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Should i buy my son a big Barrell bat & which one?

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  • Should i buy my son a big Barrell bat & which one?

    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

  • #2
    Bats

    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.
    Young Revs #23

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    • #3
      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.

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      • #4
        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...

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        • #5
          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.
          "Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn't guarantee success, but without it, you don't have a chance." -Alex Rodriguez
          "There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens." -Tommy Lasorda

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          • #6
            Bats

            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.
            Young Revs #23

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            • #7
              Mattingly

              Originally posted by KevinOK View Post
              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
              And this one belongs to the Reds!

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              • #8
                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.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ohplayer View Post
                  Did you get a good deal on the Mattingly? If so, where?
                  Thanks
                  Nothing special but they are a sweet bat.

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                  • #10
                    Just remember you can't use the big barrel in little league, cal ripken , only 2 1/4 " or less.

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                    • #11
                      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.
                      Baseball=Life

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                      • #12
                        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

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                        • #13
                          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.

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                          • #14
                            It's a must for those over 12

                            All kids over 12 use big barrel bats. You can get some good information at www.baseballbatreviews.ruqqa.com

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TG Coach View Post
                              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.
                              There are two kinds of losers.....Those that don't do what they are told, and those that do only what they are told.

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