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2015 Louisville Slugger 515 Omaha Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated August 7, 2019

The 515 Omaha is a one piece aluminum stick with a balanced swing weight.

2015 515 Omaha Video

2015 515 Omaha Video

2015 515 Omaha Models
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The 515 Omaha from Louisville Slugger is the third of four bat in their 2015 top shelf bat line.

2015 515 Omaha Models

The 515 Omaha from Louisville Slugger is the third of four bat in their 2015 top shelf bat line.

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Comparable Bats

Compared to the 915 Prime and the 715 Select the 515 Omaha does have a lighter swing. When we measured it was a good 10% lighter.

Slugger resurrected the Omaha name after a year in hiatus to take on the full aluminum line in the top shelf series of bats. The 515 ST+20 alloy is a know commodity that is durable and has good pop out of the wrapper.  We suspect the 515, with its affordable price point, will be the best selling bat in the Slugger series this year.

Previous Models

In a move that gets high marks from us, since its partly our job to keep track of all these bat names, they have put some thinking behind the bats title: 515 Omaha. The 5 refers to the same series of gear that Slugger makes (Series 5). The 15 is the release model year: 2015. The Omaha refers to the age old ST+20 one piece aluminum bat that Slugger has been making for years. It might sound like a silly thing, but the names that are actually informative to the consumers, in our opinion, are a step in the right direction.

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Overall Ratings Key

To keep consistent ratings across years, models and brands, we’ve devloped an aggregated rating system using 6 categories. As well, we track swing weight (MOI), stiffness and profile although they do not affect the overall score directly. The explanation of each rating is below.

  1. MOI: is the swing weight accurately measured at our bat lab. We score it 1 through 5. No score is better than another. This is a descriptive value. A lower number (1) represents a light swinging bat for its class, while a higher number (5) represents an endloaded bat.
  2. Tech: The tech advancements in the bat are 5% of its overall score. We award points for innovation even if the invention encourages the industry to try new things.
  3. Durability: The bat’s lifespan is rated at 15% of the overall score. We gather this information almost exclusively from the user and player feedback. More reports of a bat breaking then the lower the score.
  4. Stiffness: Stiffness is not counted towards the overall score since it’s a complete preference. The higher the number, the stiffer the bat, the lower the number, the more flex in the bat directly after contact. This is significantly correlated to how good a bat feels on mishits and hits.
  5. Profile: The profile does not count towards the overall score. However, we do track it. A high number means the bat has an extensive profile, and a lower number means it has a small profile.
  6. Resell: We count the secondary market of a used value of the bat as 10% of the overall score. We think the demand for the bat in the secondary market (eBay and SidelineSwap) are a good indicator of how well the bat is perceived to perform. It also shows a more excellent value for the owner as their bat retains more value and no longer becomes valuable to them.
  7. Rating: This is the player rating and represents 25% of the overall score. These are gathered from our hitters and reviews we find online and those we have contact with from other reputable sources.
  8. EV: Exit Velocity is the rankings we create in our exit speed velocity tests every year on bats. This score represents 25% of the overall score.
  9. Relevance: Relevance measures how applicable and available a bat is for consumers. The broader range of sizes and the more appropriate the swing weight for the masses then, the higher the score. This metric accounts for 20% of the overall score.

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