We’ve hit with every performance bat from 2015 through 2020. These are the Best Bat For 13 Year Old readily available that we’ve tested and measured.
By Brian September 5, 2019 5:54 pm
Update September 19: We updated this list with most of the 2020 bats. Many 2019 options remain on the list as they didn’t beat out the new versions of the bat and can still reasonable be found on major vendor sites.
The right size bat for a 13 year old depends on their league. If its BBCOR then the most common bat size is a 31/28 followed by the 32/29. If you’re in USSSA or USA then the right bat size for most 13 year olds is a 32/27. You can see more commentary on our bat size chart here.
We surveyed over 100 13 year old players in BBCOR leagues to determine what was the right bat size. We found the most popular size as a 31/28 followed closely by the 32/29. Many BBCOR bats, you may have noticed, don’t come in a 31-inch.
As well, our survey showed that more people were happy with their 31/28 then they were with their 32/29 but not by much. We’d suggest a 31 for most and a 32 if you feel like you know what you are doing. See more bat sizing data here.
We did a similar thing with our non BBCOR playing 13 year olds. We found sizes all over the map with the most popular as a 31/26. However, the 32/22 wasn’t far behind.
We’d do all we could to shy away from the drop 10 bat market as a 13 year old. BBCOR is right around the corner and making the jump from a drop 10 to a drop 3 might be a bad idea. As well, many leagues are imposing drop bans on the 13U teams. For example, USSSA doesn’t allow 13 year olds to play with anything other than a drop 8 or 5. (Effective January 1 of 2020). Even if you are in a non BBCOR or USSSA league we’d suggest trying to get as much weight in the bat that you can swing as to get you ready for freshman ball right around the corner.
|Best Bat For 13 Year Old||Best USA Bat for 13 Year Olds||Best BBCOR bat for 13 Year Old||Best Fastpitch Bat for 13 Year Old|
|Brand||1. DeMarini||2. Axe||3. Rawlings||4. DeMarini|
|Type||Two Piece Composite||Two Piece Hybrid||Two Piece Composite||Two Piece Composite|
At the time of this writing most of the 2020 baseball bats have hit the market. We don’t think there is much to hold out for especially in the drop 8 or drop 5 space. Often, and we expect it this year, big companies like DeMarini come out with a limited edition CF for the holiday push. But, those unique color ups are the same bat with a color up. So, if you’re not in the mood to wait around and get something potentially unique then we’d suggest you dive right into the 13 year old bat market.
The 13 year old bat market has a ridiculous amount of options due to the fact that it becomes the nexus of every league and age. There are 13 year olds still playing USA or USSSA leagues as well as a new crop playing BBCOR. As well, you have some leagues that restrict bat drops to 5 or 8 only for 13U. Throw in the fact that some 13 year olds are huge while others are still waiting to grow and you have a verifiable cluster of bat options. To say the least, narrowing down all the bats out there to the ‘best’ is a terrible proposition as it simply depends on what you want.
We’ve hit with every bat since 2015 and put together this list of the best bats for 13 year olds. We categorize them by a USSSA, USA and BBCOR option. Not to spoil the surprise, but our favorite overall bat is 2020 DeMarin’s CF. This is a USSSA bat with an amazing feel in the drop 5 and one of the only bats in the upper echelon of bat prices that we think justifies the price. In USA we love the 2019 Axe Elite in a drop 5 32/27 with its balanced feel, great player feedback and hot out of the wrapper performance. BBCOR 13 year old players will really like Rawlings 2019 Quatro Pro as it does very well on slow pitch speeds.
Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33-inch | Drop: 5 | 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
The problem with 13 year old bat choice is the league requirements. Most 13 year olds use USSSA but several require USA and about as many need a BBCOR bat. As such, calling the drop 5 CF the best bat for a 13 year old is missing the point for most. That said, if you are still in a league that allows USSSA bats and are playing 13U then you’ll love everything about DeMarini’s Drop 5 CF. This assumes, of course, you don’t really have a budget and can handle some swing weight.
In terms of exit speeds and feel no bat gets better ratings. Any complaints about durability that you can find online about DeMarini’s CF (and older CF Zen models) is directed towards the drop 10 version. This drop 5 has very little durability issues, tons of consumer love, a great feel and hair burning power. If you’re willing to afford it we recommend it across the board for 13 year olds.MORE: 2020 DeMarini CF Review
If you’ve yet to try an Axe handle and are looking for a great 13U bat in the USA space may we suggest the Axe Elite. The bat was the only Axe bat to make it too the Little League world series—it did a couple of times. There’s a reason for that: its a really good bat. In truth, too, there are not a lot of drop 5 USA bats to choose from so its easy to stand out. The Axe Elite feels great, swings smooth and can really drive a ball if you barrel it up. We think any hitter in the 13U space looking for a top end USA bat will really like the Axe.
If they want a real end load then Slugger’s Select might do the trick. But, the Axe is built more for the balanced hitter and it proves its worth in just a few at bats. Don’t be shy about the ergonomic Axe handle either. It works and don’t let anyone else tell you it doesn’t.MORE: 2019 Axe Elite Review
Of all the bat categories on this list we think the best bat for a BBCOR playing 13 year old is the easiest choice. Rawlings 2019 Quatro is a monster at the plate and appears to do fantastic damage on slower pitch and swing speeds. If you’re in the market for a top end performing BBCOR bat with a smooth swing then look no further. (It was our favorite 2019 BBCOR bat).
That said, 13 year old players come in all shapes and sizes. Smaller ones who need as much help at the plate as possible might want to check out a bat that comes in a 30 or 29 like DeMarini’s CF or Slugger’s Solo. But, if you’re looking for the best performing bat that comes in a 31-inch BBCOR then the 2019 Quatro Pro is a great pick. (For what its worth, we’d put the 2018 Quatro over the 2019 Quatro Pro but the 2018 #glowstick, as they called it, is much more difficult to find).MORE: 2019 Rawlings Quatro Pro Review
13 Year’s old is the prime time to really invest in a great softball bat. In theory, most girls could swing a drop 10—and they can swing this size bat through most of high school. Granted, many grow at different rates here. But, the idea of getting a bat with 2 or 3 years of serious life here is a reasonable.
Although not cheap, DeMarini’s 2020 CF is our favorite fastpitch bat and so happens to come in the exact right size for a 13 year old looking to splurge into something serious. We’ve hit with every fastpitch bat since 2016 and yet to find a hitter who was down on the CF. Doesn’t mean it is the right bat for everyone. But, that 13 year old fastpitch player looking for a great feel and a light swing on a bat that will last a season or two should really consider DeMarini’s CF for 2020.
If you want a heavier swinging CF then look for a bat called the CF Insane which comes in the drop 8 and drop 9. (The CF only comes in a drop 11 and drop 10).
Note, too, there have not been many changes in the DeMarini CF line for a couple years (as we point out in our review). As such, if you can find a previous year’s model like the 2019, 2018 or 2017 at a discount then go for it.MORE: 2018 DeMarini CFX Review
Our general rule is take the age of the player and multiply it by the number of games they will play. So, a 13 year old playing 25 games this year should spend NO MORE than $325 on their bat.
Of course many variables go into how much you should spend, but we like to put a maximum on parents so they don’t feel torn between spending too much. At $325 you can get most of the fastpitch bats in the space.
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