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2015 Rawlings 5150 BBCOR Review

November 13, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

Few bats have more traction in the high performance bat space than the 5150. That’s because it has a lot of things going for it. First, it has a great pedigree. Second, it has a nice price point for a high end bat. And third, its reviews, year after year, have always been stellar.

5150

The 5150 title, named after the type of alloy used in the bats, has been used for several generations of alloy bats made by Rawlings. Originally, as far as we can tell, in 2009 Rawlings was using 5150 to help describe their original exogrid.

Since that time, the original 5150 arrived in ea… Jump to the full review.


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The 5150 title, named after the type of alloy used in the bats, has been used for several generations of alloy bats made by Rawlings. Originally, as far as we can tell, in 2009 Rawlings was using 5150 to help describe their original exogrid.

Since that time, the original 5150 arrived in early 2012 (Serial #BBCA) and then a color up from that version in 2013 (BBCA2). Followed by what was probably 5150’s most successful iteration yet in 2014 (BB513 Black).

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CAT 9 Connect vs Rawlings 5150 BBCOR

Situation:

Dear Bat Guy,

My barely 14-year son swings a 2019 Rawlings 5150 BBCOR (32in). I am thinking about purchasing a 2021 Cat 9 Connect BBCOR (32in). Are the bat swing characteristics similar? eg swing weight, exit velocity, etc.

~David

Advice:

David,

Thanks for the question. In terms of swing weight and exit speed, you’ll get a very similar experience between the 5150 and CAT 9 Connect. Both are a bit heavier than average and the BBCOR standard has leveled the playing field insomuch that both have really similar pop.

The biggest difference will be feel. The feel will be so different, in fact, we suspect your son will think they perform differently. It just depends on what he prefers, but most younger hitters will believe that a two-piece bat feels better and, therefore, he hits the CAT 9 Connect better more consistently.

Our general sense is the CAT 9 Connect might be a better fit for your 14-year-old when compared to the 5150 because he will like the feel more. That said, at 14, most hitters like light swinging bats, and the 5150 or CAT 9 Connect don’t fit that bill. We don’t mean to make your question more complicated than it needs to be. But, in the end, we think a light swinging two-piece bat like a Voodoo Balanced (from 2019 or 2020) could be a better fit than either of those. But, if you’ve narrowed it down between the 5150 and the Connect then, without consideration for price, we’d suggest the CAT 9 Connect for a mostly similar experience in swing weight and exit speeds.

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This allows the 5150 to have a lighter swing weight—as its end cap weight is composite material. As a result, the 2015 version of the 5150 has a marked swing weight decrease compared to its predecessors (2013, 2014).

Comparable Bats

Based on early reports, there are more than just a few 5150 lovers who aren’t very happy with this years version. We, on the other hand, like the idea of a lighter swinging one piece with the Velo’s end cap in the sub $200 range.

2015 Helium
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When we wrote a highly read review on the Mako Torq and its spinning handle a few months back we asked, “what will the baseball bat industry think of next?” Well, we finally have our answer: It’s the RIP-IT Helium BBCOR bat that will be available for the 2015 season.

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2015 Flex
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If you are looking for the light swinging BBCOR in the one piece aluminum marketyou’ve come to the right place.

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2015 Velo
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Rawlings’ claim that their hand-loaded version is significantly ‘balanced’ sells this bat short.

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2015 5150 Construction

No doubt about the 5150 from 2014 was stellar bat with fantastic ratings. It may take some time for the new comp-lite end cap of the 5150 to catch on to 5150 aficionados–but with the full might and power of Rawlings behind this market saturating one piece we expect folks will eventually come around.

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