After hours of hitting 2019 fastpitch bats, measuring barrel sizes and exit speeds, we think the 2019 Slugger XENO the best overall fastpitch bat. Our hitters loved the stiff feel on contact, classic sound and middle of the road swing weight.

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Bat (Price) Overall Rank Barrel Size Rank Exit Speed Rank MOI Rank (Low to High
Slugger Xeno 1 Best Fastpitch Bat 6 2 5
Mizuno Power Carbon 2 Best Fastpitch Bat 3 1 4
Slugger LXT 3 Best Fastpitch Bat 7 7 3
DeMarini CF Insane 4 Best Fastpitch Bat 2 5 3
DeMarini CF Zen 5 Best Fastpitch Softball Bat 4 2 2

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Of some surprise, Mizuno’s Power Carbon 2 did remarkably well in our rankings and user feedback. Exit speeds were top shelf, the feel was loved and the swing weight sat right in line with the XENO. For a bat we had barely heard of the Mizuno Power Carbon was a huge, welcome, surprise.

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We like the price point, many size and drop options as well as the exit speeds. Although no serious changes between the 2018 and 2019 versions, the bat absolutely rakes.

Budget Pick

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If you are still tepid about your long term comittment in the compettive fastpitch sapce. Every player we had hit with the LXT had between good and great things to say about the bat. Performance, feel and sound were on the top of most lists. The history of Slugger’s LXT success in the fastpitch space is compelling too. Price check: Amazon.com

Best Fastpitch Softball Bat: 2019 XENO

Our Pick

Best 2019 Fastpitch Bats

Every player we had hit with the LXT had between good and great things to say about the bat. Performance, feel and sound were on the top of most lists. The history of Slugger’s LXT success in the fastpitch space is compelling too.

The competition is stiff for the ‘best fastpitch softball bat.’ But, the 2018 Slugger LXT Hyper drop 10 emerged as our favorite after 200+ hours of testing. We tested over a dozen high-end performance fastpitch bats. In addition to the positives we observed from hitters, we could not find anyone—regardless of hitting type and skill level—who didn’t love the LXT.

Most notably, they liked:

  • the XENO’s stiff feel on contact,
  • Middle of the road,
  • and great exit speeds.

If you can find the 2018 XENO in stock with a warranty then we would suggest buying that (assuming its at a discount) before the 2019 version. They are the same bat. Same connection piece, same barrel, same swing weight, roughly. You are getting a different paint job.

This is not a conspiracy by bat manufacturers or Slugger in particular. Bats are only produced in so much volume and when the 2018 version runs out there will be only 2019 versions. And since the 2018 was a great bat, why change much if anything at all?

Why the 2019 XENO?

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No doubt, there are plenty of really great drop 10 fastpitch bats out there. We like just about every one of them.

Our hitters liked the XENO due to its sound and feel on contact. Even the bad hits felt good, they said.

We like the price point of the bat and the pedigree of a real durability. It is helpful, too, the bat soared in our exit speed testing for average sized hitters.

The at also comes in a number of drops. A drop 8, 9, 10 and 11 for this year’s 2019 Xeno.

See our full 2019 Xeno Review.

Runner Up: 2019 Mizuno Power Carbon

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Best 2019 Fastpitch Bat

No bat has ever surprised us as much as the Power Carbon from Mizuno. The bat is a two piece composite with a swing weight much like the XENO. However, the two piece connection isn’t built as stiff. Our hitters loved every bit of it.

To break into the big time fastpitch space with a brand new bat is a pretty remarkable thing to do. Bats like the CF Zen and LXT have been vying for the top spot in the fastpitch space for a number of years—and many times receiving it. And though we like those best plenty in this year’s 2019 class we can’t stop thinking about how fun the Mizuno Carbon 2 is to hit.

Best Budget Fastpitch: Easton FS400

Budget Pick

Best Fastpitch Bats

If you are still tepid about your long term comittment in the compettive fastpitch sapce. Every player we had hit with the LXT had between good and great things to say about the bat. Performance, feel and sound were on the top of most lists. The history of Slugger’s LXT success in the fastpitch space is compelling too. Price check: Amazon.com

If your budget is outside the ‘performance’ bat market range, we’d consider Easton’s FS400 fastpitch bat as a legitimate budget buy. This is the bat for players convinced their hitting challenges have more to do with their mechanics than bat. Most of all, this fastpitch bat comes with a light enough swing weight  and big enough barrel to work well enough for many hitters.

Why Trust Us?

In short, maybe you shouldn’t. We are simply a group of parents and players looking to document our collective performance on fastpitch and baseball bats. We don’t profess to be the end all be all in determining bat performance. That quest is usually better left to science labs.

But, for what it’s worth, we’ve swung every baseball, softball and fastpitch bat in the performance space since the middle of 2013. With that swinging, we’ve reviewed hundreds of bats. Within that process, we not only swing the bats extensivley but we talk to manufacturers about the bat’s design. We talk to players at all levels of the sport about their experience. Also, we study every available review we can find online or elsewhere. Then, we take that data and put together a 700 to 1200 review that, at least we believe, is the most thorough and objective you would be able to find.

As well, we don’t sell bats as a manufacturer or a vendor. As such, we aren’t incentived one way or another to push a certain brand or bat type. No doubt, we do have incentives. Our incentives lie in convincing the reader to click on an ad or follow a link to buy something on Amazon. Not a guilt free process for sure, but it doesn’t come with any particular brand bias (as long as they sell it on amazon or ebay).

Our Biases

We don’t imply this should mean we have no biases—all baseball and softball players do. We are among them. But we can say our livelihood does not depend on you preferring a particular brand of bat that we review.

In the end, we are parents and players who love the game and think it good to share the data and feedback we’ve compiled. Our hope is the approach is both nonthreatening and unbiased. If other parents and players find something useful in these pages then we feel successful.

Who Should You Buy the XENO?

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The 2019 drop 10 XENO from Slugger is built for the serious player who wants as much gumption from their contact as possible. Players will feel more feedback in this bat then they will with other bats like the LXT or Cf Zen.

The bat is a perfect fit for the middle of the lineup hitter who needs to move runners and create havoc on the defense. The drop 11 would work for players as young as 10 and the drop 8 works for players at the collegiate level.

In terms of performance bats, the XENO comes in a great price point. Most composite bats are well into the $300 range.

What Makes a Good Fast Pitch Bat?

Within our testing, four common themes arose from players discussing what they did and did not like of any particular bat. They are (1) the barrel size, (2) the balance point and (3) the feel of the bat at contact and (4) the bat grands’ reputation.. All preferred a larger barrel. Most preferred a balance point in the middle of the bat instead of toward the end. And nearly all preferred a relatively smooth hit on contact. These four factors weigh heavily in our decision to determine the best fastpitch softball bat.

Features & Construction of the XENO

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The XENO is a mid range swing weight, two piece composite performance bat with stiff transition.

There are have been little changes in the XENO since 2016. (You can read our 2016 review here).

The 2016 LXT Plus from Slugger is a double walled composite bat. (You can read more about this on our 2016 and 2017 LXT reviews). The double walled design is made by forming both an outer and inner shell on the barrel. The outer shell is a thinner composite which allows for hot out of the wrapper performance. The inner shell serves to increase durability, lengthen the barrel and keep the bat from overstepping the allowable trampoline effects.

The bat’s handle is made of similar composite material. This composite helps both dampen sting and keeps the swing weight of the bat low. The LXT has a remarkably low swing weight and gives ‘oh so much’ barrel for such an easy swing. Slugger has been using this same composite handle design for years—and it works.

The transition piece of the bat, that is the piece which holds together the handle and barrel, is stiffer than the others on the market. This stiffer transition gives hitters quick and unmistakable feedback and helps increase power transfer to the ball at impact.

Areas of Concern

It’s an admitted stretch to claim we’ve found the best fastpitch softball bat. Not that we can’t test and measure things scientifically, but hitting, at its core, is much more an art than it is a science. What bat is best for you specifically can not be decided by some metrics and hitting data we’ve gathered.

As such, we disavow any claim here that the LXT Plus is the BEST bat for everyone. Instead, we claim this fastpitch bat is the best for more people than any other. As well, we’d be comfortable stating, nearly every player would have good success with this bat. If it is indeed the particular ‘best’ for your hitting and type and needs is a question we simply can’t answer.

How We Tested & Picked

To make our decision we’ve spent over 200 hours testing, reviewing, reading and writing reviews on every performance fastpitch softball bat in the market. This includes nearly 40 fastpitch models with a nearly innumerable sizing options.

Most of our testing happened in cage work. Much of the rest on the field among different hitters. Almost always the hitter had multiple fastpitch bats at their disposal. The hitter would often change between one particular bat and another in a matter of just a minutes.

Further, we’d spend considerable time hashing out particulars of many of the bats we used with those who used it and those who manufactured it. Many of these converstaions, with both players and engineers, were long and helpful.

Additionally, we found to our surprise, writing our own fastpitch softball bat reviews, which were to be vetted our readers, kept us on our toes. Our data needed to be both accurate and helpful. Some days a very tall task when considering bats in the performance fast pitch space are so very similar.

Those processes above have led us, over the course of the years, to conclude which bat generally fits the most amount of players. This isn’t to say we’d hesitate to recommend other bats—as there are a handful of good ones. But the 2016 Louisville Slugger Drop 10 LXT Plusconsistently rises to the top any way we slice the data.

Should You Buy Used Fastpitch Bats?

Ebay searches for the 2016 LXT Plus from Slugger are plentiful. Many of those searches turn up used bats—the history of which is often questionable. There are some circumstances in which we’d suggest buying a used LXT Plus.

In particular, we are more willing to purchase an LXT plus that is a few months old instead of a few days old. There is a higher probability a composite bat has defects when it’s yet to really be used. The fact the hitter never had a good enough experience with the bat to keep it suggest something may be wrong. This reality keeps us away from ‘used’ bats that are only a few weeks old.

On the other hand, bats with a season or so of good use prove the hitter had good success with the bat but really just outgrew it. Composite tends to get more productive over time so a bat with a year of use likely performs better than one out of the wrapper. As such, we look for a dirty handle and scuffed up barrel as a good thing in the used market.

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Our testers hit every 2019 USSSA Baseball Bat. We tracked the exit speeds of those hits, measured barrel sizes and swing weights as well as detailed our testers’ feedback. We graded out each bat and found the best USSSA Baseball Bat for 2019, regardless of price or drop, is DeMarini’s CF Zen in a drop 5.

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2019 Budget Picks

Those on a budget, or looking for a real value buy, should like the Easton Ghost Speed. We found that bat packs a full on punch, has a huge barrel and swings right where we want it too. If you want something cheaper, then check out the 2019 Rawlings 5150. The 5150 is a staple in the traditional bat market. Smooth swinging, although slightly heaver, single piece aluminum.

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Best 2018 USSSA Big Barrel Bats

Our process included barrel size measurements, exit speed tests and swing weight measurements. That objective data, combined with a dozen hitters using the bats and recording their direct feedback plays roles in determining the best big barrel bats. We also observed what players tended to use at major tournaments and spent considerable time looking for objective online reviews. Much of more detailed findings can be found on our USSSA Big Barrel bat reviews pages under our individual reviews for the following bats. Below is a highlight of our 2018 best big barrel bats.

1. DeMarini CF Zen Drop 10

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The 2018 CF Zen is really a perfect bat. DeMarini has dialed in the feel and barrel performance better than anyone in the USSSA space. We have dozens of players try our every bat in the market (even the small ones) and the Zen always rises to the top, or right near the top, of everyone’s list. This 2018 version is not much different than the 2017 Retooled version. But, even after the 2017 version was retooled we still loved it. See our full 2018 CF Zen review.

2. Easton Ghost X Drop 5

There are a number of other great options in the big barrel space. Especially in the drop 5, we love the Easton Ghost X for many of the same reasons we love the CF Zen in the drop 10. The Ghost X Drop 5 has remarkable pop and a good sized barrel. Expect an endloaded feel. Oddly, the drop 5 Ghost X has a smaller barrel profile than the drop 8 or drop 10 Ghost X, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t absolutely rake. See our 2018 Easton Ghost X review.

3. Marucci CAT 7 Drop 8

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Both the Easton Ghost X and CF Zen come in very nice drop 8 options. But, our favorite drop 8 big barrel for 2018 is Marucci’s CAT 7. This swings, feels and sounds a lot different then the two piece composite bats that grace this list. But, no doubt, it is delivers absolute screamers. We love the balance and slightly tapered grip as well as the durability and brilliant feel. The stiff feel from the single piece can occassioanly ring the hands but Marucci’s AV2 knob is unique feature that makes it reasonable for even young hitters. This is a top shelf cold weather bat built for performance players at a fraction of the price. See our Marucci CAT 7 review.

4. Rawlings VELO Drop 12

Best Big Barrel Bat

The easiest choice on this list is the 2018 Rawlings VELO for the best drop 12 bat. Most bat companies do not take the drop 12 space seriously. They leave their second teir bats to top out on the space. Not Rawlings. They actually upgrade their traditional single piece Rawlings VELO into a two piece composite with a huge barrel and a real great feel. If you are looking for the best 2018 drop 12 bat, and money is not an option, then the two piece Rawlings VELO is a fantastic option. See our Rawlings VELO review.

5. Easton S450

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There are not very many cheap 2018 big barrel baseball bats worth mentioning. Under $75 are about the same. That is, a single piece of aluminum shaved down to offer a light swing weight. These rarely have any tech that helps dampen sting. But, if your player is new to the sport and you just looking to get through a couple games before diving into the deep end we really like the Easton S450. You can find this bat everywhere for a pretty cheap price and as a drop 11 it should be useuful to the beginners.

6. Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha Drop 10

Best Big Barrel Bat

If you have a budget of $100 and are trying to be the most wise we suggest the 2018 Omaha 518 as the best value 2018 Big Barrel Bat. There is not a ton of tech on this bat as, it is, a good old fashioned single piece of aluminum. However, the barrel performs really well and is considered one of Slugger’s top end bats. We like the grip, tapered knob and number of size offerings (drop 10, 8 and 5). It’s a very legit choice for under $100. See our Slugger 518 review.

2018 vs 2017 Big Barrel Options

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As always, looking for many of the above bats in a 2017 model year option can usually save you a few bucks. With the exception of the drop 12 VELO, the 2017 version of each of the bats we list above are basically identical. And, if you can find them, likely worth it at a discount from this year’s model. Finding used or last year’s model is a bit of an art form and we discuss some tricks to buying bats here.

One notable exception, in terms of saving money from last year’s model, is the 2017 Drop 5 DeMarini CF Zen. This bat is straight ridiculous. Very hard to find at any level of a discount. It is our favorite drop 5 bat maybe ever.

Best 2017 Big Barrel Bats

(The below section entails our write up for 2017 bats. If you are looking for our thoughts, after hours of testing, on the 2017 line of big barrel bats then see below).

1. DeMarini CF Zen Drop 10

Best Big Barrel Bats

There are a ton of great drop 5 bats on the market. Easton’s MAKO XL Beast, Marucci’s CAT 7 or the Voodoo Insane are great drop 5 options. But the bomb making ability of the CF Zen is unmatched.

The 2017 model over the 2016 model, added some barrel length with a new internal design. The technology in the knob to help dampen sting is still there. Expect a focused barrel and a super smooth feel. Great for kids who can handle a drop 5, but who don’t think an endload is the feel for them. See our 2017 CF Zen review.

2. Marucci CAT 7 Drop 8

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We originally had DeMarini’s CF Zen in the drop 8 as the winner of this section. However, the bat was deemed illegal by USSSA and several other leagues. As such, it probably does not deserve a strong recommendation.

The drop 8 CAT 7, however, does. The at is dynamite for all the same reasons the drop 5 bat is awesome. Expect a smooth swing and a beautiful ping. The bat sings when it is hit well and it really benefits the player who has good bat speed. The barrel is a good size and the balance is managable but by not means light. See our 2017 Marucci CAT 7 review.

3. DeMarini Voodoo Drop 9

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DeMarini’s Voodoo 2 5/8 big barrel bat is our favorite drop 9 of the bunch, in part because the balanced two piece hybrid is a great smooth swing with that hot out of the wrapper aluminum from DeMarini we have grown to love. Collegiate teams that swing DeMarini almost always tend toward the Voodoo over the CF Series.

The other part of the reason we think it is the best drop 9 big barrel today is because it is just about the only one. Most other brands offer a drop 10 or a drop 8. A two piece hybrid in a drop 10 or drop 8, though, is difficult to find, too. Hence the reason the DeMarini Voodoo dominates the space. See our 2017 DeMarini Voodoo review.

4. Easton Beast Drop 10 2 5/8 or 2 3/4

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No bat space in the baseball bat market is more competitive, save BBCOR, than the drop 10 big barrel space. There are literally a half dozen or more great choices in this exact space. We chose the Easton MAKO Beast as our best big barrel drop 10 for its barrel size, balance weight and great performance. Every single player who used the bat sang it’s praises.

The Easton Beast won our best overall 2017 baseball bat award. Not a small feat. In part that award rests on fulfilling the purpose of the drop 10, which the Beast does so very well. We are confident there is not a kid in the drop 10 big barrel space that will dislike the 2017 Easton MAKO Beast. The only thing we don’t like about the Beast is the price—but welcome to youth baseball. See our 2018 Easton Mako Beast review.

5. Rawlings VELO Drop 12

Best Big Barrel Bats

Like the drop 9 section, there are not a ton of bats competing in the drop 12 space. Most drop 12 bats are made for the Junior Big Barrel divisions which come in shorter sizes between 26, and possibly 29 inches. We dedicate an entire page to those best junior barrel baseball bats.

In the Big Barrel, a.k.a. Senior Barrel, realm, there are only a few that really compete with bats longer than 28 inches. One favorite of ours is the 2017 Rawlings Composite VELO. This bat is unlike any other in the VELO line, as instead of a single piece hybrid, it is a two piece composite bat. It comes in a 2 3/4 only, but has a super light swing weight. Reviews of last year’s model were not stelllar, due to some durability issues on some early releases. But the 2017 model claims to have fixed that, and our players have had great success with the drop 12 VELO. See our 2017 Rawlings VELO review.

Best Used Big Barrel Bats

Best Big Barrel Bats

(Below are some bats you can rarely find new anymore. But, in terms of eBay type purchases they may serve you well if you can find a reputable seller and a good deal.)

1. Marucci Hex Composite

Best Big Barrel Bats

Anyone who reads this blog knows we are in love with the drop 10 2015 Marucci Hex Composite. For us it was love at first site. The barrel is gigantic, swing weight light and sweet spot large to say nothing of the design which we think looks fantastic. Those in the market for a top shelf big barrel bat in only a drop 10 will not regret this decision. It’s clearly a top shelf choice for 2015. (Check pricing here).

2. DeMarini CF7

Best Big Barrel Bats The Drop 5 CF7 from DeMarini may be our favorite bat of the year in any category. My three sons prefer this bat over any of the arsenal we have and the ropes drilled from this bat are remarkable. It does not come in a 2 3/4 version (only 2 5/8) but we stand by our earlier claim: if you can swing it, you should swing it. It’s also not inexpensive but if any bat has claim on the top of a list of best senior league or big barrel bats we don’t know how this wouldn’t be anything but first. (These are still hard to find, but check pricing here).

3. Combat MAXUM

Best Big Barrel Bats

Combat’s 2 5/8 drop 12 Portent G3 puts a stamp on the phrase “big barrel bat”. This stick should make any list of top shelf big barrel youth bats for 2015. The barrel is smooth and Combat’s seamless construction makes for a real fun hit. The green version is a boat oar at the plate with an ultra light swing weight and lizard skin grip. Those who prefer one piece bats and Combat aficionados will be perfectly pleased in this green monster. (Check pricing here).

4. Easton MAKO

Best Big Barrel Bats We admit this choice is predicable, but how do we leave off what is probably the most popular bat off the best bat list? Easton’s 2015 big barrel MAKO is as good a bat you may ever swing and, like the BBCOR version, those who swing it scoff at the idea they should ever try something different. Huge long barrel, low swing weight per length and a couple different options: a drop 10 2 3/4 and drop 9 2 5/8. The marquee bat from the biggest metal and composite bat company is predictably good great and is easily  a top 5 big barrel bat for 2015.  (Check pricing here).

5. Easton XL1

Best Big Barrel Bats At the risk of being an Easton Homer, we follow up the MAKO with the 2015 Easton XL1. This bat is the only drop 8 big barrel to make the list (although the DeMarini CF7 and Combat G3 both come in a drop 8). But the big barrel 2015 XL1 drop 8 is the perfect bat for a heavy hitter who isn’t quite ready for a drop 5 yet. The XL1 is a monster bat whose genealogy contains the famed Easton Omen and little league series lore. The bat is highly, highly recommended. (Check pricing here).

6. Slugger 915

Best Big Barrel Bats

Probably should have made this list: Slugger 915 Prime drop 5, DeMarini Overlord FT drop 9. Why they didn’t make the list is a mystery, but its a top 5 list and we had to make it shorter. These bats rock in the the big barrel market.

Common Big Barrel Bat Questions

What is the difference between a Senior League bat and a Big Barrel Bat?

There is significant confusion in the industry surrounding the terms big barrel and senior league. Each vendor often uses them interchangeably. Technically, a 2 5/8 bat that is NOT a drop 3 is considered a Senior Barrel bat. Big Barrel bats are 2 3/4 sized bats. But, don’t expect the vast majority of vendors and manufacturers to make the distinction.

What is a Junior Big Barrel Bat?

Junior Big Barrel bats are 2 3/4 inch baseball bats meant for smaller players. They often come in a max size of 26 or 27 inches and have considerable drop weights. These bats are usually not rated for pitch speeds over 45 miles per hour.

What is the best Big Barrel Bat for a 10 year old?

We cover the 10 year old question exclusivley in a best bat for 10 year old article.

Can you use a Big Barrel Bat in Little League?

If you are talking the official Little League then the answer is no. They use USA Bats now and you can read all about that stuff here.

Are all bats the same?

It is probably safe to say that a top shelf bat from any number of companies performs at peak powers. If it says Slugger, Easton, DeMarini, Rawlings, Axe, Anderson, Marucci or Combat (and maybe one or two others) than you can bet the bat is legit.

Are better bats always more expensive?

Bats that have higher price points tend to have larger barrels, more specific swing weights and technological innovations that dampen hand sting.

What has BPF 1.15 standars done for the market?

BPF 1.15 standard implementation has really forced bat companies to the drawing board on innovation. This is ultimately good for all of us.

Are Swing Weight and Bat Load the Same?

To the contrary of what many vendors often erroneously claim, a bat with an end load does not also have a high swing weight or MOI (mass moment of inertia). Instead where the load is found in a bat is only one of many factors which determine swing weight—the most important of which is arguably the total length of a bat. Just because a bat has a handle or end load does not also mean it has a low or high swing weight. You can prefer an end loaded bat but get a low swing weight by simply getting a shorter size. See our swing weight charts.

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We have hit with every little kid bat in the market from 2015 to 2018. In short, our current favorite bat for a 7-year-old is the 26 or 27-inch 2017 DeMarini CF Zen Junior Big Barrel. This little guy packs a serious punch, handles very well, and gives top end performance even at tough pitch speeds. If you want to spend less, then check the 2018 Louisville Slugger 518 Omaha in a shorter size.

Don’t miss our reasoning below!

Best Bat for 6 Year Old

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Best Bat For 7 Year Old

Category Bat Drop Price
Overall DeMarini CF Zen 11 $$$
Runner Up Marucci CAT 7 10  $$
Value DeMarini Uprising 10  $
Fastpitch Jennie Finch 13  $$
Tee-Ball Axe Hero 11  $
USA 618 Solo 11  $$$

Too Expensive to be the Best?

Honestly, Probably.

Over $150 on a bat for a 7 year old is pushing most people’s envelope.

Here’s a formula to decide if you should spend it.

Take the number of games you are playing and multiply it by their age. (In this case, 7). Our general rule is don’t spend any more than that on a baseball bat.

Example:

Playing 10 games then multiply 7 by 10 (for $70) and don’t spend more than $70.

$70 is way less than the $160 or so the CF Zen JBB Drop 11 will cost you. So, look elsewhere.

Best Baseball Bat for 7 Year Old

If you are looking for the best overall bat for a 7 year-old, we recommend the drop 11 2017 DeMarini JBB in a 26, 27 or even a 28-inch length. These JBB’s come in a drop 11, meaning the 26 inch bat will weigh just 16 ounces, the 27 will weigh 17 ounces and the 28 will weigh 18 ounces. It will provide plenty of barrel for the 7-year-old at a very balanced and light swing. There is a new version of this bat in the 2018 but we think saving the few bucks for last year’s model is the way to go—assuming you can find it.

  1. 2017 JBB CF Zen

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The “Senior League” version of this bat was banned for play in 2017. This JBB, a drop 11, is NOT that bat and is legal for play in USSSA baseball. You can see our full 2017 CF Zen review here.

2. 2017 JBB Marucci CAT 7

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If the DeMarini CF Zen JBB doesn’t intrigue you, we suggest the Junior Big Barrel CAT 7 from Marucci. This single piece aluminum bat will work in all types of weather and is generally more durable than the CF8. The barrel isn’t as large as the CF8, but it has a different feel as a one-piece bat. The player can feel much more contact on this little guy. See our CAT 7 Review here.

What we really like is the 25-inch option, which is not available in the CF Zen.

While supplies last, we suggest you try and find the CAT 6 in a JBB version. If you can find it then we think it worth the price savings as there are not changes between the CAT 7 JBB and the CAT 6 JBB.

Best Fastpitch Bat For 7 Year Old

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Although there are very few options in the 7 year old fastpitch space, this Jennie Finch T-ball Softball bat in a drop 13 is a perfect fit. It’s a single piece bat built with a very low swing weight so even the tiniest of 7 year olds could hit this bat well in the 24-inch and 11-ounce model. The 26-inch and 13-ounce model will do well for just about every one else.

Best Tee-Ball Bat: 7 Year Old

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The Axe T-Ball HERO bat is easily our favorite t-ball bat on the market. The asymmetric handle helps little folks develop great mechanics from day one. The bat comes in very tiny sizes, and at 7 years old, some may need something a bit bigger. But, the 26-inch and 15-ounce should be a great fit for many 7 year-olds still raking in the t-ball ranks. If you want other tee ball bat options, then check out our best tee ball bat pages.

Best Value Big Barrel Options: 7 Year Old

2016 DeMarini Uprising Review

There are several good value options in the 7-year-old big barrel bat space. Bat companies know this market segment is huge and would love to get little Timmy hooked on their brand at a young age. If we were forced to choose one of the many options under $80, then DeMarini’s 2 3/4 JBB Uprising would take our money. See our Uprising Review here.

It has a great sized barrel, fantastic user reviews, and fits the bill for a short term option as our 7 year old makes progress with mechanics before worrying too much about his bat.

Best USA Bat for 7 Year Old

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We cover our best USA Bats in a different article and discuss the best cheap USA Bats here. It is likely you will see some options there you like. As this article is dedicated to the idea of the best 7 year old bats we suggest you take a look at the Louisville Slugger 618 Solo in a drop 11. These come in as short as a 28 inch and as these bats swing weight should be alright for at least a couple 7 year olds.

Otherwise, the USA bat market for a small player is shockingly tiny and tough to come by. See our full 618 Solo USA Bat review here.

Common Questions from Parents of 7 Year Olds

What bats are allowed in his or her league?

Leagues have different regulations on bats. Before you buy, make sure you know what they are. The good news is that most 7 year old leagues have very little to no regulation. It probably makes sense to ask the coach or the league directors what is allowed before dropping real money on a baseball bat.

How much money do you want to spend?

Bat pricing in this age category can be as low as $30 and as high as $250. We suggest, generally, a seven year old that is only playing a dozen or so games in a year does NOT need a higher end bat. More expensive bats are generally better, but the increase in player production at this age is marginal with a high end bat.

We often recommend the Rule of 7 when deciding what bat to buy. That is, take the number of games the child is playing and multiply it by 7. Do not spend more than that. So, for example, a 7 year old playing 8 games in a rec league should not pay more than $56. Of course, you can always spend less.

What size bat does he or she need?

Bat sizing at age 7 should not be difficult. Few are honestly hitting for serious distance. We do have an honest bat sizing chart worth reviewing if you are ultra-concerned about the right size.

There are several bat “sizing charts” that give you a recommended bat length based on height and weight. We don’t think those are helpful, honestly. But they might be a good starting point.

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Our testers hit every 2019 BBCOR bat. We tracked the exit speeds of those hits, measured barrel sizes and swing weights as well as detailed our testers’ feedback. We graded out each bat and found the best BBCOR Bat for 2019, regardless of price, is the Quatro Pro or the Meta Prime.

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We loved, to name a few things, the smooth smash on hits and mishits, the exit velocities and balance.

2019 Best BBCOR Bats Video

Best 2019 BBCOR Bats

2019 Budget Picks

For those on a budget, our testers really liked the Easton Alpha and DeMarini One. Both bats are single piece aluminums and are priced accordingly. They hit the ball hard, felt reasnoable for a single piece and looked great. The Alpha is patterned after the 2018 Easton Beast X and the ONE is the similar to the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One.

Reader BBCOR Bat Rankings

This chart sorts by highest rated. Our millions of readers rate bats every year, we approve each review.

How We Decided the Top Rated 2018 BBCOR Bat?

We are confident no one has hit a greater variety of BBCOR bats in the last year. We, at Just Bat Reviews, make it a point to deliver real reviews from real players. A major piece of the baseball bat market is the BBCOR space, and as such, we have used every performance ($150+) BBCOR bat for 2018 in some fashion or another. Most of that work comes between three to four different hitters, but often we gather feedback from far outside that circle, too.

Much of the data we capture is qualitative. That is, it responds to the quality of the product in terms of feel, aesthetics, and personal feedback. They serve as a basis for our impressions of the bat. Qualitative data is less objective and, therefore, harder to transfer its value from one player to another.

Quantitative Measures

We also use a number of quantitative measurements to get a feel for the best BBCOR bats. Our exit speed testing and barrel testing, as well as our liberal use of swing weight calculator, influence our rankings considerably. As well, we use aggregated feedback from some ratings sites like Amazon and justbats.com to get a feel for what people may or may not be saying about the bat.

Granted, much of those reviews are terribly difficult to verify and it is possible, maybe even likely, they are scrubbed by the sellers to only portray a positive outlook.

Are Our Rankings Correct?

Fitting a baseball bat is too much a function of feel and personal feedback for any general recommendation of the best BBCOR bat to be right for everyone. This is our funny way to to answer the question of whether we are right by simply saying no, we are probably not right. We can say with confidence we are not right for everyone.

Our defense is a best effort in finding the 2018 BBCOR bat players would be the most happy with on average. Does that mean everyone will appreciate the feel, pop and balance? Of course not. But our best guess—which we believe is more educated than anyone in the market—is without industry or vendor bias.

Top Rated BBCOR Bats 2018

Every review we write also captures the ratings of our readers. This shows the highest rated BBCOR bats for 2018 as determined by the thousands of folks who come to our site.

Best BBCOR Bat 2018

Part of the reason we loved the 2018 Rawlings BBCOR Quatro is the fact it rated out the highest in our BBCOR exit speed test. That is, under controlled circumstances, we found it had the most pop.

Of course there are several problems with measuring exit speeds in a controlled enviroment, many of which we discuss in that article. But, in terms of the bat we found could hit the ball the fastest it was the 2018 Rawlings Quatro.

1. Rawlings BBCOR Quatro Swing Weight

Best BBCOR Bat 2018

As well, the BBCOR 2018 Quatro has a balanced swing weight. It’s official swing weight, as we recorded it, sat in the bottom 30%. That is, 705 of BBCOR bats in the 2018 swung heavier.

Lightness in the swing isn’t a good or bad thing when isolated by itself. It just is what it is. Most players, especially highschool BBCOR players, prefer a lighter than average swing and the Rawlings Quatro fits squarely in that mix.

Players loved:

The balance and buttery smash on both hits and mishits.

We Loved:

It also rated out as the BBCOR bat with one of the largest barrels and highest exit speeds. The Rawlings Quatro averaged over 2.1% hotter in our exit speed tests than the average of the 35 bats we tested. Also, turns out, we love the many length options and the balanced swing.

​Is the BBCOR Quatro the right bat for everyone?

No.

Make no mistake, there are a lot of great options in the BBCOR space. Every major company, and even some of the small ones, are able to deliver a bat that produces exit speeds right at the limit—and some companies do it with several bats.

But all bats are not created equal just like all hitters are not created equal. Below we categorize more of our favorite BBCOR bats for the 2018 season.

2. DeMarini Voodoo Insane

Best BBCOR Baseball Bat 2018

We have hit with, watched others hit with, and measured the success of every 2018 BBCOR Bat on the market. We often prefer hybrid bats for their durable and hot out of the wrapper nature. (A hybrid bat, you may recall, is a two piece bat where the barrel is aluminum and the handle is composite).

After all that hitting and measuring, we are in love with the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo Insane. The bat packs serious power, can hit the long ball like nobody’s business, and feels ultra smooth on both hits and mishits. If there is any bat in the 2018 class we might take to the plate before the Rawlings Quatro, it is the 2018 Voodoo Insane.

See our 2018 Voodoo Insane Review

3. 2018 Louisville Slugger 618 Solo​

Best BBCOR Bats 2018

We have a running tally of our favorite metal bats on a different page. But here, for our favorite 2018 BBCOR aluminum bat, we like the 618 Solo from Louisville Slugger.

Not only did the 618 create the closest grouping of high speed hits in our testing (meaning the bat was the most consistent) but it also comes in sizes ranging from a 29 to a 34. And in a world where BBCOR bats are required for very small players, it is an absolute plus to have a 29-inch bat.

See our 2018 618 Solo Review

Best ​BBCOR Bats 2017 | 6 Top Models

Best BBCOR Bats 2017

​With a number of options to choose from, the best BBCOR bat for 2017 is Louisville’s 617 Solo.We love the bat’s ultra light swing due to its extended composite end cap. The fact it comes in a 29-inch is a huge plus for a market that demands the lightest swinging sticks on the market. As we mention in our exclusive ​best bat article, the 617 SOLO has a huge benefit at a reasonable price point too. Slugger’s 617 Solo tops our Best BBCOR Bats 2017 list.

This articles serves as a subset to our best. It works along side our best Little League bats article. Both may be worth your time ,too.

​1. 2017 Slugger 617 Solo

Best BBCOR Bats 2017

There are several reasons the ​617 the top of our Best BBCOR Bat 2017 List. For starters, we like how the 617 SOLO is different. Unlike most top shelf choices that run with an expensive two piece composite bat with an over-sized barrel, the SOLO is a moderately priced bat in the single piece hybrid space. This design keeps the lighter swing found on more expensive bats, but now delivers hot out of the wrapper performance.

The barrel size, usually sacrificed in aluminum barrels, is still large.

Throw in the fact the bat’s MSRP is under $300, and the choice of a non-composite barreled bat gaining the top prize is actually pretty simple. What is that you say? The bat also comes in a 29/26 inch length making it the LIGHTEST swinging bat in the BBCOR space? Done.

​2. 2017 Easton MAKO Beast

Best BBCOR Bats 2017

​​As predictable as the sun rising in the East, we like the ​2017 MAKO BBCOR a lot. This type of bat, a two piece composite with a balanced swing weight, has come to define the performance space. The MAKO Beast, much like the CF Zen below, sits at the top of the shelf in players’ minds and parents’ wallets for a reason. It is a smooth swinging, buttery smash ball driller and few there be that walk away unimpressed.

Why not the top spot? For many, we would argue, it is. But 2017 finds us looking for something different than the same old two piece composite with a huge barrel and balanced swing weight. ​

​3. 2017 DeMarini CF Zen

Best BBCOR Bats 2017

​​In ​2016 our favorite bat of the BBCOR bunch. Even today, well into the 2017 bat market season, the CF8 is in high demand—-it is a tough find ​atcounts Zen is the next generation of that CF8 without much, if any, real changes.

Like the bat’s predecessor, we have yet to find a player that does not love the BBCOR CF Zen. This, like the Easton MAKO, is a remarkably legitimate stick in the hands of so many players. Even bad ones.

So, why not the top spot?

If we were to pin it on one aspect, it is the lack of a 29-inch version. BBCOR is forced on younger and younger players, insomuch that finding a bat they can even make contact with is getting difficult. We might also add that there are so many two-piece composite bats with a big barrel and light swing weight that it makes it hard for one to rise to the top. ​

4. 2017 Marucci CAT 7

Best BBCOR Bats

​If you are looking for a bat that is like the 2017 Louisville Slugger 617 SOLO, then ​Marucci’s strongs an unrelated cousin. The idea is the same: balanced swinging single piece aluminum. The bat is hot out of both the wrapper and photo-shoots. It uses a proprietary sting dampening mechanism in the knob to help remove some vibration on the thumb during mishits. However, the CAT 7 does not have the extended composite end cap like the 617 SOLO, so expect a slightly heavier swing per given inch. It does not come in a 29 inch, but it is $50 cheaper.

5. 2017 Rawlings VELO

Best BBCOR Bats

​If you are looking for a near mimic of the 617 SOLO, then the ​2017s the ticket. This is also a single piece aluminum with an extended composite end cap. The bat is built with a very light swing and fits in the same niche as the 617 SOLO across the board.​ However, the 2017 Rawlings VELO’s shortest length is a 31 inch.

6. Axe Hyperwhip Fusion​

Best BBCOR Bats

Axe’s asymmetric knob on the Hyperwhip is combined with an asymmetric endcap. This endcap shape removes weight and lightens swing weight dramatically. Like the 617 SOLO and Rawlings VELO, it uses an extended composite end cap to even further reduce swing weight.

If you are looking for something a little bit different, but still want that light swinging single piece aluminum feel and sound, then the 2017 Hyperwhip Fusion Element could be the beginning of your magic moment.​

Best BBCOR Bats 2016 | 4 Used BBCOR Deals

Best BBCOR Bats of 2016

To put together this list, we have hit, seen hit, reviewed, tested and read numerous reviews on every single 2016 BBCOR bat on the market. As well, we compiled data from NCAA Division 1 World Series stats according to the bat they used.

Although the answer can never be the same for everyone, all of this information led us to name the Best BBCOR Bat for 2016. More details and reasoning follow in our discussion of the best BBCOR bats 2016 list. We consider this our definitive and final work on the 2016 season.

1. 2016 DeMarini CF8

Best BBCOR Bat 2016

​DeMarini’s 2016 BBCOR CF8 has everything most people want in a BBCOR bat. For starters, the bat is balanced. Meaning, it swings easily and gives a lot of barrel for such a silent swing. Additionally, the bat is a two-piece design, so it allows for a smooth smash on sweet spots and a manageable ring on mishits.

As well, the barrel is composite which leads to a larger barrel and greater performance along the length of the barrel. Also, DeMarini’s CF8 has a long pedigree of top shelf performance.

Add to that sweet and comfortable design a few other factors. Namely, users voted that bat as the best for 2016; the 2016 BBCOR CF8 is a very hard find because lots of people like it; Amazon reviews are generally glowing.

2. 2016 Easton MAKO TORQ

Best BBCOR Bats 2016

​Our Best BBCOR Bat 2016 edition wouldn’t be complete without a runner-up. That award goes to the ​2016MAKOes, you read that correctly. The TORQ actually won a 2nd place award on this site.Why the TORQ and not the traditional MAKO? Fair question. We will ask one of our own: why the MAKO and not the TORQ? They are, after all, the same exact bat. Put some Lizard Skin to pin down the spinning handle and BOOM! you just got yourself a MAKO.

The MAKO TORQ has consistently run several dollars cheaper than the MAKO—enough to afford a Lizard Skin and still come out ahead. The 2016 BBCOR MAKO Torq is an easy choice.

3. 2016 DeMarini Voodoo Raw | Best Power Hitter

Best BBCOR Bats 2016

There are only a few bats on the market made for dead serious big hitters. We discuss many of those at length in our ​bestitter’s. In the 2016 line, our top BBCOR bat is the 2016 Rawlings is a two-piece hybrid bat with an endload and a super stiff transition.

Our experience with this bat left us enamored with the reasonable endload, hot out of the wrapper performance and trust in a model line that has supported big hitters for several years now.Of course, like the CF8 and MAKO above, the best power hitter’s bat is a function of preference. Many big hitters like the ultra stiff feel of a single piece bat, and as such, the Voodoo Raw won’t cut it for them.

4. Axe Hyperwhip Fusion | Best Design

Best BBCOR Bats 2016

​2016 may be the most unique bat ever invented. The bat’s asymmetric knob, long a fixture on Axe bats, leads to a phenomenon we have discussed at length referred to as “predictive impact.” The shaped knob forces contact on one side of the barrel.

Axe plans for this by supporting the contact side of the barrel differently than the non-impact side.In the 2016 Hyperwhip, Axe took it a step further by shaping the end cap to elongate the barrel on the hitting side. The asymmetric knob now has an asymmetric friend at the opposite end of the bat. This design creates a lower swing weight than could possibly be found on a bat without predictive hitting.

Best BBCOR Bats 2015 | 4 Great Old Bats

Best BBCOR Bats 2015

1. 2015 DeMarini CF7

Top Rated 2015 BBCOR Bat

​DeMarini’srongure to hit with. It’s sting dampening is top shelf. The barrel size is perfect. Its mid-balance, hand loaded feel gives great bat speed and feel through the zone. It is impossible for anyone to really measure in game batted ball speed in relation to other bats and we know that BBCOR standards really level the playing field, but from a pure eyeball test its hard to say anything hits the ball with as much velocity as the CF7.

We simply love this bat.

2. 2015 Marucci CAT 6

Best BBCOR Bats

​Maruccia​pre-season and we are still in love with it for all the same reasons. We love the one-piece feel of power and drive. And with the added sting resistance in the knob it should be a preference for the rope-makers among us. The bat is downright beautiful.

We are also in love with it’s price point and at $249 it is the least expensive bat on this list.​

3. 2015 Louisville Slugger 915 Prime

Best BBCOR Bats

​​Ever since we saw ​Louisville’s Jr. Home Run Derby and make waves as the 2014 NCAA world series we knew Slugger was on to something. Since then this bat has received nothing but absolute rave reviews. Few, if any, have ever hit with the 915 and then ever let it out of their site. This bat is a highly recommendable. (Pricing check​

4. 2015 ​Easton MAKO

Best 2015 BBCOR BAts

Any honest list of the best 2015 BBCOR bats must include Easton’s 2015 MAKO. This bat should sell upwards of twice as many as any other BBCOR bat in production for 2015. It’s barrel size is dreamed of, swing weight calculated precisely for the widest audience and two piece construction arguably flawless.

Easton isn’t the largest baseball bat company only because they have massive distribution and marketing. No, they are they largest composite and metal bat company in the world because they make bats like the MAKO. Most who swing this bad boy never look elsewhere and scoff at any one who suggests they should.

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We have hit with every 2019 USA Bat. We think the best all around bat is the 2019 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced.

2019 DeMarini Voodoo Balanced

Truth be told, there are no true standouts in the 2019 USA class. Several have good exit speeds and feel good on contact. The Voodoo rises to the top of our list due to its wide range of sizes (it comes in a drop 5 and has a 28 inch drop 10) and its really good feel on contact. We also love the aluminum barrel and don’t worry about it getting broke in. In all our years of testing and reviewing bats never has anyone complained about the durability of a DeMairni Voodoo. The price point, at least compared to some bats, is attractive.

Best Place to Buy

We believe the bat recommendable across the board. Small, big, good, struggling or any other type of hitter will like the 2019 USA DeMarini Voodoo.

Best 2018 USA Bat

We hit with every 2018 USA Little League baseball bat on the market.

The Best USA Bat? Although it swings heavy…

Best USA Bat

Price Check: Amazon

Why?

The Beast X Hybrid had our best exit speeds, felt fantastic on hits and mishits and has a huge barell profile. However, it’s swing weight was more like a drop 8 than a drop 10.

Best USA Baseball Bat 2018

Were you looking for all our best youth bats?

Runner Up

If you need/want something that swings more true to the drop 10, the the best USA Bat in 2018 is the 618 Solo.

Best USA Bat

Price: Amazon | JustBats

Easily the best rated USA bat user wide, the 618 solo is just what the market needed. A well priced bat with a good feel, big barrel and a light swing. People wanted to love this bat and they did.

Best 2018 USA Bats

Rank Bat Price Review
1 Easton Beast X Hybrid $$ Here
2 Slugger 618 Solo $$ Here
3 DeMarini CF Zen $$$ Here
4 Slugger 718 Solo $$ Here
5 Rawlings Quatro $$$ Here
6 Axe Elite Hyperwhip $$ Here

But Doesn’t the Easton Beast X Hyrid bat swing heavy?

Although this bat swings heavy (and should be probably be categorized as a drop 9), we like the bat’s price point, size offerings and hot out of the wrapper performance. It is also helpful the bat is in the top of the rankings for largest barrel sizes and ball exit speeds.

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What’s the New USA Bat Standard?

Why?

USA bats are the new standard by which many youth baseball organizations abide starting 1/1/2018. These bats use a performance standard different than USSSA or 1.15 BPF bats. Although more like BBCOR bats which are used in the high school and collegiate space, these USA baseball bats use a bigger drop (or lighter swing weight) to allow younger players success. You can read more about the reasons behind the change in our USA Bats article.

2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid

Best USA BAseball BAt

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Deciding the best USA Bat for 2018 is the most difficult ranking process we have yet to endeavor. With virtually zero player feedback on previous models or any previous year standards to measure it against, we feel a bit like we are shooting in the dark.

However, as we put each USA baseball bat to use among a number of different players over the course of several weeks, we kept going back to the Easton Beast X Hybrid. Younger players loved the feel of the two piece bat. This bat, we should note, also felt like the Rawlings Quatro, Easton Ghost X and Mizuno Ghost, but each of those bats came at a considerable price increase.

We also found the barrel size on the Beast X Hybrid remarkably large for an aluminum barrel. Most aluminum bats have barrel sizes noticeably smaller than their composite peers. The Beast X, however, ranks right among the largest barrels in the entire USA baseball bat class.

The definitive factor for ranking the Beast X Hybrid at the top of our list was the results of our Rapsodo exit speed testing. The Beast X Hybrid hit the ball considerably faster during game conditions when compared to other bats in the class.

Are We Right?

For many players?

Simply, no.

Bat performance standards in baseball bats have narrowed the performance gap considerably, and as such, the feel of a bat becomes much more a conversation point than the objective performance.

That said, the early feedback on the Beast X has been remarkable across the board in both our experience and others’ too.

Are there USABat Break In Problems?

One concern we raised in our hottest bats testing is the lack of performance within the USA composite bats. We wondered out loud—and will here too—whether USABats with composite barrels require more break-in when compared to BBCOR and USSSA composite barrels. Early evidence and reports suggest they do.  But, we know for sure, aluminum barrels tended to outperform the composite ones in the USABat space out of the wrapper.

Whether that phenomenon is a limitation of composite and the USABat standard, or something more simple like requiring a stronger work in, is yet to be seen. (We did work the USA Bat composites the requisite 250+ times before testing).  As of this writing, we are confident the Beast X Hybrid hits the ball harder, although not by much, than any composite USA Bat barrel on the market.

How We Decide The Best USABat

Determining recommendations on bats forces our thinking into both a quantitative and qualitative section. The qualitative section is generally more subjective, including principles like feel on mishits, where the balance falls on the bat and the general confidence the bat, its brand and design inspire at the plate.

Quantitative data requires a more objective approach. It includes characteristics that we can measure, such as the actual swing weight, the bat’s actual weight versus its stated weight, the ball exit speed during game conditions and the max barrel length of the bat.

We use both the quantitative and qualitative approach in our rubric for ranking the best USABats. It is similar to how we determine every one of our best bats.

2018 DeMarini CF Zen

Best USA BAseball Bats

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2018 CF Zen USA Bat Review

Our first impressions of the CF Zen are in its feel. The bat is an ultra nice swing on hits and mishits and our clear favorite in terms of the best feel at contact. Exit speeds were real nice and they led the composite space in exit speed.

The swing weight on the bat is true to the drop 10 form and lands right in the wheel house of balanced bat. We do wish the barrel profile was larger than it is as the profile is the smallest of all the $299+ bats on the market. But, we don’t value barrel profile as much as others.

We wish the bat came in a 29 inch option and, in large measure, is the reason we think it not the best USA Bat for 2018. But, in terms of the two piece composite space we really, really, REALLY, liked it.

2018 Rawlings Quatro

2018 Quatro USABat Review

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In the first year of the USA Bat standard you cannot expect more from a two piece composite bat. The Rawlings Quatro is a super smooth smash with a big barrel and good balance. We have no reason to think anyone with the bat will be disappointed.

The only thing we found better in the Beast X was the exit speed. And in terms of statistical significance, that was a marginal win for the Beast X. The Quatro has a lighter swing weight and a bigger barrel. It also has a higher price point.

Among the the two piece composite USABats for the 2018 year, we would have the hardest time passing up the Rawlings Quatro—assuming, of course, we were looking for a drop 10.

2018 Easton Ghost X

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We have only great things to say about the Ghost X in the USABat. We suspect many will think it is the best USABat for 2018, and frankly, they may be right.

The Ghost X met every expectation including a monster barrel, great performance all the way through the end cap and a feel that left every one of our little league hitters asking to hit with it again.

Aside from the Mizuno Ghost, the Easton Ghost X has the largest barrel in the USABat space for 2018—and considering the bat’s balance, such a barrel size is a remarkable feat.

As well, and of serious note, Easton has the largest selection of sizes, drops and lengths in the Ghost X (drop 10, drop 8, drop 5) when compared to any other model in the space. For that reason alone we expect it to be the best selling 2018 USA baseball bat.

2018 Axe Elite

Best USABats

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Our love for Axe bats runs deep—some might argue a little too deep. Regardless of our soft spot, we like the two piece Elite in the USABat a lot. It comes in a drop 5 and serves the big hitting older kid that does not want a BBCOR bat in their hands this year. In other words, imagine the ability to take a drop 5 to the plate in those leagues that just last year required BBCOR.

We like the idea of a hybrid bat in the USABat space. The concern of barrel performance and work in disappear with a hot out of the wrapper aluminum. And the two piece design gives a lot of kids enough confidence to swing hard every time. If you want a USA Bat drop 5 that uses hot out of the wrapper aluminum, then your only options are the Elite and the Beast X. Either are legit choices.

2018 Mizuno Ghost

USABat Swing Weight Data

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See our 2018 Mizuno Ghost Review

The Ghost from Mizuno drives a real unique story. This is far and away, Mizuno’s most serious push into the Little League space, and the most unique bat of 2018. Unlike Easton, Rawlings or Wilson (DeMarini/Slugger) who have a proven two piece composite to build on, Mizuno offers this ring-tech bat in the USA Bat space, and to say the least, it is a major splash in a pretty crowded pool.

Best USABat

To stand out, Mizuno has the BIGGEST barrel in the space. It even dwarfs the Easton Ghost X which puts the other bats in the space to shame. The Ghost uses a ring technology in the bat to expand its sweet spot. It sounds different than any other bat on the market.

If you are up for a different stroke in a competitive field, we would recommend the Ghost from Mizuno. Its barrel size is unrivaled. And our exit speed tests put the Ghost right there with all the other two piece composite bats.

2018 Louisville Slugger 618 Solo

2018 Louisville Slugger 618 Solo USABat Reviews

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See our 2018 Slugger 618 Review

We would not be surprised if in five years from now, you were to tell us that aluminum bats ruled the day with the new USA baseball bat standard. Much like BBCOR bats are ruled by aluminum barrels at the highest level of the sport, metal bats in the USABat standard (a restrictive standard for sure) might make more sense in terms of performance in the long run. We could be wrong, but would not be surprised if aluminum is king.

And such a winning bat in five years from now might look a heck of a lot like the 2018 Louisville Slugger 618 Solo. A single piece aluminum with honest feedback, a light swing and a focus on bat speed might be just the ticket for the happiest players in the little league bat space. Add another hundred bucks or so in your pocket, and both player and parent win.

USABat Questions

We answer most of these questions in our USABats article. Check there for the full story.

What are the new USABat Rules?

Players in leagues that require the new USABat standard will need to use bats with the USABat stamp. The stamp indicates the bat has passed its performance restrictions. Those restrictions include a certain trampoline effect akin to BBCOR and less than USSSA 1.15 standards. It improves the size of the barrel to a 2 5/8 from the previous 2 1/4.

Who is required to swing the new USABats?

Many leagues have agreed to use the new USABat standard. They include Little League International and many of its affiliates. Including, but not limited to, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Pony and at least a few more. Check with your local league to see if they are adopting the new standard.

Why Make New USABat Rules?

This continues to be a question in many people’s minds—and one we have yet to really find a great answer for.

Ultimately, USA Baseball felt the Little League game was wrought with too much offense, insomuch the game was morphing into something different than what they had envisioned. A restriction on bats would limit offense, force the game to become more defensive, and give players a chance to focus on skills outside of hitting home runs. We find this mostly hard to believe, but there it is nonetheless.

Safety is another issue many have brought up, but USA baseball denies this as a reason for the change. And, yes, we are stretching for an answer here.

When are the New USABat rules in effect?

USABats first went on sale in September of 2017. The leagues adopting the new bats rules require them for play starting January 1st, 2018.

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The 2018 season brought with it some great bats, but nothing to knock off the world’s hottest bats ever. Below is our list of the world’s hottest bats ever.

We have written so many best bat articles it makes our heads spin. But surprisingly, what we’ve yet to do is make a list of the world’s hottest bats. That is, what bats have been known to be the ‘most hot’ off all time and eternity. In Little League, we consider the Combat B1 the hottest ever. For Big Barrel, the 2017 Drop 10 CF Zen was ridiculous. In Adult league, we think the Redline Z-Core from Easton takes the cake. In Slowpitch we would take the Miken Ultra II. And in Fastpitch, well, we think there are several.

World's Hottest Bats

You may also like our hottest bats section that uses real ball exit speeds to determine the bat with the most pop.

World’s Hottest Bats List

Bat

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Combat B1 DaBomb Youth/Little League

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2017 DeMarini 2 3/4 CF Zen Big Barrel USSSA

$$$$

Easton Redline Sc500 Adult Baseball

$$$$$

Miken Ultra II Slowpitch Softball

$$$

Without surprise, many of those bats also made our illegal bats list. Obviously, this makes them illegal in most leagues. You may find a few leagues that welcome such crazy hot bats, don’t enforce rules, have no bat standards or where anything goes in a home run derby. In those cases, expect anyone with the above bats to do remarkably well, even if they are a weakling.

Combat B1 Da Bomb

Worlds Hottest Bats

The B1 DaBomb put Combat on the map. Sadly, they are now a defunct company whose brand is captured under the Easton banner. This B1 was pre ABI testing (Accelerated Break-In) and anyone who stuck with this bat, worked it in and hit with it in Little League was a bomb maker.

Now that 2 1/4 is a standard of days gone by, the Combat B1 DaBomb can be found for a song on eBay. And although there are several bats on the market who have made their dent in the Little League space, we give the B1 DaBomb the title of World’s Hottest Little League Bat.

Also, see our full list of best Little League bats.

2017 CF Zen 2 3/4

World's Hottest Bats

In modern history, that is since standard testing has become very restrictive, no bat ever performed in the big barrel space like the 2017 drop 10 2 3/4 Zen. It was, after all, banned in the early parts of 2017. Even compared to bats before the restrictive period, the 2 3/4 drop 10 CF Zen would be considered hot.

DeMarini retooled the CF Zen and those bats have both a different serial number and an orange cap instead of the white. However, many of the white cap bats still exist for a massive premium on secondary market sites.

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Easton Redline Sc500

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Few bats in the world have appreciated in value over the last several years. But chief among those investment bats is the Easton Z-Core Redline SC500 stands. This bat is the Michael Jordan Rookie card of baseball bats. If you are lucky enough to have one, in nothing but hittable shape, expect its secondary market value to be north of $1000. And if you have one new in wrapper, you should put that thing in a very safe place.

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Miken Ultra II

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Over the years there have been several crazy hot bats in the slowpitch softball space. Pushing the limits on bat performance is felt no where more acutely than in men’s softball.

Most of the world’s hottest softball bats are found in single piece composites. And while many could make the top of our list, we like the Miken ULTRA II as the hottest softball bat in the universe. Do note, however, the bat’s durability is terrible. But, while the handle is still attached to the barrel, expect to hit crazy monster bombs.

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After hours of real testing, review writing and research—as well as long conversations with major manufacturers and vendors—we think the Rawlings VELO the best balanced bat.

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Although there are dozens of really, really good balanced bats, we like the Rawlings VELO for its long term commitment to an ultra light swing. Year in and year out there are few bats that give you more bat for less swing weight. And the 2018 version of the VELO, in its numerous sizes, is no different.

Lots of Other Options

Before we get too carried away, make no mistake about the fact there are dozens of other legitimate balanced bats on the market. Each is worth your consideration before you pull the trigger.

We also suggest you consider more than the swing weight of a bat before pulling the trigger. Among those other factors, and maybe mostly so, we would look at a two piece or one piece construction. That distinction makes the most difference in bat feel. Also before swing weight we would consider the barrel’s material. Do you prefer composite or aluminum on the barrel?

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2018 DeMarini CFX Drop 11

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DeMarini makes a half dozen CFX bats, so make sure you are looking at the drop 11 if you want the one with the most balance. The drop 10 in the CFX is, we believe, the most popular. But if you want as much bat barrel for as little swing weight as possible, then look for the drop 11.

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Read our 2018 CFX Review

What is a Balanced Bat?

We measure swing weights here. That conversation might be helpful for you.

Most consider a balanced bat to be the opposite of an end loaded bat. An endloaded bat is one in which the weight of the bat is focused more towards the end cap, and therefore the bat swings heavier. As such, a balanced bat is a bat where the weight is distributed closer to the knob. This shift in balance point makes it so the bat is easier to swing.

Some consider a balanced bat in between an end loaded bat and a speed or hand loaded bat. A speed or hand loaded bat is where the weight of the bat is focused towards the knob and a balanced bat is simply in between the end loaded and speed loaded.

Best Balanced Slow Pitch

Slugger Super Z Balanced

Best Balanced Bats

There is no unified nomenclature throughout the industry. Easton, more recently, has adopted three categories of bat load (speed, balance, end). Most of the other major brands use the two categories (balance, end). We prefer the load spectrum defined into three sections. But, since it is not quite industry standard to use three categories, we use the balanced term often to simply mean a light swinging bat when compared to end load. This encompasses, frankly, the vast majority of bats as only a few are true end loads.

In a sport defined by bicep size, most players like the idea of end loaded bats. And in fact, most bats are categorized into how many ounces of end load are added to the end of the bat. But, if you happen to be playing the sport and are not on steroids, you might consider the Slugger Super Z Balanced slowpitch bat, as it is the best balanced bat out there.

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Baseball Balanced Bats

Here is a sampling, and link to the review, of some of the 2018 baseball bats considered “Balanced”.

  1. Slugger 918 Prime
  2. Slugger 618 Solo
  3. Easton Ghost X
  4. Beast X
  5. DeMarini CF Zen
  6. DeMarini Voodoo Balanced
  7. Marucci CAT 7
  8. Marucci Hex Alloy
  9. Marucci F5
  10. Rawlings Quatro
  11. Rawlings VELO
  12. Mizuno Ghost
  13. Mizuno Covert
  14. Axe Element Hyperwhip

Fastpitch Balanced Bats

With a few exceptions, almost every performance fastpitch bat is considered balanced.

  1. Easton Ghost
  2. Easton Stealth
  3. Easton Hyperlite
  4. DeMarini CFX Balanced
  5. DeMarini CFX Slapper
  6. Slugger XENO
  7. Slugger LXT
  8. Slugger PXT
  9. Rawlings VELO
  10. Rawlings Quatro
  11. Marucci FX Connect

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You should not use performance bats in cold weather. The issue is not a cold bat but a cold ball. Cold weather, according to most manufacturers, is sub 60 degrees.

Using a bat in cold weather

Cold Weather Bat Recommendations

With that said, we realize that playing in sub 60 degree weather is common place. We play in the rocky mountains and hoping for a cool ocean breeze and a 70 degree game is the thing of legends.

Baseballs and Softballs, made out of leather and string, become more dense as they become more cold. More dense baseballs have less bounce and can cause more damage to a bat. Aluminum bats tend to dent, composite’s crack. This is why we prefer aluminum bats in cold weather.

Here are some cold weather and aluminum bat recommendations:

Generally speaking, we suggest a two piece hybrid bat. That includes a composite bat with an aluminum barrel. The barrel’s aluminum has less chance of catastrophic failure in the cold weather. The two piece construction gives a smoother feel on a cold night and a mishit ball.

Our Cold Weather BBCOR Pick

Heavier swing weight? Check. Aluminum barrel? Check. Good transition piece to help dampen sting on a cold day? Check. The 718 is the perfect BBCOR cold weather bat. Price check: Amazon.com.

Bat performance in Cold Weather

How Cold Weather Bat Composite

Ball flight changes when the weather is cold. Colder weather brings down both slugging percentage and Home Runs/At Bat.

Aluminum or Composite?

Per our industry conversations, we suggest you tend towards aluminum in cold weather months (sub 55/60 degrees). Hitting an aluminum bat with a ball too dense (cold) is a possible dent. The result of a ball too dense on composite is a crack and, then, the ultimate failure of the bat.

One option with a decent price point, that gets great ratings from us, is the 718 Select from Slugger. (See our full 718 Select Review).

Our Cold Weather USA Bat Pick

Best Cold WEather BatWe love this USA Bat for lots of reasons. The fact it works very well in cold weather is towards the top of the list. Is it made with a nice big aluminum barrel and a smooth transition that dampens some of the most violent of mishits. Do note, however, this bat swings heavy compared to others “drop 10” counterparts. It should be categorized as a drop 8.

How Cold is Too Cold?

For cold weather bat weight and an aluminum barrel help performance and durability. In the USA Bat space, no other bat quite captures those cold weather value like the 2018 Easton BEast X Hybrid. This is also one of our most favorite overall USA Bats. Price check: Amazon.com.
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Really, no Hitting Below 60 Degrees?

Our personal experience has shown that a 60 degree cutoff is a rather conservative figure. We have used composites in 50 degree weather and a few times in 40 degree weather. Do note, however, we were not seeing massive pitch and swing speeds. If you are seeing 90+ from the mound and are swinging close to that to match it we would guess the 60 degree cutoff is reasonable.

But, if it is more like 60mph or so from the mound with a 60 or so swing speed then going below 60, in our eyes at least, is reasonable. The manufacturers feel differently and, likely, have data to back it up. This is just our layman’s observation.

Some manufacturers do not recommend hitting with a thin walled, high-grade, aluminum bat either in sub 60-degree weather. The denser ball, they argue, creates a greater chance for the aluminum bat to dent. Others manufacturers accept the risks for aluminum bats but admit the outcome of small dents on a barrel is much more satisfactory when compared to the catastrophic results of a cracked composite bat.

Best Fastpitch Cold Weather Bat

Best Cold Weather BatsFor many of the same reasons we like the Beast X Hybrid in baseball, we like the Rocketech in fastpitch. That is, the bat swings heavier (a drop 9) and is made of an aluminum barrel. This helps with durability and feel on those cold weather days. Price check: Amazon.com.

What Does Cold Weather Bat Damage Look Like?

Cold Weather Bat

For composite bats, bat breaking appears in the form of cracks. Cold weather cracks tend to be more focused at impact than manufacturer defects which often crack along a certain seam or length. But, that doesn’t mean cold weather cracks don’t look like that either.

Aluminum cold weather damage exhibits dents by hitting objects too hard for the bats rating. This type of damage is consistent with most aluminum bat problems as they rarely break. Instead, they bend.

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We think the best cheap baseball bat (under $50) is Louisivlle Slugger’s VAPOR. The BBCOR version of the bat is over $50, so we have some other options below. But the USSSA big barrel feels great, has a good sized barrel and some legit performance if you can swing it. Our testers thought it felt as good as some bats twice its price.

In truth, though, we could do some damage with a $50 budget on eBay with a search like this. If you can afford to be patient, then finding a bat for less than $50 that once sold for 5 or 6 times that number just a few months previously is very possible. You will likely not have any warranty, but our experience with sub $50 bats makes us hard pressed to spend real money on new in wrapper $50 bat from a box store. See our tutorial on buying used bats.

See our video comparison between cheap and expensive bats below.

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USA Bat Rawlings Raptor Check
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How Would We Spend $50?

Simply, we’d find a year or two old/used bat on ebay under $50 ending on auction. Sure, we’d lose a warranty and have to wait for it, but you can often pick up great deals on older model used bats. And the upgrade in performance is worth the risk, we think.

Also, if you look in October, or so, you’ll find the supply outweighs demand and you have some negotiating power.

See these two articles for insight on what to buy when and the pitfalls on how to buy a used bat.

Is there any difference between sub $50 Bats?

It is difficult to find any reasonable difference between sub $50 baseball bats. In fact, we couldn’t find one which wasn’t some simple aluminum alloy. The only major difference, in terms of performance, was the grip texture. Some bats had a perforated grip while others a more slick feel. Our experience is we like the perforated grips better as they tend to keep their tack a little longer.

Otherwise, you are buying a paint job and a barrel profile.

Is the $400 bat that much better than the $40 bat?

For most, it is not a question of being able to afford a more expensive bat. It is a function of simply choosing not to spend your money in that direction.

Our role on this site has always been to find the differences in bats and measure their performance changes. As such, we think there is a considerable difference between a $40 bat and a $400 bat. The feel, usable barrel profile and actual performance are measurable better in a more expensive bat.

We’ve also found that the better a hitter gets, the less useful they find a high performance bat. Great hitters can make just about anything work, and work well.

But, for younger players trying to have success at the plate, we think a good bat means a lot. Even still, it is no substitute for good old fashioned practice.

Best Cheap BBCOR Bat

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If we wanted a sub $50 BBCOR bat, and needed it brand new, the S250 from Easton will work as good as any. It swings light, has a decent barrel profile and we like the perforated grip.

The S250 is a traditional one piece aluminum with nothing particularly fancy about its makeup. The industry has been making bats like this for the last several years.

As we state above, if you have the patience and time, it would make sense to buy a used BBCOR bat if $50 was your high water mark. Try a search like this on eBay and you’ll see there are several used BBCOR bats in that range—these are much better than the S250. In fact, at the time of this writing, we found an 2015 Easton MAKO that sold for $46. This bat was listed, and sold, for $449 just a few months ago.

Best Cheap Big Barrel

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Our hitters liked the bigger barrel and smooth feel on great contact with the Slugger Vapor. It is the only bat on this list we think performs above its price point. We would likely choose this bat over several single piece bats twice its price.

Slugger has as single piece composite bat they refer to as the Catalyst. This bat runs around $100 and keeps tabs on the rising price of the VAPOR which we think could sell just fine at a price point closer to $100.

That said, just like the BBCOR bats, we think some patience and a good eye could go a long way with $50 on eBay with a search like this. At the time of this writing, we found a MAKO Torq in a drop 8 that went for $46. That bat sold for $349 about 2 years ago. It was no where close to worth $349, but is surely worth more than $46.

Best Cheap USA Barrel Bat

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USA Bats doesn’t have the advantage of being around for a long time and, ergo, lacks a real robust secondary market. In fact, we couldn’t find any good used USA bats.

That leaves many of us stuck finding the best cheap USA Bat new in wrapper. We have a running article on that topic. There we chose the Rawlings Prodigy. We think that a great bat, but it has limited distribution as it is only available at Target. The Rawlings Raptor is quite similar and can be found everywhere, including Amazon.

Our hitters liked the fact the Raptor comes in a true drop 10 but still keeps the 2 5/8 barrel size.

As well, we think the VAPOR from slugger another legit sub $50 in the USA space. However, note it does swing heavier as a drop 9.

Best Cheap Wood Bat

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Although not technically “wood”, we think the best $50 you could spend on a wood-like bat is on a BamBooBat. These bats are great entry level bats that swing well, have fantastic durability.

As well, they are less expensive because Bamboo is a grass, not a wood.

Do note, however, these bats might not be legal in a wood bat league.

Another option in the wood bat space would be to look for high quality blem bats. These blems are almost always a cosmetic, not functional, issue. See our article on finding blem bats.

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After more testing than we can quantify (literally thousands of hours writing, researching and testing bats over the last 5 years), we think the Easton Ghost X is the best overall composite baseball bat on the market today. This wins in part because it is offered in every size and model known to man. You can find it in a USABat version as well as a drop 5, drop 8, drop 10 USSSA and a BBCOR, too. While other bats compete with it inside more specific categories, the Easton Ghost X is the best composite bat overall.

Best Composite Bat

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Composite bats in the baseball space run deep and wide. Three of our favorites in addition to the Easton Ghost X, are the Rawlings Quatro, CF Zen from DeMarini and 918 Prime from Slugger. Each of these bats run on their own merits as some of the best composite bats in the high school/BBCOR ranks.

Top 8 Composite Bats

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Bat

Category

Price

Review

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Ghost X

Overall

$$$$

Hot

Best Composite Bat

Quatro

BBCOR

$$$$

Beautiful

Best Composite Bat

CF Zen

BBCOR

$$$$

Loved

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918 Prime

BBCOR

$$$$

Bombs

Best Composite Bat

2017 CF Zen

Drop 5 or 8 USSSA

$$$$

Light

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Hex Connect

Drop 10 USSSA

$$$

Reasonable

Best Composite Bat

LXT Hyper

Fastpitch

$$$$

Perfect

Best Composite Bat

Ghost X

USABat

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Huge

Best Composte Fastpitch Bat: 2018 Slugger LXT

Best Composite Bat

In the fastpitch space, we love the LXT from Louisville Slugger. Although it has remarkably impressive competition in the composite space (like the XENO and CF9), we think the balance, huge barrel, fantastic player feedback and numerous options make the LXT the best composite fast-pitch bat on the market today.

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Read our 2018 Louisville Slugger LXT Review

Best Drop 5 or 8 USSSA Composite: CF Zen Drop 5

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Talk to anyone who has hit with the drop 5 CF Zen from 2017 and they’ll say basically one thing: it is CRAZY hot. The bat’s sweet spot is as big as it gets. And the weight distribution is seriously perfect. It is hard to find this bat in stock, but if you can, please pull the trigger. You can thank us later.

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Read our 2017 DeMarini CF Zen Review

Best Composite USAbat

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Atlhough still early in the USABat game, we feel pretty confident the Ghost X from Easton will be the best. It has, after all, a much larger barrel than any of the other competitors out there. Add in the fact it comes in more sizes and drops than any other bat, and its likely you’ll get the best USA Baseball bat in your hands with the Ghost X. We sure wish it was less expensive, though.

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Read our 2018 USABat Easton Reviews

Best USSSA Drop 10

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2018 Marucci Hex Connect

We like the Easton Ghost,but don’t forget the Marucci Drop 10 Hex Connect. This is often a forgotten bat in the thick realm of USSSA Bats made for the drop 10 swinger. But the barrel is gigantic, the balance is quite perfect, and the performance is as good as you could hope for. This bat, and its price point, are worth taking a chance on.

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Read our 2018 Marucci Hex Connect Review

Single Piece or Two Piece Composite

Most composite bats are built with a two piece structure. That is, they have a composite handle and a composite barrel that are connected someway or another. We refer to these bats as, no surprise, two piece bats. Other composite bats, although more rare, are made of a single piece of composite. These bats are stiffer, and in theory at least, can deliver more power to the ball (and, we should add, more shock waves to your hands).

The younger and lighter you are, the more you will prefer a two piece composite bat. Today, there are even several collegiate players still swinging a two piece composite. Few single piece composite bats even exist and their small market share might be all the info you need as to how well they are received. With that said, Combat (now defunct and owned by Easton) as well as Dirty South Bats (a small player out of Georgia) make a big barreled single piece composite bat that many people love. And if you are serious about going to the single piece composite space, we suggest you start with either of those two.

The Difference Between Composite & Aluminum

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There are two major distinctions you can make from one bat to another. The first major distinction is whether the bat is made from two pieces or one. The other is whether the bat is made from aluminum or composite. We discuss this distinction some on our best aluminum bats page too.

There are several reasons some people prefer composite bats over aluminum. Close to the top of most lists is the fact that composite bat barrels are often quite a bit larger than aluminum bat barrels. This consistent feature is derived from the fact that composite material is lighter than aluminum, and less weight in the barrel means more material can be used to create a larger barrel. As well, composite bats tend to feel much softer on contact. The composite (which is ultimately a high grade plastic) can absorb more shock in the material.

There was a time when composite bats had better performance than aluminum barrels. Now, restrictions on barrels like BBCOR and USABat lend less credence to how hot composite can be compared to aluminum.

What is a Composite Baseball Bat?

In short, a composite bat is a carbon bat whose fibers are directed to give the bat certain properties. These properties include things like durability, trampoline effect and lightness. Composite is a fancier word for plastic. Composite bats come in all shapes and sizes and tend to run more expensive than aluminum bats. They are made for baseball, fastpitch and slowpitch. Performance fastpitch and slowpitch bats are almost entirely dominated by composite bats. Some groups take a composite handle and fix it to an aluminum barrel. These bats are referred to as hybrids. They are, in effect, a half aluminum, half composite bat.

 

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