But, both choices are great ones. The marquee bat from the most prominent metal and composite bat company is predictably tremendous and is easily a top 5 big barrel bat for 2015. 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). As always, our list above might help if you’re still looking. There are a half dozen or more great choices in this same space. They have been hard to find in stock so far but are worth a look if you can. It is the most popular USSSA bat by a considerable margin. Because of that, manufacturer's have started creating both USA baseball bats and USSSA baseball bats. The Easton Beast won our best overall 2017 baseball bat award. Players at that age usually cannot generate the bat and pitch speed which really compresses the barrel and pushes towards that limit. BPF 1.15 standard implementation has forced bat companies to the drawing board on innovation. Many, including the CF ZEN and Beast, are fantastic. Rawlings VELO Drop 12. So, a 28/17 (or drop 12 28/16) will likely feel right at home. I’m not looking to fix it with a swing weight change but rather hoping the axe handle would encourage him to take his hands to the ball earlier, because he has more leverage to whip the barrel later in the swing. As more of the maror ones get released, like the 2021 CF and Prime, we will update this page. See our 2017 DeMarini Voodoo review. We are confident there is not a kid in the drop 10 ample barrel space that will dislike the 2017 Easton MAKO Beast. (Check pricing here). Of the bats you mentioned, we thik the CAT 9 drop 5 will be the favorite. However, with the push back, we don’t have enough to decide what is the “best.” If you’re looking for “best so far,” we have liked the USSSA CAT 9 Connect in a drop 10. Basically a seamless / continous fiber design paired with the stiffer ZnX handle. 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 rake. We have yet to find a player that can swing a drop 8 correctly who does not just love the bat. In other words, it is tough to go wrong with a youth wood AP5 from Marucci. Summary. In any event, there is plenty to learn from the chart, and we won’t bore you by writing it all out here. But, the drop 8, tops our list of best drop 8 baseball bats. Plain and simple. If you want the best then you should definitely have the Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal -8 USSSA Baseball Bat in that discussion. He’s swinging the Cat 9 28/18 pretty well, but as with most young players, he’s got a little bit of elbow drag. We often try and recommend bats on our other pages that you can readily find. They use USA Bats now, and you can read all about that stuff here. Bat for 2021 Update: Due to COVID, most 2021 USSSA bats are pushed back towards the end of 2020. Anyone who reads this blog knows we are in love with the drop 10 2015 Marucci Hex Composite. Expect a smooth swing and a beautiful ping. I would prefer to stay under $200 if at all possible. The below bats are rarely in stock new anymore. 2020 has some of the best USSSA bats to offer ever made for the new season. *Yes, My Bat is Best: How many USSSA players claimed the 'best bat' was also the bat they used. We dedicate an entire page to those best junior barrel baseball bats. Their drop 10, 8, and 5 options are destructive. The CAT 7 comes in several other sizes too. But, they do not play in leagues affiliated with Little League. The most popular of the 2016 line of bats, the Easton MAKO is considered by many the best MAKO ever. Somehow, the drop 10 CF Zen passed the test. Please be kind and assume the best in people while commenting. December 16, 2020 | by Brian Duryea | @BatDigest. In terms of the Avenge Pro for 2021, it doesn’t swing as light as it did in previous models. This still was a great list and helped a lot thank you! Those exit speeds might be more a function of the bat’s swing weight and length (it was a 30/20). But, you’ll also notice, several Marucci USSSA owners think DeMarini is the best USSSA baseball bat (maybe unexpected). Our testers hit every 2019 USSSA Baseball Bat. Considering he hits with a 31/28 woodie often enough, we’d guess he’d do better at the plate on average with a 31/28 BBCOR bat. Of course, this is all highly model-specific, but those are good enough rules to guess by. He bats lead off but isn’t really your typical lead off hitter, he punches balls in gaps and occasionally puts balls over the wall. We tried 10 models and can tell you the absolute best varieties. an object, the CF Zen is the best drop 10 on the market. It is, at least these days, challenging to find. That is, a single piece of aluminum shaved down to offer a light swing weight. The drop 5, we submit, is the best bat on the planet. But, if your player is new to the sport and you are just looking to get through a couple of games before diving into the deep end, we like the Easton S450. The newer drop 5 CAT 9 Connect is a great bat, but they’ve been super hard to find this year. But the 2017 model claims to have fixed that, and our players have had great success with the drop 12 VELO. We try and update it often with the “latest and greatest.”. This difficulty stems from the fact that no bat company has a patent on maple or ash trees. We’ve finally got around to updating our comments section! The stiff feel from the single piece can occasionally ring the hands, but Marucci’s AV2 knob is a unique feature that makes it reasonable for even young hitters. Thanks. We love it. We discuss that more below. *Owner Happiness: Players were asked how happy they were about their bat purchase on a scale from 0 to 100. But the Marucci CAT 7, with its single-piece feel and beautiful ping pop, is our favorite. There is not a ton of tech on this bat as it is, a good old fashioned single piece of aluminum. USSSA certified; One year warranty included; 1 Review Hide Reviews Show Reviews 5 "best bat ever" Posted by Jeff on Jul 30th 2020 "I was going to get a cat 8 but the barrel was to big, so i got the cat 7 and the bat is awesome very balanced. Would you recommend the Easton adv 360 for a 12 year old that plays high level u trip ball. USSSA bats, also known as youth big barrel bats, are used at the youth level; these bats will be either 2-3/4" or 2-5/8" in barrel diameter. The most comparable bat in a USSSA would be something like the CAT 9/8/7 etc. But, truth be told, both those bats are fantastic. The Orange MAKO was a man among boys 18 months before other bats began to close the gap. Most bat companies do not take the drop 12 space seriously. DeMarini CF Zen (fastpitch softball) The DeMarini CF Zen is regarded as one of the best and most durable bats ever created by the company. We’ve hit with them and think they do a great job of meeting performance standards. (As a side note, it blows our minds that bat companies will produce two-piece composite bats in drop 10 droves and single-piece bats in every iteration imaginable, but when you want something like a hybrid USSSA drop 8, they are nowhere to be found. I’m a 5 hole hitter and I dont know what to buy between a cf zen black and Cat 8. The reason he might like the USSSA Bonesaber is due to it’s handle—the barrel is decent although arguably a bit undersized. See our 2018 Easton Mako Beast review. Just Bat Reviews, LLC DBA Bat Digest participate in affiliate marketing programs including but not limited to Amazon and eBay. Marucci CAT9 (-5) USSSA Baseball Bat - 2021 Model by Marucci $279.99 Easton Beast Speed (-10) USSSA Baseball Bat - 2019 Model by Easton I don’t want to sacrifice bat control, so I’m thinking of keeping the same 28″ length but moving to a 20 ounce bat…limiting me to either Marucci or Victus…same company anyway. Certification: USSSA, NSA, ISA #5 EASTON Rebel Slowpitch Softball Bat Crafted from military grade aluminum alloy, this is one of the strongest and best slow pitch softball bats out there. Easton dominated the BPF 1.15 space in the 2 1/4 barrel in 2014, and many argue, they still do today. Best bat i’ve ever put my hands on, hands down. This page is read hundreds of times a week by several real and normal parents and players. We also observed what players tended to use at major tournaments and spent considerable time looking for objective online reviews. Our sense he’s swinging too short a bat and we’d suggest a 29/19 or 30/20. We most likely earn a comission from companies we link to on this site. What it will really come down to is swing weight. But, the drop 12 is a fantastic bat for the kid looking for as much bat control and speed as possible with a reasonable and over-sized barrel. It’s a very legit choice for under $100. Also in USSSA, you have bats like the new T1 from True. (https://www.justbats.com/product/2020-louisville-slugger-solo–10-usssa-baseball-bat–wtlsls6x1020/31775/). We took the 2019 Slugger 619 bat in a few different sizes to the fields and cage. You can see that by the size of the red DeMarini on the outer ring of the USSSA Marucci section when compared to the orange Marucci found on the outer ring of the DeMarini USSSA section. For us, it was love at first sight. The XL1 is a monster bat whose genealogy contains the famed Easton Omen and little league series lore. Some younger hitters prefer single piece bats, aluminum barrels, or two-piece hybrid bats. Thanks. So, if you’re down for overpaying for a fantastic bat that might break then go Zen. If you are in the market for something unique and can find the right size, then Gold level bats are almost always good choices. There are other bats in the youth space as expensive, but none higher. Ready … The bat is, as you can imagine, banned in high-school and NCAA. Exit speeds always look fantastic with the CF Zen, and the balance point is right in the wheelhouse that young players prefer. But, it’s as close as any two-piece composite bat has yet to be. The 2015 Drop 5 DeMarini CF7 is an amazing stick. They leave their second-tier bats to top out the space. The original version of the Anderson Techzilla circa 2006 and 2007 was (and is) a valid bomb dropper. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Some may argue over this as the first pick. The problem with the Zen has always been durability. Instead of where the load is found in a bat is only one of many factors that determine swing weight—the most important of which is arguably the total length of a bat. Maybe some can? They often come in a max size of 26 or 27 inches and have considerable drop weights. With the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen big barrel bat line getting ready to hit the field, we figured you might want to know a little bit about the latest generation of travel ball bats from DeMarini.. ThDrop 5 CF is the only bat we can find that appreciates. Mako 29/18 and Cat 8 Comp 28/18, my son is not a big 8-year-old he’s a little over 4 feet tall and weighs in the 60-65 pound range. It is our favorite drop 5 bats, maybe ever. I was thinking about getting him a 2021 Axe Avenge Pro to give him a little help with his hands (we bought a used 2019, and he does well with it) once he’s ready to move up to 29/19. DeMarini CF Zen Drop 10. They upgrade their traditional single piece Rawlings VELO into a two-piece composite with a huge barrel and a great feel. We should blame the industry for the confusion. No bat space in the baseball bat market is more competitive, save BBCOR than the drop 10 big barrel space. It’s a drop 5 or drop 8 and an adult/middle school bat. USA Bats now, and you can read all about that stuff here, The average 11-year-old is swinging a 30/20, https://dicks-sporting-goods.ryvx.net/AM07N, https://www.justbats.com/product/2020-louisville-slugger-solo–10-usssa-baseball-bat–wtlsls6x1020/31775/, https://www.justballgloves.com/product/wilson-a2000-superskin-11-75–baseball-glove–wta20rb191787ss/30483/. See our 2018 Easton Ghost X review. TopProReviews analyzes and compares all usssa baseball bats of 2020. Most other brands offer a drop 10 or a drop 8. The third ring shows which bat the brand owners of the 2nd ring think is the best bat. I hope that helps, and, to be frank, it sounds like this guy will do pretty good with any bat. In fact, with a $350 budget, maybe just buy the 31 and the 32, throw in a wood bat for the winter to get his strength up and see how it goes come spring. We’ve never hit a better bat then the CF7 in a drop 5. Our process included barrel size measurements, exit speed tests, and swing weight measurements. In part, that award rests on fulfilling the purpose of the drop 10, which the Beast does so very well. We got that too. In the Big Barrel, a.k.a. He is 5’6 108 lbs. The Solo is a good pick. Based on your description, and assuming we had to buy new on DSG’s website (all of which is not true, but that helps us narrow some things down), then we’d buy a 30/20 Marucci CAT 8 in USSSA (https://dicks-sporting-goods.ryvx.net/AM07N). Going from USA to USSSA should be a real treat for your son. However, the Connect is as good as you’ll get out there that isn’t called the CF. 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. However, Considering BBCOR bats have been around for quite a while, and many companies have created barrels that perform at peak velocities along their length, we’d bet one would have better success with a good BBCOR bat over a good drop 5 USA Bat. Just Bat Reviews, LLC DBA Bat Digest Company. To your question, your only option is the T1 from True bats. The VELO drop 5 swings very, very light—drop 10 light so its almost weird. hey, had a question. It also has great pop right out of the wrapper. Bat Digest is reader-supported. Both the Mako and Cat Composite do just fine. I had a younger boy who really benefited from it. One notable exception, in terms of saving money, the 2017 Drop 5 DeMarini CF Zen. (Check pricing here). Weird.). We love the balance and slightly tapered grip as well as the durability and brilliant feel. The Rawlings 2020 Velo ACP USSSA bat is a step into the future of high-performance baseball bats. I cheaped out in the past with bats and now can see the difference in spending more for a quality bat. But, our favorite is the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen. But, until they break, they do have the best pop and the least sting. Top 10 Best USSSA Baseball Bats 2021 and 2020 #1. If you are looking for the best 2018 drop 12 bats, and money is not an option, then the two-piece Rawlings VELO is a fantastic option. However, those bats are notorious for their durability. The most outstanding knowhow is the giving the player a chance to have both the barrel and the beautiful looking handle a composite make. ... but this bat squarely in the top 9 best youth baseball bats ever. What do you suggest? The average 8 years old swings a drop 12 28/16. has more leverage to whip the barrel later in the swing. Of course, if you’re already swinging the 32, then that won’t work. 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