The old saying, “You get what you pay for” is not necessarily true when it comes to buying baseball bats. Sure, you can spend hundreds of dollars for a well-constructed bat that will help increase batting averages and power numbers. You can spend that kind of money for any age group and any level of play. But, you don’t have to. There are quality bats that will help batters develop into hitters and hitter into sluggers. And you can buy these bats while on a budget. Here is a look at five of the best little league bats that all cost under $80.
Top Five Best Little League Bats for the Money
Below you will find more details of each bat.
Pros: This member of the Easton Speed Brigade class comes with a number of advantages. It is a well-balanced bat with a tremendous pop. Balls fly off the bat with little or no vibration. Speed of the swing increases with this lightweight gem, and you don’t have to sacrifice power. In fact, well-designed bat should increase power.
Cons: The sweet spot is not the biggest around and the bat accumulates scuff marks fairly easily.
Performance: Easton has engineered this one piece bat from high-quality 7050 Aircraft Alloy. This green/gray/black beauty has an ultra-thin 31/32-inch handle with pro-tack grip for a quick, light swing.
Value: You will not find a better stick for the price (around $80) of the YB14S500. Performance and durability are second to none. And like other Easton bats, it comes with a 12-month warranty.
Overview: Easton has designed the Speed Brigade class of bats with bat speed, sweet spot, power and price in mind. The YB14S500 is a winner in all four categories. Bat speed will rise, balls will jump off the bat and power should increase, too. The S500 has been certified for USSSA, 1.5BPF, Little League, Babe Ruth, Dixie, Pony and AABC play.
Pros: The Uprising is not too heavy nor is it too long. It has noticeable sweet spot.
Cons: The Uprising dents easily and hitters complain there is a strong vibration.
Performance: DeMarini has designed a bat that smaller players can wield quite easily. It has good balance, is light in weight and has a two-piece comfortable grip. The 2 1/4-in barrel diameter gives the Uprising a workmanlike sweet spot.
Value: DeMarini designed the Uprising with DX1 Alloy to provide performance and durability at an affordable price.
Overview: Looking for a lot of bang for your buck? This 29-inch, 17-ounce bat generally gets high marks and is well-liked by most. It’s a good starter bat and while it has its drawbacks, younger hitters should see an improvement in making contact, which should build confidence. It has been approved for most Little League play.
Pros: This model’s general feel, durability, pop and balance all receive high marks, just like the S500. The cushioned grip translates into better control and the balanced swing weight results in consistent contact. With comfortable weight distribution, it feels light but is able to deliver a good pop on contact. The color scheme gives a space-age look to the S400.
Cons: In engineering the Speed Brigade class, Easton has opted out for a faster swing speed than larger sweet spot.
Value: You won’t break the bank with the S400. It’s another inexpensive bat that produces results on the field, making the S400 a must-have, especially for the player who is just starting out.
Overview: A member of Easton’s Speed Brigade, the S400 is a one-piece alloy bat that promises better control and balance. It’s made from 7046 Aircraft Alloy and has a -12.5 length-to-ratio resulting in solid strength. It is well-balanced and has been engineered with the contact hitter in mind. Durability and denting is not an issue thanks to the use of a high-quality alloy. Easton designed this S400 to replace a discontinued Rampage model.
Pros: The variegated comfort grip provides a soft handle and allows maximum bat control. The ball responds well off the bat and has a nice sweet spot. It’s not too heavy. There is little to no vibration.
Cons: Like many of the bats in this classification, the DX2 tends to dent easier than more expensive, heavy models.
Performance: The all-aluminum DX2 is made with durable DX1 Alloy and is nice balance between weight and length. It has a drop of -11, which should be sufficient for smaller hitters to control and generate bat speed. The variegated comfort grip helps absorb vibrations allowing the hitter to swing with confidence.
Value: Finding a bat at this price point with the proven results of the DX2 would be a challenge.
Overview: DeMarini is committed to developing bats that hitters can feel confident with when stepping into the batter’s box. The DX2 might not be as flashy as others in this category, but the results are unmistaken. For balance, strength and durability, the DX2 was built for success.
Pros: Similar to the other Easton Speed Brigade models, this model is light weight, has great pop and hardly any vibration. The S300 is a good choice for a beginning player or especially for the smaller player. The length-to-weight ratio, which is -12, would suit a smaller player’s size just right.
Cons: While still available, this bat has been discontinued to make way for a new 2015 model.
Value: Once again, the Speed Brigade models are priced to accommodate almost any budget. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this bat is anything less than a fantastic stick for younger players because of the price.
Performance: With a -12 length-to-weight ratio, the S300 allows the hitter to increase bat speed without compromising the ease of handling the bat. Balanced swing weight helps generate power, giving the S300 a good bit of pop. Hitters can remain confident at the plate thanks to the ultra-thin 29/32-inch handle and a cushioned grip that eliminates vibrations.
Overview: The S300 replaces the Typhoon model as Easton signifies a move to lighter bats with the Speed Brigade models, which all have a lot in common. They’re all made with the same durable alloy that increases bat speed. Each bat is reasonably priced. The big differences between the three bats are the weights and alloy grade used in making the bats. The S500 uses a higher grade alloy to increase durability and performance.