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2016 DeMarini Uprising Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022


Our 2016 DeMarini Uprising Review (Baseball) comes after a dozen hours of testing in the cage on the field with the drop 10 2 3/4 version of the bat. On the whole, we’d suggest the bat only to those who are looking for a cheap option this year but would also like the guarantee of a warranty from a name brand company. Performance and durability are lacking but not any more than other bats in the price point.


Price Check


2016 Uprising Video

2016 Uprising Video

2016 Uprising Models


If you are not willing to spend more than $80 or so on a new baseball bat—and need one now—then the Uprising is probably as good as an option as any. It’s just a bat made out of aluminum that has a light swing and will at least serve the purpose of providing a bat to hit within rec ball.

Travel or comp players will find the bat is prone to denting and doesn’t have great performance outside the perfect center. The Uprising isn’t a bat for earnest players and serves a different part of the market outside of the performance bat space. If $80 were our budget, we’d personally use it on a used performance bat in the off-season.

Amazon, at the time of this writing, had the best price for the Uprising.

USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –13
/10

General Recomendations

We would hesitate to buy this bat in the used market as its potential for denting coupled with a lack of warranty might be as good as burning money. We found it more liked by those who appreciated a light swing weight—but be careful of hand sting as this one piece doesn’t do much to mitigate vibration.

Model Recommendations

WTDXUPY0016

USSSA Drop 10 Review

Uprising USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
1 2 5 4 2 2 3 3 4 2
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
Sizing: 26, 27, 28, 29, 30-inch
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Serial: WTDXUPY0016
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
See other Drop 10 USSSA Bats
WTDXUPL0016

USSSA Drop 13 Review

Uprising USSSA Drop 13 Ratings (key)
1 3 5 4 2 2 3 3 4 1
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
Sizing: 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Serial: WTDXUPL0016
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 1/4

Comparable Bats

The DeMarini Uprising has a long list of competitive bats in the sense of a balanced swing in the aluminum single piece space. If not all, inexpensive Walmart type bats are made of similar material with the same goal in mind: mass-market appeal with a cheap price point and a balanced swing weight. We’ve reviewed a few similar like the 2016 Easton S500.

Within the brand, the 2016 DeMarini Insane is similar only in its single piece of nature. The Insane is built with a measurable end load, while the Uprising is intended for the lightest swing possible. Both are hand ringers for sure, but the Uprising’s light nature adds to the hand sting issue. We’d recommend the Insane over the Uprising IF the player can swing a heavier bat.

Construction

The Uprising is a single-piece alloy bat with a light swing weight for both a drop 10 big barrel (2 3/4) and a drop 13 youth barrel (2 1/4). The bat’s light swing weight does, however, come at a cost: the bat is prone to denting and will wring the hands massively on mishits.

The knob of the bat isn’t flared, and the standard grip is as straight forward as you’d suspect. There is nothing notable about the end cap, and the barrel size is below average. The paint job does look, at least as I was told by my 9-year-old son, “cool.”

Overall Ratings

The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).

*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.

(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.

(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.

(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.

(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.

(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.

(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.

(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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