JustBats.com Award-Winning Baseball Blog JustBats.com

7 Best 2018 Youth Baseball Bats

Posted by JustBats.com on Jul 11, 2018 11:57:00 AM

7 Best 2018 Youth Baseball Bats

2018 marked a change for youth baseball bats, as the USABat standard was officially enacted.

Now, with even more to know about youth bats, JustBats.com sifted through customer reviews and player feedback to create a list of the seven (7) best 2018 youth baseball bats.

When selecting a youth baseball bat, it's important to know the following:

  • Youth baseball bats range from 26" inches to 32" inches in length.
  • Youth baseball bats range from a (-7) to (-13) length to weight ratio or drop, which is the length subtracted from the weight.
  • Youth baseball bats must be League requirements, so make sure which you require (ex. USSSA Baseball or USA Baseball).

Personalize your baseball bat or softball bat. Custom bat knob.

Further information can be found in our Bat Resource Guide, as well as our bat reviews. According to players, here are 2018's best youth baseball bats.

Louisville Slugger Solo 618 (-11)

USA Baseball | Louisville Slugger Bats

By far-and-away the most popular USA Baseball bat on the market. Named one of the best 2018 USA Baseball bats, the Solo 618 gained 5-star praise due to its affordable price point and balanced swing weight. Plus, the enhanced end cap, combined with Slugger's SL Hyper aluminum material, delivers increased swing speed, better overall control through the zone, and the most balanced swing weight score in the 2018 lineup. Other key features of the Solo 618 youth baseball bat include:

2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 youth bat

  • 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter.
  • One-piece, aluminum baseball bat.
  • Stiff, traditional feel for immediate feedback.
  • Anti-vibration handle construction helps reduce sting on mishits.
  • Speed ballistic composite end cap increases barrel length and improves balance.
DeMarini Voodoo (-10)

USA Baseball | DeMarini Bats

Casting a spell on Little League fields all season, the Voodoo delivers the traditional sound of alloy bats with the lightweight, smooth feel of composite bats. This versatile baseball bat utilizes X14 Alloy barrel to enhance variable wall thickness throughout for a more powerful performance at the plate. Other key features of the Voodoo youth baseball bat include:

2018 DeMarini Voodoo Youth Bat

  • 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter.
  • Two-piece, hybrid baseball bat.
  • 3Fusion handle technology reduces sting and transfers energy back into the barrel.
  • X14 alloy barrel delivers precision performance with resilient strength.
  • Balanced swing weight.
Easton Beast X Hyperlite (-12)

USA Baseball | Easton Bats

Scary...for pitchers. The Beast X USA Baseball bat is loud and powerful. As the successor of the Z-CORE baseball bats, the Beast X delivers the ultimate alloy design. It also comes with Easton's X-tended barrel design that is made up of the patented Z-CORE internal core technology to provide a massive sweet spot and one of the longest aluminum barrels in the business. Other key features of the Beast X Hyperlite youth baseball bat include:

2018 Easton Beast X Hyperlite Youth Bat

  • 2 1/4 inch barrel diameter.
  • One-piece, alloy baseball bat.
  • Thin 29/32 inch ATAC alloy handle provides a traditional feel.
  • Advanced Thermal Alloy Construction (ATAC) alloy creates the strongest and most powerful barrel ever.
  • Balanced swing weight offers faster swing speeds.
Rawlings Threat (-12)

USA Baseball | Rawlings Bats

One of the first drop 12 USA Baseball bats on the market (read the Bat Review). The Threat utilizes a carbon fiber barrel that improves trampoline and overall pop at the plate while offering a stiff feel at impact for further ball flight on contact. Perfect for younger players who struggled with their swing speed. Other key features of the Threat youth baseball bat include:

2018 Rawlings Threat Youth Bat

  • 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter.
  • One-piece, composite baseball bat.
  • Innovative end cap reduces swing weight for more control.
  • Lightweight design allows for faster bat speeds.
  • Standard Rawlings bat grip optimizes comfort.
Marucci CAT 7 (-10)

USSSA Baseball | Marucci Bats

Yes, yes, the CAT8 lineup is magnificent, but don't forget about the reliable. Marucci's CAT7 is popular and this exclusive model was made with the innovative second-generation anti-vibration knob, also know as the AV2, to provide an incredible feel at the plate with a decreased sting to the hands that is typically associated with alloy bats. Other key features of the CAT 7 youth baseball bat include:

2018 Marucci CAT 7 Youth Bat

  • 2 3/4 inch barrel diameter.
  • One-piece, aluminum baseball bat.
  • Optimized barrel design creates a sweet spot twice the size of the CAT 6.
  • Ring-free barrel technology ensures no dead spots with maximum pop.
  • AZ4X alloy construction increases strength and delivers a higher response rate.
COMBAT MAXUM (-11)

USSSA Baseball | COMBAT Bats

Available exclusively at JustBats.com, COMBAT bats are still popular among players despite news of the company (State of COMBAT). Part of it is that the MAXUM has a 20-40% larger hitting surface compared to other bats, which makes this bat's sweet spot one of the largest. Other key features of the MAXUM youth baseball bat include:

2018 COMBAT MAXUM youth bat

  • 2 3/4 inch barrel diameter.
  • One-piece, composite baseball bat.
  • Seamless construction allows for uniform strength and premium performance.
  • Precision molding technology ensures no dead spots and a perfectly tuned baseball bat.
  • Hot out of the wrapper performance.
Louisville Slugger Solo 618 (-10)

USSSA Baseball | Louisville Slugger Bats

The Solo 618 is a popular USA Bat, but the USSSA version is just as popular. Named one of the best 2018 USSSA Baseball bats, this bat is the fastest swinging baseball bat Louisville Slugger has ever manufactured. Throw in a custom Lizard Skins grip and hot out of the wrapper performance and it's no wonder this bat is seen on youth fields. Other key features of the Solo 618 youth baseball bat include:

2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 USSSA bat

  • 2 3/4 inch barrel diameter.
  • One-piece, aluminum baseball bat.
  • Anti-vibration handle construction helps reduce sting on mishits.
  • SL Hyper alloy material delivers maximum energy transfer.
  • Speed ballistic composite end cap increases barrel length and improves balance.

What's your favorite youth baseball bat? Which one of these would you like to swing? Let us know in the comments.

Win a Rawlings HOH Mark of a Pro Glove

Meanwhile, if you ever have any baseball bat related questions, don’t hesitate to give our Customer Coaches a call at 1-866-321-2287, send us an email at support@justbats.com or click here to live chat with our bat experts. And remember, we are always here for you from Click to Hit!

Topics: Youth Bats