Best Junior Big Barrel Bats
It’s hard for baseball bat companies to stay ahead of the game these days, especially when competition is so fierce and players are becoming more demanding with their needs for the best junior big barrel bat. So with companies like Louisville, Marucci, and Easton all introducing new technologies and improvements into their baseball bats this season – how do you stop feeling overwhelmed by what’s on offer and choose what’s right for you with a clear head? Hopefully, the reviews below will help.
The reviews for the Best Junior Big Barrel Bats 2016 are in, and competition is hot! With the new 7U1 Alloy of the Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 offering the lightest swing weight ever in an Omaha, and the Marucci CAT 6 Junior Big Barrel AZ3000 Alloy which was developed to improve all season durability and performance how could the Easton MAKO Junior Big Barrel possibly keep up? Well, Easton came back at them all with an IMX Advanced Composite this time round to ensure that their baseball bat offers a responsive light weight, ultimate balance, and a trampoline effect. With all of this to take in how on earth do you choose? Take a look below and perhaps we can help you make up your mind.
Best Bang for Your Buck: 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516
The 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 Junior Big Barrel Baseball bat has everything the junior hitter needs to make some waves in the game. It has a lightweight construction which makes it super easy to use, plus it is offering exceptional balance and control for the player. In addition to the incredibly light swing weight, it also has a large sweet spot. The durability on this bat is good, especially when hitting lower paced baseballs. With their new and exclusive 7U1 Alloy, the 2016 Louisville Slugger Omaha 516 offers the lightest swing weight in any Omaha bat to date.
Louisville are confident that junior players will enjoy their bat so much that they are offering a 30-day return if your game doesn’t improve using it. The pros of the bat include the pop that is receiving positive reviews, the ball is quick off the bat and it offers great balance. Vibration scores 5/5 too with players as does the durability. In fact, there aren’t many cons, the balance and grip and the general feel has improved so to date many users are triumphal. The new lizard skin grip went down a treat too with that comfortable grip assisting many junior players with their game. It’s been a great start to the year for this baseball bat, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
Our Second Choice: Marucci CAT 6
The Marucci CAT 6 Junior Big Barrel Baseball bat is one of the best aluminium bats you can buy, and it has a lot going for it. With lessons learned from its predecessor the CAT 5, they have improved their technology and released the CAT 6, which has been field tested by some of the USA’s best players. The one major complaint of the CAT 5 was the vibration that players felt in their top hand following the hit. With the CAT 6 Marucci showcase their new patented anti-vibration technology which eliminates the problem once and for all.
Following the introduction of this new technology and the longer barrel and sweet spot, it looks like Marucci got things just right. Their AZ3000 Alloy was developed to improve all season durability and performance, which it does and now the Marucci CAT 6 Junior Big Barrel is on its way. Overall scoring for the bat came in well with a good all round top mark for general feel and durability, and the pop scored big too and clearly the anti-vibration technology is working – the CAT 6 Junior Big Barrel scored top for that too. When a company goes that far to ensure that their customer is happy by making some pretty radical improvements over one season it has to augur well for the future.
Best of the Best: 2016 Easton MAKO
What is good?
This bat is lightweight with the perfect balance which offers the junior hitter more of a sweet spot and additional power. The Easton MAKO Junior Big Barrel offers each player a unique opportunity to swing a fast bat and, in turn, produce the ultimate in power hits. The baseball bat was developed for ages 8 and below. Therefore the design is slightly different from other MAKO’s on offer. It can be a little more rigid, but this is down to the one-piece construction.
Easton used an IMX Advanced Composite this time round to ensure that it offers a responsive light weight and balanced baseball bat. The trampoline effect and pop that it offers went down incredibly well with reviewers. It’s a -12 length to weight ratio and 2 ¾ inch barrel. Also, the cushioned grip got a thumbs up with an ultra-thin 29/32-inch handle, once you get used to a new kind of grip you can’t go wrong. All in all, for durability, pop, vibration and general feel and a large sweet spot, this bat was a winner all the way. The bat offers USSSA BPF 1.15 Certification, which shows that the quality and makeup is recognized in all the right places.
What is bad?
We struggled to find anything wrong with the Easton MAKO Junior Big Barrel. If you are inexperienced using composite bats it may take a short while to get used to, lots of practice and as the player breaks the bat in it truly comes into its own again. A few reviewers have complained about the lack of pop, but this doesn’t sweep the board, again it seems to be down to personal preference and what works for one hitter, doesn’t always work for everyone. Choose the best bat to suit your needs and you won’t go far wrong.
In A Nutshell
This was a tough choice, with each manufacturer upping their game, seemingly ten-fold, to create the best in Junior Big Barrel Baseball bats it was hard to call. However, there has to be one winner and we believe the Easton MAKO Junior Big Barrel nudges across the finishing post slightly ahead of the rest this time round. The new IMX Composite did the trick with the lightweight balance and responsiveness, plus the cushioned grip and the large sweet spot it just seems that for an all-round great junior bat this comes out on top. With each company increasing their technologies and making improvements every year we can’t wait to see what all three come up with next season.