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7 Best 2018 USA Baseball Bats

7 Best 2018 USA Baseball Bats

2018 brought some changes to youth baseball bats.

Effective January 1, 2018, USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States, officially adopted a new method for measuring bat performance. The USABat Standard may affect you and your Lil' All-Star, so for key takeaways and everything about the new method, please consult our Bat Resource Guide. If you know you'll need a new youth bat for this season, here are the best 2018 USA Baseball bats according to coaches, players, and customers.

Note that every player's personal preference is different and these USA bats are in no particular order. All USSSA approved baseball bats or all approved USA Baseball bats can be found on

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Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS618B11)

For the second year, Louisville Slugger rolled out a one-piece, all alloy, hybrid bat: the Solo. 2018's version, though, is deemed a hybrid design because it employs the new and improved Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap. This 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 (1.1) in the new lineup. Other key features of the Louisville Slugger Solo 618 include:

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Easton Ghost X -10 USA Baseball Bat (YBB18GX10)

The latest composite design in a long line of legendary Easton baseball bats. The Ghost X is a technical, powerful, and beautiful baseball bat guaranteed to deliver supernatural feel and speed unlike any other bat. Starting with the exclusive Dynamic Feel System that brings together the EXACT carbon construction with the proven CONNEXION+ technology, the Ghost X offers unbeatable durability and an unbelievably smooth feel on contact that is better than any other two-piece composite bat in the game. Other key features of the Easton Ghost X -10 include:

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Rawlings Quatro -10 USA Baseball Bat (US8Q10)

Glow brightly with the 'Glowstick' from Rawlings. The Rawlings Quatro is back after a big debut in the 2017 season. If you're a contact hitter who can handle a longer barrel, the Quatro is a perfect fit for you. While it does have an extended barrel construction for more plate coverage, a newly designed lightweight end cap reduces unnecessary weight towards the end of the barrel which helps increase overall swing speed and control through the zone. Other key features of the Rawlings Quatro -10 include:

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  • New USABat certified stamp and approved for play in AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, and Pony.
  • Quatro collar absorbs and eliminates any negative vibration.
  • Newly designed lightweight end cap reduces swing weight for more control.
  • Four-piece, composite baseball bat.
  • Read customer reviews on the Rawlings Quatro.
DeMarini Voodoo -10 USA Baseball Bat (WTDXUD2)

With a two-piece, hybrid construction, DeMarini's Voodoo delivers the traditional sound of alloy bats with the lightweight, smooth feel of composite bats. As the most versatile option in DeMarini's lineup, the Voodoo utilizes the X14 alloy barrel and enhanced variable wall thickness for a more powerful performance at the plate. And the 3Fusion System optimizes weight for better overall control and faster swing speeds. Other key features of the DeMarini Voodoo -10 include:

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  • New USABat certified stamp and approved for play in AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, and Pony.
  • 100% composite handle helps reduce shock in the hands.
  • 3Fusion end cap optimizes weight, control, and overall durability.
  • X14 alloy barrel delivers precision performance with resilient strength.
  • Read customer reviews on the DeMarini Voodoo.
Axe Element -8 USA Baseball Bat (L139F)

Tomorrow's technology for today's player. There is no model on the market that offers a stiffer, truer feel than Axe's Element. With a one-piece, Mantic alloy construction, you're guaranteed a military grade formula that delivers powerful performance with season-after-season durability. Axe has also engineered a hitting zone that extends the barrel length and strength to a 270-degree contact area, so you'll never need to worry about rotating your barrel for durability ever again. Other key features of the Axe Element -8 include:

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  • New USABat certified stamp and approved for play in AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, and Pony.
  • HyperWhipe composite end cap extends the sweet spot.
  • Axe handle is ergonomically designed for better control, comfort, bat speed, and safety.
  • End-loaded swing weight for added power.
  • Read customer reviews on the Axe Element.
Louisville Slugger Select 718 -10 USA Baseball Bat (WTLUBS718B10)

Set to deliver unmatched power through a two-piece, hybrid design with a slightly end loaded swing weight, the Louisville Slugger Select 718 provides reliable power and championship-level performance. An indestructible ST 7U1+ alloy barrel combines with a 100% composite handle and the new Speed Ballistic end cap to provide premium power, faster swing speeds, and less sting in the hands than ever before. Other key features of the Louisville Slugger Select 718 include:

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Easton Beast X Hyperlite -12 USA Youth Baseball Bat (YSB18BXHL)

Roar! The successor of the Easton Z-CORE baseball bats, Easton's Beast X uses Advanced Thermal Alloy Construction (ATAC alloy) as the backbone of this model. With one of the most dominant aluminum barrels in baseball, the Beast X 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 Easton Beast X Hyperlite include:

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  • New USABat certified stamp and approved for play in AABC, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Dixie Youth, Little League, and Pony.
  • 1.4mm HYPERSKIN grip increases cushioning.
  • One-piece, alloy baseball bat.
  • X-tended barrel design uses Z-CORE internal core technology for a massive sweet spot.
  • Read customer reviews on the Easton Beast X Hyperlite.

The USABat Standard is new, so what do you think? Have you had a chance to try any of these USA Baseball approved baseball bats? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and tell us what you think. Meanwhile, shop all USA Baseball approved bats or read all USA Baseball Bat reviews on

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