The most popular and highly rated BBCOR bat for 2019 is back in the 2020 Louisivlle Slugger Meta Prime. We took to the cage, spoke to some folks at Slugger and write this 2020 Meta Prime Review. Expect a release date between late July and Early September 2019. It is ONLY set to be released in BBCOR. USSSA and USA hitters will need to wait for a Slugger Meta in their league.
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Our hitters, who used the 2019 Meta Prime extensively, loved the same things in the 2020 that they loved in the 2019. That is, a huge barrel, great sounds and a real smooth smash on impact. In terms of our exit speeds the 2019 version was top shelf stuff. Since there are virtually no changes to the 2020 Meta then our expectations are high on this one.
Although the bat is not cheap, we never spoke to a player who didn’t think the Meta Prime from 2019 was outstanding and ‘worth it’. It received our highest rankings and ratings directly from players. As such, we think the 2020 Meta will be right up there with it. So, despite it pricing out higher than any other BBCOR bat on the market today, we expect it to fit well to the hitter who:
There are no changes between the 2019 Meta Prime and the 2020 Meta. Aside from, obviously, the removal of the word Prime from the name as well as the colorway to a blue base. There is, we should note here, a Meta PWR version of the bat. This is, simply, the same bat with a 10% end load. Expect the Meta PWR to be built for the elite college guy who can handle all the swing weight you can give him. Occasionally, there might be an elite High School hitter who wants the power the Meta PWR. In many cases, big hitters prefer aluminum barrels and, often, single piece bats. As such, we don't expect the Meta PWR to be a huge draw.
After a couple hundred hits with the 2019 Slugger Meta 9 Prime BBCOR bat we have some recommendations. We think it one of the best BBCOR bats on the market.
We hit with the 918 Prime for an entire season. One of our BBCOR players used the 32/29 during his high school play.
Compared to the 2020 Meta you have a litany of high end composite two piece bats to compare. Some consider 2020 DeMarini’s CF a good comparison. Others prefer bat’s like the Rawlings Quatro Pro or Easton’s Project 3 ADV.
We can’t believe this will be Rawling’s 4th year of the Quatro. We took the 2020 USA Quatro to the field for some hitting as well as discussed the major changes in the bat with Rawlings directly. That information, as well as the information we measured, comprises this 2020 Rawlings Quatro Pro Review.Price Check
For the College World Series, Slugger released a 2020 Meta Gold. This is the 2020 Meta but in a limited edition. It was a way to drive a premium price on the 2020 Meta before anyone else could get one. The Meta Gold versions of the bat are numbered in a limited edition from 1 to 100.
The bat, though, is exactly like the 2020 Meta (which is blue).
In addition to the 2020 Meta, Slugger is releasing a 2020 Meta PWR. This PWR version of the bat is built the same but with a 10% end load add. Those who want a real heavy swing, like collegiate players or elite high school hitters who can handle as much power as possible, will get a big kick out of the 2020 Meta PWR.
The 2020 Slugger Meta is a two piece composite bat with a stiff connection, huge barrel and middle of the road swing weight. The connection piece (called the 3FX) as well as the barrel material (EKO0, handle material and end cap are the same as last year. Expect a beautifully constructed bat that demands, and gets, the highest price point on the market.
The 2020 Meta is available in BBCOR sizes only. At release they will be availble in a 31, 32 and 33.
There is no expectation they will expand that line size. To see the right bat size for most high school and BBCOR players see our survey chart data.
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