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7 Best USA Bats we hit the FARTHEST (2021/2020)

Updated April 13, 2021

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We recorded the exit speeds and player feedback on over 1,500 USA Bats from 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018. We think the 2021 Easton ADV -11 has the best pop—HOWEVER, the bat appears to have some durability concerns that we did not experience in our testing. It was ranked #1 for a few weeks on our site but has moved down until we can gather more information from additional players. We like the new DeMarini Voodoo as well as the Solo, but nothing in the USA space is very exciting. In the end, we think for overall value, the best USA Bat is the Slugger Solo. For value, we like an older model (2018 – 2020), Louisville Slugger Solo.

The 2021 ADV drop 11 from Easton was our favorite USA bat. However, we’ve heard enough reports on its durability that we struggle to recommend it as we did earlier in the season. If you have no mind for a budget and are fine dealing with warranty processes, then the 2021 Easton ADV 360 drop 11 is your stick. If you go that route, consider a bigger size (like a 32/21) that has more durability. The bat is claimed to be the same as its 2020 version (although we don’t recall that one having the same degree of durability complaints—but COVID ruined everything). The ADV drop 11 swings like a drop 10. Our hitters loved the feel and few disagree the bat hits rockets. But, if you want to avoid the durability concerns, then we like the 2018, 2019, or 2020 Slugger Solo or 2021 Voodoo USA.

Updated April 13, 2021

We took the 2021 Easton ADV drop 11 off our #1 spot due to too many complaints about the bat’s durability. Granted, we think the bat still hits rockets, but we’ve heard from more than a few that the bat’s durability is struggling to last more than a few weeks for enough that we’ve put a hold on our #1 spot.

1. 2019 Louisville Slugger Solo

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 9.8/10 Total Weighted Rating 9.8/10
Specs

Certification: USA

Sizes: 28/17, 29/18, 30/19, 31/20, 32/21

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 11

Swing Weight: Balance - (Between 5 and 10% lower than Industry Average).

Serial Number:

Original Price: $199.95

Release Month: October 2018

Best Cheap USA Bat

USA
2019 Louisville Slugger Solo

$199.95

Original Price

The exit speed performance on the 2020 Louisville Slugger Solo is as good as any USA bat on the market—including the #1 ranked ADV 360. The bat has a great price point (we saw it for under $60 at the time of this writing, and plenty of inventory is left). The bat has a good-sized barrel and, although a drop 11, swings more in line with the drop 10 world. If you want a reasonable bat with good to great performance and a decent-sized sweet spot, this is the win.

The downfalls to the bat are its sting on mishit balls. This tends only to happen when you see higher pitch speeds. So, if you’re in the market for a 31 or 32-inch bat, it might not be the best feel. But, if you’re in small leagues that don’t throw too hard yet (let’s say, faster than 45mph), then the SOLO could be a big win.  The fact it is a fraction of the cost of other bats on this list is enough reason to consider it alone.

If you want to jump to the newer 2020 version then be our guests. The 2020 is the same as the 2019 and since the 2019 was considerably cheaper even at verified vendros at the time of this writing that is our recommendation.

2. 2021 DeMarini Voodoo

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 8.9/10 Total Weighted Rating 8.9/10
Specs

Certification: USA

Sizes: 28/18, 29/19, 30/20, 31/21, 32/22

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: Balanced (Within +/- 5% of Industry Average)

Serial Number: WTDXUD221

Original Price: $249.95

Release Month:

Best Hybrid USA Bat

2021 Demarini Voodoo USA Drop 10 2021 Demarini Voodoo USA Drop 10
USA
2021 DeMarini Voodoo

$249.95

Original Price

If you don’t want to spend the money for the ADV 360 in a drop 11 (and we don’t blame you) but you still want a great feel on a highly rated bat, we think the 2021 Voodoo is the best Hybrid USA Bat. We are not talking about the Voodoo One (although we like that bat too). The USA 2021 Voodoo is a two-piece bat made with a composite handle and an aluminum barrel. That connectin piece is the same you’ll find in the CF from DeMarini, famous for a great feel on any kind of hit.

In terms of overall performance, the bat is as good as any on the market save, by no more than a little bit, the ADV 360. But, in terms of a durable bat with a balanced swing, good to great durability, and high user ratings, the 2021 Voodoo is a great USA bat pick-up.

3. 2021 Rawlings Quatro Pro

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 8.6/10 Total Weighted Rating 8.6/10
Specs

Certification: USA

Sizes: 29/21, 30/22, 31/23, 32/33

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 8

Swing Weight: Hand Loaded (10% or Lighter than Industry Average)

Serial Number: US1Q8

Original Price: $349.95

Release Month:

Best Drop 8 USA Bat

2021 Rawlings Quatro Pro USA Drop 8 2021 Rawlings Quatro Pro USA Drop 8
USA
2021 Rawlings Quatro Pro

$349.95

Original Price

If you want a massive barrel with a lot of punch, the drop 8 Rawlings Quatro Pro should do you well. This bat also comes in a drop 10 and 12, but they aren’t as recommendable as the light ones feel and sound weird on impact. The performance is there, but most of the folks who hit with the drop 12 think it is broke. The drop 10 is better and a reasonable choice, but we like the added girth behind the drop 8 over the 10.

Also, hitters who aren’t ready for a drop 5 but find the drop 11 ADV or drop 10 Voodoo to light for their thinking could really like the Quatro Pro. It has a massive barrel (biggest in the USA space) and a super flexible feel on contact. It’s a can’t miss and can’t sting your hands kind of bat. If that’s you, and you want a drop 8, this is your guy.

4. 2020 Louisivlle Slugger Select

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 9.2/10 Total Weighted Rating 9.2/10
Specs

Certification: USA

Sizes: 30/25, 31/26, 32/27, 33/28

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 5

Swing Weight: Balance + (5 to 10% Heavier Than Industry Average)

Serial Number: WTLUBS7B520

Original Price: $299.95

Release Month: October 2020

Best Drop 5 USA Bat

2020 Louisville Slugger Select Drop 5 USA 2020 Louisville Slugger Select Drop 5 USA
USA
2020 Louisivlle Slugger Select

$299.95

Original Price

There aren’t many options to pick from in the drop 5 USA bat space. That should not take away from our favorite: the Louisville Slugger Select drop 5 for 2020. They did NOT reproduce this bat for 2021 as COVID threw a wrench in everything. However, you can find this bat in most major retailers—although the drop 5 version is harder to come by somedays.

The aluminum barrel of the Select is a great fit for a big-hitting USA bat. It is hot out of the wrapper, doesn’t require a break-in period, feels as good as a bat-like the META, and you don’t have to worry too much about durability issues. The bat is a definite drop 5 and swings on the balanced+ size–so make sure you can handle it before you go all in. If you are looking for the best drop 5 USA bat, then the Select serves a great price point, good-sized barrel profile, and can absolutely rake if you can barrel it up.

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2019 Louisville Slugger Solo

Best Cheap USA Bat
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Why We Love the 2019 Solo

The exit speed performance on the 2020 Louisville Slugger Solo is as good as any USA bat on the market—including the #1 ranked ADV 360. The bat has a great price point (we saw it for under $60 at the time of this writing, and plenty of inventory is left). The bat has a good-sized barrel and, although a drop 11, swings more in line with the drop 10 world. If you want a reasonable bat with good to great performance and a decent-sized sweet spot, this is the win.

The downfalls to the bat are its sting on mishit balls. This tends only to happen when you see higher pitch speeds. So, if you’re in the market for a 31 or 32-inch bat, it might not be the best feel. But, if you’re in small leagues that don’t throw too hard yet (let’s say, faster than 45mph), then the SOLO could be a big win.  The fact it is a fraction of the cost of other bats on this list is enough reason to consider it alone.

If you want to jump to the newer 2020 version then be our guests. The 2020 is the same as the 2019 and since the 2019 was considerably cheaper even at verified vendros at the time of this writing that is our recommendation.

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Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 28/17, 29/18, 30/19, 31/20, 32/21

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 11

Serial Number:

Release Month: October 2018

2

2021 DeMarini Voodoo

Best Hybrid USA Bat
Voodoo Ratings
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Why We Love the 2021 Voodoo

If you don’t want to spend the money for the ADV 360 in a drop 11 (and we don’t blame you) but you still want a great feel on a highly rated bat, we think the 2021 Voodoo is the best Hybrid USA Bat. We are not talking about the Voodoo One (although we like that bat too). The USA 2021 Voodoo is a two-piece bat made with a composite handle and an aluminum barrel. That connectin piece is the same you’ll find in the CF from DeMarini, famous for a great feel on any kind of hit.

In terms of overall performance, the bat is as good as any on the market save, by no more than a little bit, the ADV 360. But, in terms of a durable bat with a balanced swing, good to great durability, and high user ratings, the 2021 Voodoo is a great USA bat pick-up.

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Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 28/18, 29/19, 30/20, 31/21, 32/22

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 10

Serial Number: WTDXUD221

Release Month:

3

2021 Rawlings Quatro Pro

Best Drop 8 USA Bat
Quatro Pro Ratings
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Why We Love the 2021 Quatro Pro

If you want a massive barrel with a lot of punch, the drop 8 Rawlings Quatro Pro should do you well. This bat also comes in a drop 10 and 12, but they aren’t as recommendable as the light ones feel and sound weird on impact. The performance is there, but most of the folks who hit with the drop 12 think it is broke. The drop 10 is better and a reasonable choice, but we like the added girth behind the drop 8 over the 10.

Also, hitters who aren’t ready for a drop 5 but find the drop 11 ADV or drop 10 Voodoo to light for their thinking could really like the Quatro Pro. It has a massive barrel (biggest in the USA space) and a super flexible feel on contact. It’s a can’t miss and can’t sting your hands kind of bat. If that’s you, and you want a drop 8, this is your guy.

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Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 29/21, 30/22, 31/23, 32/33

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 8

Serial Number: US1Q8

Release Month:

4

2020 Louisivlle Slugger Select

Best Drop 5 USA Bat
Select Ratings
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Why We Love the 2020 Select

There aren’t many options to pick from in the drop 5 USA bat space. That should not take away from our favorite: the Louisville Slugger Select drop 5 for 2020. They did NOT reproduce this bat for 2021 as COVID threw a wrench in everything. However, you can find this bat in most major retailers—although the drop 5 version is harder to come by somedays.

The aluminum barrel of the Select is a great fit for a big-hitting USA bat. It is hot out of the wrapper, doesn’t require a break-in period, feels as good as a bat-like the META, and you don’t have to worry too much about durability issues. The bat is a definite drop 5 and swings on the balanced+ size–so make sure you can handle it before you go all in. If you are looking for the best drop 5 USA bat, then the Select serves a great price point, good-sized barrel profile, and can absolutely rake if you can barrel it up.

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Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30/25, 31/26, 32/27, 33/28

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 5

Serial Number: WTLUBS7B520

Release Month: October 2020

5

2018 Rawlings Quatro

Most Legendary USA Bat
Quatro Ratings
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Why We Love the 2018 Quatro

Although USA bats have been around for more than a few years, the 2018 Rawlings Quatro comes as close as any to that status. The bat still fetches good prices used in the secondary market and, for a time, was a must-have. The bat is a light swing, big barrel two-piece composite that felt like it packed a punch. It compares a lot to the ADV 360 drop 11. Both have durability issues, but both get top marks for exit speeds and feel.

Based on how USA bats have improved in feel and durability over the last couple of years we aren’t sure this bat is worth paying a premium for—unless you really want to go old school. We could not find the bat anywhere from a verified vendor so can’t imagine we could find one with a warranty. However, at the time of this writing, there were a few eBay options out there in the used market that if they had come down $50 or so we would think it was worth a try.

Our strike price for this bat would be under $120 in really good shape on eBay. But, good luck finding that deal.

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Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 28/18, 29/19, 30/20, 31/21, 32/22

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 10

Serial Number:

Release Month: October 2017

6

2020 Easton ADV 360

Hottest Drop 5 USA Bat
ADV 360 Ratings
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Why We Love the 2020 ADV 360

If you want a bat that feels like straight gas when you square one up (and sometimes when you don’t) then the 2020 Easton ADV in a drop 5 is the winner. The bat gets some negative feedback on its durability—hence the reason we don’t claim it is the “Best Drop 5 USA.” But, if we were in a home run derby or were perfectly fine with the idea that we are likely going to be using our warranty then the ADV 360 is a great choice in the USA line.

Also, if you want to save a few bucks then the 2019 Easton Ghost X Evolution is real close to the same bat with that huge barrel and lighter swinging drop 5.

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Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30/25, 31/26, 32/27

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 5

Serial Number: YBB20ADV5

Release Month: October 2019

7

2020 Easton ADV 360 Drop 11

Best USA Bat 2020
ADV 360 Drop 11 Ratings
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Why We Love the 2020 ADV 360 Drop 11

For 2020 the best USA Bat was (and is) the ADV drop 11 from Easton. This is the same bat as the 2021 version but with a different paint job. At the time of this writing, you could find the 2021 version for LESS than the 2020 version. That isn’t how it usually works, but the 2020 version was a hard find, and its aura is still leaving some wanting more.

Still, though, the bat is the same, and you should buy the one you can get with a warranty and for the lower price. At the time of this writing, that was the 2021 version by about $50.

The 2020 ADV 360 drop 11 (not to be confused with the drop 10) uses a unique composite in the Easton line, has a huge barrel, great swing weight, and is an absolute ball killer. The only problem is its durability. More than a few have complained of the bat’s connection piece or barrel breaking. So, be sure to buy it from a verified outlet that offers a valid receipt. If you don’t want to deal with durability issues, then look elsewhere.

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Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 27/16, 28/17, 29/18, 30/29, 31/20

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 11

Serial Number: B08XZK367J

Release Month:

8

2021 Easton ADV 360

Best USA Bat 2021
ADV 360 Ratings
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Why We Love the 2021 ADV 360

USA Bats feel like they’ve come a long way since 2018, but then again, not really. The Easton ADV 360 Drop 11 is the best feeling bat out there. We’ve found the confidence in this bat gives little players a real chance to go after the ball, and, sometimes, that confidence is all they need. In fact, when we’ve gone head to head with the USA ADV 360 drop 11 and USSSA bats, most hitters can’t tell the difference. Contact sounds the same, and the bats feel the same. However, when we compare exit speeds, a USSSA bat still has 3 to 4mph more than the ADV drop 11.

 

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Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 27/16, 28/17, 29/18, 30/19, 31/20

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 11

Serial Number: YBB21ADV11

Release Month: November 2020

9

2019 Rawlings Threat

Best Drop 12 USA Bat
Threat Ratings
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Why We Love the 2019 Threat

In full disclosure, we are not huge fans of the drop 12 Rawlings USA Threat. However, in the drop 12 space, every bat is tough to like. We dislike the threat the least amount—so it wins. We love its price point and durability. We also think most kids swinging it like how it looks and feel like they have something special.

But drop 12 bats struggle to impress anyone. They should be chosen strictly as a swing-weight play. That is, if you need an entry-level bat for a new, young or smaller player, then the Rawlings Threat is your best bet. Here, we’re thinking of a 6 through 8-year-old (and maybe 9) who needs a USA bat, a light swing, and isn’t seeing crazy pitch speeds. It’s a great starter rec type bat at a decent price in an older model (sub $60).

However, it lacks the punch to do any real damage for a skilled hitter. If you are playing travel ball, seeing any decent amount of pitch speeds, and/or can fit into a drop 10, then we suggest you look elsewhere. However, those that need a drop 12 this as good a value and bat as you’ll find anywhere in the USA Bat land.

Also, the Rawlings Threat USA has been released since 2018 but has not changed much. So, any year will do. The 2019 and 2018 are painted the same. The 2020 has an updated paint job.

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Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 27/15, 28/16, 29/17, 30/18, 31/29

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 12

Serial Number: US9T12

Release Month: October 2018

10

2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid

Best USA Bat 2018
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Why We Love the 2018 Beast X Hybrid

Although a hefty swing, Easton came out really well in their first run at a USA Bat. The 2018 Easton Beast Hybrid is (was) a monster bat that could hit it as far as anything on the market for 2018 (and farther than most). Those looking for an old-school USA bat in the drop 8/5 space might really like the drop 10 Beast Hybrid. It has an intense swing weight.

At the beginning of the 2018 season—when USA bats were coming online—the swing weights were all over the place. The Easton Beast Hybrid was marketed as balanced, but it was not. The lack of conformity was expected in USA Bats inaugural year. By today’s standards, the 2018 Easton Beast Hybrid would be considered endloaded.

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Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 28/18, 29/19, 30/20, 31/21, 32/22

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 10

Serial Number:

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The Research

How to Break in a USA Bat

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.

Are We Right?

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 actual performance.

What is a USA Bat

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 more prominent 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.

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Customer Satisfaction by Leauge

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There is virtually no surprise here. USA bat customers are not nearly as happy as USSSA or BBCOR folks. (Fastpitch, although not listed here, come back with an average score of 79). We can think of no other single metric we have yet to gather that is as telling as the general dissatisfaction USA players and parents are with their choices of bats.

Users Rank By Brand

In our survey, we found that DeMarini, Slugger, and Easton owned a similar amount of market share in the USA Space. But, unlike USSSA and BBCOR bats, the USA market had 4th and 5th place not far behind. Both Rawlings and Axe have considerable market share.

The outer ring of the chart below shows which brand bat owners thought was best. As an example, the majority of Easton owners though Easton was the best USA brand (not surprising). But, many of them also thought DeMarini was the best USA bat brand. It is one thing to understand that bat owners think their bat is best and quite another to know when bat owners think another USA brand is best.

In any event, there is a lot to gather from the chart below. Have at it.

Best USA Bats 2019

Most Popular 2019 USA Bat Brand

Most Popular USA Bats

The order by popularity brand goes like this:

  • Easton
  • Louisville Slugger
  • DeMarini
  • Rawlings
  • Axe

Somehow Marucci, which didn’t even make a 2019 USA bat, made the list. This oversight is likely to user error as people don’t know in what league they are. (They do make a 2020 Marucci CAT, but this is a 2019 Survey completed before the release of the 2020 Marucci USA Cat).

What are USA Bat 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 particular trampoline effect akin to BBCOR and less than USSSA 1.15 standards. Barrel size must be no greater than 2 5/8.

Who is required to swing the 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 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 the 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 did USA Bat rules take effect?

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

What is the Right Bat Size

The right bat size is significant. We’ve said it before and will repeat it here to get the right bat size before getting the ‘best’ bat. If your size is not available in the ‘best bat,’ then find a bat that has the right size.

Also note, bat size is really a question about swing weight. It would be best if you were not concerned about the length and drop as you are the correct swing weight—which is determined by the distribution of the weight within the bat. Bats of the same length are NOT created equal. You can read much more about swing weights here and the right bat size here.

Bat Rumors

We don’t expect any exciting news in the USA bat space until early summer. We are hopeful the LLWS is on for 2021 and expect to see major companies unveil their new 2022 USA bats around that time.

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mark magna
mark magna
3 years ago

you have the wrong picture up for the easton beast x hybrid

Brad
Brad
3 years ago

The new USA bat change rules boil down to one thing, more money for the bat companies! I’m sure in a few years it will change again, so everyone has to run out and buy a new $200-$350 bat! What a joke!

Bill Dalton
Bill Dalton
3 years ago

These bats all suck and it is a ripoff to sell more bats. What a joke. Use a wood bat. Better pop and cheaper.

Carol E Gries Sams
Carol E Gries Sams
3 years ago

Looking for advice on what bat or what other options for improving upper body strength & therefore better success with every swing

Jesus Sanchez
Jesus Sanchez
3 years ago

Do you know what the little league rules are for wooden bats? Do they need a USA stamp?

Rose C
Rose C
3 years ago

Living in the PNW, is there a base temperature that you can use these bats in- sometimes it could be 45degrees out and we are playing a baseball game- what’s the temp range, or is denting because it’s too cold even an issue any more?? thanks

Brenda Carey
Brenda Carey
3 years ago

We are new to little league and I am amazed of how high a bat can cost…I will never pay that price for a child sport. They can play neighborhood games…

Brandon Martin
Brandon Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  Brenda Carey

Like with most things, you spend what you want to pay. If your kid is crushing it on all things hitting, a $300 bat might give him an edge and more confidence because of it. But for most kids there are plenty of excellent choices under $100 and a lot of great stuff under $50. Until they get good at hitting the ball the extra money spent doesnt do much.

Ron Martin
Ron Martin
3 years ago

Brenda,

Most town leagues have team bats available to use. As with golf clubs, tennis racquets, hockey equipment, football helmets, and many other sports – you can buy sufficient equipment for reasonable prices – or – you can spend like there’s no tomorrow on the best tech money can buy. No need to keep your child out of a sport they may like…. and don’t forget that there’s some gently used equipment on eBay too. Good luck.

Steve Gutierrez
Steve Gutierrez
2 years ago

I don’t see the Louieville slugger 718 in your report. Did it not make your cut. We used the beast all season and what a great bat it was but for allstars we purchased the 718 and the bat is everything I read it would be. Try it out you won’t be unhappy

Jason
Jason
9 months ago

Hi there. I’m looking for bat advice for a 12U player who’s 5’3″ and weighs ~90 pounds. His travel team employs the USA standard. He’s been training with a wood bat during the winter (30″, 24oz) but now we need to buy a bat for the season. His coaches have suggested a 31″, -8 bat given how he’s swinging the bat. Most reviews we see out there are for -10 and -11 bats. He’s a contact hitter that rarely strikes out, so looking for a bat that performs consistently and can provide any extra power. He’s had a composite bat the last 2 seasons but isn’t necessarily committed to the 2-piece. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Derek
Derek
6 months ago

My son is in 7-8u coach pitch and we are looking for a two piece composite bat for him. He is 4’2” 62lbs. What size would fit him best and what bat should we get him. We been looking at the USA Easton adv 360 -11 but not for sure if that would be the right choice. Can you help point us in the right direction on a USA bat. Thanks you 

James
James
6 months ago

Looking for a USA bat for 7 yr old, 4′, 68lbs. Swings a 27″ but chokes it a little. Don’t see a ton of 27″ drop 11 or 12. Thoughts?

Randy
Randy
1 year ago

My 7-year-old son plays in PONY, so USA bat standard. He swings the Slugger Omaha 27/17 really well. Drives the ball to center field for doubles more times than not. The heavy swing weight probably helps him with that. Where do we go from there? Omaha in 28, or do you recommend a “better bat” with the same swing weight? I don’t mind spending a little more for a bat. I just don’t want to “mess with his swing” if it ain’t broke. 

Brandon Martin
Brandon Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  Brian

Glad to see that you guys don’t just push buying new stuff.

Pete
Pete
5 months ago

I have a 9 year old looking for a USA bat. I have heard that two piece bats are the way to go but I also prefer an Alloy bat. I am looking at the Cat 9 Connect USA bat and maybe the Demarini Voodoo. Both are two pieces with an Alloy barrel. Also we are in Massachusetts so the begining of the season is rather chilly. Any advice.

Pete
Pete
5 months ago
Reply to  Brian

The Cat Connect USA must be pretty new then. Its on the Marucci website https://maruccisports.com/cat-connect-senior-league-usa-11/….I would love to find out what you guys think of it.

Terry
Terry
5 months ago

hello looking for a good bat for my 12 year old son. plays Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken league that requires the USA Bat Certification. he really like the Victus Vandal, but not sure that is the best bat. thoughts?

Roemer
Roemer
5 months ago

First of all… thank you very much for all the information on your site. It’s incredibly helpful. My 12 year old swings a Demarini Voodoo 30 inch drop 10. His hitting coach is saying the bat getting on the short and light side. So as follow-up I was thinking to get Easton Adv 360 31 inch drop 8. But I really have no clue if this is the right way to go. I have no baseball history myself… and on this side of the world (Europe) it’s a little difficult to get good info and help.

Roemer
Roemer
5 months ago
Reply to  Brian

Hey Brian,
Thanks a lot for the information. You are right… all leagues here until the age of 17 are USA Baseball.
It looks like that is will be difficult to get a 31/21 ADV to Europe, most vendors just don’t send directly across the pond.

So i think we will stick to the DeMarini Voodoo but then a… 32/22

Jesrod
Jesrod
4 months ago

My son is 10 yrs, Size 1.35m and 75 pounds, He have a 28/17 Easton ghost x hyperlite,
His trainer says that this bat is very good for him, his control is excelent and hit ball.
But I want to change this bat for this year.
What bat do you recommend me, in USA Stamp 2 5/8, I think into Marcucci Cat Connect 29/28, Rawlings Threat 29/12, LS Solo 29/28, Easton Alpha or Beast Speed because have the same price.

Tyler
Tyler
2 months ago

Hello. I’m looking for some advice on an Easton ADV for my son. He’s about to turn 11, is a bigger kid (5’2″, maybe 5’3″, 115lbs). He’s a good hitter, with some power. Plays in a USA Bat league, and a USSSA league. Last year he primarily used a LS Select 31/21 for USA league. He’s set on an ADV for his next USA bat for this season. I know your reviews hail the -11 as the best version, but I’m a little wary of having him using a -11 at this point, especially since he’s used to handling a little bit heavier-swinging bat like the Select. At what point to you look past overall bat performance and go for more of an appropriate swing weight? In other words, is he better suited to maybe the ADV -8 (31-inch) or stick with the -11 or -10? If it makes any difference, I have purchased your Exit Speed data for ’18-’21 and have seen the swing weights of what you’ve tested. That’s why I’m wondering about the ADV -8, with the ADV line seeming to be a bit lighter-swinging in general. Thanks in advance and thanks for all the work you guys do in this space. It’s a great resource to have.

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago

2020 Louisville Slugger Select/2019 719 versus 2021/2020 DeMarini VooDoo (I believe neither company made changes to these models in the years listed). Both USA Baseball certified and both Drop 5. Price is close enough between the 2 to be nominal. Which would you choose? (My son swings a 2021 DeMarini CF Drop 5 in the USSSA arena.) Little League starts in 3 weeks 🙂

Ray
Ray
1 month ago

Easton and the Dick’s website advertises a “bigger barrel and sweet spot” on the new Blue 2021 ADV 360 drop 11 compared to last year’s Red 2020 version. I also read on here that it is the same bat with different paint. The 2020 drop 11 ADV did have a small barrel. Does the 2021 have a bigger barrel, or is it the same? I am looking at the 28/17 bat.

Ron
Ron
1 month ago

Appreciate the recent updates. Have you guys had a chance to review Cat Connect USA -11? Son hit at practice today and loved it. Seems tough to get at moment. Was not sure if you have it yet?

Daniel Mejias
Daniel Mejias
1 month ago

Easton ADV 360

My 10yr old son is already on his second bat. Both cracked within a week. Some people are saying that the bat shouldn’t be used in weather below 70. Well that just about every night in April and May in New Jersey.

While Easton replaced the first one, I hope I won’t have an issue returning this one since they’ve already replaced one. It is a bit frustrating considering you shell out all this money and these bats don’t see to last a full season.

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