We’ve hit with every performance bat from 2015 through 2020. These are the Best Bat for 10 Year Old readily available that we’ve tested and measured.
By Brian September 4, 2019 3:07 pm
Update September 19: We’ve hit with all the 2020 bats and used the data we collected to determine the best bats for 10 year olds. There are, of course, many good options as always. After hitting with all the 2020 bats we put together this list for new and experienced players.
For a 10 year old we think the right bat size is either a 29/19 or 30/20. That is, 29-inches in length and 19-ounces or a 30-inch length in an 20-ounce. We asked over 200 parents of 10 year old players and found those two were the favorites by far. We also measured each of those players based on their weight, height, skill level and strength. We found that different physical metrics are not good indicators as to what is the right sized bat for a 10 year old. See more details in the image below.
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).
We even found that most 10 year olds are pretty happy with their bat size. We think the vast majority of 10U baseball players should go with a 29/19. If they are considerably stronger or have experience with a 30/20 already then go that route. Pay close attention to the swing weight of bats too and make sure if you do go the 30/20 route you stay away from the ones with the end loaded or heavy swing weights.
In the end, we would not overthink it here. If you are not quite sure what size bat to get then go with the 29/19 and get to hitting. More than likely its going to work just great. If you are looking at a drop 11 bat then go with the 30/19. If there’s a drop 12 you like out there we say go with a 32/20. But, in most instances, we think drop bats lose so much mass in the barrel they lack the performance of their drop 10 counterparts. In other words, stay drop 10 if you can and drop 11 if you’re really into a bat that only comes in that size (like the drop ADV 360 or Solo).
|Best USSSA Bat for 10 Year Old||Best USA Bat for 10 Year Old||Best Value Bat for 10U||Runner Up - Top 10 Year Old Bat||Best Fastpitch Bat 10 Year Old||Best Value USSSA for 10 Year Old|
|Brand||1. Marucci||2. Easton||3. Easton||4. DeMarini||5. Louisville Slugger||6. Marucci|
|Model||CAT 8||ADV 360||Beast X Hybrid||CF||LXT||F5|
|Type||Single Piece Aluminum||Two Piece Composite||Hybrid||Two Piece Composite||Two Piece Composite||Single Piece Aluminum|
|Weight||Balanced||Balanced||Very End Loaded||Balanced||Light||Balanced|
Most 2020 bats have already hit the shelves so we don’t expect much to change over the course of the next few months. But, we do expect Marucci to update the CAT 8 significantly earlier in the 2020 year. As well, DeMarini almost always drops some updated version of the CF between now and the holidays.
The newest bat will be Easton’s Maxum—which looks to recreate the Combat Maxum of days gone by. It comes in a drop 10 that should just about perfect for many 10 year olds looking for the best bat.
As a general rule, we think the best bat for a 10U needs to be light, affordable and easy on the hands. As we hit with every bat between 2015 and 2020 over the last 5 years we have a decent feel for what that type of player prefers.
Generally, we found this: 10 years old is the first time many players start taking their bat seriously. It’s also a time when a lot of folks try baseball for the first time. If you’re someone who has played a lot of ball and wants the best we suggest you look real close at Marucci’s CAT 8 or DeMarini’s CF in USSSA. USA hitters, not on a budget, should really like the drop 11 2020 Easton ADV 360.
We dive into sizing below, but most 10 year old hitters are using a drop 10 30/20 or 29/19. A drop 11 30/19 is a great choice too.
Sizes: 27, 28, 29, 30, 31-inch | Drop: 10 | Bat Type: Single Piece Aluminum | Barrel Type: Aluminum | Price: $$$$ | Swing Weight: Balanced | Rating: 4.9/5 | Models: MSBC88, MSBC85, MCBC8, MCBCC8, MSBC8 | Features: Variable Wall Thickness, Anti-Vibration Knob, Top End User Reviews
In terms of overall value we don’t know of a better deal than the single piece aluminum CAT 8 from Marucci. Sure, there is the famous (or is it infamous) DeMarini CF Zen. If you’re looking for the best potential power than the CF has the CAT 8 by a bit. But, if you want a durable bat that will last a few seasons and can absolutely crush a ball if you can square one up then the 2018 Marucci Cat 8 is the winner. The pricing is in the low $200’s which makes it an easier choice over other bats which also get great ratings but price out well into the $300 range for a drop 10 USSSA.
There is a 2020 version of the CAT 8 called the Posey28 Metal. It is, essentially, a colored up version of the 2019 CAT 8 with Buster Posey’s name on it. We like that bat plenty. But, since the CAT 8 is still in ample supply and a little bit cheaper than the Posey28 we chose it instead. If you really want that color up and/or are a huge fan of Buster than feel free—with our blessing.MORE: 2019 Marucci CAT 8 Review
Sizes: -inch | Drop: 11 | Bat Type: Two Piece Composite | Barrel Type: Composite | Price: $$$$ | Swing Weight: Balanced | Rating: 4.8/5 | Models: BB20MX | Features: Every size offering imaginable
Easton lost serious footing in the Little League space when they switched over to the USA bat standard for 2018. They continue to claw there way back with an overhaul to the Ghost Evolution from last year. This year’s 2020 Easton ADV 360 felt great to our hitters and ultra light. For a 10 year old it gets that extra inch in a drop 11 so we’d suggest you go with a 31/20 before the 30/19. It does cost $50 more than the drop 10 version but the composite is different, thinner and we can expect really good performance all year long.
Granted, we aren’t quite sure on the durability yet of the USA ADV 360. It is too early to tell. However, we have hit with the bat extensivley, measured its success and uptake at the Little League World Series for 2019 and tracked exit speeds and swing weights. We’re not sure any bat is worth $350, but based on market prices this is ‘reasonable’ and our favorite USA bat for a 10 year old.MORE: 2020 Easton ADV 360 Review
Our very first best USA bat was the 2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid. We made that determination almost two years ago and we were not wrong. The bat can make balls sing. Problem is, though, the thing swings heavy. As such, especially for a 10U, you’ll need to size down. We’d suggest a 28/18 or 29/19 with a real preference towards the 28. It also comes in a 27 inch, if you can find it, but that starts to get too short.
The Beast X Hybrid is a hot out of the wrapper USA bat that beat every other USA bat for 2018 in exit speed tests by a wide margin. It also feels fantastic on hits. In 2019 Easton went away from the Hybrid to a lighter swinging “speed” version of the bat. That version is just fine—nothing to write home about. But the added girth in that drop 10 Beast X makes it a verifiable monster. If you think you can wield it and need a USA bat that performs better than other bats 2 to 3 times its price then take the leap.
We would NOT buy this bat if you can swing USSSA. No amount of extrodinary USA performance will put it even in reach of a good USSSA bat let alone a good one.MORE: 2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid Review
Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch | Drop: 10 | Bat Type: Two Piece Composite | Barrel Type: Composite | Price: $$$$ | Swing Weight: Balanced | Rating: 4.8/5 | Models: WTDXUFX20, WTDXCBC20, WTDXCB520, WTDXC8Z20, WTDXCBZ20 | Features: Huge Barrel, Long Sweet Spot
Some people out there absolutely hate the CF. Let’s just get that out of the way. Others, like us, love it. The hate stems entirely from warranty issues for a bat that is has a reputation (and reality) of not being very durable. Throw in a 2017 version that was made illegal at the last minute, a 2018 version that was made illegal and then no longer illegal and you have yourself a very interesting story to follow that includes a lot of haters.
But, if you are willing to look past more than a few complaining about the bat’s durability, you’ll find yourself in awe of the power of the USSSA Drop 10 2020 CF. The ONLY reason we don’t rate it as number is one is because of the price at $350 when compared to the CAT 8 at $220 is a better bat for a 10U who will grow out of their bat in less than year.
In terms of sizing, note that the bat swings light. Don’t allow any Facebook group convince you the bat weights more than it should. (We talk about that here). Scale weight has very little to do with swing weight. The right size for a 10 year old in the CF is a 30/20. A few might appriciate a little more speed in the 29/19, but if you can swing the 30/20 we think its the best of the CF bunch.
If you want more proof, go to any top end national tournament where 10U are playing and expect to see the DeMarini CF (in any one of its years) more than you see any other bat combined. The thing rakes in the USSSA drop 10 space and every one knows it.MORE: 2020 DeMarini CF Review
Before we get ahead of ourselves, we like the 2019 version of the LXT just as much as the 2020 version. But, shortly, supplies of the 2019 LXT will be short. However, in the meantime, if you can find a 2019 drop 11 version absolutely categorically go for it because it will be cheaper as vendors try and unload older inventory.
If budget is not much of an issue, then we suggest the 2020 LXT in a drop 11 as the best fastpitch bat for a 10 year old. The right size should be a 31/19 or maybe a 30/18. The LXT in a drop 11 is made perfectly for the smaller hitter who needs help with bat speed. As well, the bat’s connection piece is one of the best in the industry and creates some of the softest landings in all of the softball space. Smaller hitters love the bat’s light swing, long barrel and great feel on contact.
Don’t be driven away from the LXT by hater Amazon reviews. Those people have some bad warranty experience or bought a grey market bat only to have it break without a reciept. Buy the LXT (2019 or 2020) from a certified vendor and you’ll be just fine.MORE: 2020 Louisville Slugger LXT Review
Sizes: 28, 29, 30, 31-inch | Drop: 10 | Bat Type: Single Piece Aluminum | Barrel Type: Aluminum | Price: $$ | Swing Weight: Balanced | Rating: 4.5/5 | Models: MSBF5X10, MCBF5, MJBBF5 | Features: Stiff Swing, Ring Free Barrel
Another great choice, and one that can save you a few bucks, is the 2018 Marucci F5. These bats are in large supply and can usually be found a discount. It has the same exact barrel as the Marucci CAT 8 (which is the best bat for a 10 year old). It does not have the anti-vibration knob and the aluminum material is a bit different. However, it runs at less than half the price of a CAT 8 too. If you want a fantastic value buy for a 10 year old in the USSSA space then we’d go for a 29/19 or 30/20 USSSA drop 10 Marucci F5.
If you’re seeing serious pitch speeds then you might want to look elsewhere. The only major complaints from the F5 are some occasional denting and hand ring when the ball isn’t squared up. These issues are exaggerated when you start seeing faster pitch speeds. Otherwise, the Marucci F5 comes highly recommended by us as we’ve hit it hundreds of times with multiple hitters. The fact its on a massive deal right now is great news for everyone.MORE: 2018 Marucci F5 Review | New Bats, Same Barrels
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.Best Youth Wood Bat »