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Light, Balanced, Cheap BBCOR Bat for 13 Year Old

May 7, 2020 | by Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

Answer Categories: 13 Year Old, BBCOR

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Dear Bat Guy,I’m 12 years old, almost turning 13 and 5,2 in height. I’m just getting into middle school baseball. My school team requires a -3 bat, which is mainly BBCOR. But all the bats are really expensive. Which bats do you recommend? I don’t know if a 29-inch, 30, or even a 31-inch is good? I like balanced bats and lighter bats so what BBCOR bats do you suggest for me that are light or balanced and cheap? What size should I get it in?

Chase

Chase,

Fun times ahead for you. A 13-year-old in a BBCOR bat is always a tough one. That jump to a 27-ounce bat or so is a real one.

You have two options.

  1. You can go with a very short BBCOR bat. A few brands make a 29-inch BBCOR bat, including Slugger’s Solo and Easont’s Speed Series.
  2. You can just buck up and get a 31-inch.

Crazy enough, if you survey all the 13-year-olds who play BBCOR bats (which we did), you’ll find the most popular bat size is a 31/28. Although it feels heavy at first for most of them, it ends up working out pretty well as their strength and timing get better.

So, we’d suggest you go with a 31/28—despite it feeling heavy—in an inexpensive but good BBCOR bat like the Omaha series. Or, if you’re feeling crazy, try to find an older two-piece composite BBCOR bat on Sideline Swap or eBay.

In terms of light and balanced (which sort of mean the same thing to us) we’d go for a two piece composite. Consider a bat line like the CF, Quatro, 919 or ADV/Ghost series.

One quick search as we wrote this out was a 2018 CF Zen for the mid $100s.

Otherwise, look at our older best BBCOR bat options and see if you can’t find one on a used market site.

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