The 715 Select from Louisville Slugger is part of their 2015 top shelf bat line. The 715 is considered by Slugger as a three-piece hybrid bat: a composite handle, graphite connective piece and high grade aluminum barrel. The technology in the connective piece is referred to as Tru3 as in, I am guessing here, truly a third piece in the bat.
The 715 is a new iteration of the 2014 Louisville Slugger RAID bat. The only difference is an improved durability in the connective piece. Otherwise, the bat is unchanged with the obvious exception of the paint job and name.
The bat comes in almost every size imaginable. The BBCOR is a drop 3 (obviously) in lengths from 31 to 34 inches. A Senior League/Big Barrel in 2 3/4 with a drop 10. A Senior League/Big Barrel in the 2 5/8 with a drop 10, drop 8 and drop 5. A youth 2 1/4 barrel in a drop 11.
We suspect the drop 5 in the 2 5/8, with the 715’s heavy load, will be as fun a bat to swing as there will be in little league.
In a move that gets high marks from us, since its partly our job to keep track of all these bat names, they have put some thinking behind the bats title: 715 Select. The 7 refers to the same series of gear that Slugger makes (Series 7). The 15 is the release model year: 2015. The Select refers to a line of their wood bats (MLB Select) used often in the minors. It might sound like a silly thing, but the names that are actually informative to the consumers, in our opinion, are a step in the right direction.
We Would Recommended the 715 Select for any of the following hitters: Those who prefer an aluminum barrel but do not like one-piece bats. Those looking for a big swing with a deep balance point and high MOI with a budget not so big. Those who prefer hybrid bats. Those looking for a smooth swing through contact and a desire for more distance and batted ball speed.
We do not Recommend the 715 Select for any of the following hitters: Those who prefer composite barrels. Those who need or prefer a very light swing. Those who enjoy the sting and feel of single piece bats. Those on a limited budget.
Overall we think the 715 Select will be just as successful as the RAID from 2014 if not more so due to the branding that gives consumers immediate recognition of the differences.