Are you browsing new bats for a young baseball player? Simplify your search with this list of the best youth baseball bats for 2020. Each bat on this list has been identified as a top performer by our baseball equipment experts.
The list includes our favorite USA bats and USSSA bats. Before we get started, let’s recap the key differences between the two:
- USA bats are regulated by USA Baseball – the national governing body for baseball in the United States. The USA Baseball bat standard (USABat) is the official standard for the following organizations: Little League, American Amateur Baseball Congress, Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, PONY Baseball and T-Ball. If you’re purchasing a bat for a child who plays in one of these organizations, it must be a USA bat. The purpose of the USA Baseball bat standard is to ensure wood-like bat performance throughout youth baseball while allowing players to use durable, lightweight materials.
- USSSA bats must be used in all USSSA-sponsored baseball events, such as the Elite World Series, USSSA World Series, Global Sports World Series and All-American Games. All USSSA bats have a 1.15 Bat Performance Factor, which measures the speed at which the ball comes off the bat at impact.
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Best USA Baseball Bats for 2020
The ADV 360 is a hitting machine. The lightweight, two-piece design features an extra-stiff handle and a flexible barrel to promote maximum swing speed while helping young players hit with the sweet spot consistently. The bottom of the handle features Easton’s patented Power Boost Knob – a soft-but-firm rubber knob that reduces sting and provides extra leverage.
The two-piece DeMarini CF is built for optimum speed, control and power. The composite handle and barrel are joined together by DeMarini’s 3Fusion Connection to reduce vibration and direct maximum energy to the generous sweet spot. The 2020 CF features a new end cap made with lighter and stronger materials to help improve the bat’s durability without hindering swing speed.
The Rawlings Prodigy is an affordable bat that’s ideal for less-experienced players. The Prodigy has an extra-large barrel with a big sweet spot to help young players make consistent, confidence-building contact. The alloy design is very durable but also lightweight to promote fast, controlled swings.
The Easton Speed Comp is a great value for younger players who need to swing a lighter bat. The barrel in this one-piece bat is made with Hyperlite – Easton’s lightest composite material – while the carbon handle provides an extra-stiff feel with minimal vibration. The 2.2.mm Flex Grip is made to add extra protection and comfort for the hands.
The Rawlings Threat is another great option for players in need of a lighter bat. The one-piece, 100% composite design offers lightweight performance without sacrificing power, while the innovative end cap further reduces swing weight to help young players fire the barrel through the zone.
The FUZE Hybrid 360 offers players optimum feel during every at bat. The alloy barrel provides the perfect blend of durability and lightweight performance, while the Launch Comp handle utilizes carbon fiber to provide added stiffness. Easton’s patented connection piece isolates the barrel from the handle to give players more power through the zone.
Proudly made in the USA, the latest Quatro Pro is designed to give players an ultra-light, balanced swing weight. The redesigned barrel offers players a large sweet spot with plenty of pop. The patented Focused Flex Collar, which connects the barrel and handle, has been updated to reduce drag and help players swing even faster. The 2020 Quatro Pro also includes a Lizard Skins grip for enhanced grip and comfort.
The two-piece, hybrid Voodoo blends the power of alloy with the feel of composite. The X14 Alloy Barrel packs serious pop and is designed to last for the long haul, while the composite handle feels great in the hands to inspire confidence. The barrel and handle are joined by DeMarini’s 3Fusion Connection, which is made to maximize power while minimizing hand sting.
Best USSSA Bats for 2020
The DeMarini CF is arguably the most popular bat series amongst USSSA players. Similar to the USA version, the CF USSSA features a composite barrel designed for maximum responsiveness at impact. The 3Fusion System connects the barrel to the handle and helps players achieve optimum balance and energy transfer. DICK’S carries the CF USSSA in three drop weights. The -10 is designed for balanced power, the -8 offers a blend of speed of control and the -5 is ideal for players preparing to make the jump to BBCOR in high school.
The one-piece F5 offers an exceptional value for USSSA players searching for balance, speed and control. The unique barrel design offers an expanded sweet spot and enhanced durability, as well as Ring-Free technology to ensure there are no “dead spots.” The custom, soft-touch grip helps provide improved feel and comfort.
The Prime series from Louisville Slugger has impressed players for years, and the 2020 USSSA lineup is no exception. The -5 model offers a little extra weight through the zone, allowing players to drive the ball with authority. Our experts recommend the -5 drop weight for experienced hitters looking for more pop at the plate.
Who says you need to choose between alloy and composite? The trusted legacy of the light-swinging Voodoo is designed for younger players making the transition to BBCOR who want the durability and power of an alloy barrel with the speed and feel of a composite handle. DeMarini offers the Voodoo in two different barrel diameters of 2-5/8″ and 2-3/4″ with drop weights of -5 and -10, respectively.
The name says it all — the Maxum is designed to give young hitters the biggest barrel and largest sweet spot possible. The bat provides serious pop right out of the wrapper and is a favorite in youth travel leagues. The 2-3/4″ version of the Maxum 360 is available in drop weights of -10 and -12 based on player preferences at the plate.
The 2020 Omaha USSSA bat features a one-piece, alloy design for exceptional durability and added power. The premium end cap ensures a balanced swing, and hitters will love the generous sweet spot. The LS Pro Comfort Grip gives players the ideal combination of tack and cushioning.
The USSSA version of the Easton ADV 360 offers speed-balanced, responsive performance. The bat is made with 90% carbon fiber and boasts an extra-stiff handle for best-in-class feel. Easton’s patented iSo ConneXion isolates the barrel from the handle to further enhance feel while increasing power. The handle also features the Power Boost Knob — a “Soft Knob” designed to reduce vibration and provide more comfort for the bottom hand.
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