Questions and Answers for Rawlings Machine: YBMACH Youth
My son has been using the Rawlings Plasma YBPLA4 28" and loves it. But he wants a little bigger bat now that he is getting older/bigger. I like the Rawlings line and the Machine looks like a great buy. Will the two bats hit similar or is the Machine "hotter" after break-in compared to the Plasma?
The Rawlings Machine (YBMACH Youth) will feature a one-piece fully composite design. The Plasma was an all alloy design. Once the Machine is broken in you should expect for higher performance and for that performance to last longer compared to the Plasma. The Machine will also feel balanced and light weight like the Plasma does.
Is Rawlings making a 2014 version of this bat? I also heard great things about the 5150 bats. Is Rawlings making a 2014 youth version of the 5150?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine (YBMACH) has been replaced by the 2014 Rawlings Mach (YBMC10 ). There will be a new version of the 5150 and the VELO this fall.
Rawlings Machine 28" 16 oz. or Louisville Slugger Vertex 28" 15 oz. for a six year old who is 46" and 55 lbs.? Which bat will provide the best results?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine (YBMACH) features a one-piece fully composite design. The Louisville Slugger Vertex features a two-piece hybrid design with an alloy barrel and composite handle. Both models are high performing and will produce great results. Ultimately, it is up to the player and their preference of a one-piece vs. two-piece design and whether they like an alloy or composite barrel.
My son is 8 and has been using the DeMarini Voodoo bat. How similar is this bat to the Voodoo?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine: YBMACH Youth bat will feel more balanced compared to the DeMarini Voodoo. The Voodoo will have more of a barrel heavy feel to the swing weight.
My son just turned 9 years old and is 52â€ tall and weighs 65 lbs. What size bat would you recommend for him?
Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2013 Rawlings Machine: YBMACH Youth in a 28''.
The Easton S1 has a thin grip and a two-piece composite design, the Machine is a one-piece. What other differences are there? Are both equal in performance?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine: YBMACH Youth and 2013 Easton S1: YB13S1 Youth will both perform at similar levels. Aside from the Machine's one-piece design, and the S1's two-piece design, the only other difference is the S1 has a 400 Day Manufacturer's Warranty, whereas the Machine has a 12 Month Warranty.
My 11 year old is 4'11", 100 lb. He has been using an Easton lss6xl (30/18) for the past 2 years. What models would you recommend for a 19 oz. bat?
It's always recommend that a player stick with the same type of bat they have used in the past with the most success. In doing so, the player is much, much more likely to have continued success at the plate. The 2013 Easton S1: YB13S1 is the most similar bat to the LSS6XL and is the top recommendation.
I know this probably won't happen but is there any chance this bat may be banned because for 200 dollars I would hate that.
The 2013 Rawlings Machine will not be banned because it has the new USSSA 1.15bpf stamp on it.
Is there a big difference between this bat and the xl1?
Yes. The 2013 Rawlings Machine: YBMACH is a one-piece, full composite, balanced bat. The XL1 is a two-piece, full composite, end-loaded bat.
What if this bat is not broken in and used in game?
Composite barrel bats require about 150-200 swings off a tee or soft toss to reach maximum performance. If you do not choose to break in the bat you will just not see the maximum performance out of the bat.
What are comparable models from Easton, DeMarini, COMbat, and Louisville Slugger? How do these rank among players?
Here is a link to all the comparable models. http://www.justbats.com/compare/
Does this bat require a break-in period? If so, what is the best process?
The 2013 Rawlings Machine does require a break-in period. The break in period consists of 150-200 hits off of soft toss or a tee. Start at about a half swing and work your way up from there. Make sure to rotate the bat in between each hit about a quarter of an inch to evenly break in the barrel. After that, the Machine should be ready for game play.
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