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2015 Rawlings Velo Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022


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


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2015 Velo Video

2015 Velo Video

2015 Velo Models


Our hitters like the light swing and long barrel of the 2015 Rawlings VELO. It’s a no-frills bat and it’s price point and popularity show as much. But, it also works just fine in each of its leagues and great hitters will have nothing to complain about.

BBCOR
/10

General Recomendations

The 2015 Rawlings Velo end-loaded version is the same exact exterior shell as the hand-loaded version of the bat but its internal weight is distributed more towards the end cap. From a measurement standpoint, it weighs in as one of the lighter ‘end-loaded’ bats for 2015. Not nearly as heavy to swing as Easton’s XL1 but with a little more drag than Baden’s Axe Avenge.

Model Recommendations

BBRVB

BBCOR Review

Velo BBCOR Ratings (key)
2 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
The Rawlings VELO for 2015 is a light swinging two piece composite bat with an extended composite end cap.
Sizing: 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Serial: BBRVB
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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Comparable Bats

The bat has so much weight in the handle it feels almost strange the first time you swing it–especially if you’ve spent a lot of time swinging other bats also labeled balanced like the Marucci Cat 6 (which we think is a true ‘balanced’ bat—not hand-loaded). Swinging the hand-loaded version of the Velo is especially remarkably if you swung a lot of end-load like the 915 Prime from Slugger or DeMarini’s OverLord FT.

Rawlings’ claim that the light swinging VELO version is in a “class of its own” due to the effect the bi-fusion end cap helps them create is a bit of a stretch. Our measurements showed DeMarini’s CF7 and Anderson’s Flex to have similar swing weights–although all three are clearly in the hand-loaded category with the Flex as #1, Velo as #2, and CF7 as #3 (according to our calculations).

Previous Models

So if it’s not sting-free and the benefits of the exterior shell are removed by the distribution of the weight inside toward the end cap then why does it exist? Good question and, quite frankly, according to most vendors (even the very biggest in the bat space) it doesn’t. Few carry this bat. It’s like pickles and ice cream. They both make sense separately, but on the same plate, no one wants to touch it.

Construction

The benefit of the fused carbon composite end cap on an aluminum barrel is to create a bat with a really low swing weight. Which begs the question as to why Rawlings goes through the trouble of making a light swinging bat exterior and then fills the end cap with weight to make it an end-loaded feel in the BBRVE?

Overall Ratings

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
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.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
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.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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