This comprises our 2020 Louisville Slugger Select and 2020 Louisville Slugger Select PWR review. The former (no “PWR”) is a balanced swinging drop 10 and 8 USA hybrid bat as well as a VERY end loaded drop 5. The later (with the “PWR”) is a BBCOR version of the bat that is the next generation of the end loaded 719 Select. Both bats, the Slugger Select and Slugger Select PWR, comprise Sluggers’ 2020 two piece hybrid line. We hit both bats for this review, compared exit speeds and swing weights to previous years and write this 2020 Louisville Slugger Select Review.
In the new 2020 BBCOR Slugger Select PWR our hitters liked the stiffer feel of the connective piece when compared to the 2019 model. In the USA space, our hitters liked the many size options, great feel on contact and immediately hot out of the wrapper. The drop 5 USA is very heavy swinging while… Jump to the full review.
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In the new 2020 BBCOR Slugger Select PWR our hitters liked the stiffer feel of the connective piece when compared to the 2019 model. In the USA space, our hitters liked the many size options, great feel on contact and immediately hot out of the wrapper. The drop 5 USA is very heavy swinging while the drop 8 and 5 should be considered average. Some of our USA hitters thought it the best bat offering for 2020. We don’t disagree.
If you are in the BBCOR space and want serious end loaded power then the 2020 Slugger Select PWR is a great choice. As well, the USA drop 5 swings as heavy as many BBCOR bats in the same length. Our stronger BBCOR players preferred that PWR over most other high school bats. For the USA folks, the 2020 Slugger Select in drop 10 is a near industry favorite. The drop 8 gets good reviews from us as well as others and should do really well in the 12 and 13U leagues.
The 2019 Louisville Slugger 719 Select is a hybrid bat that serves the two piece space well.
The 718 from Slugger is a remarkably endloaded two piece hybird bat built for a strong that likes the hot out the wrapper feel of an aluminum bat but prefer the more forgiving swing of a two piece bat.
In the BBCOR space there are atleast a few heavy swinging hybrid bats. We think Marucci’s CAT 8 Connect is the most comparable. Both are heavy swinging two piece hybrid bats with big barrels and lots of fans. You can also check The Goods from Demarini which is a two piece hybrid as well built for the bigger hitter.
For 2020 you can still find the Voodoo Insane—which is really just a reprint of the 2019 version. As they move more towards The Goods in their lineup we expect to find a true end loaded version of the new The Goods line.
In USA there are still not too many hybrid bats with a huge breadth of options on the market. Folks like Easton are still trying to perfect their two piece composites so you won’t find any there. DeMarini does have a 2020 Voodoo that comes in a hybrid USA version. It doesn’t have nearly the breadth of sizing options as the 2020 Select in USA but, in terms of a competitor in its space, then that is it.
2020 DeMarini The Goods Review: Endloaded, Stiff, Big Hitting. We put the 2020 DeMarini The Goods two piece bat in the hands of 3 serious BBCOR ball players. Each found the bat to swing heavy (in a good way), feel great and look fantastic. We also watched many NCAA 2019 College World Series players give it a shot. The bat is a great shift from the Voodoo Insane of 2019 and is clearly built for the big hitter who still likes a two piece hybrid instead of a single piece aluminum. Our Score: 9/10.Price Check
The USA 2020 Select has no different construction than the 2019 version. That is, expect the same hybrid design with 7U1+ Alloy in the barrel, the VCX connection and Sped Ballistic end cap in a balanced swing weight. The grip stays the same as the Pro Comfort Premium they’ve had since they don’t use Lizard Skin anymore.
The BBCOR version has all types of new stuff. Slugger, like all companies, ads marketing jargon to their new stuff. We break it down.
New to the Slugger line is the connective piece used on the Slugger PWR and the Meta PWR. It is called the 3FX-PWR Connection. Which, in effect, is the same connection they used on the 2019 Meta but with a stiffer feel. This is meant for big hitters.
Worth noting, and likely the most obvious change from 2019 to 2020, is the change in alloy found in the barrel. This new alloy, which Slugger calls EXD Alloy, allows for a longer barrel without sacrificing (their claim not ours) any durability.
As well, Slugger redesigned the end cap for 2020 in the Select PWR that they call a PWR end cap design. It is made specifically for the PWR bats in the 2020 lineup.
The grip, and swing weight, stay the same as the 2019 719.
In the 2020 Select PWR you can find a 31, 32, 33 and 34-inch. We expect most who prefer this bat to tend towards the 33 and 34-inch. (See our chart here).
The USA version of the bat has a lot of sizes.
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