Baseball Bat Buying Guide

Success at the plate often comes down to this: making consistent hard contact against live pitching. To do this, it’s important to swing the right bat for you. That means a bat that’s long enough to cover the strike zone, light enough to swing with ease and heavy enough to generate power.

The table below is a general guide for determining your bat size based on your height and weight.  Please remember when choosing your bat that this is just a general guide.  Your personal preference should play a role in the size of bat you choose as you may be more comfortable with a lighter bat for a quicker swing or a heavier bat for more pop.

Weight
Height
3ft - 3ft 4"
3ft 5" - 3ft 8"
3ft 9" - 4ft 4ft 1" - 4ft 4"
4ft 5" - 4ft 8"
4ft 9" - 5ft 5ft 1" - 5ft 4"
5ft 5" - 5ft 8"
5ft 9" - 6ft 6ft 1" +
Under 60lbs 26" 27" 28" 29" 29"          
61 - 70 lbs 27" 27" 28" 29" 30" 30"        
71 - 80 lbs   28" 28" 29" 30" 30" 31"      
81 - 90 lbs   28" 29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 32"    
91 - 100 lbs   28" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
101 - 110 lbs   29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
111 -120 lbs   29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 31" 32"    
121 - 130 lbs   29" 29" 30" 30" 31" 32" 33" 33"  
131 - 140 lbs   29" 29" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33"  
141 - 150 lbs     29" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33"  
151 - 160 lbs     29" 30" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 33"
161 - 170 lbs       31" 31" 31" 32" 33" 33" 34"
171 - 180 lbs           32" 33" 33" 34" 34"
180 + lbs             33" 33" 34" 34"

 

Materials

At Baseball Outlet we have a variety of different baseball bat materials available, these are Ash, Maple, Birch and Wood Composite.

Ash: Ash is still very popular among the big leaguers as it provides great flexibility due to the unique grain structure. You will see less fractured breakages with ash bats because of this flexibility and the visible grain lines allow for noticeable quality.

Maple: This is the species that most pro players prefer as it features the best surface hardness and provides an unmatched sound and feel at contact. Maple is naturally harder than other bats and offers added strength at impact. The closed grains eliminate flaking which is more commonly seen with ash and this allow superior durability.

Birch: This is the fastest growing species in professional baseball. It features the ideal combination of surface hardness and flexibility for increased durability. Birch has a harness that is similar to maple and provides a great sound and feel at contact. This is balanced with a flexibility closer to ash that allows for more forgiveness on any non-barrel contact and helps to decrease the chance of fractured breakage. Pound for pound birch bats are lighter than maple giving you a lighter swing weights again comparable turning models.

Wood Composite: Made up of different wood blends. This means that composite wood bats are more durable and last longer than traditional wood bats.

Cupping

Cupping a bat is the process in which the end of the barrel is hollowed out to remove weight while maintaining length. This process creates a slightly more balanced feel to your swing and is especially effective on larger-barrel bats for increased swing speed. Cupping a bat allows it to be made of denser wood meaning that the cupping process won't weaken the bat or increase the chance of breaks.