-5 BBCOR and -3 USA Bats?

Minus 5 BBCOR AND Minus 3 USA BATS

-5 BBCOR and -3 USA Bats do not exist

Looking for a “drop 5 BBCOR”? or a “minus 3 ounce USA Bat”?

We occasionally have customers ask us for these bats, but they do not exist.

A BBCOR bat is required to be no lighter than a minus 3 ounce length to weight ratio. So a -5 ounce BBCOR bat would be against the rules, and therefore not a BBCOR bat.

The heaviest USA bats are a minus 5 ounce length to weight ratio.

What is length to weight ratio?

Take the length of the bat in inches (we’ll say 30 inches, for example), then subtract the “drop” in ounces displayed on the bat (we’ll say drop 5/minus 5 for this example).

Subtract 5 (the “drop”) from the length of the bat (30″), and that gives you the weight of the bat (25 ounces).

What bat do I need, then?

Most people looking for a “-5 BBCOR” are really just wanting a heavier USSSA approved bat to get their ball player ready for BBCOR bats early. If this is the case, we suggest using a wood bat during training and practice. This will help increase bat speed and strength, and they are generally less expensive.

Need a -3 USA Bat? You’re closest match is going to be a minus 5 USA bat. If you play travel ball, you will want a minus 5 ounce USSSA bat (yes, there is a difference).


2019 DeMarini BBCOR Baseball Bats – What’s new for 2019

There are FIVE new bats in the 2019 DeMarini BBCOR Bat lineup! Check them out, and read below the what is new in each model. Custom bats can be ordered now, but won’t ship for another month or so. The bats shown below began shipping August, 2018.

2019 DeMarini BBCOR Bats

2019 DeMarini BBCOR Bats

2019 CF Zen BBCOR Bat $449 – The top of the line, balanced 2019 CF ZEN model gets new Paraflex Plus Composite, a unique and proprietary blend of composite and epoxy that DeMarini says is their best ever. Usually that means better pop and more durability over the previous model year. The 3 Fusion Taper adds to the balance of the bat, while helping kill vibration felt in your hands. 3 Fusion end cap redirects energy back in the barrel of the bat on contact for added distance.

2019 CF Insane BBCOR Bat $449 – The other CF BBCOR bat in the line up uses the same Paraflex Plus Composite (their best ever) as the CF Zen, but the CF Insane has a slight end load for added power through the hitting zone. The CF Insane also has the same 3 Fusion Taper for optimal weight distribution and vibration reduction, as well as the 3 Fusion end cap to direct energy into the barrel of the bat/ball instead of letting it escape out the end via vibration.

2019 Voodoo Balanced vs Voodoo Insane BBCOR  $299 – The Balanced Voodoo is of course, balanced. Meaning less weight at the end cap, making it easier to swing and generate bat speed. The Voodoo Insane is End Loaded, which adds mass and weight toward the end of the bat, requiring more strength to swing the bat, but rewards the hitter with added power. The Voodoo Insane has a larger barrel profile than the Voodoo Balanced because of the ability to have more weight at the end of the bat. Both bats are two piece construction with an aluminum alloy handle and Paraflex Plus Composite (Same as CF Zen and Insane). Both two piece Voodoo bats use the same 3 Fusion connector as the top of the line CF bats, as well as the same 3 Fusion End Cap to help redistribute energy back into the barrel of the bat and into the baseball.

2019 Voodoo One BBCOR Bat $249 – The “One” is an “Ultra Balanced”, 1 piece bat made entirely of DeMarini’s exclusive X14 alloy, a lightweight performance aluminum alloy blend. The Voodoo One gets the 3 Fusion End Cap for energy redistribution to the barrel of the bat, as well as a nice red glossy finish, and premium performance Camo-D bat grip.

2019 Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats – What’s New For 2019

Louisville Slugger have released the first images of the 2019 Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats.

Shipping the first week of August, 2018, the are out and they sure are good looking bats. Custom designed bats start at $430 and will begin shipping about 3 weeks after the bats below begin shipping. The bats below start at $199

2019 Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats Lineup

Prime Meta BBCOR (Not pictured) $499 – New, EKO Composite is used in the barrel to increase performance and swing lighter, while still having a massive barrel and sweet spot. A new 3FX Connection System gives a stiff feel and dramatically reduces vibration.

Prime 919 BBCOR $449 – 3 Piece composite design makes the Prime feel light weight and balanced. VCX barrel tech kills vibration. Proven winner.

Select 719 BBCOR $349 – 3 Piece hybrid design. Alloy barrel matched to a composite handle for added power and durabilty. Speed Ballistic Composite end cap helps increase swing speed, while still allowing the bat to have a slight end load for added power. VCX barrel tech (same as Prime 919) helps eliminate vibration.

Solo 619 BBCOR $299 – 1 Piece alloy construction. Light weight. Extremely balanced. The Solo is quickly outpacing the Omaha as the number one best selling Louisville Slugger BBCOR bat. Easy to swing. SBC end cap for balance and control. New VIBEX vibration dampening handle reduces sting on mis hits.

Omaha 519 BBCOR $199 (Not pictured) – 1 Piece alloy bat with balanced swing weight and (new) VIBEX vibration reduction system in the handle. Plastic end cap. Still a very good bat with a large sweet spot and a nice stiff feel on contact. The 2019 Omaha BBCOR also gets a fancy new grip.

Marucci Cat 8 Baseball Bats Hit the Field

The tradition of the Marucci Cat 8 bat series of BBCOR and USSSA 1.15 BPF baseball bats continues, but this time they’re offering a vast selection so you can get the Cat 8 bat that is best for you.

Marucci Cat 8 Composite Connect Baseball Bats

There’s three different Marucci bat models – The Cat 8, Cat 8 Connect, and the Cat 8 Composite. Below we go in-depth and describe the differences between them . . .

Marucci Cat 8 – (1-piece Aluminum Alloy)

Marucci Cat 8 Big Barrel Bat

The Cat 8 model is offered in BBCOR and USSSA Youth Big Barrel versions, and carries the torch from the Cat 7, Cat 6, Cat 5. This model is arguable the best 1-piece bat in the game, giving you a stiff feel and a sweet ping barrel sound at ball impact.

The Cat 8 bats are made up of AZ105 Alloy, which is a very strong aluminum that increases the barrel’s strength and durability. Speaking of the barrel, Marucci incorporates a multi-variable wall design with the Cat 8 bats, which allows them to thin the inner walls and extend the sweet spot for a more potent hitting surface.

Marucci makes the Cat 8 lineup with a precision balanced swing weight, which improves your bat control and maximizes your swing speed as you whip the barrel through the hitting zone.

Lastly, Marucci goes the extra mile to ensure your hands stay fast and reactive, as the micro-perforated soft-touch bat grip gives you the right amount of cushion and tackiness for a clean feel. The AV2 knob has anti-vibration technology, which minimizes that unwanted sting so your hands stay as comfortable as possible, so when you miss hit from time to time you won’t have to pay the price and clutch your hands. If you like 1-piece alloy bats, this is about as good as it gets.

Cat 8 Connect (2-piece Hybrid)

Marucci Cat 8 Connect Baseball Bat

The all-new Cat 8 Connect is a 2 piece design with even more vibration control built in to the bat. Essentially, the Connect is exactly like the regular Cat 8 (even the bat grip), except they added a composite handle for a hybrid design.

The hybrid design on the Cat 8 Connect is offered in BBCOR and minus 5 ounce USSSA Youth Big Barrel, and is built as a 2-piece, connecting the AZ105 aluminum alloy barrel to the all-composite handle. It’s connected using the SDX EXT piece, which is a shock dissipating connection that redirects that unwanted sting/vibration back into the barrel for increased trampoline effect. That trampoline effect helps the barrel walls launch the ball harder and faster off of the sweet spot, ultimately increasing the distances of your hits. So, essentially, that vibration energy is used to your advantage instead of being an irritation felt in your hands.

The Cat 8 Connect is also made end loaded, so there’s more weight added to the end of the barrel for increased power potential. That doesn’t mean it’s built only for power hitters, but it does cater to that style a bit more.

Naturally, due to the composite handle, you’ll feel a tiny bit more flex as you swing through the hitting zone. Some people prefer that, while others prefer a stiffer feel like the standard Cat 8, but one is not necessarily better than the other. If you prefer the 2-piece with some flex and less sting, the Cat 8 Connect is right up your alley.

Cat 8 Composite (2-Piece All-Composite)

Marucci Cat 8 Composite Baseball Bat

This is an all-new bat, as Marucci is making their first 100% composite Cat 8 for maximum performance, flex, durability, and feel.

Made as a 2-piece, the composite barrel and composite handle are connected with the same SDX EXT connection piece that’s used on the Cat 8 Connect. The all-composite barrel, which is a more durable and lighter material, allows Marucci to make the biggest barrel length and sweet spot possible, giving you a bat that packs a big punch with the huge sweet spot.

The Cat 8 Composite has a mid loaded swing weight, which means the weight isn’t necessarily packed too heavily towards the handle (balanced) or the end cap (end loaded), but more towards the middle of the bat. This gives you a bit more power potential than a balanced bat but doesn’t sacrifice much swing speed, giving you a best-of-both-worlds swing weight so to speak.

Lastly, this bat has the same comfortable bat grip that’s used on the other two models, as Marucci always has feel and comfort as a high priority when crafting these bats.

Which one is best for me?

2019 / 2020 Marucci Cat 8 Bats

It all comes down to personal preference, size, and price, but just know that you really cannot go wrong with any of these options. Elite travel ball players will mostly want the Cat 8 Composite, while high school and college players generally prefer one piece, metal bats like the Cat 8. Whatever bat you choose you can be sure that Marucci cares deeply about the products they put out on the field, and that two years of care and dedication have gone in to making these new bats a reality. CheapBats.com offers free 2 day shipping on the Cat 8 bat series, as well as Free Return Shipping if you don’t like it.

Marucci Cat 8 Comparison Chart

Marucci Hybrid Wood Bat – Maple and Composite Match Made In Heaven

Recently, Marucci was getting requests from elite high school, college, and pro baseball players for more durable hybrid wood/maple/composite baseball bat. Marucci is owned and operated by former MLB players, so they knew what it would take to design and manufacture a high end wood composite hybrid that would be durable, have a nice swing weight, perform well, and be BBCOR certified for High School, College, and Perfect Game tournament play. The solution is the all new, Marucci AP5 Hybrid.

Marucci Hybrid Wood Maple Composite AP5 Baseball Bat


Similar to the Baum bat, the new AP5 Hybrid composite is built with a partially hollow composite inner core, surrounded by the proven hard wood maple that made Marucci famous. Marucci does NOT compromise. The new hybrid is handcrafted and looks beautiful in real life.


Incredibly hard maple surrounding the composite inner core means the Marucci Hybrid wood bat will last you a long time. Marucci is standing behind the Hybrid with a 90 day warranty.

Sound and Feel

Marucci does bats right. They don’t make bad bats. Period. Marucci designed the Hybrid with a tapered handle and knob, along with an ever so slight end loaded swing weight to produce power through the hitting zone. The large barrel of the AP5 turning profile is one of Marucci’s best selling bat profiles, and is a perfect fit for most baseball players, so it makes sense to use it in their Hybrid.

Simply put, Marucci puts a lot of thought and care into their product production. This high end wood hybrid is the perfect bat for your Summer league games, High School or College, and Perfect Game tournaments if you play in them as well. With a 90 day warranty and free return shipping from CheapBats.com, you’re guaranteed to hit a home run with the Marucci Hybrid AP5 wood composite bat!

30 Inch 2018 Easton Ghost X USA Bat Pulled From Play By USA Baseball

We just received news that the 30″/20 ounce 2018 Easton Ghost X USA Bat (model number YBB18GX10) has been pulled from play by USA baseball. USA Baseball is using an updated method to break in composite bats (using a bat roller) during the testing procedure, as well as changing the angle of the ball being shot at the bat during testing. These changes caused the 30″ version of the Ghost X USA bat to no longer pass the advanced break in test.

30 Inch 2018 Easton Ghost X USA Bat Banned

Return Procedure

Easton is currently offering a $500 voucher valid at Easton.com upon return of the bat. Any questions regarding returns, refunds or warranty claims for the Easton Ghost X 30/20 should be directed to Easton via email at ghostreturn@easton.com or at 1-844-531-7079.

As always, CheapBats.com stands behind its customers. If you purchased this bat from CheapBats.com and require any assistance in this process, please reach out to us and we will make sure you are taken care of.

Still Need More Info?

Any further questions regarding this decertification may be directed to USA Baseball at USABat@USABaseball.com

Rawlings Threat USA Baseball Bat – Light Weight, Huge Barrel

Rawlings Threat USA Baseball Bat

It is finally here. The 2019 Rawlings Threat USA bat we have all been waiting for. As a dad of two young Little Leaguers I understand the dilemma many of us have faced this season when it comes to choosing the best USA bat for my kids. The good news is Rawlings has solved a major issue and designed a bat that is not only light, but has a big barrel (2 5/8″), and actually does hit the ball very well.

Rawlings Threat USA Stamp

How does the Threat compare?

I’ll preface my review with the fact that I work at CheapBats.com and I get to hit every single bat that comes out. I have hit all but a couple of the USA baseball bats on the market right now, and I can say with certainty the 2019 Rawlings Threat USA baseball bat is one of the best USA bats you can buy.

Rawlings Threat Knob


I suspected because the Threat is so light, and it is a one piece bat, that there would be a good amount of sting and vibration. I was completely wrong in my assumption. The 2019 Rawlings Threat has only a very small amount of noticeable feedback in the hands. Of course the Quatro and the Voodoo will have zero felt vibration because of the two-piece design, but compared to the Threat they swing MUCH heavier. The Threat swings extremely light. I know three dads just on my 8 year old’s Little League team alone (counting myself) that had to buy a second USA bat because the first one ended up being too heavy for our sons. The Threat solves this problem. The 29 inch/17 ounce bat we tested weighed in at 17.27 ounces (without the grip).

Rawlings Threat USA End Cap


What shocked me most wasn’t that the Threat hits the ball hard, it was the fact the Threat hits the ball VERY hard… As hard as the USA Quatro, Solo, Select, and Voodoo One bats we have tested. I also noticed my bat speed was much greater with the Threat due to the fact it is so much lighter than the other USA bats in comparison. As more people start to hit the Threat, you will no doubt hear the same feedback. The ball flies off the barrel just as hard as the best USA bats on the market.

Rawlings Threat USA vs Solo vs Quatro vs Select vs Voodoo

If you are just starting, or about to start your youth baseball season, definitely consider the all new 2019 Rawlings Threat. It is one of the best USA bats made so far. The price is very reasonable compared to some of the other high end USA bats. The swing weight is the best we have seen from any USA bat made so far, and finally, it hits the ball hard. Simple as that.

2019 Rawlings Threat USA baseball bat is approved for the following leagues:

  • Pony League
  • Little League
  • American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)
  • Babe Ruth League
  • Cal Ripken League
  • Dixie Baseball
  • National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF)

CheapBats.com offers free same day shipping and free returns on bats and gloves. No hassles. We want you happy.

2016 DeMarini Raw Steel vs 2018 DeMarini Steel

Rarely does a softball bat as important as the DeMarini Steel come around…

I joke, but the 2018 DeMarini Steel is one of those softball bats that every softball player knows about. In fact, in my coed league I have never seen the men use anything but the DeMarini Raw Steel. Why is that? Several reasons which I’ll touch on below.

2016 DeMarini Steel vs 2018 DeMarini Steel

2016 Raw Steel vs 2018 Steel

First off let’s get the main question out of the way. The 2016 and the 2018 DeMarini Steel are the exact same but with one tiny exception (aside from a different paint job). What is different is the 2018 Steel bats are .50 to .75 ounces heavier than the 2016 Raw Steel. It is not a huge difference, but if you really like the feel of your 2016 Steel we recommending picking one or three up while they are still in stock, because the added weight is ever so slightly noticeable.

2016 vs 2018 Performance

There is no noticeable difference in pop with the 2018 Steel vs the 2016. I have hit both bats extensively, and I can say without a doubt they hit exactly the same.

Carburized Steel

To my knowledge, DeMarini is the only bat manufacturer making a softball bat with heat treated steel. Using a process called carburizing, the 2018 DeMarini Steel barrel is heated to a certain temperature in a carbon rich environment to make the Steel extremely hard. A hard barrel is supremely important when using a soft/mush ASA softball. Note: the 28oz and 30oz barrel is about 1 inch longer than the barrel on the 26oz. All weights are end loaded for added mass and power through the hitting zone.

Single Wall Barrel

This one is important, too. Many coed softball leagues do not allow men to use composite bats and/or multi-wall bats. The DeMarini Steel is a single wall bat with the ASA stamp on the (super hard) barrel.

Two-Piece Design

ZNX DeMarini Steel alloy handle

DeMarini connects the hard, Steel barrel to a ZNX alloy handle. The alloy metal in the handle is thinner and and more flexible in nature than the barrel. The flex in the handle gives the bat added whip during contact with the ball. The two-piece construction also eliminates hand rattling vibration. I use this bat often, and I have never once experienced sting in my hands.

RCK Knob

DeMarini offers a rounded knob on the 2018 Steel for added comfort while swinging. Especially during batting practice.

The new Steel comes with a 1 year warranty against defects, as well as free shipping both ways from CheapBats.com. Batisfaction Guaranteed!

2019 DeMarini CF Zen USSSA Big Barrel Bat

The DeMarini CF Zen is currently one of the most popular big barrel bats available for USSSA/Travel Ball baseball.

With an “Insane dedication to performance”, DeMarini is not a company that sits around on previous accomplishments, and the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen is no different! The new 2019 models will launch on April 2nd and April 16th (-5 only).

Options For Every Player

The 2019 CF Zen will come in three different swing weights – The minus 10 is the most popular, followed by a minus 8 and minus 5 ounce length to weight ratios for stronger or older players.

New Paraflex Plus Composite

For 2019, the big barrel CF Zen has a new composite material unlike any used in their USSSA bat lineup. The new Paraflex Plus composite is treated at a specific temperature for the perfect amount of time.  It gives the composite barrel a super consistent and responsive barrel when hitting the baseball.

Unreal Barrel Size

The 2019 CF Zen is simply a beast when it comes to barrel size. Check out these pictures we snapped. It’s really fascinating how much larger the barrel can be on a travel ball bat versus a USA bat for Little League and Pony.

2019 DeMarini CF Zen Side by Side



2019 DeMarini CF ZEN Knob

The exclusive RCK knob is rounded to minimize rubbing and discomfort on the palm during batting practice, mixed with the 3 Fusion handle that kills vibration, the CF Zen is always one of the most easy to swing youth baseball bats made.

2019 DeMarini CF ZEN End Cap

As always, DeMarini baseball bats come with a one year warranty against defects. CheapBats.com also offers their exclusive “Batisfaction Guarantee” and free return shipping on bats and gloves. So you’re never stuck with a bat or glove that isn’t perfect for you!

Miken Super Freak & Worth Legit Game Ready Slowpitch Softball Bats

Limited Edition Softball Bats

Arriving on March, 15th 2018, Miken and Worth have created two new slowpitch softball bats that are about to change the way softball bats are thought of, and only 1000 are being made of each.

2018 Miken Worth Game Ready Softball Bats

Max Performance from the Very First Pitch

We all know that because of advanced break-in testing composite slowpitch bats have to be broken-in in order to perform to their peak level. Miken and Worth have come up with an exclusive, proprietary method of making composite softball bats that gives you maximum performance from the very first pitch. No break-in required.

2018 Miken Worth Game Ready Slowpitch Softball Bats

We wish we could tell you even just a little about the process, or how they do it, but Miken and Worth are not going in to great detail about the bat making process. What we can tell you, however, is there are only 1000 of each model 2018 Miken Super Freak and the 2018 Worth Legit Extreme softball bats being made, and they are selling quick. If you want one of these historic bats you need to act quickly.

The Miken Super Freak Maxload – MSUPER – is a USSSA approved softball bat with a 14 inch barrel.

The Worth Legit Extreme – WLGTXU – is also approved for USSSA play, and has a 13.5 inch barrel.

We are super excited about these two bats, and by the looks of it you guys are too. There are a lot of great USSSA softball bats on the market right now, so we are anxious to get our hands on one of these new bats and see what the hype is all about!

Other Great Softball Bats

Also check out the new, 2018 Louisville Slugger Jeff Hall Super Z1000 USSSA softball bat, along with Mizuno’s re-entry back in to the slowpitch market with the 2019 Mizuno Crush (Orange/Black) USSSA softball bat. We have swung both and they are both very good bats! Bat Reviews of these bats and more coming soon!