After recording several hitter’s experience with the 2019 Rawlings Velo, we write this review.
We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.
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In short, hitters liked the light swing, loud sound and trusted name of the 2019 Velo. A few did not like the hand sting and smaller barrel size. We’d recommend the bat to those who want a traditional feeling stiff bat with a light swing and a loud sound. Exit speeds looked good but the bat lacked the swing weight to be considered a fireball. But, it swings well and a good hitter can make this work fine.
On the whole, we recommend the bat for those looking for a single piece aluminum bat with a light swing. The BBCOR versions as well as the lower drops (like 5) felt between decent and good even on mishit balls. The lighter swinging bats (like the drop 10 USA) definitely delivered some hand sting on mishit balls–especially if the swing speed and pitch speed was fast.
With the exception of the stock grip, there are virtually no changes in the 2019 Velo when compared to the 2018 version. Many would say that is a good thing. They liked the light swing, durable nature and loud ping of the trusty Rawlings. That said, you'd do well to look for the 2018 version of the bat.
Aside from the color design, there are no considerable differences between the 2018 VELO and the 2017 version, including our opinion that it is a great buy.
In the last two weeks, we've spent at least 2 hours reading player reviews, company literature and vendor takes on the new 2017 Rawlings VELO.
The single piece aluminum bat space is replete with options. We like bats like Easton’s Beast series as well as DeMarini’s one. Don’t forget either about Slugger’s 619 Solo or their 518 Omaha.
In terms of a real comparable bat (by way of construction) the 619 Solo is the most alike. It has a single piece aluminum structure with an extended composite end cap and, like the 2019 Velo, comes in a number of sizing and league options.
Some would argue the Velo is a lot like the Marucci CAT 8. They both use variable wall thickness but it’s hard to say these bats are too similar in terms of feel and barrel size. Where, we think, the CAT 8 shines.
Like year’s past, the 2019 Rawlings Velo uses an extended composite end cap on a single piece aluminum bat that uses variable wall thickness to extend the length of the barrel. In English, they:
What is likely the most attractive feature of the 2019 Velo is the bat’s size offering. You name it and the 2019 Velo, just about, comes in that size. The BBCOR lengths come in a 30 through 34. USA versions of the bat come in a number of lengths in both a drop 10 and drop 5. Big Barrel also has a drop 5 and drop 10 in a number of lengths as well.
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