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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.
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.
Sizes: 28/17, 29/18, 30/19, 31/20, 32/21
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
Swing Weight: Balance - (Between 5 and 10% lower than Industry Average).
Original Price: $199.95
Release Month: October 2018
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.
Sizes: 28/18, 29/19, 30/20, 31/21, 32/22
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
Swing Weight: Balanced (Within +/- 5% of Industry Average)
Serial Number: WTDXUD221
Original Price: $249.95
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.
Sizes: 29/21, 30/22, 31/23, 32/33
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
Swing Weight: Hand Loaded (10% or Lighter than Industry Average)
Serial Number: US1Q8
Original Price: $349.95
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.
Sizes: 30/25, 31/26, 32/27, 33/28
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
Swing Weight: Balance + (5 to 10% Heavier Than Industry Average)
Serial Number: WTLUBS7B520
Original Price: $299.95
Release Month: October 2020
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.
2019 Louisville Slugger SOLO USA Drop 11
2021 Demarini Voodoo USA Drop 10