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2018 Rawlings Threat USA Baseball Bat Review

** Update May 23, 2019 – after using the bat for almost one season, the barrel cracked. I contacted Rawlings and emailed a bunch of pictures. Rawlings asked me to return the bat via pre-paid label and upon receipt, agreed to issue a refund check for the cost of the bat! I am very impressed with Rawlings customer service so I am going to get another Threat baseball bat for my son.

As someone who’s spent over a decade in the trenches of coaching youth baseball, I know a thing or two about what makes a good bat. Today, I’m zeroing in on the Rawlings 2018 Threat Baseball Bat, a piece of gear that’s stirred up quite a buzz in the youth baseball circuit.

The Transition Challenge

Let’s talk turkey about the USABaseball bat transition. Many young players, like my son on his 10u travel team, struggle with the switch due to unexpected weight differences in these bats.

This can throw off a young slugger’s game, chipping away at their confidence and bat speed.

That’s where the Rawlings Threat steps in to help those looking to regain their swing speed at the plate.

The Specs

The Threat bat tips the scales at a surprising 18.5 oz, a smidge lighter than advertised. This is a rarity in the bat world, where ounces can make or break a swing.

  • Manufacturer: Rawlings
  • Model: US9T12
  • Material: Composite
  • Barrel size: 2 5/8″
  • Length: 31″
  • Weight: Drop -12 (19 oz)
  • Warranty: 1 year

Rawlings cleverly used a lightweight plastic end cap, which, while it enhances the “zing” on off-center hits, also keeps the bat nimble.

Performance on the Field

The pop off this bat is decent – it’s not your homerun derby showstopper, but that’s not its purpose.

For my kid, it was about reclaiming bat speed and confidence. At around $150 on sale, it’s a solid investment for young players in USA leagues, especially those who might be smaller or less powerful.

Feedback from the Diamond

Parents and players have chimed in with varied experiences. Some note the bat’s solid construction and pop, ideal for players with faster swing speeds. Others point out that slower swingers might not get as much out of it compared to pricier 2-piece composites.


A common theme is the sting on miss-hits, a side effect of the one-piece design.

The sweet spot is narrow, and straying from it can send vibrations up the arms. For some, this is a deal-breaker. Others appreciate the lightweight advantage in getting quicker swings, especially for younger or smaller players.

Final Thoughts

If you’re shopping for a full composite bat without breaking the bank, the Rawlings Threat is a contender. It shines in its light weight and balance, making it a top pick for players needing a speed boost.

But bear in mind, it’s not a one-size-fits-all. The right bat depends on the player’s size, skill level, and what they’re comfortable swinging.


For those stepping into the pitch, looking for that sweet spot of affordability, lightness, and performance, the Rawlings Threat could be the missing piece in their baseball journey.

Again, remember that every player is unique, and the perfect bat for one might not be the right fit for another. Swing wisely!

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