Rawlings has developed a reputation for quality products. We’ve previously told you that the Quatro Pro is one of our favorite bats on the market. Unlike the Quatro Pro, the 5150 is a one-piece alloy model. It’s not quite at the top of its class, but it’s still a great bat.
2021 5051 BBCOR: general impression
The 5150 has a no-frills design that Rawlings designed to focus on “raw power”. It’s slightly end-loaded and has a thin handle which should help with swing speed. Given that it’s a one-piece alloy model, it’s definitely designed for players who can create their own power. The handle should help whip the bat through the zone.
We’ve always been impressed by the quality of the 5150 alloy which Rawlings claims is an aerospace-grade metal. While we can’t confirm that it’s something NASA uses, we do know that it’s provided great durability year after year.
This may be our favorite 5150 model over the last few years. They’ve made some marked improvements that will stand out when the bat is in your hand.
What have they changed?
The primary change that you’ll find is in the design of the bat. They’ve attempted to increase the size of the sweet spot. They’ve also made the handle slightly smaller. In doing so, it should help improve swing speed and provide more control to the hitter.
They’ve also added a new end cap that they call “ultra light” which shows that same emphasis on trying to help with swing speed.
Rawlings 5150 BBCOR overview
The 5150 is a bat that we’ve been able to consistently trust over the years. Using a high-end alloy and a one-piece frame means that there are no concerns about durability. However, it’s a very simple model, so there’s nothing especially unique about the bat. Rawlings opted to take a simple approach with high quality materials and it shows.
Like the rest of this bat, the grip is pretty basic. Because of that, it’s not especially comfortable. It gets the job done, but it definitely isn’t a bad idea to get it re-wrapped with some Lizard Skin tape. You’ll notice a difference immediately. Some players have told us that they feel a bit more vibration than they’d like.
We’ve mentioned it a few times, but the durability in the 5150 is among the best. Its quality build ensures that the it can last through the season. Despite its lack of comfort, players have told us that the tape holds up without issue. Using the 5150 alloy, the handle and barrel are able to handle consistent use.
Pricing is where the 5150 really stands out. Most of the bats that we’ve reviewed are at least $350. The 5150 will only cost $250 which is a huge savings. We appreciate that Rawlings is pricing the 5150 to match its performance. There’s something to be said for reasonable, accurate pricing.
Rawlings uses something called p0p 2.0 technology which is essentially layered grooves throughout the barrel. It’s a way that they vary the support at different parts of the barrel. It allows for a good sweet spot without increasing swing weight too much.
The 5150 uses the hitter’s strength and swing speed to create power. So, its pop doesn’t really stand out. There’s a large sweet spot which means that it’s easier to get a “good hit”.
Compared to other BBCOR bats
The 5150 compares favorably to the competition. What really stands out is the pricing. It’s a bit of an average bat, but it’s in the same class as the B5, the CAT9 and the Bonesaber.
Rawlings 5150 vs. Easton B5
Knowing that the Easton B5 is our favorite one-piece model, there’s no surprise that it beats out the 5150. The Easton has more pop and seems to be more comfortable in hitters’ hands. The one advantage the 5150 has is price. It’s $100 cheaper and still provides solid quality. See our Easton B5 BBCOR bat review (coming soon)
Rawlings 5150 vs. Marucci CAT9
The CAT9 is another single-alloy design that beats out the 5150. The ergonomic handle really makes a difference in the comfort of a hitter’s grip. It’s got a bit more pop and seems to perform better. Again, the 5150’s only real victory is that it’s $100 cheaper. See our Marucci CAT9 BBCOR bat review
Rawlings 5150 vs. Warstic Bonesaber
The 5150 beats the Bonesaber every time. Even with the same build, the 5150 easily outperforms the Bonesaber. It has more pop and hitters say that it’s much more comfortable. The ultra-thin grip on the Bonesaber just isn’t cutting it. As with all of our other comparisons, the 5150 is $100 cheaper. See our Warstic Bonesaber BBCOR bat review (coming soon)
Final verdict on the 2021 Rawlings 5150 BBCOR
The 5150 is one of the best value BBCOR bats on the market. Rawlings doesn’t claim to do anything special with the 5150. They put out a simple product at a reasonable price and we’re really happy about that.
If you’re looking for the best BBCOR bats on the market, you’re not going to find that here. But if you’re looking for a more reasonable price, the 5150 is built for you. It’s going to perform well, but it’s not going to stand out, especially if the player using it is about average. We absolutely recommend this bat as a solid everyday option.
Don’t hesitate to check out our some of our other articles where we discuss the bats that really provide extra pop and will help a hitter improve their game.