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Best Bat For 13 Year Old

Updated August 4, 2022

By Bat Digest

We take most of these from our major best bat articles and narrow them down to the bats we think are best for the 13-year-olds.

After hours of testing, lots of feedback, and recording exit speed data, we’ve come up with a narrowed list of our favorite bats for a 13-year-old. In USSSA, we like the CF as the best bat for a 13-year-old. If you’re in the USA bat market for a 13-year-old then check out the ADV 360 in a drop 5. BBCOR players who are 13 will like the light-swinging Easton Maxum.

Updated August 4, 2022

We updated this list with most of the 2020 bats. Many 2019 options remain on the list as they didn’t beat out the new versions of the bat and can still reasonable be found on major vendor sites.

1. 2022 DeMarini Zen

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Certification: USSSA

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 5

Swing Weight: Mid+

Serial Number: WTDXCB522

Original Price: $350

Release Month: October 2021

1. Best Bat for 13-Year Old

2022 DeMarini Zen USSSA Drop 5
USSSA
2022 DeMarini Zen

$350

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Look, this bat is a monster. If you are 13 years old and are allowed to swing this bat, then thank your lucky stars. Sincerely, it will NEVER get better than this. BBCOR bats are duds compared to this monster. It is, without a doubt, the best-performing legal bat on the market today. Some other drop 5 bats hit it well, too, in USSSA, but swing this bat as a 13-year-old if you can because you’ll one day be able to tell your grandchildren that you were one of the few who got to swing the drop 5 CF as a teenager. Swing hard, run harder.

2. 2020 Easton Maxum 360

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Certification: BBCOR

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Light

Serial Number: BB20MX

Original Price: $400

Release Month: September 2019

2. Best BBCOR Bat for 13-Year-Old

2020 Easton Maxum 360 BBCOR Drop 3
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2020 Easton Maxum 360

$400

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There are a lot of light-swinging bats in the BBCOR space. But, we like the 2020 (or 2022) Easton Maxum 360. The bat has a massive barrel and comes in a 31-inch we think should be the right size for many 13-year-olds. That said if your boy needs a smaller bat. Do NOT buy the right bat in the wrong size. If you want/need a smaller bat, go with something like the Solo from Slugger or Voodoo that come in 30-inch lengths.

3. 2020 Easton ADV 360

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Certification: USA

Sizes: 30, 31, 32

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 5

Swing Weight: Mid+

Serial Number: YBB20ADV5

Original Price: $300

Release Month: September 2019

3. Best USA Bat for 13-Year-Old

2020 Easton ADV 360 USA Drop 5
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2020 Easton ADV 360

$300

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If you have to swing a USA bat and you are 13 years old then we like the ADV in a drop 5. Unless you are just a massive 13-year-old, if you can swing either a BBCOR or a USA bat, then we say choose the drop 5 in USA as that lower swing weight in a drop 5 will really help with bat speed. We are fans of the drop 5 ADV in USA for a 13-year-old, a great pick, great bat.

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Best Bat For 13 Year Old

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2022 DeMarini Zen

1. Best Bat for 13-Year Old

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Why We Love the 2022 Zen

Look, this bat is a monster. If you are 13 years old and are allowed to swing this bat, then thank your lucky stars. Sincerely, it will NEVER get better than this. BBCOR bats are duds compared to this monster. It is, without a doubt, the best-performing legal bat on the market today. Some other drop 5 bats hit it well, too, in USSSA, but swing this bat as a 13-year-old if you can because you’ll one day be able to tell your grandchildren that you were one of the few who got to swing the drop 5 CF as a teenager. Swing hard, run harder.

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Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30, 31, 32, 33

Drop: 5

Serial Number: WTDXCB522

Release Month: October 2021

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2020 Easton Maxum 360

2. Best BBCOR Bat for 13-Year-Old

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Maxum 360 Ratings
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Why We Love the 2020 Maxum 360

There are a lot of light-swinging bats in the BBCOR space. But, we like the 2020 (or 2022) Easton Maxum 360. The bat has a massive barrel and comes in a 31-inch we think should be the right size for many 13-year-olds. That said if your boy needs a smaller bat. Do NOT buy the right bat in the wrong size. If you want/need a smaller bat, go with something like the Solo from Slugger or Voodoo that come in 30-inch lengths.

Amazon

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 31, 32, 33, 34

Drop: 3

Serial Number: BB20MX

Release Month: September 2019

Our Review: 2020 Easton Maxum 360

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2020 Easton ADV 360

3. Best USA Bat for 13-Year-Old

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ADV 360 Ratings
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Why We Love the 2020 ADV 360

If you have to swing a USA bat and you are 13 years old then we like the ADV in a drop 5. Unless you are just a massive 13-year-old, if you can swing either a BBCOR or a USA bat, then we say choose the drop 5 in USA as that lower swing weight in a drop 5 will really help with bat speed. We are fans of the drop 5 ADV in USA for a 13-year-old, a great pick, great bat.

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Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30, 31, 32

Drop: 5

Serial Number: YBB20ADV5

Release Month: September 2019

The Research

How much to Spend on an 13Us Bat

Our general rule is to take the player’s age and multiply it by the number of games they will play. So, a 13-year-old playing 25 games this year should spend NO MORE than $325 on their bat.

Of course, many variables go into how much you should spend, but we like to put a maximum on parents so they don’t feel torn between spending too much. At $325, you can get most of the fastpitch bats in the space.

What is the Right Bat Size

The 13-year-old bat market has many options since it has become the nexus of every league and age. There are 13-year-olds still playing USA or USSSA leagues, as well as a new crop playing BBCOR. You also have some leagues that restrict bat drops to 5 or 8 only for 13U. Throw in the fact that some 13-year-olds are huge while others are still waiting to grow, and you have a verifiable cluster of bat options. To say the least, narrowing down all the bats out there to the best is a terrible proposition as it depends on what you want. This is, of course, to say nothing about wood bats.

The right size bat for a 13-year-old depends on their league. If it’s BBCOR, the most common bat size is 31/28, followed by 32/29. If you’re in USSSA or USA, the correct bat size for most 13-year-olds is a 32/27. You can see more commentary on our bat size chart here.

13 year old BBCOR size chart

We surveyed over 100 13-year-old players in BBCOR leagues to determine the correct bat size. We found the most popular size as 31/28, followed closely by 32/29. Many BBCOR bats, you may have noticed, don’t come in a 31-inch.

Our survey also showed that more people were happy with their 31/28 than their 32/29, but not by much. We’d suggest a 31 for most and a 32 if you feel you know what you are doing. See more bat sizing data here.

Bat Size Chart

We did a similar thing with our non-BBCOR playing 13-year-olds. We found sizes all over the map, with the most popular as 31/26. However, the 32/22 wasn’t far behind.

We’d do all we could to shy away from the drop 10 bat market as a 13-year-old. BBCOR is right around the corner and making the jump from a drop 10 to a drop 3 might be a bad idea. As well, many leagues are imposing drop bans on the 13U teams. For example, USSSA doesn’t allow 13-year-olds to play with anything other than a drop 8 or 5. (Effective January 1, 2020). Even if you are in a non-BBCOR or USSSA league, we’d suggest getting as much weight in the bat as you can swing to get you ready for freshman ball right around the corner.

Bat Rumors

At the time of this writing most of the 2020 baseball bats have hit the market. We don’t think there is much to hold out for especially in the drop 8 or drop 5 space. Often, and we expect it this year, big companies like DeMarini come out with a limited edition CF for the holiday push. But, those unique color ups are the same bat with a color up. So, if you’re not in the mood to wait around and get something potentially unique then we’d suggest you dive right into the 13 year old bat market.

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