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dolphindan1
06-09-2008, 10:09 PM
Little background....My son is 11 and 5'4" and about 86 LBS....kinda tall but skinny, but he is fairly strong. He is a very good hitter, decent power. He batted lead off for his 11-12 rec team and will bat lead off for the 11-12 all stars. He more often than not makes contact and gets on base. Last few games of the season was getting lots of extra base hits. He is currently swinging a 30/20 combat virus. He loves it and it has great pop. He recently made a 12U USSSA team starting this fall. He can use big barrel for that and I was wondering if i should invest in one and if so does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks in advance

Hartattack52
06-10-2008, 11:58 AM
I have a 2009 TPX Exogrid and a 2007 Demarini CF3. They are both amazing bats with good pop. The CF3 is composite, while the Exo is not. I would recommned either one.

KevinOK
06-11-2008, 09:20 PM
I might be able to help out here. Just bought a 2009 Mattingly Senior 29/19 Beast. My son is only 8, a tad to heavy for him but lighter than his techzilla and he hits it further than his Miken coach pitch bat.

dolphindan1
06-11-2008, 09:54 PM
I am confused...So I am to be looking at senior league bats to get my son a Big barrel bat?

What size do I get a 11 year old, 86 pounds, 5'4" tall....he is strong and has a very nice swing...

Sappy3
06-11-2008, 11:07 PM
I say get him like a 30 inch bat. Maybe minus 9. So 30/21. I really like the Omaha big barrels. Had a lot of success with them when I was young. I'm only 15 so it wasn't too long ago.

Hartattack52
06-12-2008, 07:31 AM
I would also say a 30 in bat. But depending on what bat you buy the weight may vary. I would go with a -8 or -8.5, because you said he is strong. The heavier the bat the farther the ball will go. If he can swing the heavier bat as well as the lighter bat, go with the heavier one. And yes you will be looking at senior league bats.

Ohplayer
06-13-2008, 12:06 PM
I might be able to help out here. Just bought a 2009 Mattingly Senior 29/19 Beast. My son is only 8, a tad to heavy for him but lighter than his techzilla and he hits it further than his Miken coach pitch bat.

Did you get a good deal on the Mattingly? If so, where?
Thanks

Baseball gLove
06-14-2008, 12:59 AM
Don't get the 2-3/4 big barrel. Get the 2-5/8's big barrel. High school and college do not allow 2-3/4 barrels. The big barrels are not allowed in some youth leagues; Little League is one that does not. Most club and travel ball do. Most Pony Leagues do. Check with your league.

KevinOK
06-15-2008, 02:46 AM
Did you get a good deal on the Mattingly? If so, where?
Thanks

Nothing special but they are a sweet bat.

umpire
06-27-2008, 12:37 AM
Just remember you can't use the big barrel in little league, cal ripken , only 2 1/4 " or less.

baseballfreak120
08-04-2008, 09:27 AM
you should chek the league rules first. If they say it is ok than the best bats to by would be like a -8.5 0r -9. Both Combat and Anderson make a great bat for this age. They have pop and are fairly in expensive. In 2 years he should get a drop 3 big barrell to ease him into highschool keep that in mind as well.:homeplate:

dolphindan1
08-21-2008, 01:27 PM
Just to relive this post a moment

My son is 11 and has made the USSSA 12U Fury in SC. His coach recommends the Worth Prodigy Lithium...most of his team is using that bat. Does anyone have an opinions on this bat? I hear it dents easily

I have also heard good things about

TPX Triton
TPX Dynasty
Exogrid
CF3
Virus

Any suggestions would be great...He has been using his 2 1/4 Virus and doing real well with it. Hitting just as hard and as far as the Big Barrels...I also have a Stealth I bought 2 years ago and has never been used...its a big barrell Green and Black bat 30/20....He hasnt used it too much.

Any thoughts would be great

TG Coach
08-21-2008, 05:50 PM
When my son was eleven and twelve I didn't buy him a big barrel. I told him if he wanted to drive the ball increase his bat speed. I'd rather a kid improve his mechanics than improve by artificial means.

22Hicks
08-22-2008, 01:56 PM
All kids over 12 use big barrel bats. You can get some good information at www.baseballbatreviews.ruqqa.com

shake-n-bake
08-24-2008, 06:20 AM
When my son was eleven and twelve I didn't buy him a big barrel. I told him if he wanted to drive the ball increase his bat speed. I'd rather a kid improve his mechanics than improve by artificial means.


Agree. If I didn't have so much invested in bats (which isn't even that much compared to a lot of parents) and could go back and do it all over - it would be decent wood bats for both practice and game play.

baseballfreak120
08-24-2008, 12:55 PM
The worth lithium is cheap aluminium and with about 3 hours in the cage it is destroyed