After comparing the bats in live hitting, we found that aside from the starkly different color design, the Rawlings Quatro and Easton MAKO Beast are remarkably similar. Both use a two piece composite design and attempt to deliver a light swinging big barrel. Each bat prices out on the very high end of baseball bats and come in a variety of sizes, although the Beast does have a few more. In terms of recommending either the Quatro or the Beast, there are enough differing characteristics to make a distinction. We discuss more detail below in our 2017 Rawlings Quatro vs MAKO Beast review.
Quatro vs Beast Contents
- Quatro vs Beast Contents
- Quatro vs Beast Sources
- Quatro vs Beast Table Data
- Rawlings Quatro Composite High School/ Collegiate BBCOR Baseball Bat
- Easton BB17MK Mako Beast Comp 3 BBCOR Baseball Bat
- Quatro vs Beast Recommendations
- Quatro vs Beast Similarities
- Quatro vs Beast Differences
Quatro vs Beast Sources
There are no articles, as far as Google could find, measuring the Quatro and Beast head to head. On this site, though, we found our general section on bat comparisons at least somewhat helpful. Additionally, we took a close look at the following two reviews to put together this Beast vs Quatro article:
Quatro vs Beast Table Data
as of April 24, 2017 10:30 am
as of April 24, 2017 10:30 am
- Rawlings 2017 Quatro -3 Adult Baseball Bat (BBCOR)
- -3 Length to Weight Ratio
- 2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
- Two-Piece TCT Thermo Composite Barrel
- 1.2mm Hyperskin Grip
- MPN: BB7Q4
- Part Number: BB7Q4
- MPN: A111754
- Model: A11175432-Parent
- Part Number: A111754
Quatro vs Beast Recommendations
If you need a youth barrel 2 1/4 bat, Junior Big Barrel or drop 8 or 5 in a 2 5/8 then we suggest the MAKO Beast. That decision is easy simply because the Quatro is not produced in any of those sizes.
If you are in the BBCOR market or the drop 10 2 5/8, then you have some tough decisions to make. Each bat’s target market is exactly the same type of hitter—that is, someone looking for a big barreled and light swinging two-piece composite bat. The Beast has a larger physical barrel and swings a tiny bit lighter than the Quatro in similar sizes. If that is enough incentive to spend another $50 to acquire the Beast then it looks like you’ve found your bat.
Quatro vs Beast Similarities
Two Piece Composite
The fact both the Beast and Quatro are two piece composite bats make them very similar feeling bats on contact. The idea behind a two piece composite is to create a real buttery smash on great hits and a reasonable feel on mishits. The two piece connection helps dampen vibration traveling from the barrel into the hands. And the composite structure of the bat’s barrel allows for huge sweet spot while still keeping a light swing. Both the Beast and Quatro succeed, at least to some extent, in these regards.
BBCOR, Big Barrels
Both the Beast and the Quatro come in a BBCOR and a big barrel version. The BBCOR versions are, of course, drop 3’s. The Big Barrel versions of the Quatro are a 2 5/8 drop 10. Easton carries this big barrel size, as well as many others we discuss further on.
Quatro vs Beast Differences
Youth Barrel & Other Drops
The Easton Beast has several more size options than the newer Quatro. The Beast comes in youth 2 1/4 barrel bats as well as a drop 8 and drop 5 Big Barrel version. Additionally, the Beast comes in a 2 3/4 drop 10 as well as the 2 5/8 drop 10 that the Quatro also comes in.
In effect, if you need a size outside the traditional drop 10 2 5/8 or BBCOR, the Quatro is not for you simply because they do not make it in the right size.
Four Piece Bat & Pitch Speeds
Another considerable, if not more technical difference in the Quatro when compared to the Easton Beast is the use of an inner barrel within the Quatro. In some sense, the inner barrel insert found within the Quatro works as a governor. This governor allows the barrel of the Quatro to be much softer out of the wrapper, which is claimed to make the bat hot out of the wrapper. The Beast, on the other hand, does not have an inner barrel and requires a work in period. While we do not have any empirical evidence that the Beast requires a longer work in period compared to the Quatro, after hitting both bats in person, we believe it is the case. The inner barrel/outer barrel technique achieves a hotter out of the wrapper Quatro.
There is also a case to be made that the Quatro’s inner barrel allows for players to have more success at slower pitch speeds. Again, the industry lacks the empirical data to prove this is the case. But, in theory at least, this does make sense. You can find more of this discussion at our Rawlings Quatro Review.
Also, the Quatro uses a silicone collar around the connective piece of the bat. The claim is this extra piece improves the bat’s ability to dampen sting on mishits, and therefore gives a smoother smash than a bat without that device. The Beast has no such trickery on their connective piece. In hitting with both of these bats extensively, we did not find the Quatro to be any more successful than the Beast in dampening vibrations.
Barrel Size and Swing Weights
The Easton MAKO Beast has a larger physical barrel than the Quatro. Please note, it does not also follow that a larger barrel also means a larger sweet spot, but at least according to many players, no sweet spot has been bigger than the Easton Beast’s.
In terms of swing weight, the Easton Beast has a nominally lighter swing weight when compared to the Quatro. This was our data gathered on the 32 inch BBCOR. Do note, that does not necessarily imply that the Quatro swings a tad bit heavier than every similarly sized Easton Mako Beast. Swing weights do not move uniformly across bat size changes among different brands.