Best Youth Baseball Bats For 2018 – The Top 13

We’re rapidly approaching the new year and with that comes the new baseball season. Each year we get more and more sophisticated in our technologies. The way sports equipment is created is changing and being optimized as time goes on. America’s past-time is no exception whatsoever.

So, let’s look at 13 of the best youth baseball bats of 2018. Keep in mind, these are our own personal thoughts. No bat is “best” as results can vary from person to person, personal preference, and a host of other various attributes.

Best Youth Baseball Bats

Check out the table below for a quick summary of the best youth baseball bats.

ImageBatDropWhere to Buy
Easton Ghost X-10
Rawlings Raptor-10
Easton Beast X Hybrid-10
Axe Element-8
Easton Beast X-5
Louisville Slugger Genuine Maple Wood-5 to -7
Rawlings Quatro-10
Rawlings VELO-5
Easton S650-9
DeMarini Voodoo-10
Easton Ghost X-5
Axe Origin-8
Louisville Slugger Prime Maple Wood-5

Keep reading for a more in-depth look at these baseball bats.

13. Easton Ghost X -10 USA Baseball Bat

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Coming in at number 13 is the Easton Ghost X – 10 USA Baseball Bat. This gorgeous black and yellow bat is reminiscent of a yellow jacket bee and for good reason. It stings.

But that’s not to say this bat incurs a stinging feeling when it’s being used. Many bats can cause a sting when the actual hit travels through the length of the bat. But this Easton Ghost is actually crafted to avoid such a sting while still providing all the power.

  • Standard 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter
  • Drop 10 length to weight ratio
  • Ultra-thin 29/32-inch EXACT carbon handle
  • Pre-wrapped with 1.4mm HYPERSKIN grip for extra comfort

The 2018 Easton Ghost X – 10 does come in as one of the most expensive bats on the list, otherwise it might come in a little lower in the top 13. Despite this, many reviews of this bat claim it has amazing pop.

The bat is very well constructed and provides a lot of the necessary elements. Coming through with mostly high reviews, this bat can be the envy of your team and fellow players. The bat looks amazing and is probably my favorite looking bat on the list.

12. 2018 Rawlings Raptor -10 USA Youth Baseball Bat

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At 12 we have the much more affordable Rawlings Raptor. What this bat makes up for in it’s lackluster design is its very appealing price point. Despite not having the most beautiful looks, it packs a wallop and can still provide you with the power and speed you need.

  • Drop 10 length to weight ratio
  • Small 2 1/4-inch barrel diameter
  • Perimeter weighted end cap helps to reduce excess weight allowing for a faster swing speed

Because of the noticeable construction of the bat, you can really get a lot of power and speed behind it. The durable aerospace grade alloy delivers consistent performance. The results are solid hitting with the weighted end cap really increasing the bat speed and power.

You won’t have to spend a fortune on results with this solid bat from Rawlings.

11. 2018 Easton Beast X Hybrid -10 USA Baseball Bat

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Here’s another Easton favorite, the Beast X Hybrid lives up to its name. As a popular favorite over the years, the Beast rocks a mean looking yellow and black color scheme. With an advanced thermal alloy construction, it creates an incredibly strong and powerful barrel.

  • Drop 10 length to weight ratio
  • 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter
  • Thin 29/32-inch EXACT carbon handle

The slightly end loaded swing weight makes this model recommended for stronger players with faster swing speeds. This bat really excels in the hands of the power-hitters. Unfortunately, this bat may not live up to the hype of everyone because of this. Also, because of this, they do not produce a 28″ bat and the 29″ is the smallest they produce. This bat is amazing, but it will mostly be apparent with the faster and stronger hitters on your team.

10. 2018 Axe Element -8 USA Baseball Bat

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The Axe Element is one of the newer favorites on the field. It comes in a vibrant green and black color scheme that is sure to catch the eye of onlookers. This one piece mantic alloy baseball bat is an amazing addition to this list and features a stellar amount of reviews from users.

  • Drop 8 length to weight ratio
  • Standard 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter
  • HyperWhip composite end cap helps reduce unnecessary weight towards the end of the barrel
  • Shock-absorbing Endogrid technology is built into the handle

One of the more noticeable aspects of the bat is the engineered hitting zone that extends the barrel length and strength to a 270-degree contact area. This truly allows you the luxury of never needing to rotate your barrel for durability.

Axe is known for their comfortable and safer results while still yielding strong and powerful swings. This bat is among my favorites from the whole list for good reasons. Amazing pop, reliable grip, comfortable feel. Just solid overall bat.

9. 2018 Easton Beast X -5 USA Baseball Bat

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Coming in at number 9 is the 2018 Easton Beast X -5. There’s a reason you can find two versions of the beast on this list. It’s just an awesome bat. It’s very popular in certain leagues and many youths love this bat. Sporting another yellow and black color scheme, this one-piece alloy bat also looks aesthetically appealing. This is another bat that’s recommended for players with more power and strength.

  • Drop 5 length to weight ratio
  • 2 5/8-inch barrel diameter
  • Thin 29/32-inch handle diameter
  • 1.4mm HYPERSKIN Grip Increases Cushioning
  • Has -5 Length To Weight Ratio

This beast of a bat is constructed with advanced thermal alloy to create an incredibly strong and powerful barrel. And with the end loaded swing weight, it offers a massive force behind the ball at contact.

Another popular aspect of the bat is the X-tended barrel design that uses Z-CORE internal core technology for a massive sweet spot. This grants you the luxury of having more room to get that huge hit you’re after.

8. 2018 Louisville Slugger Genuine Maple Wood Youth Baseball Bat

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At number 8 we have the bat with the least expensive price point of them all. That shouldn’t deter you from trying it however, as this bat is a tremendous force to be reckoned with. This wood bat offers massive value for its price and can deliver some absolutely monster swings.

This plain, yet beautiful black and green bat is also made by the Louisville Slugger crew and you know they’re creating quality products.

  • Youth 125 Maple Wood
  • Approximate 2 1/4 Inch Barrel Diameter
  • Approximate -5 To -7 Length To Weight Ratio
  • Cupped End Ensures A Harder Piece Of Wood During Construction
  • Balanced swing weight for increased swing speed

This sweet and simple maple wood bat contains great value and quality. It is on the heavier side due to the 125 design, but with that comes an exceptional sweet spot. It’s awesome for practice, swing training, games, or even back yard fun.

It’s also cheap enough to buy multiple or replace on almost any budget. With the Louisville Slugger name backing it up, you know you’re getting reliable products. This bat is good all around and will be a team favorite for sure.

7. 2018 Rawlings Quatro -10 USA Baseball Bat

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At lucky number seven, we see the bright blue and yellow Rawlings Quatro. This carbon fiber composite barreled bat provides insane amounts of pop and distant ball flight. It’s easily one of my favorite bats on the list and has some of the highest reviews out of them all. All of this does come with a sizable price tag which is the only reason it doesn’t appear lower on the list.

  • -10 Length To Weight Ratio
  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
  • Four-Piece, Composite Baseball Bat
  • Newly Designed Lightweight End Cap Reduces Swing Weight
  • 100% Carbon Fiber Composition

The Quatro is one of the finest bats on the markets for 2018. Its quatro collar is built in to absorb and eliminate negative vibrations that are bound to occur. And its focused, ultimate flex helps accelerate speed through ball contact and beyond. The vibration dampening technology creates incredibly smooth feels through the entirety of the swing.

The Quatro also contains a massive sweet spot to help you get the distance you want. It’s a magnificent piece of technology and if you can afford this bat, it’s a good investment.

6. 2018 Rawlings VELO -5 USA Baseball Bat

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We have back to back Rawlings bats at numbers 6 and 7. The number 6 spot contains the VELO -5. To me, this is the best looking bat on the entire list with its black, gray, and blue color scheme. It’s a very sleek and savvy looking bat. It’s made of acoustic alloy that delivers one of the loudest pings in the game. People will know when you’re up at bat.

  • -5 Length To Weight Ratio
  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
  • Comp-Lite End Cap for enhanced balance and increased swing speeds
  • High-Performance Straight Wall Barrel for Optimized Exit Speeds
  • Precision Laser pOp 2.0
  • Tackified, Synthetic Bat Grip
  • 100% Aluminum Alloy Composition

This one-piece hybrid baseball bat is not only sleek, it performs like an absolute champ. It’s tackified, synethic bat grip delivers some of the best control grip in the industry. The laser pOp 2.0 allows for increased barrel flex and superior pop.

This is the most popular of all the 2018 youth baseball bats for Rawlings. It looks the best and it performs the best. Great reviews all around and it’s a high performance piece of sports equipment.

5. 2018 Easton S650 -9 USA Baseball Bat

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Starting our top 5 off, we see the 2018 Easton S650 -9. With a medium range price point, this bat has a black, gray, and red color scheme. It looks plain, but powerful. Though it’s not the most extravagant looking bat on the bench, it will absolutely get the job done. Even though its not my favorite, many people prefer this look.

  • -9 Length To Weight Ratio
  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
  • 7050 Aircraft Alloy Construction
  • Spoked End Cap
  • Ultra-Thin 29/32 Inch Tapered Handle
  • Cushioned & Tacky All Sports Grip
  • One-Piece, Aluminum Baseball Bat

Easton delivers a quality line of products this year as we see 5 out of the top 13 are theirs. They just keep pumping out deliverables and the S650 is no exception. Though its one of the more plain looking bats, its performance is notable. It’s 7050 aircraft alloy construction helps to increase swing speed and power.

The Spoked end cap actually improves weight distribution and durability. And the cushioned and tacky all sports grip is very comfortable and reliable. This is a tremendous bat and a great way to start our top 5.

4. 2018 DeMarini Voodoo -10 USA Baseball Bat

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Another one of my favorite looking bats, the DeMarini Voodoo -10 is a fantastic bat. It sports a mean looking white, red, and black color scheme that looks as vicious as it performs. The only bat from the DeMarini line, the Voodoo has a lot to stand up against. But Ray DeMarini does deliver quality products and this bat is a perfect example of that.

  • -10 Length To Weight Ratio
  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
  • 100% Composite Handle
  • 3Fusion End Cap
  • 3Fusion Handle Technology
  • Two-Piece, Hybrid Baseball Bat
  • X14 Alloy Barrel

The Voodoo features a balanced swing weight and its very noticeable upon use. The 3Fusion End Cap also optimizes weight, control, and overall durability of the bat. The x14 Alloy barrel provides precision performance with resilient and reliable strength.

The 3Fusion handle technology reduces the sting of the hit and actually transfers energy back into the barrel, giving you a stronger swing overall. The DeMarini Voodoo is near the top of the price points, but still provides tremendous value. This is one that is absolutely worth considering picking up.

The Top 3 of the Best Youth Baseball Bats of 2018

It was incredibly hard to rate the top 3 bats as there were so many quality products to choose from. I want to stress again, that these can vary from person to person and there is no universal ‘best’ bat that suits each and every one.

These were just my favorites and the bats I felt performed the best from my research. So without further ado, I present my top three youth bats of 2018.

3. 2018 Easton Ghost X -5 USA Baseball Bat

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Alas, we’ve hit the top 3 of the best youth baseball bats of 2018.

At number 3, we see one of the most high end, expensive bats on the list, the Easton Ghost X -5. We did see the -10 version of the Ghost X back at number 13, but this version has been received much better over all. Though this bat has the familiar black and yellow jacket color scheme, it looks just as appealing as the Ghost X -10.

  • -5 Length To Weight Ratio
  • 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
  • 1.4mm HYPERSKIN Grip Comes Pre-Wrapped
  • EXACT Carbon Composite Material
  • New Dynamic Feel System
  • New Engineering X Advanced Carbon Technology Uses EXACT Composite
  • Re-Designed CONNEXION+ Technology
  • Slightly End Loaded Swing Weight
  • Two-Piece, Fully Composite
  • Ultra-Thin 29/32 Inch EXACT Carbon Handle

As you can see, the -5 has a lengthy list of notable qualities. Though the prices are nearly the same, there are a few key differences between the -5 and the -10.

First and foremost, the -5 is more universally well received. It is also recommended for both contact hitters as well as power hitters. It might just be the size difference, but it just feels more comfortable to most youths. The pop on the -5 is much more apparent as well.

The CONNEXION+ technology actually improves durability and is the standard of excellence for two-piece bats. The EXACT carbon composite material improves the barrel performance and makes the sweet spot larger.

It also has much better vibration reduction because of it. The Ghost X -5 is number three on this list and is a serious contender for the top bat this year.

2. 2018 Axe Origin -8 USA Baseball Bat

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The number 2 bat for 2018 is the Axe Origin -8. This bat looks incredibly stylish, with a sleek and attractive yellow and black color scheme. Back at 10 on the list, we saw the Axe Element. But the Origin is a much more impressive product over all. It looks better and I feel it performs better as well.

The price point is actually lower too. But with all Axe products, they seek to set a new standard with an ergonomic feel and approach.

  • Barrel Diameter: 2 5/8 Inch
  • Length to Weight Ratio: -8
  • Ergonomically Designed Axe Handle
  • End Loaded Swing Weight
  • HyperWhip End Cap
  • LP1 Alloy Barrel
  • One-Piece Alloy

The Axe Origin is one of the top recommended bats for power hitters who are looking to improve their ball flight time. It’s engineered hitting zone helps to enhance performance over a 270 degree contact area. The Axe handle also contains their signature ergonomic look that’s designed for better control, comfort, bat speed, and safety.

It’s actually quite a noticeable difference and it feels a bit better than the standard design.

Each model is made up of the ultra strong LP1 alloy that delivers game after game after game. You also never have to rotate your barrel, so there’s no need to worry about damaging one side of the bat.

The handle also utilizes the shock absorbing Endogrid technology to help eliminate negative feedback in the bottom hand. This means you never have to feel the sting commonly felt with one piece bats. The Axe Origin is a tremendous bat and could just as well be number one on the list.

1. 2018 Louisville Slugger Prime Maple Wood Youth Baseball Bat

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I had a very difficult time deciding the top spots for this list, especially the number one. But after careful consideration, the top spot of the best youth baseball bats for 2018 goes to the Louisville Slugger Prime Maple Wood bat.

Not only is this bat a fantastic and reliable product, you are granted the confidence of the Louisville Slugger name. It’s also a gorgeous bat with a black and neon yellow finish. On top of looking like a monster of a bat, it is a reputable name with an affordable price. Overall this bat is a phenomenal buy.

  • Approximate -5 Length To Weight Ratio (+/- 2 oz.)
  • 2 1/4 Inch Barrel Diameter
  • Prime Maple Wood
  • Neon Yellow Lizard Skin Grip Offers Reduced Vibration
  • Cupped End

This bat is a fantastic, quality, and reliable wood bat that offers exceptional value for its price point. It’s much like the maple wood bat reviewed earlier, but this version is much higher quality. This is like the premium version of it. They actually use the same quality wood as the professional bats and with that comes a notoriety for excellence.

These wood bats are ideal for players looking to make the transition into a heavier bat. It actually feels as light as a metal bat, while delivering the strength and power of a wooden bat. The cupped barrel end creates the best balance while guaranteeing a more solid piece of wood during construction. This allows for more control, quicker swing speeds, and amazing durability.

As far as wood bats go, this is the grand daddy for youth baseball bats.

To Sum Up

All of these bats listed here are great products. What I find perfect for me could be awful for the next player. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I welcome you to use this list as a spot check for some of the best youth baseball bats of 2018. But, I encourage you to explore and try new bats as time goes on, especially with the youth bats.

As they grow, their preferences can change drastically and it’s best to use what they enjoy for now. But keep your eyes open as to what else they might like. As times goes on, we’ll be sure to see improvements with technology, construction and designs of bats.

Hopefully you got some insight as to what bats you might like for next year. Play Ball!