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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The 515 Omaha from Louisville Slugger is the third of four bat in their 2015 top shelf bat line.
The 515 Omaha is a one piece aluminum stick with a balanced swing weight.
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.
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.
The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).
*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.
(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.
(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.
(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.
(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.
(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.
(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.
(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
The estimated date the bat began distribution.