As we say goodbye to 2020, it’s time to set our sights on everything 2021 has to offer. For us, that means taking a look at the best youth bats money can buy. We’re talking about USA and USSSA baseball bats, along with full bat reviews, to help your baseball player take his game to the next level. This list of the top youth baseball bats for 2021 has been compiled based on our expertise, along with bat reviews from players, parents, and coaches. We’ve put in the time and effort to make sure your 2021 season is one you’ll never forget.
5 Best 2021 USA Baseball Bats
Every year, we learn more about USA bats and what it takes for them to perform at the highest level. The collection of 2021 USA bats is trending towards the best season ever. The Easton ADV leads the charge into the new year boasting a massive, confidence-instilling, pitchers-dreading, hot composite barrel. There’s little doubt that the 2021 Easton ADV will further push USA baseball towards a more hitter-friendly sport.
Easton’s latest ADV will provide a balanced swing weight alongside a fully composite bat construction. The Ultra-Lite Launch Composite utilized by the ADV is designed with one thing in mind; bat speed. The iSo 2-Piece CXN uses nitrocell foam to reduce vibrations, while the Power Boost Knob allows hitters to gain more leverage (aka more power.) A Speed End Cap seals the barrel to top it off while delivering more flex on contact and better overall response.
Given the light nature of this 2021 USA bat, we recommend that older, stronger players continue looking down the list for a bat that will suit them better. Inversely, younger, smaller hitters can certainly take advantage of the 2021 Easton ADV as it will range in sizes from 27”-31” in length.
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It may seem sacrilegious to keep the 2021 DeMarini CF USA bat off this list considering the overwhelming results we’ve seen from CF’s in the past, but when it comes to USA bats, the Voodoo reigns supreme. There just seems to be something about the hybrid bats (alloy barrel/composite handle), making it one of the top bats in USA baseball.
The DeMarini Voodoo is a balanced bat with a hybrid design. Enjoy the ear-ringing PING of the X14 alloy barrel and the hand-pleasing comfort of a Paraflex+ composite handle. There is also zero break-in required because of the alloy barrel. DeMarini’s patented 3-Fusion connection technology is built to transfer energy away from the hands to allow your player to foul off close pitches without the fear of stingers.
Most every hitter can improve their game as a result of the DeMarini Voodoo. It is available in multiple different drop weights to allow for use for USA hitters of all ages. The lone knock is that it won’t have quite the same size sweet spot as the aforementioned 2021 DeMarini CF, but it more than makes up for it considering the price point and the hot out of the wrapper performance.
Rawlings continues to improve its best USA baseball bats. As we roll into the 2021 season, look for the Rawlings 5150 to be the top value USA baseball bat in 2021. It’s easy-to-swing, it’s hot out of the wrapper, and it’s available for less than $100. If that’s not a great value USA baseball bat, then we don’t know what is.
The lineup of 5150 bats from Rawlings will come standard with a one-piece alloy design along with a fairly balanced swing weight. Expect the 5150 to turn heads on the diamond with its loud acoustics on contact. The latest pOp 2.0 technology gives it the largest sweet spot to date and a perfect feel with each swing.
There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles with the Rawlings 5150 in 2021. The 5150 is designed for hitters that know what they want to do every time they step into the box. It gets straight to the point. See ball. Crush ball.
By now, you’ve likely heard of the rapidly growing craze of baseball bats by Axe. More players are swinging Axe USA bats than ever before. If you haven’t heard of their bats, Axe ergonomically designs their handle to create a faster, safer swing for every hitter. The handles align each player’s knuckles and work to promote a “palm-up, palm-down” swing path. As a result of being different from your standard USA bats, Axe offers a 30-day trial period with every bat they sell through JustBats. So if you are not fully convinced, you can always try it out, risk-free.
The one-piece alloy EliteOne Hyperspeed offers a 2½” barrel diameter and a lightweight (-11) drop. MX8 alloy undergoes heat treatment to fortify the construction and make it the strongest alloy material Axe has to offer. In the case of any defect, the EliteOne Hyperspeed and every other USA bat sold from JustBats comes with a standard, one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Baseball is a results-based sport, so the varying wall thickness is essential to any younger player. It allows even smaller players to maximize their swing each time they square it up on the sweet spot. Older USA players will want to browse heavier drops, but any younger player looking to find an advantage needs to look no further than the Axe EliteOne Hyperspeed. Easily one of the best 2021 USA bats around.
The lone 2020 USA bat on our list is the monster Select model from Louisville Slugger. Built similarly to the aforementioned DeMarini Voodoo, Louisville Slugger’s Select offers an innovative hybrid construction to optimize your swing. It may be 2021, but there aren’t many (if any) better USA bats on the market than this.
Sporting one of the most prominent sweet spots among alloy barrelled USA bats, the Select takes full advantage of the ST 7U1+ barrel. It’s both performance-ready and results-proven. An SBC end cap increases the swing speed while further maximizing player control. One thing to note is that it does come in various drop weights, but even though it is listed as a balanced bat, the Select will feel a little barrel-heavy. This can be quite beneficial in the power department, though, as we always suggest a player swings the heaviest bat they are comfortable with.
5 Best 2021 USSSA Baseball Bats
It’s back, and it’s better than ever. The DeMarini CF is destined to raise ERAs across diamonds all year long. One of the best USSSA bats in 2021 is, without a doubt, the DeMarini CF. We anticipate big things from the continuation in the most sought after USSSA lineup over the past few years.
Boasting a massive barrel alongside a fully composite construction and a smooth, balanced swing weight, the CF has bad intentions. 3-Fusion technology makes its return to negate negative vibrations and redirect energy back into the barrel for eye-popping results. The 2021 CF sports a gigantic 2¾” barrel and a wide sweet spot to give every hitter some much-needed confidence. You will need to break-in the composite barrel (maybe 200-300 hits on the barrel), but you can expect big things once you do.
There’s really nothing more to say, if you are willing to spend-up for one of the best bats in 2021, you’re going to see the results.
Is there any surprise to see the Marucci Cat 9 on this list? Possibly the most extraordinary USSSA bat lineup in the past decade released their latest version this past summer. Those fortunate enough to play ball this summer and fall saw the continued dominance of the Cat models. It’s just not a complete list of the best 2021 USSSA baseball bats if it doesn’t include the Marucci Cat 9.
It’s built with a traditional one-piece alloy construction sporting an easy-to-swing balanced weight. The anti-vibration technology in the bat knobs (which you can customize at JustBats) helps alleviate any negative feedback typically felt when swinging a one-piece bat. Marucci’s engineering team developed a construction to allow for more flex without having any dead spots in the barrel. As a result, every hit is pure and powerful.
There really aren’t many players that would not benefit from the Marucci Cat 9. It has an affordable price point, considering the market and accompanying customer reviews. But, if we were to stretch a little, it would make sense for an all-or-nothing power hitter to try something like an end-loaded model such as The Goods from DeMarini. Nevertheless, the Cat 9 is definitely one of the top 2021 youth bats.
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Wow. *insert eyes emoji* The Meta is finally here! After a few seasons atop our best BBCOR blogs, Louisville Slugger has just released their first USSSA-approved Meta. Players have been clamoring for this ever since the BBCOR-only version dropped back in 2018. Although we have yet to see a full season from the USSSA model, if it is anywhere near as responsive as its BBCOR counterpart we can comfortably slot it on this list of the top USSSA bats of 2021.
Just look at that barrel. It’s hard to miss (literally). This three-piece fully composite USSSA bat will remarkably offer a refreshingly balanced swing weight, making it accessible for hitters of all types. The EKO composite gives it a terrific sound on contact and a VCX2 connection point creates independent movement between the barrel and the handle. This results in a great feel at contact on every swing.
In the past, the major con related to the Meta has always been its price point. However, Louisville Slugger did hitters a HUGE favor (sorry pitchers) and has not overshot the market with the 2021 USSSA Meta cost. At release, the Meta has the same price as DeMarini’s CF and is thus much more accessible to more players worldwide. Mark it down, the Meta will be one of the top USSSA bats in baseball for 2021.
Going back-to-back with Louisville Slugger models here, number four (4) on our list is the 2021 version of the light-swinging Solo. Making a huge splash back in 2018 for its high-performance in the inaugural season of USA baseball, the Solo has continued to impress on the USSSA circuit.
Fast. Faster. Fastest. The latter is the only term to describe the 2021 Solo. Boasting the fastest swing speed among any of Louisville Slugger’s 2021 bats, the Solo emphasizes allowing players to get the barrel through the zone. The highly-durable and noticeably responsive Premium SL Hyper Alloy works alongside the blazing-fast swing speeds to deliver both performance and durability.
Don’t fear flamethrowers anymore, grab a Solo. Given the ultra-light swing speed, it may not be built for every hitter, but those that can take advantage of it will surely see why it was ranked on our list.
How could you possibly leave a bat called the Bonesaber off a list of best bats? Social media, message boards, and comment sections have talked about Warstic’s latest 2021 USSSA bats. We expect big things to come from Warstic in the future, but for right now it’s all about the Bonesaber.
Built to swing similar to a 271-turn model wood bat, the Bonesaber offers a short taper to fully define the barrel and sweet spot on the bat. The one-piece alloy design gives it a very traditionally stiff feel on contact to maximize power. A precision knob, like most swung by MLB players, optimizes palm comfort and bat control. You’ll have no problem whipping the balanced weighted Bonesaber through the zone as a result. Based on the early feedback from players around the country, the Warstic Bonesaber will be one of the most sought after USSSA bats in 2021. Keep your eyes peeled this upcoming season because this might just become one of the staple bat lineups as we roll into the future.
That may conclude our list of the 10 best youth baseball bats in 2021, but that doesn’t mean these are the only bats to consider. Each player varies in what features, construction type, and swing weights they’ll need to succeed. If you are looking for guidance throughout the bat buying process, be sure to try out our Bat Coach or give our team of Bat Experts a call. It’s not just a saying; we’re genuinely with you from Click to Hit!