Below we have reviews of what we believe to be the best youth baseball bats of 2016. If you want to see more youth bats, head over to our comparison page.
Easton has consistently been one of best bat manufacturers for decades. And this year, they’re put out one of if not the best youth baseball bat in recent years. The Mako Comp is sure to be found in dugouts across the country this year, as it’s the Maserati of the youth bat world.
The Mako offers an ultra thin 29/32” composite handle with a performance diamond grip so you can be as comfortable and confident at the plate as possible. It has a 2 ¾” big barrel that feasts on hanging curveballs and is a (-10), which is a perfect weight for a wide range of ages. It’s a two-piece composite, so there is minimal vibration transfer to your hands, even when you don’t make solid contact. TCT Thermo Composite Technology engineering provides insane bat speed and a humungous sweet spot, giving you a better chance of making solid contact and catching up to balls than ever before. It also doesn’t hurt that the bat just looks good, with an ultra sleek design that’s sure to turn heads and elicit the envy of your teammates, who’ll likely be begging you to let them take it to the plate. It’s USSSA 1.15 BPF certified and can be used in Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Pony Baseball, AABC, but as always, be sure an check your local league regulations to be sure.
Baseball players and parents have been singing this bat’s praises since its release, claiming it’s one of, if not the best bats they’ve ever used. It currently has a 5/5 on Amazon with 3 reviews, but has received near ubiquitous praise and 5 star reviews at other online retailers. Players are noticing a significant difference in their bat speed when using the Mako, combine that with the massive barrel and incredible pop, you have a bat that can do it all, whether you’re a contact hitter or a bomb-dropper. Easton’s customer service is also second to none, so if you run into any problems or get a defective bat, they’ll do everything they can to rectify the situation. While the price tag is a pretty big chunk of change at $279-$350 depending on the size, few have regretted their decision.
Easton’s 2015 Mako Comp is an achievement in bat craftsmanship. While expensive, it offers a forgiving sweet spot and will elevate you offensive output. With the Mako, you get what you pay for, and if you’re looking for all the things listed up above, then you may have found your bat.
Louisville Slugger is another one of the big dogs in the bat world, consistently offering some of the best bats, including high performing, affordable ones. That is why we enthusiastically endorse the 2015 Catalyst.
The Catalyst has a 2 ¼” barrel and has a C1C composite design that offers durability and power. It’s a single-piece bat that is layered with epoxy resin and features Louisville Slugger’s patented LS to End Cap, which helps capture energy to ensure the maximum pop possible. The lightweight material also makes for faster bat speeds through the zone and minimized vibration should you mishit a ball. The tapered 7/8” provides a comfortable grip and easy customization should you want to apply your own grip or tape to the bat. The Catalyst will take some time to break in, so be sure and head to the cages with it before taking it to the plate during a game. It’s a (-12), which pegs it at the lighter end of the youth bat spectrum, so it’s unlikely older players will want to use it, making 8-11 year-olds a prime range. It’s USSSA 1.15 BPF certified and can be used in Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Pony Baseball, AABC, but as always, be sure an check your local league regulations to be sure.
Players and parents have been praising the significant pop it provides on a budget (only $85), but few testimonials exist due to it being such a new model. This is a bat for any level of player, as far as seriousness goes, but if you’re a tournament-every-weekend kind of player, you may want to pursue a more premium bat. But for those who may be operating on a tighter budget, are relatively new to the game, or just don’t feel it’s necessary to spend a million bucks on a bat (it’s not), then the Louisville Slugger 2015 Catalyst is a good bat for you. But be warned, this may be considered a gateway bat, and could lead to you craving for more expensive models after seeing the wallop this bargain packs.
DeMarini bats might be best described as the “muscle car” of bats. Why? Because they often have intimidating names, a fierce look, and have massive power hiding under the hood. This goes for all the DeMarini bats, but especially for their top of the line gear, which the 2015 CF7 is definitely a part of.
The DeMarini CF7 2015 is a beast of a bat. It’s the most powerful and lightest swinging of their bats. The barrel is 2 ¼” in size and made of high strength carbon fiber designed to increase speed and power. It’s a (-11), which makes it an appealing option for many age groups as well. The Low End Pro Cap is an excellent feature that helps to balance your swing, so you can take advantage of the massive sweet spot. Another awesome addition is the new RCK Knob, which helps prevent blisters and the pain of spending long hours in the cage, something I wish bats had when I was still playing.
The CF7 also has the market’s most advanced handle. The D-Fusion FT handle provides unprecedented comfort and actually redirects the energy that is wasted in the handle back to the barrel to increase power. This obviously aids in vibration minimization as well. It will take some time to break the bat in. It is suggested that you take 150-200 swings with it before the bat reaches its optimal state. It’s USSSA 1.15 BPF certified and can be used in Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Pony Baseball, AABC, but as always, be sure an check your local league regulations to be sure.
While the CF7 has a hefty price tag, the way it will compliment your hitting will more than make up for the initial cost. Serious players can’t go wrong with this bat, but if you’re less experienced and looking to narrow the gap, this is still an option for you.
Easton 2014 XL3 JBB14X3 Baseball Bat (-10) ($60-$110): A fantastic and affordable option from 2014, this bats packs power on a budget. It’s a single-piece, (-10), and has a big 2 ¾” barrel, making it an appealing bat for a wide range of ages.Currently has a 4.8/5 rating with 13 reviews.
This model is one of the best Demarini’s ever, and customer testimonials speak to that. It has a 5/5 rating with 48 customer reviews! It’s a two-piece composite with a 2 ¼” barrel that packs insane pop, minimal vibration, and the lightweight materials makes it lightning quick, giving the Mako a run for its money. The price and power is unbeatable. You should definitely check this out.