Youth Baseball Bat Review
Easton S3 -13 2 1/4″ Aluminum Baseball Bat
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon $159.99
SPECS: Lengths from 28″- 32″ all weights -13 oz. (subtract 13 from the length to get weight in oz.)
My Rating: 7 out of 10
Easton S3 -13 2 1/4″ Aluminum Baseball Bat Review
Youth league baseball bats are not a very complicated subject. Picking the right one is. I have been asked countless times, “What bat is the right one for my child?” The answer is simple. The one that they like. The hard part is guiding them to the one that they like. I subscribe to the Ted Williams theory on selecting a bat. Swing the biggest bat you can handle. The Easton S3 is a good quality bat. It uses quality aluminum compounds to create a durable bat that will last the season. It has nice graphics and all the key ingredients you need to control the bat.
The Players Perspective.
A good looking bat that is light and responsive. With the -13 weight to length ratio you are at the max end of drop. The stunning blue, black and grey graphics are sharp and simple. With a thin handle that will allow you to keep a good grip and create good whip this bat has everything you could ask for.
The Pros for the Parents
Most parents are looking at the purchase of a baseball bat while rolling their eyes. “I just bought you a new bat last year,” has been repeated more times in this house than I can count. You are going to have to get used to it. If you are going to buy your player their own personal bat you are going to buy them a new bat almost every year until they are about 16 or 17 years old. The problem with bats is that you have to have the one that fits your swing. A player’s swing will change every year almost as they grow. A bat that works for your 8 year old who is around is a little over 4 feet tall and weighs about 55 lbs is not going to work for him when he is 10 and 4′- 6″ tall and weighs about 70 lbs. The players physical dimensions have changed and so should his bat. Your player is getting stronger as well so the drop weight ( The drop is calculated by subtracting weight of the bat from the length. ex. 28 in. – 15 oz. = 13 therefore -13 is the drop.) The player may still like the bigger drop but should get a longer bat so it is heavier. Now you can go out and buy the top of the line bats and drop $200 to $300 every season or you can purchase a second tier bat that is going to perform well but has a better price point. In the case of Easton’s S3 $159.99. Usually these bats can be passed down or sold on the internet as used. I usually donate my son’s bats to the local Little League at the end of the season.
Why Buy at Price Point
I have said it before but here it goes again. When you buy baseball equipment, most of the time you get what you pay for. I would love to have bought my kids a brand new top-of-the-line baseball bat every year. It just doesn’t make sense. I bought my kids a great bat for the last year they played Little League then when they played their first year at the middle school level and usually 2 top-of-the-line baseball bats for high school. Other than that middle of the road works great for one year.
What is the Conclusion
I like this bat because Easton has made a good looking bat that players will like. Style has a lot to do with young players equipment decisions. The bat is made from good quality materials and should last at least the season if not more. Finally the bat provides the technological features that will help the good hitter have a good season at the plate. Check out the Easton S3 here.