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10 Best 2018 USSSA Baseball Bats

Posted by JustBats.com on Jan 17, 2018 3:30:57 PM

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With the implementation of the USA Bat standard on 1/1/2018, a majority of baseball leagues decided to adopt this new youth bat rule change.

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) was not one of those leagues. Because of that, manufacturer's have started creating both USA baseball bats and USSSA baseball bats. This list is the top 10 best 2018 USSSA baseball bats. 

Take note that every player's personal preference is different and these 2018 USSSA baseball bats are in no particular order. Each model was chosen based on real reviews, firsthand knowledge, and customer feedback. Let's get started.

7 best 2018 USA Baseball approved baseball bats

DeMarini CF Zen -10 Senior League Baseball Bat (WTDXCBZ-18)

The drop 10 CF Zen is DeMarini's most balanced bat ever built. This model has more five star-reviews than any other 2018 USSSA big barrel bat, and it's not even close. Many parents were worried after the 2017 DeMarini CF Zen was banned from USSSA play, but for those who stuck with DeMarini have been pleasantly satisfied. With an upgraded connection piece called the 3Fusion system, this bat guarantees no vibration, even when hit off the end of the barrel. Other key features of the 2018 DeMarini CF Zen include:

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  • 2 3/4 inch barrel diameter
  • Ability to customize with the Demarini bat builder!
  • 3Fusion end cap helps optimize swing weight and balance
  • Paraflex composite barrel provides 22% stronger carbon fibers than previous material
  • Two-piece, 100% composite construction
Easton Ghost X -10 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL18GX10)

Out of the box, there aren't a lot of baseball bats that can compete with the Ghost X. Easton's newly developed dynamic feel system combines with the tried-and-true CONNEXION+ technology to provide a first-class feel with less sting in the hands than ever before. An X-tended barrel also builds a massive sweet spot that provides plate coverage unlike any other USSSA baseball bat on the market. Other key features of the 2018 Easton Ghost X include:

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Marucci Hex Alloy 2 -10 Senior League Baseball Bat (MSBHA2X10)

"The barrel is ridiculous. The sweet spot is humongous. The grip tape is super comfy. THIS BAT IS AMAZING."

With a review like that, who doesn't want to swing the Marucci Hex Alloy 2? This USSSA youth big barrel bat is a one-piece, aluminum design that stands out in a world full of composite options. Marucci has used the maximum allowed barrel length and a multi-variable wall design that combine to create one of the game's largest sweet spots. Other key features of the 2018 Marucci Hex Alloy 2 include: 

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  • 2 3/4 inch barrel diameter
  • AZ105 alloy allows for thinner walls with more pop without sacrificing durability
  • Ring-free barrel technology guarantees zero dead spots
  • Custom micro-perforated soft touch grip with extra tack
  • Balanced swing weight
Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -10 Senior League Baseball Bat (WTLSLS618X10)

The Solo 618 is the lightest swinging and most balanced baseball bat in Louisville Slugger's 2018 lineup. Just below the sweet spot, a 1.15 BPF certification makes this one-piece aluminum design approved for play in USSSA. For 2018, Louisville Slugger has applied the Speed Ballistic Composite (SBC) end cap which helps eliminate unnecessary weight and enhances the overall barrel length. Other key features of the 2018 Solo 618 include:

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COMBAT MAXUM -10 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL8MX210)

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The state of COMBAT was in jeopardy when Performance Sports Group (their parent company) declared bankruptcy in July of 2016, but the team at JustBats.com refused to let the COMBAT MAXUM bats go. With a one-piece, 100% composite construction, this model is insanely balanced with a sweet spot that is 20-40% larger compared to other USSSA baseball bats. Other key features of the 2018 COMBAT MAXUM include:

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  • 2 3/4 inch barrel diameter
  • Precision molding provides a perfectly tuned bat with no dead spots
  • Seamless construction allows for heavy-duty strength and structure
  • Full twelve (12) month warranty
Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal -10 Senior League Baseball Bat (MSBP28X10)

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Modeled after MLB catcher Buster Posey's game day model, this senior league baseball bat comes with maple wood grain cosmetics and Marucci's famous AZ4X alloy construction. Wait, this thing is metal? 

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Other key features of the Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal USSSA baseball bat include:

  • 2 3/4 inch barrel diameter
  • Balanced swing weight
  • Optimized barrel design with explosive performance
  • Ring-free barrel technology helps decrease the chance of a dead spot
  • Full twelve (12) month manufacturer's warranty
Louisville Slugger Prime 918 -8 Senior League Baseball Bat (WTLSLP918X8)

The newest addition to the long line of legendary Louisville Slugger Prime bats is the 918. And, according to a parent's review, this model is the best bat yet. For the 2018 season, a new RTX end cap extends the barrel, enhances the durability, and offers a sleek, streamlined look. Other key features of the 2018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 include: 

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  • 2 3/4 inch barrel diameter
  • 100% microform composite barrel maximizes pop
  • Custom red, black and blue Lizard Skins Grip
  • Three-piece, composite construction
  • TRU3 connection helps eliminate vibration and offers a smooth, buttery soft feel 
Rawlings VELO -12 Senior League Baseball Bat (UT8V12)

Recommended for younger players who want an increase in swing speed, the drop 12 Rawlings VELO offers a balance that pushes the limits of perfection. You can always count on Rawlings baseball bats being above the standard, but this model has taken it to a different level. The best part? Each one of these USSSA bats is made in the USA (patent pending). Other key features of the 2018 Rawlings VELO USSSA baseball bat include: 

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  • 2 3/4 inch barrel diameter
  • Two-piece, composite construction
  • Tackified, synthetic bat grip delivers more comfort and control
  • 3C technology delivers consistent composite compaction 
  • Full one (1) year manufacturer's warranty

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Axe Origin Pro -10 Senior League Baseball Bat (L152F)

Axe delivers with the Origin Pro USSSA baseball bat. This model is backed by MLB All-Star Mookie Betts and is scientifically proven to increase bat speed, improve bat control, and reduce the risk of injury. The Axe handle results in an engineered hitting zone that optimizes both strength and pop over a 270-degree contact area. Other key features of the 2018 Axe Origin Pro include: 

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  • 2 3/4 inch barrel diameter
  • One-piece, aluminum construction
  • LP1 alloy barrel offers industrial grade strength with long-lasting durability
  • HyperWhip end cap eliminates unnecessary weight
  • Endogrip handle technology increases comfort to the hand by reducing shock
Easton Beast X -5 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL18BX58)

Loud. Powerful. Brute strength. This all-white Easton Beast X is not only one of the best looking baseball bats in 2018, but it is one of the most durable and most powerful. With a drop 5 length to weight ratio, the SL18BX58 is a great option for players who are on the verge of making the transition to BBCOR. 

 Other key features of the 2018 Easton Beast X include:

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  • 1.4mm HYPERSKIN grip increases cushion and control
  • 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter
  • Advanced thermal alloy construction (ATAC) creates the strongest barrel ever
  • End loaded swing weight
  • X-tended barrel with Z-CORE internal core technology offers an incredible sweet spot

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Based on customer feedback, these are the 10 best USSSA baseball bats for 2018. Have you had a chance to swing any? Did your favorite youth big barrel bats make the cut? If it didn't, please leave a comment below telling us which USSSA approved baseball bats you believe are the best in the game and why. If you have any specific baseball bat questions, remember our Customer Coaches are available 24/7 via telephone at 866-321-2287, email at support@justbats.com, or you can click here to live chat! Don't forget, we'll be here for you from click to hit!

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