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

Construction

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.

Durability

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

Feel/Weight

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

Pop/Performance

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

 

Comfort

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!

Hitting the 2018 Easton Ghost ASA Slowpitch at the Batting Cage

Mike filmed some hits with the 2018 Easton Ghost ASA Slowpitch Softball Bat at the batting cages.

2018 Worth Slowpitch Softball Bats – Get the details on the new bats

2018 Worth Slowpitch Softball Bats

Worth logo

It’s new bat season! And the newest bats are the 2018 Worth Slowpitch Bats. Worth has made some MAJOR additions to their ASA softball bat lineup, and you need to know about them!

2018 ASA Worth Softball Bat

After years of offering a four-piece ASA bat to the public, Worth has decided to offer a stiff handle option on their latest ASA bat in 2018. Stiff handles are generally popular with elite players that want instant response and feedback when they hit the softball. Worth used some technology from their USSSA softball bat line up to meet the demands of the serious ASA player. Combine this stiff handle offering with the industries largest sweetspots and massive barrels, and we get some of the best softball bats on the market.

Ryan Harvery Legit XL ASA -13.5″ Barrel Stiff Handle

Ryan Harvery Legit XL ASA -13.5" Barrel Stiff Handle Softball Bat

2018 USSSA Worth Bats

Not much change except graphics and new sponsored players on the 2018 USSSA Worth Slowpitch Bats. Here’s a quick run down on the USSSA bats and their features/differences.

Ryan Harvey Legit XL USSSA – 13.5″ Barrel (Half ounce end load. Traditional flex handle)

Ryan Harvey Legit XL USSSA - 13.5" Barrel Softball Bat

 

Don Dedonatis Legit Balanced USSSA – 13.5″ Barrel (No end load. Massive, forgiving barrel)

Don Dedonatis Legit Balanced USSSA - 13.5" Barrel

 

Andy Purcell Legit XXL USSSA – 13.5″ Barrel (Full one ounce end load. Traditional flex handle)

Andy Purcell Legit XXL USSSA - 13.5" Barrel Softball Bat

 

Josh Branch Legit XL USSSA – 12.5″ Barrel (Half ounce end load. Short, 12.5″ barrel is easy to control)

Josh Branch Legit XL USSSA - 12.5" Barrel Softball Bat

2018 Miken Slowpitch Softball Bats are here – We’ll show you what’s new

2018 Miken Softball Bats

Miken Logo

With the 2018 Miken slowpitch bats it’s all about choices. Miken used technology similar to how they build their USSSA bats and added a new design to their ASA bats to increase stiffness compared to the four-piece, collared version ASA bats they currently sell (and still will) like the super popular Freak Platinum.

Why stiffer? Elite players tend to like a stiff handle that provides instant feedback and responsive power right off the barrel. By adding the stiff handle ASA bats to their lineup, Miken now gives you the option to use the type of softball bat YOU want.

2018 ASA Miken bats with stiff handles

Freak 23 ASA – 12″ Barrel Stiff Handle

DC-41 Supermax ASA – 14″ Barrel Stiff Handle

2018 USSSA Miken

The 2018 USSSA Miken bats remain largely unchanged from their 2017 models aside from refreshed graphics. Miken has some of the biggest sweet spots and most reactive barrels of any softball bat maker. Expect the same amount of performance from the 2018 bats.

Freak 23 Maxload USSSA – 12″ Barrel

Freak 23 Maxload USSSA - 12" Barrel Slowpitch Softball Bat

DC-41 Supermax USSSA – 14″ Barrel

DC-41 Supermax USSSA - 14" Barrel Slowpitch Softball Bat

Psycho Maxload USSSA – 14″ Barrel

Psycho Maxload USSSA - 14" Barrel Slowpitch Softball Bat

2018 Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats – Prime 918, Select 718, Solo 618, Omaha 518

Louisville Slugger’s all-new 2018 BBCOR bat lineup has launched! The top dog, year in and year out, is the Prime – which continues to set the multi-piece, all-composite market in consistency and performance. Aside from all-composite, LS has two hybrid options, as they bring back the Select (after a year on the bench), while also have the Solo for its 2nd campaign. The 100% alloy bat market is always led by the Omaha, a tried-and-true aluminum bat that brings maximum ping with every swing. Lastly, there’s the Vapor, a price-point bat that gives you incredible bang for your buck. Check out each bat below . . .
2018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBP918B32018 Louisville Slugger Prime 918 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBP918B3
The Prime 918 BBCOR Bat is made with Louisville Slugger’s Proprietary MicroForm Composite, which features a Patented Fused Carbon Structure for maximum pop right out of the wrapper. The TRU3 barrel-to-handle connection, which connects the barrel to one side and the handle to the other without allowing them to touch, is going to reduce vibration and provide unmatched feel at ball impact. The all-new RTX End Cap allows for a longer barrel shape, ultimately increasing the potency of the sweet spot for futher hitting distances.

  • TRU3 3-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% Proprietary MicroForm Composite
  • Patented Fused Carbon Structure Design
  • RTX End Cap
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 1.7
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS718B32018 Louisville Slugger Select 718 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS718B3
The Select 718 BBCOR Bat is crafted as a hybrid, combining the ST 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy Barrel and the Composite Handle. Hybrid bats are viewed as the best of both worlds, as you get the ping of an aluminum barrel, but the flex and sting elimination that comes with a composite handle. The TRU3 barrel-to-handle connection, which connects the barrel to one side and the handle to the other without allowing them to touch, is going to reduce vibration and provide unmatched feel at ball impact. The Speed Ballistic Composite (referred to as SBC) is designed to make the end cap combat the heaviness of the barrel, ultimately giving you faster swing speed and improved bat control while going through the hitting zone.

  • TRU3 3-Piece Bat Construction
  • ST 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy Barrel
  • Composite Handle
  • Speed Ballistic End Cap (SBC)
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Slightly End-Loaded Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 3.0
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS618B32018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBS618B3
The Solo 618 BBCOR Bat is crafted as a hybrid, combining the SL Hyper Aluminum Alloy Barrel & Handle with the Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap. The Speed Ballistic Composite (referred to as SBC) is designed to make the end cap combat the heaviness of the barrel, ultimately giving you faster swing speed and improved bat control while going through the hitting zone. This year, for the first time, the Solo will have Vibration Dampening Technology incorporated in the handle, which will reduce that negative sting/vibration that is normally felt in the hands on miss hits.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • SL Hyper Aluminum Alloy Barrel & Handle
  • Speed Ballistic Composite End Cap (SBC)
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Vibration Dampening Technology
  • Very Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 1.1
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBO518B32018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBO518B3
The Omaha 518 BBCOR Bat is crafted with 100% 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy for that stiff, traditional feel. The Omaha, year in and year out, delivers a huge sweet spot and maximum ping with every swing! This year, for the first time, the Omaha will have Vibration Dampening Technology incorporated in the handle, which will reduce that negative sting/vibration that is normally felt in the hands on miss hits.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% 7U1+ Aluminum Alloy
  • Custom Lizard Skins Bat Grip
  • Injection Molded Knob
  • Vibration Dampening Technology
  • Mid-Balanced Swing Weight
  • Swing Weight Profile Score: 2.3
  • 31/32″ Tapered Handle

2018 Louisville Slugger Vapor BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBVA18B32018 Louisville Slugger Vapor BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz WTLBBVA18B3
The Vapor BBCOR Bat is crafted with 100% 7-Series Aluminum Alloy for a stiff, traditional bat at a cost effective price. The Vapor comes with a 31/32″ Standard Handle, Durable Synthetic Bat Grip, and a -3oz Length to Weight Ratio. At the end of the day, if you need a backup bat or a batting cage bat that’s reliable – this is a great option to consider.

  • 1-Piece Bat Construction
  • 100% 7-Series Aluminum Alloy
  • Durable Synthetic Bat Grip
  • 31/32″ Standard Handle

 
Louisville, this year, gives players looking for the right BBCOR bat a “BBCOR Swing Weight Profile Score”, essentially giving a more accurate look, on paper, at the weight distribution of the Prime 918, Select 718, Solo 618, and the Omaha 518. The Vapor, however, did not get included in this swing weight chart. (SEE IMAGE BELOW)
Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats Swing Weight Profile Score Chart
Get your Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bat today, right here at CheapBats.com!