Have your son try as many as he can so that he gets an idea of what profile he likes (271, 243, 273, 110, etc). My son likes the 243 profile (normal knob, thin handle, extra large barrel) and prefers BWP maple bats over the others he has used (Maruci, MAX Bat, Mizuno). My son's game bat is a BWP Pro Maple Lite, BL-243, 33.5", full cup, black barrel, royal blue handle. The bat weights in at 29.5-30 oz so -3.5 to -4. The cage bats he uses are 1/2 cup pro maple BWP bats and weigh in at -2 which is very similar to what his DeMarini and Rip-IT BBCOR bats actually weigh. How long a bat lasts is directly related to where you hit the ball. Hit it on the end or the handle and it will break.