If you are anything like me, when it comes time for a new bat, you will be spending a lot of time searching for the right one. Over the years, my kids and I have been through many bats. Technology is constantly improving, along with rules on which bats you are allowed to use. In this article we are going to feature bats that are approved for play in Little League baseball.
If you are in the market for a new baseball bat, I have used and reviewed a lot of different brands and models. Here are some of the most popular ones, and my personnel favorites.
O.K. What is the best baseball bat?
Below you will find our top 5 recommended bats. We have used them all and we feel confident you will love them too!
This Louisville Slugger bat is a one piece 7050 alloy bat . It has a -12 drop which gives you a much quicker swing, without giving up length. The drop is the difference between weight and length. Example: A 26 inch bat with a 14 ounce weight would have a -12 drop. This is a great beginner bat that will provide plenty of pop.
Specs: ~ (-12) Drop ~2-1/4 inch barrel ~Durable, one piece ST+20 alloy construction ~ Approved for Little League play
Available sizes: 27 inch/14 ounce through 31 inch/19 ounce
This Easton bat is also a one piece, all alloy bat. It is made with 7050 aircraft alloy for a light, fast swing and maximum pop from from an all metal bat. This is a bat my kids have used in the past. It is very durable, and I would definitely recommend it for the beginner.
Specs:~ 7050 Aircraft Alloy for max swing speed ~Super thin 29/32″ handle ~ 2-1/4 inch barrel ~ Little League approved
Available sizes: 27 inch/14 ounce through 32inch/19 ounce
Easton YB14S2 S2 Composite Handle/Aluminum Barrel Youth Baseball Bat
This Easton bat is unique because it features a mix between an alloy barrel and a composite handle. This bat gives you the best of both worlds without paying the extra money for the full composite bats. We have been using these bats for a while now with great results. The alloy barrel offers good pop, while the composite handle greatly reduces the vibration and sting upon contact. I have read a couple reviews that said they had a problem with vibration where the handle and barrel meet. After literally thousands of hits, I have not had any problems.
Specs: ~2 piece Conexion technology ~SIC black carbon handle ~THT100 Scandium alloy barrel ~ Thin 29/32″ handle with diamond grip ~ 2-1/4 inch barrel ~Approved for Little League play
Available sizes: 29 inch/16 ounce through 32 inch/19 ounce
Easton S1 Composite Youth Baseball Bat
This Easton bat is a two piece, all composite bat. My son and his teammates recently shared this bat in a tournament with good results. Composite bats do go through a kind of “break in” period. Although they do start out with plenty of pop, the more you use it the better it gets. The biggest complaint I hear about composite is the sound of the ball hitting the bat. The dull thud vs the ping you get with aluminum takes a while to get used to.
Specs: ~IMX composite barrel ~SIC Black carbon handle ~Ultra thin 29/32″ handle with diamond grip ~ 2-1/4 inch barrel ~Little League approved
With the -13.5 drop, this Easton t-ball bat is perfect for the beginner. The -13.5 drop will give your beginner a much quicker swing through the zone. Remember, when they’re first starting out they will probably not be hitting home runs. Try to stick with the longer, lighter bats.
Specs: ~One piece composite with rolled end ~Thin 29/32″ handle with cushioned grip ~2-1/4 inch barrel ~Little League approved
Available sizes: 24″ through 26″
So… What is the best baseball bat?
All these bats have performed very well. They have proven very durable, and all have provided good swing speed and power.
If I had to pick only one, it would be the Easton YB14S2 with the composite handle and the alloy barrel. To me, this bat definitely gives you the most bang for the buck. Plus I just love the sound of a good solid hit coming off the aluminum barrel.
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If you have any questions on any of these bats, or any questions about what is the best baseball bat, please do leave a comment and I will get back with you a.s.a.p.
Thanks for stopping by ~Jeremy