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!

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

2018 Worth Slowpitch Softball Bats

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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

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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

2017 Miken Slowpitch Softball Bat Lineup

The all-new 2017 Miken lineup for slowpitch softball bats is as good as it gets. From ASA to USSSA, whether it’s Supermax or Maxload, this lineup has what you need – and they’re all stupid hot and ready to help you drop bombs! Let’s go bat-by-bat so you can find the one you need.


2017 Miken Freak Patriot Slowpitch Softball Bat Maxload ASA (Product Code: FPATMA) 2017 Miken Freak Patriot Maxload ASA

This new design 2-piece bat is for the player wanting end-load weighting with a bigger sweetspot and extreme barrel flex. To be more specific, the end-load is a .5oz maxload, giving you additional power without sacrificing too much swing speed. Also, this Patriot has a MONSTER 14″ barrel length, which allowed Miken to maximize the sweet spot potential. Lastly, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Heroes Mission.



2017 Miken Denny Crine DC41 Slowpitch Softball Bat Supermax USSSA (Product Code: MDC41U)

2017 Miken Denny Crine DC41 Slowpitch Softball BatSignature 2-piece bat for Denny Crine with his 1oz supermax end-load for maximum performance and optimal barrel flex. This bat is your classic DC41 bat, giving you more mass at the end of the barrel for increased power and further hitting distances. This DC41 gives you all the stupid hot pop you expect in a Denny Crine, allowing you to maximize the U-trip standard and drive the ball to the wall!



2017 Miken Freak 30 Kevin Filby Slowpitch Softball Bat Maxload USSSA (Product Code: MFILBU)

mfilbuSignature 2-piece bat for Kevin “Flip” Filby with an end-load weighting on a 12″ barrel length design. This bat has raw power for those that can swing it. The maxload end-load doesn’t make the bat too heavy, so you don’t have to sacrifice too much swing speed for the increased power potential. Year in and year out the Filby models are super hot out of the wrapper and have sick pop, and this bat is no different.



2017 Miken Psycho Slowpitch Softball Bat USSSA Supermax (Product Code: SYKDTE)


This end-loaded Psycho is for the slowpitch softball player who likes to drop bombs with consistency, as the supermax weighting places more mass at the end of the barrel for increased hitting distances. The 2-piece construction gives way for some flex, minimal sting felt in the hands, and a great optimized feel at the plate. Miken crafts this Psycho with Triple Matrix Core, F2P, and 100COMP technologies that allows you to have a bat that maximizes the U-trip standard with elite performance. The Triple Matrix Core Technology increases Miken’s exclusive aerospace grade material volume by 5%, eliminating wall seams with a breakthrough carbonized process that maximizes both performance and durability. 100COMP is the revolutionary formula that changed the game and introduced certified Miken high performance equipment. This product is engineered utilizing 100% premium aerospace grade fiber to deliver Miken’s legendary performance and durability. The F2P optimizes handles flex to barrel loading, to maximize the overall speed of the bat head through the hitting zone.

2017 Miken Psycho Izzy/Pearson Slowpitch Softball bat Maxload USSSA (Product Code: MPSY2U)
Signature 2-piece bat for Kyle Pearson and Jeremy Isenhower. This is for the player wanting end-load weighting with hot out of the wrapper performance. Pearson and Izzy wouldn’t swing just any bat, they only swing the best, and that’s exactly what this Psycho is if you’re looking for an end-loaded U-trip monster! This bat has legendary power, incredible performance, and is built for power so your bombs can go further than ever before.


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