After considerable time in the cage, direct feedback from hitters at different levels of the sport and discussions about the upgrades with several in the know, we present our 2017 Rawlings Quatro bat review in both Senior League and BBCOR.
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There are a few two piece composite bats with a balanced swing and some innovation at the connective piece. The leaders in the space include Louisville Slugger’s 917 Prime—which first pimped the “Three Piece” bat design in 2015. From the 2015 model to the 2017 model, Slugger has consistently strengthened the connective piece (they call this TRU3).
Slugger’s upgrade focus on a stiffer transition gives at least a bit of pause to Rawlings touting significant flex in its first run at a ‘three piece’ bat.
Other light swinging two piece composite bats are the Easton MAKO Beast and the DeMarini CF Zen. Both emphasize their connective design which can, they claim, deliver an ultra smooth swing with optimal power.
At its core, the 2017 Rawlings Quatro is a two piece composite bat with a centering balance as close to the hands as possible. This gives the bat a large barrel and a light swing. Rawlings added a silicone collar within the connective area of the handle and barrel. This feature dampens sting on mishits and the general idea has been used in several other brands, confirming it works.
One could assume the name Quatro means a four-piece bat—just as the Trio from 2015 and 2016 was a three piece bat—yet this is not the case. The Quatro is officially a three piece bat: the handle, the barrel and the transition piece.
At release, the 2017 Rawlings Quatro is available in a 32, 33 and 34 inch BBCOR as well as a drop 10 2 3/4 Big barrel bat. We have no indication if it will come in other sizes.
We will be a bit disappointed not to see it in a shorter BBCOR, as this is a light swinging bat. And we are hoping it will come in a 2 5/8 for hitters who aren’t allowed to use a 2 3/4.
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