Shaunfoudy. I cheaped out in the past with bats and now can see the difference in spending more for a quality bat. Oddly, the drop 5 Ghost X has a smaller barrel profile than the drop 8 or drop 10 Ghost X, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t rake. #1 Bat in Women’s College World Series® History. Big Barrel 2 5/8 with USSSA thumbprint 1.15.This bat is hot as Fire with awesome pop and has been Rolled. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. The marquee bat from the most prominent metal and composite bat company is predictably tremendous and is easily a top 5 big barrel bat for 2015. BPF 1.15 standard implementation has forced bat companies to the drawing board on innovation. Very long barrel, with the barrel going a good deal down the taper. For many/most hitters who are trying to learn how to succeed against pitching that is continually getting better/faster/better location with a greater percentage of effective off-speed and breaking pitches, this bat might not be the best choice as it takes a lot more to get it around quickly and is harder to make last second adjustments with it. Yup, the stories are true. It’s nice for those who don’t like their grips too thick and cushy, doesn’t feel that different than the Lizard Skins 1.1 mm grip, but we had some durability issues with it fairly quickly as the top rubber-like layer started peeling off the grip. He is 5’6 108 lbs. He bats lead off but isn’t really your typical lead off hitter, he punches balls in gaps and occasionally puts balls over the wall. Kid Pitch (9YO-13YO) 2015 Composite Easton XL1 (-5) 26 oz 31" Bat. That said, sizing down an inch gets you half that back. Does that 2 ounces make a huge difference? To your point, the axe avenge data wasn’t terribly impressive. (These are still hard to find, but check the pricing here). Bat for 2021 Update: Due to COVID, most 2021 USSSA bats are pushed back towards the end of 2020. I hope that helps, and, to be frank, it sounds like this guy will do pretty good with any bat. Our platinum level bats meet the best of the best for almost every player. The connection piece is also very far down towards the handle, so it absolutely doesn’t interfere with the hitting area of the bat. He has been using a Demarini Voodoo One 29/19 USA bat, which seems to be the right size. JWooten. But the big barrel 2015 XL1 drop 8 is the perfect bat for a heavy hitter who isn’t quite ready for a drop 5 yet. It is the most popular USSSA bat by a considerable margin. The green version is a boat oar at the plate with an ultra-light swing weight and a lizard skin grip. Would you agree with that? That helps me a lot with the decision.. Looks like I’m hoping for some Black Friday deals.. Take care, God bless and stay safe!!! The longest hit we’ve ever seen by a 13-year-old was with that bat. The barrel is gigantic, swing weight light, and sweet spot large, to say nothing of the design, which we think looks fantastic. Of the bats you mentioned, we thik the CAT 9 drop 5 will be the favorite. USSSA bat buyers and users are a reasonable amount happier with their bat choices than the average USA Bat owner. This bat is the only drop 8 big barrel to make a list (although the DeMarini CF7 and Combat G3 both come in a drop 8). So, if all other things are equal, the bats will perform the same. Which of the bats would have a lighter swing weight? Spent the fall transitioning to -5, now ready to make a purchase for his bday. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Easton 2015 SL15X18 XL1 COMP 2 5/8-Inch -8 Senior League/Youth Big Barrel Baseball Bat, 31-Inch/23-Ounce at Amazon.com. A 2015 Easton XL3 Review: SL15X39, SL15X35, BBCOR and YB15X3 reviewed. If you want to pay an arm and a leg, then no one has ever gone wrong with the drop CF. DeMarini’s Voodoo 2 5/8 big barrel bat is our favorite drop 9 of the bunch, in part because the balanced two-piece hybrid is a fabulous smooth swing with that hot out of the wrapper aluminum from DeMarini we have grown to love. (Check pricing here). Why they didn’t make the list is a mystery, but it’s a top 5 list, and we had to make it shorter. Thanks. Maybe some can? I’m not really a home run hitter, I’m more of a double and single hitter. Not Rawlings. We’ve always loved the Axe Handle but always struggled to find the barrel. And thanks for the support! It absolutely forces the hitter to work to get this bat around, start his swing early, and gives very little room/time for last second pitch adjustment. When a batter chooses an XL series bat from Easton, he will be rewarded with a longer barrel and sweet spot, compared to the Easton Speed series bats. Based on your description, and assuming we had to buy new on DSG’s website (all of which is not true, but that helps us narrow some things down), then we’d buy a 30/20 Marucci CAT 8 in USSSA (https://dicks-sporting-goods.ryvx.net/AM07N). The larger the drop, the lighter the bat. It’s why, as far as we can guess, most young kids prefer two-piece bats even if they don’t know it. In terms of deals and the right bat, we’d try and find a 2018 Easton Ghost in a 31/26 used on ebay. (They usually release in August of the previous year and we review and rate then). Brand New 2017 Easton XL3 HMX Alloy Baseball Bat. They upgrade their traditional single piece Rawlings VELO into a two-piece composite with a huge barrel and a great feel. For us, it was love at first sight. To your question, your only option is the T1 from True bats. I think a 13-Year-old swinging a 31/26 is reasonable. He is swinging a 31/23 but uses a 31/28 for wood in the cage… Should I get him a 31/26 USA bat or a Solo Bbcor (light swinging) as his next bat… Would the lightest swinging BBCOR be better than a -5 USA bat? I would definitely say that the XL1 is definitely not a bat to unwrap and immediately use on tournament day. Another idea, although hard to find right now, you might also like the new CAT 9 Connect in USSSA. (Below are some bats you can rarely find new anymore. In any event, there is plenty to learn from the chart, and we won’t bore you by writing it all out here. Easton’s MAKO XL Beast, Marucci’s CAT 7, or the Voodoo Insane are big-time drop 5 options. We like the grip, tapered knob, and several size offerings (drop 10, 8, and 5). Blake Osborne using the NEW 2013 Easton XL1 from Little League World Series. Get the best deals on Easton XL1 Youth Baseball Bats when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. The reason he might like the USSSA Bonesaber is due to it’s handle—the barrel is decent although arguably a bit undersized. Is the reworked handle for 2021 the issue, or is this just a mediocre bat? So, going from the 2019 to the 2021 might make his problem worse—if, in fact, it is because of too heavy a bat. The 2018 CF Zen is a perfect bat. He likes the lighter bats, his USA bat is 29” drop 11. The average bat drop can best be broken down by age range. Am I wrong in assuming that moving up to a 29″ drop 10 would have less effect on “stopping the bat” at contact…and more negative effect of bat control that keeping the 28″ but moving to a drop 8? Both the Mako and Cat Composite do just fine. Really can be all over the place, with this bat. My son is a 12-year-old and playing up in the 13-14 division. over, though), you felt every single overweight ounce. we are leaning toward the adv 360 but what would you recommend for him. We've spent considerable time with Rawlings 5150 line of bats. Every single player who used the bat sang its praises. The third ring shows which bat the brand owners of the 2nd ring think is the best bat. However, Considering BBCOR bats have been around for quite a while, and many companies have created barrels that perform at peak velocities along their length, we’d bet one would have better success with a good BBCOR bat over a good drop 5 USA Bat. Actual weight was 24.3 oz. We took the 2019 Slugger 619 bat in a few different sizes to the fields and cage. Smooth swinging, although slightly heavier, single-piece aluminum. He hasn’t had trouble catching up to faster pitchers so I wanted to get a bigger bat. So, if we had to choose, maybe an older drop 5 Easton Ghost? See our 2018 Easton Ghost X review. Much of more detailed findings can be found on our USSSA Big Barrel bat review pages under our reviews for the following bats. But, in terms of eBay type purchases, they may serve you well if you can find a reputable seller and a good deal.). There is virtually no difference between the allowable limit of a BBCOR bat when compared to a USA bat in terms of barrel performance. Weird.). Used Easton XL1 drop 8 in 29" 21oz. But, don’t expect the vast majority of vendors and manufacturers to make the distinction. But there should be plenty of those for sale. See our 2018 Easton Mako Beast review. Today’s iteration of the Attack is called the Slugger Prime. So, a 28/17 (or drop 12 28/16) will likely feel right at home. Now he can line them up pretty reliably, but when he transitions back to a regular bat he still lets his hands follow the top hand elbow. The newer drop 5 CAT 9 Connect is a great bat, but they’ve been super hard to find this year. Again, he’s small for his age, 11. If you don’t like that idea for whatever reason, then the only other idea would be to size up in the Beast Speed Hybrid that you do like. Want extra long hits? It’s classic, it’s cool… everyone knows when someone’s bringing one to the plate. In fact, with a $350 budget, maybe just buy the 31 and the 32, throw in a wood bat for the winter to get his strength up and see how it goes come spring. For USSSA, we really like the CF series of bats. If you want to spend less, find a 2018/19 Easton Ghost in USSSA on eBay/sidelineswap. It will just be a matter of trial and error. They rank out well in pure performance, availability, relevance, and player feedback. If you don’t know much, this company is a golf company that hired a bunch of former Easton folks who are now trying to design a bat line. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. (Check pricing here). The only differences are the length to weight ratios. EASTON MDL LC1 3021 CERAMIC/CARBON COMPOSITE YOUTH BASEBALL BAT 30" 21oz DROP -9. We live in the cold Northeast, and now I am reading it isn’t good to use some bats in the cold. Those who prefer one-piece bats and Combat fans will be utterly pleased with this green monster. He has liked the hybrid feel of his beast speed hybrid but that only comes in a drop 10. Those on a budget, or looking for a real value buy, should like the Easton Ghost Speed. Going from USA to USSSA should be a real treat for your son. I think the drag is mostly just not getting his hands, out in front. No flare at the knob so add a knob cuff if that’s what you like, or build up the flare under the Lizard Skins grip that this bat will quickly need. For a player of his age, the 2015 Easton XL1 Senior League -8 Baseball Bat (SL15X18) will likely be too heavy as he is moving from a drop 10 to a drop 8. That’d be our second choice behind the CAT in terms of things that are similar to the USSSA Beast. Am I on the right track? Thank you sir, We also watch your youtube videos and are subscibed to your channel, Hope you and your family have a merry christmas. We also observed what players tended to use at major tournaments and spent considerable time looking for objective online reviews. Today's Posts; Member List; Calendar; Forum; General Baseball; Baseball 101, Coaching & Fundamentals; If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. Still, again, not the CF. At 12U, he might really like the drop 8 or 5 if he can swing it. $180. You can see that by the size of the red DeMarini on the outer ring of the USSSA Marucci section when compared to the orange Marucci found on the outer ring of the DeMarini USSSA section. But the bomb-making ability of the CF Zen is unmatched. Sounds good! (https://www.justbats.com/product/2020-louisville-slugger-solo–10-usssa-baseball-bat–wtlsls6x1020/31775/). Better yet, it is two-piece so will likely feel better on stingy hits. We did a quick search at Dicks Sporting Goods and found the CAT 8 for $229. Squared up shots with very fast bat/swing speed were launched very far, but here’s where the combination of endload and overweight comes into play. Huge long barrel, low swing weight per length, and a couple of other options: a drop 10 2 3/4 and drop 9 2 5/8. So, I am considering moving my son up to a drop 8 USSSA bat. Bat uses Easton’s Diamond Pattern Grip. This bat is unlike any other in the VELO line, as instead of a single piece hybrid, it is a two-piece composite bat. I dont really have much of a budget either since I’m using my birthday money. By the way it's not as end heavy as Easton makes it sound. The other part of the reason we think it is the best drop 9 big barrel today is that it is just about the only one. The extra-large bat is among the most popular series of products from Easton, together with Mako alternatives. See our Marucci CAT 7 review. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Son moved up to drop 3 and can no longer use this bat. 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