We spent considerable time with the 2018 Rawlings Quatro in both real game work as well as cage time. Our bat has been used with several different types of hitters and their feedback was gathered. That information, combined with our experience of the 2017 Rawlings Quatro, goes into the following 2018 Rawlings Quatro Review.
2018 Rawlings Quatro Recommendations
As a balanced two peice composite, you can expect the number of hitters who like this bat to be large. The idea of a good sized barrel, little to no feedback on the hands during mishits, and a balance point found in the balanced or hand loaded space is exactly what most kids want to swing. The only drawback, for some, may be the composite barrel where aluminum barrels and their hot out of the wrapper approach might be preferred.
Why You Might Like
- Lighter balance for the barrel size
- Comfortable feel on mishits
- Good sized barrel
- Potentially little to no work-in on a composite barrel with the outer composite sleeve.
Why You Might Not Like
- The price
- Tons of competition in the two piece balanced space
- The lack of a stiff feel inherent in two piece composite bats.
2018 Rawlings Quatro Review Video
What's New with the 2018 Rawlings VELO
Aside from the slight changes in color, the only difference in the 2018 Quatro when compared to the 2017 version is the swing weight. And although the swing weight change is not dramatic (they did not, for example, go all the way from an end load to a balanced) it is enough of a lighter swing weight in 2018 to make a noticeable difference. In other words, if you didn't like the feel of the 2017 version then the 2018 option might still be your ticket.
The swing weight change was created by a redevelopment of the end cap and the extended inner sleeve. As more bulk and weight was removed from those elements swing weight dropped sufficiently. This principle is simple enough: more weight taken from the end of a bat lowers the amount of strength to spin it around by the knob. This insight relies on the the basic principles of Mass Moment of Inertia or MOI.
2018 Rawlings Quatro Photo Gallery
2018 Rawlings Quatro Model Sizing
Expect to see not only a BBCOR version of the Quatro but also a drop 10 big barrel 2 3/4 USSSA bat as well as a 2 5/8 USAbat version of the same bat. The BBCOR and big barrel versions are available as of July 2017, expect the USAbat Quatro to be available on September 1st.
BBCOR 32, 33, 34 Inch
Senior League 2 5/8 Drop 10 28, 29, 30, 31, 32
2018 Rawlings Quatro Sources
The best source for the 2018 Rawlings Quatro is the 2017 Rawlings Quatro Review. As the first year of the bat, our 2017 review really dives behind the tech and specs of the bat. Other than those, you can see additional two piece composite bat reviews on our main baseball bat reviews page. Check, too, the Rawlings product page on the Quatro.
2018 Rawlings Quatro Detailed Review
2018 Rawlings Quatro Construction
The 2018 Rawlings Quatro is made of four distinct pieces. It is, technically, a four piece bat and Rawlings likes to point this out. The name of the bat, Quatro, signifies the four pieces.
- The Handle is made of a composite structure.
- The barrel is also composite.
- There is a collar that sits around the connection between the handle and the barrel. This helps dampens sting to the hands during mishits on the barrel.
- Inside the end portion of the barrel sits an extended end cap. That endcap is the most unique feature of the Quatro.
The additional inner barrel at the end of the Quatro serves the purpose of allowing the outer barrel of the Quatro the flexibility to perform well at slow pitch speeds. As well, the outer barrels pliability gives the bat a shortened work in period.
Of course the idea of an inner barrel advantage are all in theory. No one has the data to prove that an inner barrel around the end portion of a barrel in a baseball bat is superior to ones without an inner barrel. Many fastpitch softball bats use an inner ring and a many of them swear by the idea.
But the Rawlings Quatro stands alone, even within their own brand, as the only baseball bat with a composite inner barrel on the outer half of the barrel.
2018 Rawlings Quatro Comparable Bats
In terms of a two piece composite bat with an inner sleeve on the end of the barrel the Quatro stands alone. There is simply no other bat like it.
But, in terms of a light swinging two piece composite bat the market is crowded. Here are some: