In 2019, Rawlings continues to push their limits in regards to performance. The Quatro Pro is the best Rawlings has to offer. While the Velo, 5150, and Threat are all great options, they can’t really compare to the Quatro.
Rawlings is better known for making highest rated gloves than top baseball bats. That is, largely, due to the fact that MLB has a tradition of giving out Rawlings’ Gold Glove awards every year. Don’t let that fool you – the Rawlings bats can compete with any brand on the market.
The Velo is a one-piece alloy construction. This means that the bat offers a more traditional feel than you’ll find with multi-piece bats.
The Velo boasts high swing speeds and claims to have a larger sweet spot. It’s a great bat for young players trying to develop a swing.
There have been very few changes since the 2018 models came out. That’s a good thing as the Velo got great reviews last year and we’d expect that to continue this year.
You’ll also find that the Velo’s price tag is much easier to stomach than some of the other options.
2019 Velo: The Terminology
Like any other bat company on the market, Rawlings uses fancy words to make it sound like their science is state of the art. Before diving into the bat itself, we want to offer some explanation of what Rawlings offers.
The endcap used on the Velo is designed for an optimum light-weight durability. Having the lighter end cap improves the swing weight of the Velo by reducing the end-load feeling.
Precision Laser pOp 2.0
This is a design that Rawlings uses to increase the size of the sweet spot without increasing the weight of the bat.
There are laser grooves throughout the sweet spot to increase barrel flex and decrease barrel weight.
Other bats have one piece of metal for the barrel, one for the handle, and sometimes a connection cuff. Simply put, the bat is made from one piece of metal.
Swing weight is measured on a scale of 5500-6900 and takes into account where a bat’s weight sits (near the handle or near the end of the barrel) and how that weight effects the difficulty of moving the bat through the zone.
I haven’t found where this acoustic alloy makes a significant difference in performance. Knowing the alloy is a one-piece hybrid material is enough.
The acoustic alloy design is literally made to increase the sound of the ping when the ball leaves the bat. This doesn’t seem like much of a selling point, so don’t let it distract you from what’s important.
2019 Rawlings Velo USA Bat Review
- -5, -10 and -11 models
- 2 5/8” barrel
- Balanced swing weight
- One-piece hybrid
- Heavy swing weight (compared to other models)
The USA can be found in -5 and -10 options. Those options offer flexibility in weight. You can find models anywhere from 28 inches to 32 inches meaning that this USA standard is great for players of all shapes and sizes.
The shortest -10 is 28/18 while the heaviest is 31/21. The shortest -5 is 30/25 and the longest is 32/27.
|Velo (-5) USA|
|Velo (-10) USA|
|Velo (-11) USA|
While the swing weight of Velo as a whole is considered to be fairly light, the USA model is heavier than expected.
From the players and coaches that I’ve talked to, it seems like the -5 is the way to go if you’re looking for a good USA bat model.
The -10 seems to have more issue with mishits. That is, players said they feel significantly more sting when they miss the sweet spot.
2019 Rawlings Velo USSSA Bat Review
- -5, -8 and -10 models
- 2-piece composite barrel
- Carbon Fiber Composite material
- 2 ¾” barrel
The USSSA models offer even more flexibility than the USA models. You’ll find that the -5 is available as a 30/25 to a 32/27. The -8 can be found as 29/21 to a 31/23. You can find the -10 from 27/17 to a 32/22.
|Velo (-5) USSSA|
|Velo (-8) USSSA|
|Velo (-10) USSSA|
Generally the reaction to these models have been positive, but not to an excessive degree. The USSSA models are a good senior league bat at a good price, and players are happy with them.
That being said, they’re not the top-tier option. They’ll offer what you’d expect.
2019 Rawlings Velo BBCOR Bat Review
- -3 model
- 2-piece composite barrel
- Carbon Fiber Composite Material
You’ll find the Velo BBCOR model in a -3 model with a 2 5/8” barrel. It swings well for a one-piece alloy and was designed to increase bat speed.
|Velo (-3) BBCOR|
The catch is that the one-piece design makes this more of an entry level bat in the BBCOR field.
With BBCOR bats more than any other model, you have to know what you’re getting into. The Velo is great for a one-piece design, but can’t compare to the best hybrid BBCOR bats that are multiple pieces put together.
I believe that the BBCOR model is the best that Velo has to offer. Rawlings was able to focus on improvement in one standard size rather than multiple drop options that you’ll find in the other models.
2019 Velo vs. The Competition
You’ll find a number of great options in the single-piece aluminum arena. It’s much easier to find a great single-piece. When looking for a solid comparison, the Louisville Slugger Solo 619 is probably the most similar to the Velo.
Both the Solo 619 and the Velo have single-piece aluminum construction. They also both feature an extended composite end cap and can be found in a variety of different sizes.
Another comparable bat is the CAT8 by Marucci. Both bats use a variable wall thickness and have a similar build, however the CAT8 is known for having a smoother swing and better barrel size.
Overall, Rawlings continues to put out great products. What really stands out for me is the quality pricing (USA – around $200, USSSA – around $200, BBCOR – around $300). You’re getting a high quality bat without paying the top-end price tag.
This is definitely a bat that is designed for players that want to focus on bat speed more than using momentum. I’d recommend it for players who haven’t fully developed their power or have a game that is designed around contact and ball placement rather than hitting homeruns.