In this article, we are going to review what we believe to be the best USSSA big barrel baseball bats in 2020.
We should start by explaining what the USSSA standard is. USSSA bats must be 2 3/4 inches or less in diameter. They also dictate that the 1.15 BPF which is a measure of how much added velocity a bat creates. In simple terms, USSSA models dictate that a ball hitting a bat (without swinging) should only be 20% faster than hitting a wall. If the bat creates speeds faster than 20% it cannot be USSSA certified.
As always, we’ve prepped for this article by combing through the big barrel bat reviews, and finding time to talk to parents and players alike. When possible, we get out and test the bats ourselves.
Here are the best USSSA baseball bats 2020:
- 2020 Rawlings Quatro Pro
- 2020 DeMarini CF Zen
- Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal
- 2020 DeMarini Voodoo
- Mizuno B20-Hot Metal
- 2020 Easton ADV 360
- 2020 Easton Maxum 360
- 2020 Louisville Slugger Prime
- 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha
- 2020 Rawlings 5150
1. 2020 Rawlings Quatro Pro
Rawlings continues to push out high-end product. The Quatro is among the best bats every year across all platforms. This is a one-piece aluminum bat. While Rawlings doesn’t specify what type of aluminum alloy is used, we can confidently say that this model consistently offers high durability.
The bat is 2 3/4″ in diameter and offers a well-balanced, naturally light swing weight. That means this bat is designed so that any hitter can use it. It’s not a power bat.
What we like (and don’t like) about the 2020 Quatro Pro USSSA bat:
- Great track record.
- Known for its durability.
- Sleek design.
- Light swing weight means this is not a good bat for true power hitters.
I’m a big fan of the Quatro. Its sleek design will catch anyone’s eye. They’ve also designed the bat to feel light making it more accessible to any hitter. Rawlings also makes this batter a bit lighter than most models as you can get it in a -10, -11, or -12. The -11 model is a junior big barrel though.
I always find it a bit odd when prices change significantly within the same series. The -10 is $350 while the -12 is $280. This doesn’t make any sense to me. The price tag is on the high end, but still tolerable. That’s the joy of using a USSSA bat rather than a BBCOR model.
The Quatro offers the youth big barrel bat with the most pop. The big barrel comes in at a $70 price tag which makes it one of the best purchases you’ll find. Year after year, the Quatro seems to be one of the hottest bats on the market.
2. 2020 DeMarini CF Zen
The 2020 DeMarini CF Zen is a two-piece all-composite bat. It features Paraflex Plus Composite which is the same material that DeMarini has been using for years. You’ll find that there is a 3Fusion Connection System joining the handle to the barrel. You can find the CF in a -5, -8, or -10 USSSA model.
Early reviews say that the CF Zen has minimal sting. Realistically, you can assume that everything that was said about the 2019 model will apply to the 2020 model. Looking at the updates that DeMarini made, they opted to stay pretty stagnant. The only significant addition to the 2020 model is that there is a ReAction End Cap that is supposed to increase power without losing bat speed.
What we like (and don’t like) about the 2020 CF Zen USSSA bat:
- Size flexibility with 3 different sizing options.
- Trusted brand.
- You know what you’re getting as it’s the same as the 2019 model.
- Minimal updates
- Higher priced version of last year’s model.
DeMarini is one of the best companies in baseball. In fact, they were the most popular bat company in 2019 making up almost 30% of sales. The CF has been one of their better models for years, so you can trust that you’re getting quality.
While I love the concept of ‘not fixing what isn’t broken’ this model forces you to question if it’s worth buying the new model. I’m not sure that the new end cap is worth paying around $350 for the new version when you could look for the 2019 version and save.
This is a great bat, even if there aren’t any eye-popping updates.
3. Marucci Posey28 Pro Metal
The Posey28 Pro Metal is a one-piece alloy design that is designed to look like wooden bat. As you would expect, this bat is modeled after the bat the Buster Posey uses. You can find the Posey28 Pro Metal in a -5, -8 or -10 model.
It seems that this bat is designed to replace the CAT8, as there is no known release date for the CAT9. It was one of the earlier releases and has shown to be one of the most popular one-piece options on the market.
The Posey28 is a balanced bat that has a ring-free barrel construction meaning that the barrel will flex more than other bats. This increases the trampoline effect and minimizes dead spots. Marucci has also updated the alloy with their strongest aluminum yet.
What we like (and don’t like) about the Posey28 Pro Metal USSSA bat:
- One of the earliest releases means it’s been tested and reviewed.
- Stronger aluminum than ever before.
- AV2 knob means minimal negative feedback.
- A bit expensive for a one-piece aluminum.
- Some players say the bat ‘looks boring’.
I’m a big fan of the Posey28 Pro Metal. It’s a simple bat that performs well against the competition. While $220-$240 is a bit high for a one-piece, it performs as well as any other comparable bat. Marucci has made it a point to try to improve the Posey28 since it’s taking the spot of the CAT series.
You’ll find that this bat lives up to all of its claims. It’s not going to blow you away, but much like Buster Posey, this bat does everything you need it to.
4. 2020 DeMarini Voodoo
The DeMarini Voodoo Balance is a hybrid model that has an alloy barrel and a Paraflex composite handle. The advantage of the alloy barrel design is that you typically get better durability from alloy than you would composite.
Like other DeMarini models, the Voodoo has a 3Fusion Connection that helps minimize some of the negative feedback on contact.
What we like (and don’t like) about the 2020 Voodoo USSSA bat:
- Well-balanced; good for any age.
- Alloy handles cold temperatures better.
- Minimal updates.
- Limited options -5 and -10.
DeMarini seems to be lacking innovation this year. They’re, largely, staying with what has worked in the past. It should be noted that the 2020 model is only $10 more than the 2019 model. At least the company is realizing that if they’re not making significant improvements, the they shouldn’t be hiking the prices up.
Overall, DeMarini is continuing to put out quality products, but they’re not pushing to make the products any better in 2020 than they were in 2019.
Selling at around $250 makes this bat one of the better values on the market whether you consider buying the 2019 or 2020 model.
5. Mizuno B20-Hot Metal
The Mizuno B20-Hot Metal is a one-piece alloy barrel that offers a large sweet spot. The Hot Metal’s barrel walls are thinner than most of the competition. You’ll find that the barrel is on the large side at 2 5/8 inches (with -5) in diameter. The barrel has a great, eye-catching design that will attract attention.
The early reviews have questioned the durability of the bat because the end cap is more exposed than in other models. However, it’s important to note that no one has experienced any durability issues to this point.
What we like (and don’t like) about the B20-Hot Metal USSSA bat:
- Price point.
- Larger barrel.
- Eye-catching design.
- Flexibility of -5, -8, -10.
- Comfortable grip.
- Early questions about the end cap and durability.
We’re really impressed with the 2020 Mizuno Hot Metal. Its design is among the best USSSA bats on the market. The 2019 Hot Metal got great reviews across the board and it seems that the 2020 version is continuing to do the same. Players frequently mention how much they like the grip.
This is a high-quality bat with a great price tag (around $180). In 2019, Mizuno held about 1% of the market share in USSSA bats, but the B20-Hot Metal should be enough to help them get back in the game.
6. 2020 Easton ADV 360
The ADV 360 is a two-piece composite bat. Easton has a new carbon handle for stiffer contact. They’ve also added a new iSo ConneXion to improve power throughout a hitter’s swing. Easton claims that the 2020 ADV 360 has 360 Engineering to offer barrel-tuned precision.
What we like (and don’t like) about the 2020 ADV 360 USSSA bat:
- Added improvements to the barrel and grip.
- Stiffer/Firmer feel through contact.
- Some people don’t like the grip.
- The white finish can show marks from the ball.
The ADV 360 is even more popular than we expected. A number of players have said that they really enjoy the bat. Its price tag makes it one of the most expensive USSSA bats on the market. You’ll find that it offers great pop. I also love the fact that the bat comes in a -5, -8, and -10.
The flexibility to buy in multiple sizes allows for hitters use this bat as a transition. It also offers a balanced swing weight making it useful to any player. The ADV also features a new knob that is designed to be softer and make the swing more comfortable.
7. 2020 Easton Maxum 360
Easton took a huge step forward by taking over the Maxum bat that is typically made by Combat. They’ve maintained most of what you’d expect. They’ve also added 360 Engineering to ensure uniform barrel strength throughout.
The Maxum is a one-piece composite model that is surprisingly well balanced. It is designed with an XXL barrel meaning that it has the longest barrel on the market. If you compared the Maxum at 31″ to another bat at 31″, you should expect a longer barrel on the Maxum.
What we like (and don’t like) about the 2020 Maxum 360 USSSA bat:
- Maintaining the same specs as the old Maxum.
- Large barrel means larger sweet spot.
- One-piece model makes for a more natural feel.
- Some may be skeptical of Easton taking over.
- Some players have found the Maxum has more negative feedback than usual.
The Maxum is a product line that has a great track record. It was taken over by company with a great reputation. You can’t really go wrong with this bat. It’s a one-piece that has a, mostly, balanced swing-weight. If that’s the style you like, this is a great option. Its $300 price point is manageable.
Easton also offers a great big barrel bat that can be found as a -12. Some players have said that they’d prefer a longer barrel though.
8. 2020 Louisville Slugger Prime
The Louisville Slugger Prime is a three-piece composite bat that is designed to have a balanced swing weight. The Prime does offer some flexibility as you can buy the bat in a -5, -8 or -10.
Like many of the competitors, Louisville opted to stick with what works well. The only changes from last year’s model is cosmetics. The inner barrel, end cap, grip, and connection system are all the same.
What we like (and don’t like) about the 2020 Prime USSSA bat:
- Large barrel.
- Large sweet spot.
- Balanced swing weight.
- One of the most expensive USSSA options.
The Prime is a great bat. When you consider that it’s the most expensive bat on the market (along with the CF Zen) it’s tough to justify though. Louisville is asking top dollar for a bat that was reproduced without any upgrades. It makes it a bit of a tough pill to swallow in my opinion. You can find last year’s model for as low as $200. If I were looking for the LS Prime, I’d opt for the 2019 model.
9. 2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha
The Louisville Slugger Omaha is a one-piece aluminum bat. It’s designed to have a balanced swing weight. You can find the Omaha in a -5 or a -10.
You’ll find that Louisville was so confident in the 2019 model that there aren’t many significant changes. The only real upgrade to the 2020 model is that they’ve upgraded the alloy with the hopes of improving the energy transfer.
What we like (and don’t like) about the 2020 Omaha USSSA bat:
- Light swing weight.
- Reputation for high durability.
- Cushioned grip to offer more support and comfort.
- Not much has changed.
The Omaha has been a great bat for years, but it’s always troubling when you don’t make major upgrades. The Omaha is a great option for players that like a balanced one-piece option. However, due to the lack of improvement and the higher price point, it’s difficult to suggest this bat over the 5150 that was reviewed earlier. It’s not quite the 5150 but a $180 price tag seems pretty reasonable.
10. 2020 Rawlings 5150
The 5150 is a one-piece aluminum bat that has a 2 3/4-inch barrel diameter. This year’s model has an updated barrel making it longer and enlarging the sweet spot. While this adds power, it does create more drag meaning it has a heavier swing weight than last year’s model.
To balance that out, they’ve also made the handle thinner. Unfortunately, you’re limited to a -10 option, Rawlings doesn’t offer any other weights.
Rawlings continues to put out a quality product at a great price. You won’t find a better value bat on the market as the 5150 is selling for about $100.
What we like (and don’t like) about the 2020 5150 USSSA bat:
- New, longer barrel.
- Larger sweet spot.
- Great price point.
- Limited to a -10 option.
The Rawlings 5150 has developed a following as a high-quality, reasonably priced bat. It is the best value USSSA bat that you’ll find. We would suggest going out and testing the bat out before purchasing it as the changes to the barrel and the handle may significantly change the feel of the bat.
If you’re a fan of one-piece bats, this is a great option. The thinner handle seems to make it seem a bit more end-loaded than the 2019 model. If you’re looking for anything other than a -10, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
The USSSA bat market can be a bit confusing, especially when considering that some of the companies are giving a bat a new paint job and calling it a new bat. It’s important to look at how things have changed from year to year.
While all of these are outstanding options, it may be worth looking at some of the older models (DeMarini CF and Voodoo Balanced) when considering the fact that they weren’t updated outside of a paint job.
We hope that you find this article useful. Sometimes it’s difficult comparing a multi-piece composite bat with a one-piece alloy bat. In the USSSA universe, we think some of the alloy bats compete well. We hope this guide helps with the process.
Always consider going to a store to get a feel for the bat your looking at before purchasing online. While online purchase typically offer a significant discount, it’s important to know that you’re getting the right product.