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By Bat Digest
Updated October 3, 2023
We recorded the exit speeds and player feedback on over 1,500 USA Baseball Bats from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018. If budget were no issue, we would like the 2023 Easton ADV 360 and the 2022 DeMarini CF in a drop 10, considering them the best USA bats for 2023. We still want The Goods in the hybrid category. The best-value USA bat for 2021 is the Marucci F5, but don't sleep on the older Slugger Solo either. The 2023 LLWS didn't tell us much, as Easton didn't push any new things. Aside from the new Marucci CAT X line, we're still waiting for 2024 USA Bats, which should be updated in this list by the holidays.
After the 2023 LLWS, even though they sponsor the event, we think the 2023 ADV 360 in a drop 10 is the best USA bat out there. That said, you can get some serious mileage with the Hybrid The Goods and the Marucci F5 (still waiting on more feedback from the 2024 version of the F5, but for now, the 2022 will work great). Look closely at the CAT Connect if you want a drop 11. We also added the Moxie for very cheap but legitimate options in the USA space if you want something simple.
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.