After several hours in the cage and consuming copious research on player feedback for the 2017 Rawlings Quatro Fastpitch bat, we present our review.
On the whole, we rank Rawlings’ first four-piece bat among the elite fastpitch bats in the space. The bat’s balanced feel and big barrel will get a lot of likes at the register and at the dish. As a drop 9 and drop 10 option only, we expect it to find good uptake in the elite player, base hitter type, market.
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Rawlings Quatro Video Review
The Quatro bat is legit. It is, however, in a very competitive niche. Bats like the LXT and XENO from Slugger, as well as the MAKO from Easton and CF series from DeMarini, have made serious gains in this top shelf space for several years now. As a new comer, the Rawlings Fastpitch Quatro has its work cut out for it.
As we mention above, the two piece composite balanced swinging fastpitch space is remarkably packed. In the drop 9 and drop 10 niche, the LXT and XENO from Slugger, as well as the MAKO from Easton and the CF9 from DeMarini, are top notch crafts. If you are in the market and have a budget for a performance two piece fastpitch with a balanced swing, then any of those should be on the short list.
If we were forced to choose an unrelated twin to the fastpitch Quatro, it would likely be the LXT Hyper from Slugger. Both focus on a lot of flex in the handle at the transition for an ultra smooth feel.
Research: 2017 Rawlings Quatro
2017 Rawlings Quatro Fastpitch Sources
We reviewed a number of sources while putting together this review. For starters, our 2017 BBCOR Rawlings Quatro review was helpful. So was our general overview of the 2017 Rawlings bat lineup. Also, justbats.com and closeoutbats.com section on the Fastpitch Quatro was useful to determine sizing options and rip a broadside shot of the bat.
Reviews on the bat at Amazon were sparse—and frankly, hardly helpful—but we did look there too.
2017 Quatro Construction
The Fastpitch Quatro may be the bat with the most technological advancements in the space. It is officially a four piece bat and the first of its kind. We cover the four pieces in depth within our Rawlings Quatro baseball bat review. Here, we give a good overview.
Piece #1: The Handle
The Quatro’s handle is a composite material made with a decent amount of flex. This flex, mind you, does not happen during the swing, but instead, at contact. As such, hits feel smooth, even when they are not. This tends to dampen sting on mishits. It also removes some power in the heavier drops—which is likely why this bat is not released in a drop 8 at all.
Piece #2: The Barrel
The Quatro’s barrel is a composite material made with maximum size (2 1/4), and is as long of a barrel as anyone else’s on the market.
Piece #3: The Quatro Collar
Around the connection point of the barrel and handle sits a composite collar. This collar helps dampen sting and keep the vibration of the barrel out of the handle. Such technology, which a few bats like the XENO put on the inside of the bat, gives an ultra smooth feeling hit and keeps enough stiffness in the transition to deliver big hits.
Piece #4: The Inner End Barrel
Most unique to the Quatro design is the extended inner barrel on the end of the barrel. This addition keeps the integrity and durability of the bat while creating a hot out of the wrapper experience of the outer shell. A few fastpitch bats have used a dual wall system in the past, but none have focused it solely towards the end cap. Surprisingly, this addition does not effect the overall swing weight of the bat too noticeably.
Bat Sizing Options
The 2017 Rawlings Quatro Fastpitch is released in a drop 9 and drop 10 only. The drop 10 comes in lengths from 30 through 34 while the drop 9 only comes in a 34 and 33 inch. Don’t expect a later 2017 release with more sizing options.
If sales go well, we would expect Rawlings to increase the bat offerings next year. Hopefully a drop 11 is in the mix sooner rather than later.