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Easton’s BBCOR S1 Has a Baby: Lightest T Ball Bat On the Market

Lightest t ball bat

By Brian Duryea

I was asked on our twitter feed to review the lightest swinging bat on the market so I took their question literally and found the smallest bat out there. It is the Easton S3 T-Ball bat that is 24 inches long with whopping DROP 13! This makes the bat all of 11 ounces. Of course I couldn’t help but take pictures of that bat next to the biggest speed series bat from Easton: the 34/31 S1. It looks like the BBCOR S1 had a full on aluminum baby.

Easton T-Ball ReviewWe know this site is dedicated to what pros wear, but we just can’t avoid how perfectly adorable tiny baseball equipment is. And since the #LLWS gets plenty of pub we’ll take our one shot at shouting out to the pre Little Leaguers in T-ball ranks around the country. Look, we know most of them can’t read, but their big brothers and sisters as well as uncles, aunts, moms and dads are reading this entry. So from us at WPW to them, through our reader, we give them a proverbial fist bump for playing ball. They are the new generation of soon to be swag wielders and we can’t wait to watch.

Lightest T Ball Bat

A longer review with some bomb dropping by a 3 year old is found on this review of the lightest T-Ball Bat. (Spoiler alert, he is not really dropping bombs). As a synopsis, the bat handles pretty well considering you can barely tell you are holding anything. And it surely increases the cuteness of any kid under the age of 4 who is wielding it like they have made the big time. If you have a little brother or sister or niece or nephew wanting to swing what some of the big boys do, you may want to put that $25 of birthday money in this direction.

At a minimum, you can get some pretty adorable pictures:


Lightest T Ball Bat
Brian Duryea, the author, is the owner of and is a regular contributor to whatproswear. He can be reached at or

Note from the Editor: Lack of Pro Stuff for a Reason

What’s up everybody, just wanted to say sorry for the lack of pro content over the last few days.  A big opportunity is knocking for WPW and it will be a win-win for EVERYBODY, that includes you, but I have been 100% focused up on it and will be until Thursday.  Brian and Jake have been doing a great job keeping it fresh, but just wanted to let you guys know.


Italians Making Run at Youth Bat Market: A MINE Wood Youth Bat Review

Best Youth Wood Bat

By Brian Duryea

When thinking of things from Italy, baseball equipment is far from the top of the list. In fact, I am not sure it makes the list at all. On that list is leather, some great food, fancy cars and gelato. I’m drawing a blank on any connection to sports that I’ve ever made to Italy with the exception of bocce.

Which makes it all the more remarkable when I found myself, just a few days ago, looking at a “Made In Italy” knob pin on the bottom of a sleek black youth baseball bat. My first thought, a perfectly snobbish American concentric baseball one which I apologize to our Italian readers for, was how impressed I was that folks in Italy actually knew the shape of a baseball bat.

Best Wood Youth BatSecond, was to question the bat’s material. If you can remember the first time you held a MINE Wood bat you will know my dilemma. The prime versions of these bats are sleek black with a finish that feels like the dashboard of a Ferrari. It’s not overly glossy, but to be convinced the material is wood takes some, well, convincing. Turns out the wood is a European Beech wood with a proprietary finish which, according to some T-Shirts MINE makes, kicks maple’s ash.

These unique European beech wood bats have been discussed before on WPW both here and here so I won’t walk you through the details of the bat. What I was most interested in were the newer youth versions of the bat that have swing weights and lengths similar to metal youth bats. The issue with wood bats for little league has always been their durability when the weight drop got too substantial.

Best Youth Wood Bats

Most wood bats with more than a drop 5 struggle to stay intact. Yet MINE bats makes both a drop 7 and drop 10. The claim is the European Beech can do this because of its durability. As a result MINE makes, quite proudly, a drop 10 and drop 7 wood youth version of the bat.

MINE Bats controls the swing weight of the youth wood bats by boring a pretty substantial hole down the center of the bat. We took the bat out for some serious testing and you can read the more comprehensive full review and recommendations of the best youth wood bat here.

Best Youth Wood Bats

Overall we found the durability to be very good. Of course we haven’t had the time to put these through a season of work, but a good 300+ 65mph blasts on these bats have so far proven their claim. I suspect that sort of beating would hold up for just about any little leaguer in the country who would like to swing a wood bat yet needs a swing weight more in their wheelhouse.

As the demand for little league wood bats increases it will be interesting to see how consistently these bats start making their way to the plate around the country.

And after all that work in the cage this morning with Italian made craftmanship, you can bet that later tonight I’ll be taking a swing at some gelato.

Brian Duryea, the author, is the owner of and is a regular contributor to whatproswear. He can be reached at or

WPW This Week: #OwnThePlate, Panda’s New Lumber, Jackie Robinson West, and more

Happy Friday WPW family.  Here is a glimpse of some of the things we glanced over this week….

Just one more picture of the gear that the Perfect Game All-Americans wore last Sunday night (via @EvoShield):EvoPerfect Game All-American Classic

Speaking of All-Americans, @UnderArmour and @UABaseball gave us a glimpse of the uniforms and gear that will be worn by their bunch this Saturday at Wrigley Field.  For more information on the game head here.  Do All-American caliber bloggers get anything?Bu7jWXkIgAAt6yfBu7jcd7IMAA6XP8

Last Sunday the Rays and the Cubbies wore some awesome throwbacks….wait….the Rays have Throwbacks….??

Nice stirrups from Rays starter Alex Cobb wearing UA Yard Low Cleats

Nice stirrups from Rays starter Alex Cobb wearing UA Yard Low Cleats

Pablo Sandoval aka the Panda, has some new lumber on the way courtesy of Tucci (@TucciLumberBat) if you're looking for Tucci's site if you’re looking for Tucci’s site

Speaking of bats, if you’ve been paying attention to what we’ve been reporting, or @SluggerNation you know that today is a big day.


I’m going to get selfish and end this post with some coverage of my favorite baseball event of the year (alright second favorite) the Little League World Series.

Pierce Jones of Jackie Robinson West Little League went YAHTZEE 3 times yesterday….looking swaggy, swinging what looks to be an Easton XL1 (shop the Easton bat line here).



WPW bonus…take a look at the digi camo unis, and “42,” hats to honor Jackie Robinson the Chicago/Great Lake Legions representative wore when they advanced to the LLWS (Photo courtesy of @GreatLakesJRW):

Love these uni's

Love these uni’s

It’s been real everyone, we’ll see ya next week!

2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum Reviewed, Revealed

2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum Review

By Brian Duryea

As you may have guessed from the WPW RSS feed it is the time of year that metal bat companies release their new designs and models for 2015. Many do it in line with LLWS to ramp up for next season.

What may have been lost in all those posts is quite possibly the best value bat you’ll find. It is the 2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum. It is released with the 2015 DeMarini CF7 and DeMarini Voodoo Overlord FT which we discussed a few days back.

From a two piece hybrid bat design it doesn’t get much better by way of value than this. It’s new in wrapper pricing is in line with most high end full aluminum bats at $199 for BBCOR. Compare that to the unproven $400 Old Hickory BBCOR one piece aluminum bat we poked a bit of fun at a few days back and you’ll see that this hybrid bat from DeMarini is as good a deal as you might find.

A more in-depth review of the 2015 DeMarini NVS Vexxum can be found here. Those not interested in swing weights and balance poitns can just enjoy the pictures. Release date is 9/1/2015.

Brian Duryea, the author, is the owner of and is a regular contributor to whatproswear. He can be reached at or





915, 715, 515 Lousiville Slugger Getting Ready To Blast Off


By Brian Duryea

Since we last discussed Louisville Slugger’s 915 Prime performance at the junior home run derby, with its draw jawping power, as well as its sighting in the hands of the Wizard, the bat line continues to make headlines as it releases to the public in just a few short days.

Now that we’ve had a chance to swing the bat we can testify of its ability to humiliate baseballs. The 915 has a nice, deep balance point and seam-splitting end loaded cut that could stunt double as a boat oar. It is no wonder Slugger, during the NCAA World Series Tournament, was something like 25% more likely to hit a home run than any other bat.

(A more in depth review of the Louisville Slugger 915 can be read here.)

SLP915X Prime 915 Louisville

BBP9153 Prime 915 oval

What might be missed in the hoopla of an improved 2014 Attack into the 915 Prime, is the fact the 2014 Slugger Raid is the new and improved 715 Select. The 715 Select, like the 915 Prime, also comes with improved stiffness through the connective piece. By my calculations the 915 and 715 have very similar swing weights.

The 715 is still loaded with a high end composite handle, the sting-dampening of the transition point made out of graphite, and the durability that Slugger offers. The aluminum barrel is a high grade alloy which Slugger lovers have come to know and appreciate. Those who like a hybrid bat are looking in the right place.

(A more in depth review of the Louisville Slugger 715 can be found here.)

BBS7153 Select 715 Louisville

BBS7153 Select 715 oval

Slugger has resurrected the name Omaha for the all-aluminum bat in their marquee line up for 2015. The 515 Omaha is also set to release this week and it is exactly what you’d hope for in an aluminum one piece bat: nice stiff feel with a solid hit felt through your hands. Compared to the 915 and 715 lines, the 515 Omaha comes in with a swing weight near 10% lighter. It should be considered a balanced bat with a balanced swing.

Those who like the stiff and responsive feel of a one piece stick with a balanced swing weight are in the right spot looking at the 2015 515 Omaha.

(A more in depth review on the 515 Omaha can be read here.)

BBO5153 Omaha Lou

BBO5153 Omaha oval

Overall we grade the 2015 Louisville Slugger class of metal bats as their best yet. In future versions we’d love their three piece design in a balanced swing weight as well as an extended barrel in the youth version. But there really isn’t much to complain about in this winning Louisville Slugger class of 2015.

Brian Duryea, the author, is the owner of and is a regular contributor to whatproswear. He can be reached at or

The Toast of Chicago, Javy Baez’ Profile Added

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Check out the gear of MLB’s newest super-prospect here.