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Updated by Review Staff on February 4, 2019

2019 USA Bats look to improve upon their first year iterations. Many of those 2018 versions struggled to be within weight, durable and without hand sting. Some, the like 618 Solo, were stellar. Expect them to begin release circa the Little League World Series when Easton unveils there 2019 USA Bat lineup. While the best youth bats can be found here, below we discuss what we know so far about 2019 USA Bats.

Easton 2019 USA Bats

Easton expects to deliver several different USA bats for 2019. Expect an upgraded Ghost X called the Ghost Evolution. You will also see a lighter version of the Beast X Hybrid in a Beast X Speed. Also, a number of single piece bats including an upgrade on the hyperlite composite and several single piece aluminum USA Bats.

Easton Beast

Easton BeastEaston Beast X Speed

DeMarini 2019 USA Bats

DeMarini releases a new 2019 ZEN, Voodoo Balanced, Voodoo One and several less expensive USA bats for 2019. The Zen looks to be the best USA Bat on the market but will find stiff competition from Easton and Slugger lines.

DeMarini CF Zen

DeMarini Voodoo Balanced

DeMarini Voodoo One

DeMarini Sabatoge

DeMarini Sabatoge

Rawlings 2019 USA Bats

2019 USA bats for Rawlings are back in full force. They release a 5150, VELO and new Quatro Pro. The Quatro Pro looks to improve upon its durability. While the 5150 and VELO expand their light swinging barrels. Expect a full range of drops in the 5150 and VELO as well as a possible Drop 8 in the Quatro Pro for USA bats.

Quatro Pro

Rawlings 5150

Rawlings VELO

Louisville Slugger 2019 USA Bats

Slugger, the surprise of 2018 USA Bats, releases a full line of 2019 USA Bats. The addition of the 919 is a welcome site. This two piece composite in the USA space, with a ligth swing a big barrel, might be just what the doctor ordered in the space. The 718 Select was a huge hit in 2018 and the 2019 719 should be too. The most popular 618 Solo follows up with a light swining 2019 USA 618 Solo.

Louisville Slugger 919 Prime

Louisville Slugger 718 Select

Louisville Slugger 618 Solo

Axe 2019 USA Bats

Expect a full line of 2019 USA Bats from Axe. The asymmetric handle company produces a new end cap on their USA Bats. You’ll see a two piece composite, hybrid and single piece USA Bat like this Axe Origin.

Axe Origin

Mizuno 2019 USA Bats

The wild card in the 2019 USA Bat space will be Mizuno. They produced the Ghost last year to decent success. The 2019 versions of their USA line come redesigned and focused on a great look with good feel and a HUGE barrel.

Hot Metal


Dirty South 2019 USA Bats

Although Dirty South Bats does not use the annual/year nomenclature for their bats, expect some 2019 releases in the USA space from this home grown company. The MADE from 2018 did well enough, and the market demand for high performing USA bats is great enough, to justify the investment.

Dirty South Swag (USSSA)

Updated by Review Staff on January 23, 2019

Slugger continues to produce a two piece composite bat to be reckoned with. The 919 Louisville Slugger Prime for 2019 class tops out Slugger’s baseball line. The bat changed its connection piece from the Tru3 to the VCX in hopes to improve some durability. But, the BBCOR version of the bat was durable enough. Recommendations and reviews on the Prime 919 follow.

Where To Buy

As always, the first best place to look for a new bat in wrapper is eBay. Sellers have mostly downward pressure there and its a good place to find an under the radar vendor looking to unload some inventory. Bats like these don’t come up off of gauranteed pricing until late in 2018. So, don’t expect to get any legitimate discounts from major sellers before then. Until then, you can either pay full price for the peace of mind or look for something on eBay.

919 Sizing

919 Prime USA

The major piece of news in all of Louisville Slugger (save the Meta 9) is the 2019 addition of a USA 919 Prime. The bat comes in a drop 10 with lengths from 29 to 32. The drop is difference between the length of the bat in inches and the wight of the bat in ounces.

919 Prime BBCOR

The 919 also comes in a highschool/NCAA bat. It is, of course, a drop 3. The lengths will span from 29 inches to 34 inches. Expect the 29-inch BBCOR version of the 919 to be the lightest swinging BBCOR bat on the market.

919 Prime USSSA

The 919 Prime will also come in a 2 3/4 drop 8, 10 and drop 12 USSSA version. Expect this to look just like the 919 BBCOR. This also has the upgraded VCX handle instead of the Tru3. You’ll also see the bats in a very short size like a 28/18. Real great hit.

918 vs 919

The only differences in the 919 and the 918 is the connective piece. They changed from the Tru3 to the VCX. Technially, there isn;’t much difference between the two. They shored up some durability issues. But, overall, the changes are small enough to be unoticable and chalk them up to marketing hype.

Turns out, though, the 2018 918 was a great bat. The 919 Prime will also go down as a great bat. Big barrel, smooth swing on both these bats put them at the top of the class.

See our 2018 Louisville Slugger 918 Prime Review.

919 vs 719 vs 619 vs 519

The Prime, Select, Solo and Omaha are each of the four different types of bats you can find in the non-wood space. The 919 is a two piece composite, the 719 is a hybrid (composite handle, aluminum barrel), the 619 is a single piece aluminum with an extended composite end cap and the 519 is a single piece aluminum.

The only type of bat they don’t cover is a single piece composite. (Oh wait…here comes the 819 or the Dirty South Bat lineup).

Swing weights are close as you can see from the chart taken from Slugger’s site directly.

Updated by Review Staff on January 23, 2019

Dirty South Bats is bat company based in Atlanta, Georgia. They have delivered remarkable results from gorilla & grass roots marketing via facebook and other social channels. Many users of the bats swear by them. Others are surprised by their hype when the bats just alright. The positives focus on the bats barrel size and perceived pop, the negatives focus on the fact they are overpriced and ring hands on mishits.

Best Place To Buy

Dirty South Bats controls most of their distribution internally. That is, they only sell them on their site. Just Bats picked up the bats for a few months, still has some, but doesn’t have a very large quantity or selection. The actual best place to buy the bats is on eBay used. You’ll need to be diligent as the selection isn’t huge. But, you can find them used, new in wrapper and “refurbished” (whatever that means).

Dirty South Bats Lineup

To date, DSB only produces bats in the youth bat and fastpitch bat space. The youth space includes bats in the USA Bat space as well as the USSSA 1.15 BPF.

Dirty South doesn’t use the year nomenclature that most bat companies do. This is a common practice for smaller companies not willing to commit to an annual release. However, DSB does release a new bat every few months. These are almost always spruced up images on three main ideas:

Dirty South Dirt: 4 Things to Know Before Buying…

Dirty South started in the business mimicking Combat. The Combat MAXUM, a huge barreled single piece composite bat, was all the rage in circa 2016 when the barrel size truly dwarfed any other bat out there. The idea was that a bigger barrel profile was the main differentiation between any bat. If the standard (1.15bpf) was the same then the only thing the industry could make better was a can’t miss barrel, right?

The idea fizzled when Combat, the company, got scrapped in a parent company bankruptcy. But Dirty South was there to pick up the hype and run with it. Many parents and players in the market for the biggest barrel undoubtedly came across the Dirty South literature and marketing plants on facebook and the internets. The single piece composites of the early days hit the ball well. And the rest is history.

The idea that a bigger barrel profile is always better is far from settled. But, DSB continues to make some of the biggest barrels on the market. (The biggest, actually, is Mizuno’s Ghost). Their mainstay is still the single piece composite.

Every several months they update or come out with a new single piece composite. The story is the barrel just keeps getting bigger and the sweet spot just keeps getting longer.

In the latest iteration, they use a “continuous fiber” in their barrels—which is exactly what the Combat MAXUM claimed to used in their last iteration before going chapter 11. (Easton picked up Combat bats name an inventory).

DSB appears to be thriving in the industry. They benefited from the vacuum created the Combat dismissal. After a meteoric rise their market share appears to be leveling off.

Dirty South Bat Recommendations

The bats perform well. And those looking for a single piece composite with a huge barrel will find themselves wondering if they should send their money to someone besides Amazon or eBay or one of the big vendors or manufacturers. You wouldn’t be the first to do so. Strong and elite hitters like the big barrels and stiff feel. They will like the drop 5’s and 8’s more than the drop 10.

Smaller or average sized hitters tend to prefer two piece bats. At the kind of price point DSB is asking for their bats most smaller hitters will have better success with a highly rated two piece composite bat.

Single Piece Composite

At the time of this writing here are the single piece composite bats produced by Dirty South Bats:

  • Dirt Demon (Drop 10)
  • KAMO (Drop 5, 8, 10, 12)
  • MADE (Drop 12)
  • Swag (Drop 5, 8, 10, 12)
  • Texas Strong (Drop 5, 8, 10, 12)
  • Texas Big (Drop 5, 8, 10, 12)
  • WAR Platinum (Drop 9, 11)
  • Lady Swag (Fastpitch Drop 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Midnight (Fastpitch Drop 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • WAR (Drop 8, 10, 12)

Two Piece Composite

  • MADE (Drop 12)
  • SWAG  (Drop 10, 12)
Updated by Review Staff on January 23, 2019

Remember that time DeMarini made a terrible CF Zen? Us neither. The 2019 DeMarini CF Zen adds up on the long line of ulta hot big barrel and BBCOR Bats. You can also expect a 2019 USA CF Zen too. After much reading, a bit of hitting, here is the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen Review.

Best Place To Buy

As always, the best place to look for great deals on a baseball bat is on eBay. There are a few good options with a search like this. Of course you can check your regular bat haunts as well because this bat will be available just about everywhere. Look at DeMarini’s Baseball Bat site too.

2019 CF Zen Durability

Any serious bat consumer knows that the CF Zen line has struggle mightily with its durability over the years. The 2016 CF Zen big barrel was ultra hot but almost guaranteed to break. The 2018 version was deemed illegal because it was crazy hot (and also broke). It was recalled and revamped with a ring inside the barrel. Then, in 2018 came out a repainted 2017 version (with the same ring) but STILL had issues breaking. It was also deemed illegal.

Early reports on the 2019 CF Zen are not promising in terms of its durability. Specifically, the big barrel versions of the bat in the drop 10 look like they are going the way of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 CF Zens. Many have broke—and people are making it known online. HOWEVER, until they break, the bats are flat out HOT.

2018 CF Zen vs 2019 CF Zen

In the USSSA big barrel versions of the CF ZEn, the 2019 CF Zen is more like the 2017 version than it is the 2018 (or retooled 2017) version. Specifically, the 2018 version has a ring inside the barrel. This was added in the 2017 version of the bat to make it relegal in USSSA.

The BBCOR versions of the CF Zen from 2016 to 2019 have not changed much. They did change from a D-Fusion handle in 2016 to a 3-Fusion in 2019. (This is in reference to the handle). Otherwise, the swing weight has stayed about the same and the barrel size is about the same too.

A USA version of the CF Zen was late to the party in the 2018. But, when it finally did come out it looked and felt great. The 2019 version of the USA Zen doesn’t expect to change much from the 2018 version. All reports are it is the same bat but with some upgraded graphics.

2019 DeMarini CF Zen Recommendations

In every league and association, the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen is for the high level player that likes a great feel on contact and light swing. The only people who do not buy the bat fall into two categories:

  1. Don’t play enough games as to need to, or just don’t want to, afford it. The CF Zen has always been (and we expect always will be) expensive. It runs at the highest price point in each of the categories it is made (USSSA, BBCOR and USA).
  2. Feel spurned by DeMarini in that previous year’s versions of the bat has durability issues.

Otherwise, the bat is a monster. Go to any little league game (especially USSSA/Big Barrel) and you’ll see the CF Zen is swung by the best kids on the best teams. Occassioanlly a bat like the CAT 8 creeps in, but mostly the CF Zen in its heavier drops.

Concerning the durability, we’d recommend steering towards the drop 8 or 5 as to give yourself as much life as possible in the bat. But, even if you are a drop 10 swinger, if you are up for potentially dealing with a warranty and play a lot of baseball games then the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen will be a bomb maker.

2019 DeMarini CF Zen Sizing

  • BBCOR (Drop 3)
  • USSSA (Drop 5, 8, 10)
  • USA (Drop 10)
Updated by Review Staff on January 23, 2019

Axe Bat Reviews are all over the internet. Mostly because they have made so many different iterations of the bat since their inception in 2014 (or thereabouts). But, also, because enough people have liked the bats to get them on the short list of many serious players.

You can read about our specific takes on individual bats on our BBCOR bats page. This serves as our general Axe Bat Review page.

Where to Buy Axe Bats

Axe has decent distribution, especially online. You can find their bats at most major online retailers. Of course, the favorite place to check is on eBay. Finding used models for great prices and last year’s models for clear out prices is common place. Axe’s website is also a legit place to find deals and options.

3 Axe Bat Reviews Principles You Must Understand

Axe bats, although more common now then they were in 2014, still bewilder some hitters. The idea of a bat that only makes contact on one side, has an odd shaped handle and a weird end cap is not intuitive. But, after much research, we find that any Axe Bat Review must discuss three items. They are, in no particular order, the asymmetric handle, the asymmetric knob and a one sided hitting.

Asymmetric Knob

The most obvious feature of an Axe bat is one the one that proves the bat’s name brand. Axe bats come with an axe shaped handle. The handle gives you a more ergonomic feel.

Axe has more than one study “proving” bat speed is indeed faster with an ergonomic handle. These studies have all been funded by Axe so its hard to say they were unbiased. But, the idea of a faster swing because of an oval knob makes sesnse to at least a few folks who know what they are talking about. Take, for example, Dustin Pedroria..

One Sided Hitting

Another piece to think through on the Axe Bat is that if you always hold the handle the same then you will always hit the ball on the same side of the barrel. In some respects this is just like a wood bat. Wood has a stronger side, naturally. Players speak about this as the face grain and make sure they make contact with the barrel side up.

Axe Bats, although metal or composite, are built with a stronger side in mind. They use the predictability of the impact to design a barrel that is more durable and focused performance.

Asymmetric End Cap

The final piece of the equation, which Axe added just a few years ago, is the use of an asymmetric end cap. Since the bat only has one sided hitting because of the asymmetric knob then  the backside of the barrel doesn’t need to be as long. So, Axe shaves off some of the end cap on the backside. (Really, they just design it such that it scopes down towards the barrel. This feature, in turn, removes mass from the end of the barrel and lowers swing weight.

Axe calls this end cap design the Hyperwhip.

Axe Bat Reviews by Type

In the beginning Axe only made a BBCOR bat. That was, they only had a highschool/NCCA approved bat. That was just a few short years ago.

Now, Axe has a bat at every level of the sport.

Wood: they not only make their own wood bats for the amateur level, but also license their oval knob to a few companies like Victus, Chandler and more.

BBCOR: They make a number of different types of highschool approved bats. The Avenge, Origin and Elite are thier most popular.

USSSA: Axe Bats also makes a few big barrel versions of the bats. Expect to see an Avenge, Elite and Origin too.

USA/Youth: In 2018 Axe made an Elite in USA. Expect to see that expanded to an Avenge as well is the 2019 USA Bat lineup.

Updated by Review Staff on February 4, 2019

There are many types of wood bats and composite bats available on the market, including maple wood bats, ash bats, white ash bats, hickory bats, and composite wood bats. If you are unsure of which quality wooden bat fits your needs, bamboo wood makes a great choice for amateurs and professional major league baseball players alike. There are some helpful tips and ideas that can guide you through the selection process. First of all, bamboo wood bats are designed by pressing bamboo strips together to form a single billet and come with numerous benefits. One of the main benefits of bamboo wood bats is that they possess more tensile strength than other woods and even steel. Secondly, bamboo bats offer a lightweight swing with different barrel diameters and are made from composite wood which is mostly bamboo or single bamboo piece wood. They are suitable for kids, amateurs and professionals alike. Bamboo bats are commonly used for practice in bat houses and in college and high school baseball leagues.

If you already know the type of bat you are looking for, you can browse through a collection of bats available on this site and then buy online or visit a physical store. How to choose the best quality bamboo bats for your needs

  1. Consider the turn model. You should keep in mind that the turn features of a bat can determine how easy or difficult the bat may be, in terms of weight, swing, and feel. If you are finding it difficult to choose the right turn model, you may want to consider the barrel diameter of your favorite bamboo bat which could measure between 2 ½” and 2 ¾”. The 2 ½” barrel diameter bat seems to be the best for swinging and holding firmly in the hand, especially for amateurs.
  2. Consider the handle thickness. Ideally, the handle thickness should be around 1” for effective holding and swinging of the bat under different conditions. Aside from kids who may require a slimmer, lighter bat, your average amateur or professional baseball player can control their bats much better when the thickness of the handle is around 1”. If you are new to bamboo bats, a thick bamboo bat should add to your bat’s durability in addition to being comfortable in your grip. The 110 model series is a bamboo bat that has a once inch thick handle and is the key reason why it is so popular, even among professionals looking for additional bat speed, especially when they are in the hitting zone. If you still can’t feel comfortable with the thickness, you may go for slimmer models that come in 15/16” or 29/32” handle thicknesses.
  3. Type of bamboo bat body. In most cases, you may want to consider the ash-wood bamboo bat, as it is the lightest you can find on the market. Due to its relatively light weight, batters love the speed and comfort it brings to the game. The bamboo has a wider grain structure than most other types of wood; hence, you can hit the ball with the strongest area of the bat, which also increases the durability of the bat.

Some of the most reviewed top bamboo bats on Amazon include the following:

The HNBBASA Natural /Black Slow Pitch

This bamboo bat is regarded as one of the newest softball weapons. It comes with quad-core technology that simply allows the ball to jump off the bat, and it is designed from the highest-quality bamboo materials around. This bat is ASA approved and it comes with a 100-day manufacturer’s warranty. Bamboo is one of the strongest materials on the planet today. It has a tensile strength of about 28,000 PSI, and it is preferred to other wooden materials because other woods break easily. As a player, you don’t have to worry about hitting the ball with the wrong side of your bat, because the quad-core technology used in its design ensures that you maintain a proper balance and grip when the bat is in your hands.

The Empowered 2014 Bomber Big Barrel Bamboo Baseball Bat

This bat has an excellent pop and it is an extremely light and strong bat, ideal for both professionals and beginners alike. It comes with great balance, and the barrel is big enough while the handle has a medium feel for a perfect grip. Professionals, amateurs, college and high school students love the Empowered Bomber bamboo baseball bat. The reason being is that it is extremely light and can be held in the grip of the most fragile users. These bats have been lathed, sanded, and painted with some beautiful watermarked and clear-coated finishing which produces an elegant and stylish product that is incredibly smooth. The ultimate balance of strength provided by this bat makes it even convenient. This is one of the most cost-effective bats available, especially for those who want something affordable but doesn’t compromise performance.

The Mizuno MZE271 Bamboo Elite Wood Baseball Bat

This bat is quite unique in every way because it involves the mixture of bamboo with glass fiber materials at the handle, and the entire body length comprises a bamboo barrel for the best durable bat. The grip on this bamboo has been improved through the sanding of its handle. The manufacturer of this bamboo claims it has more than 30 years of expertise in bamboo bat engineering; hence, the product can be trusted. This bat also comes with 120-day manufacturer’s warranty. The bamboo bat weighs just 2 lb, which means it is light enough for amateurs and professionals to handle.


Finding the most suitable bamboo bat for your needs should depend on other factors such as the applicable situation (are you using it for personal training or competition?) and the price. In most cases, the cheapest bamboo bats are not usually the best choices. Likewise, not all expensive bamboo bats are suitable for your needs. There are some hybrid bamboo bats that are not made from 100% bamboo, and, as such, are used mostly by professionals. For this reason, you need to be sure that, if you are a beginner, high school or college player, you opt for a 100% bamboo bat that feels comfortable in your grip and during your swing. You should also consider the manufacturer’s warranty and any money-back policies offered before making an investment.

Updated by Review Staff on February 4, 2019

If you are new to playing baseball, looking to buy a baseball bat (check out top BBCOR Bats here) for someone as a gift, or just looking to learn more about the game and equipment, you are bound to hear the name Baum Bat. If you are new to the world of bats, below is a Baum Bat review to give you the specifications on the bats that are manufactured and the quality you can expect out of the company’s baseball bats. Let’s start off with learning a little bit about this extremely popular company (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017).

Baum bats are manufactured by Baum Research and Development Company. Baum Research and Development Company is the top maker of wooden composite baseball bats all around the world. “Baum Bats” are created to look and feel completely like professional wooden bats. They are crazy durable. Research shows that “Baum Bats” are so durable that they outlast other wooden bats two hundred to five hundred to one.

Baum Research & Development Company was informed by the Major League Baseball to be cautious in making their baseball bats too durable. They had to follow instructions that would allow their wooden baseball bats to break when it reached high limits as other wooden baseball bats would do. Baum Research & Development Company is the Neil Armstrong in baseball when it comes to researching and evaluating baseball bat performance. This includes the research and performance of wooden, metal, and composite baseball bats for both, softball and baseball. This company was the first company to manufacture composite baseball bats made with real wood. These bats are the Fungo Baum Bat, the AAA Pro-Model Baum Bat, and the Monster Baum Bat.

A great fun fact is that the AAA Pro-Model Baum Bat, which is patented, is the only real high-tech wooden composite baseball bat that has been approved by Major League Baseball for minor league game use, NFHS use, and NCAA use. The AAA Pro-Model Baum Baseball Bat was manufactured to follow the specifications as given in 1991 by Major League Baseball Teams Personnel and The Commissioner. The parametric quantity became the holy grail for the stipulations of the perfect game bat and training bat for all baseball use. It was called, “The Perfect Wooden Bat”. This parametric quantity baseball bat has changed the face of baseball, not only within the United States, but around the world. It also brought baseball back to wooden bats as it was always meant to be played.

Below I have researched and put together some details regarding some of the baseball bats that are popular and durable by Baum. Keep in mind that they are the world’s leader in manufacturing baseball bats for both baseball and softball. There are definitely more bats available that I have not mentioned either above or below. This is just giving you some details to help you get started with purchasing the right baseball bat for yourself or for you child or even a friend.

Where to buy Baum Bats?

The best pricing we have found on Baum bats is usually on eBay. I found a couple of very good prices, much less then what some major vendors had them for.

The Most Popular Baum Bats Available On The Market

  • AAA Pro-Adult Baum Bat: This baseball bat is manufactured with an adult in mind. It is a composite wooden baseball bat. It is popularly priced with an MSRP of $219.99. I would suggest checking Amazon. You may get a better price there or by doing a search through Google. You may also be lucky enough to find this baseball bat in the more exclusive sports stores, such as Just Bats or a sporting goods store that deals more in the game of baseball compared to selling just everyday, generic merchandise.
  • 2016 AAA Pro-Adult Baum Bat (Pink): This baseball bat is also for an adult and most likely for the female baseball player. It is a composite wooden baseball bat. Male players might wish to have this pink bat for playing in games during breast cancer awareness month as well as women using it. It is a great bat for practicing and for in game use. This Pink Composite, Wood Baseball Bat has an MSRP of $199.99. This bat is a bit gentler on your budget. As I mentioned for the above baseball bat, a better price could be found either by going on Amazon or performing an internet search on Google. Doing a quick search could make this bat even more easy on your bank account.
  • AAA Pro-Adult Baum Bat Flare Knob: This baseball bat is also manufactured for an adult and has different sizes available. This can really help up your game by having a more custom type baseball bat. It is also a composite baseball bat made of wood and is equipped with a flare knob. It is important that you keep that in mind as you may not want a bat with a flare knob. Many baseball players do like the flare knob, so this can be a great asset along with available sizing. The MSRP is $269.99 up to $299.99; depending upon size. Once again, as stated above, running a quick search through Google or visiting Amazon could help save you a bit more money.

Baum bats are extremely popular and the company stands behind their products. You would be hard-pressed to find a better brand for composite wooden baseball bats anywhere around the globe. Whether you are someone who plays baseball or softball on a regular basis, playing in the minor leagues, or are new to the game, Baum Research & Development Company has a vastly popular and durable baseball bat that will fit your needs and help make the most out of your baseball stats and game experience.