of the 2018 Mizuno bat line. Places likecarry their whole line, but closeoutbats, curiously, does not. Maybe they know something we don’t. As always, check your favorite haunts and look through Amazon listings too.
The Ghost is built in the BBCOR and USABat space for players who prefer a smooth smash, lighter swing and bigger barrel. As such, those in the BBCOR and Youth USABat space who would prefer a light swing and a big barrel on a two piece bat should put it on their short list.
Two issues will make you hesitate on the Ghost. First is the plethora of bats with similar general construction design. No doubt, the ringed nature of the inner barrel on the Ghost is unique, but the externally large barrel is not unique to the space. As such, the Ghost might be a fine choice for your needs, but how to decide between that and the half dozen other similarly priced and designed bats? Maybe flip a coin.
Second, the bat is not inexpensive. Sure, the price is not different than other bats in its space. Frankly, we have a hard time wholeheartedly recommending a bat which has exactly zero years of pedigree, yet asks the same price as others who do. For all we know, Mizuno knocked it out of the park with the first iteration of the Ghost. But, it’s more likely the bat needs some tweaking, and that will take a year or two to figure out. Yet in the meantime, we are supposed to pay the same for this bat as we do other long term brands with a track record? Definitely reason to hesitate, we think.
The 2018 Mizuno Ghost will come in two sizes. They are the drop 3 BBCOR that ranges in 31 to 34 inches. The USABat is a drop 10 and will come in a 29, 30 and 31 inch length.
At its core, the 2018 Mizuno Ghost is a two piece composite bat built with a large barrel and a light swing. The barrel is very large, and depending the length, often ranks among the very largest on the market for 2018.
The Ghost’s most unique feature is the use of two rings within the barrel. These rings allow for a longer barrel that can also pass the restriction test.
Rings inside of bat barrels are not new. A lot of fastpitch bats do it too. In the baseball space, the 2018 Rawlings Quatro uses an elongated ring type feature at the end of its barrel. DeMarini’s retooled CF Zen also uses a type of governing ring.
Other companies, like Easton and Marucci, would claim the rings compensate for a lack of engineering. They also increase swing weight by putting more mass in the barrel. Mizuno would counter that rings can extend the length of the usable sweet spot.
From a pure performance standpoint, which approach you take doesn’t matter that much. And we’ve yet to see any data that convinces us one way is better than the other.
We find it, lets say, interesting, Mizuno delivered a bat called the Ghost in the same year that Easton changed their bats name from the MAKO to the Ghost. This is way too random to be just a coincidence.
We have no inside knowledge to think so, but we suspect Mizuno saw an opportunity to feed off a bit of confusion. The bats are made similarly—both two piece composites with a big barrel. Both have the same price point. And both, oddly, are named the Ghost.
There are no fewer than 5 major brands that offer a two piece composite bat with a big barrel. DeMarini offers a CF Zen. Slugger offers a 918 Prime. Easton makes the Ghost X. Rawlings makes a Quatro. Axe’s version is called the Avenge. And, now, Mizuno’s two piece composite with a big barrel, a light swing, and an outrageous price point (they all are) is called the Ghost.
In other words, if you would like to compare to a similar bat to the Ghost, in the 2018 class you have no shortage of options.
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