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2020 Louisville Slugger Prime Review

2020 Louisville Slugger Prime Review

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Our 2020 Louisville Slugger Prime review consists of years of data collection for the Slugger Prime bats. The 2020 edition will be the 6th edition of the Prime. As expected, the 2020 version is a two piece composite bat built with a balanced swing weight, big barrel and comes in a number of sizes in the BBCOR, USA and USSSA space. There are virtually no changes in the construction of the bat from the 2019 versions.

Hitters love the feel on contact especially in the BBCOR. Each league version of the Slugger Prime uses a elastic type connection between barrel and handle. This allows for good give on mishits to help remove hand sting.

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2020 Louisville Slugger Prime Video Review

Our 2020 Louisville Slugger Prime review consists of years of data collection for the Slugger Prime bats. The 2020 edition will be the 6th edition of the Prime. As expected, the 2020 version is a two piece composite bat built with a balanced swing weight, big barrel and comes in a number of sizes in the BBCOR, USA and USSSA space. There are virtually no changes in the construction of the bat from the 2019 versions.

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Quick Review

Hitters love the feel on contact especially in the BBCOR. Each league version of the Slugger Prime uses a elastic type connection between barrel and handle. This allows for good give on mishits to help remove hand sting.

Recommendations

Baseball players in the BBCOR and USA space rate the Prime as one of the leagues top bats. In fact, if it weren’t for the Meta or the Rawlings Quatro the Prime would be the most popular in the space. We recommend the bat far and wide for the serious player looking for the idea smash of a two piece composite bat.

BBCOR Prime Recommendations
2020 Louisville Slugger Prime Review

You really cannot go wrong with a BBCOR 2020 Prime. If you need swing speed, a big barrel and a good feel on hits and mishits then expect the 2020 Prime to be exactly what you need. It has sizes from 31 to 34-inch.

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USA Prime Recommendations
2020 Louisville Slugger Prime Review

If we had to choose one drop 10 composite barrel USA bat on the market for 2020 we’d take the Prime. Granted, in the USA game we still feel like a hybrid bats are the way to go. Those aluminum barrels appear to deliver great, long lasting results. But, the 2020 Prime in USA should, like its predecessor should be a solid choice if you need a drop 10 composite barrel.

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USSSA Prime Recommendations
2020 Louisville Slugger Prime Review

The USSSA version of the Prime has struggled to gain as much traction as bats like the CF Zen. But, the drop 5 and drop 8 versions of the Prime are dynamite. If you want a durable USSSA bat with a two piece connection and a smooth smash then the USSSA 2020 Prime is a good choice.

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2020 vs 2019 Prime

Compared to the 2019 919 prime the 2020 Prime changes nothing but the paint job in each of the three leagues it represents. It still has the same AVC Microform that came new on the 919, the VCX connection system is the same, its has the same exact end cap, a balanced swing weight and the same custom grip made by Slugger. In other words, if you can find the 919 Prime for less then go for it.

2019

Bat Review

919 Prime

After hitting with the 919 Prime from Slugger in four games and several hundred hits in the cage, among a few different players, this is our 2019 Louisville Slugger 919 Prime Review. Generally, the bat feels much like it did last year.

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2018

918 Prime

We hit with the 918 Prime for an entire season. One of our BBCOR players used the 32/29 during his high school play.

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2017

Bat Review

917 Prime

After 2 solid hours in the cage with Slugger's 2017 917 Prime in tow we have a good grasp on its total performance, how it compares to it's predecessor and what type of hitter will appreciate this bat the most.

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Comparable Bats

A two piece composite bat with a balanced swing in the BBCOR, USA and USSSA spaces are matched by a few outstanding bats. If you are looking for a bat with the same full breadth as the 2020 Prime then bats like DeMarini’s CF or Rawling’s Quatro might do the trick. In terms of individual leagues you can compare a bat like the 2020 Meta (also from Slugger) with the 2020 Prime. Or, you could look at the Easton Ghost Evolution in USA compared to the 2020 USA Prime.

Whatever you do, if you want to stay with something that is like the Prime, go with a two piece composite with a verified balanced swing weight. There are plenty of those.

2020 Meta

Compare the Meta Review

The most popular and highly rated BBCOR bat for 2019 is back in the 2020 Louisville Slugger Meta Prime. We took to the cage, spoke to some folks at Slugger and write this 2020 Meta Prime Review. After recording exit speeds, measuring barrel sizes and recording player feedback we think the 2020 Meta the best BBCOR bat on the market today if price doesn’t matter. Of course we wish it cost less. But, even at a premium above all bats vendors find it hard to keep in stock. Our Score 9.9 (BBCOR).

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2020 CF

Compare the CF Review

The 2020 DeMarini CF review comes on the heels of hours of testing the BBCOR, USSSA and USA versions. Our testing gave the 2020 USSSA CF a near perfect rating (save the potential for durability issues). The USA version rated out well but, like all composite barrels in USA  bats, lacked great performance. BBCOR CF testing didn’t go so well and it’s the biggest disappointment of the bunch. We’re not sure what to think of that. We liked the 2019 version. Still, our BBCOR 2020 CF hitters and exit speeds were uninspired. Our Score 9.9/10 (USSSA); 9.0/10 (USA); 8/10 (BBCOR).

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2020 Quatro Pro

Compare the Quatro Pro Review

Our 2020 Rawlings Quatro Pro review consists of hitting with the USA, USSSA and BBCOR versions of the bat. Our hitters thought the USSSA and drop 10 USA versions are highly recommendable. The BBCOR version, one of our favorite BBCOR bats in previous years, fell short this year with its feel and performance lacking compared to the 2019 and 2018 versions. The Drop 12 USA version is terribly light, maybe too much so, and sounds broke–although it’s exit speeds were decent for a drop 12.

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Research: 2020 Louisville Slugger Prime

2020 Louisville Slugger Prime Review

2020 Prime Construction

There are several marketing terms you’ll hear thrown around about the 2020 Louisville Slugger Prime. Although it is marketing jargon, no doubt, it does refer to specific parts of the bat that have real function. Here is our breakdown review of the 2020 Slugger Prime construction. The marketing terms are in bold.

Premium AVC MicroForm Composite refers to the manner in which the composite material for the barrel is made. This structure is built from a plastic material, like all composite bats. This structure isn’t remarkable different than most other composite barrel bats but it is Slugger’s take on a bat that allows for a long sweet spot and good balance.

VCX Vibrational Control Connection System is the device Slugger uses to connect the barrel and handle. This device has evolved over the years from the original Tru3 found on bats like the 915 prime to this new VCX. Some years ago the Tru3 struggled with the barrel and handle separating such that the barrel would spin on contact. It felt weird and got more than a few complaints. The VCX design was in response, at least in part, to that issue.

RTX End Cap design is simply Slugger’s take on their Prime’s end cap. It has been the same as the 2019 version where it was new. They did update the end cap in other bats this year—like the Solo got a new speed endcap while the Select PWR got a new design too. We expect the Prime to either go away completely in 2021 (with all the emphasis on the Meta) or get an upgraded end cap in 2021. By way of performance there isn’t much to talk about. It’s an endcap that helps the barrel compress and keeps its durability.

Balanced Swing Weight based on our measurements the Prime, since its original 915 days, has been a balanced bat. This holds true across BBCOR, USA and USSSA versions. The bat is what folks migth refer to as “easy” to swing. There is no end load.

Premium LS Pro Comfort Grip is Slugger’s take on a Lizard Skin—those are our words, not anyone elses. A couple years back Slugger bats came standard with a Lizard Skin grip. But, that relationship ended and Slugger just puts their own grips. Its is, for all intents and purposes, a good grip with legit tackiness.

Bat Sizing Options

The Prime comes in a number of lengths and drops. But, it just depends on what league we are talking about. Here is the data straight from the catalog.

League Drop Barrel Lengths
BBCOR 3 2 5/8 31, 32, 33, 34
USSSA 10 2 3/4 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32
USSSA 8 2 3/4 29, 30, 31, 32
USSSA 5 2 5/8 30, 31, 32
USA 10 2 5/8 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

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Player Feedback Rating:
9.3
Pop
9.5
Durability
9.3
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
9
Feel on Mishits
8.5
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