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2017 Rawlings Quatro Bat Review

November 12, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

After considerable time in the cage, direct feedback from hitters at different levels of the sport and discussions about the upgrades with several in the know, we present our 2017 Rawlings Quatro bat review in both Senior League and BBCOR.

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We always check prices on new stuff at justbats.com. (Here is their Quatro search). Hard to beat their return policy and knowledge of bats. After that, places like Amazon might be a good bet.

The 2017 Rawlings Quatro is the same as the 2018 Rawlings Quatro. This bat was only produced in BBCOR and was a late release. It was also a limited run production and considering the bat has a propensity to break it is a very rare find. However, it’s a legit bat and worth picking up if you can find one but don’t be mad at us when it breaks. Until that time, however, it will drop bombs.

BBCOR Quatro Recommendations
2017 Rawlings Quatro Review

The Quatro is built with a wide swath of players in mind. Players who prefer massive sting dampening and as much barrel size per swing should be happy with this choice. Although not a budget conscious choice, its price point is comparable to other bats in the top shelf composite space.

It is missing some sizing we’d like to see. In particular, a drop 8 and drop 5 in the big barrel space, and the 2 5/8 version, which isn’t available at its release date (8/1/2016). These sizes may be coming soon.

The Quatro is not for players looking for massive power or hoping to recreate a wood bat feel. The bat’s connective pieces (the outside collar and inside connective design) allow for a lot of flex at contact and, as such, contact rarely feels bad. Some elite level hitters actually prefer more feedback. And, some argue, more give at contact actually decreases potential power.

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USSSA Quatro Recommendations
2017 Rawlings Quatro Review

We have had a ton of fun hitting with these ‘glowsticks’, as they’ve affectionately been dubbed on social media. Younger players are attracted to the bright colors, monster barrel and lights swing like mosquitos to a bug lamp. BBCOR hitters immediately appreciate the Rawlings name and light swing. In cage work at least, no one has yet to claim the bat isn’t un fuego. It sounds great and with a good swing, hits them flat.

Younger players who need a light swing appeared to have more success and better feedback with this bat than others. Stronger hitters with a little more time under their belt, at least in the senior league space, had better success with a drop 8.

Price Check

2017 Quatro Construction

At its core, the 2017 Rawlings Quatro is a two piece composite bat with a centering balance as close to the hands as possible. This gives the bat a large barrel and a light swing. Rawlings added a silicone collar within the connective area of the handle and barrel. This feature dampens sting on mishits and the general idea has been used in several other brands, confirming it works.

One could assume the name Quatro means a four-piece bat—just as the Trio from 2015 and 2016 was a three piece bat—yet this is not the case. The Quatro is officially a three piece bat: the handle, the barrel and the transition piece.

Bat Sizing Options

At release, the 2017 Rawlings Quatro is available in a 32, 33 and 34 inch BBCOR as well as a drop 10 2 3/4 Big barrel bat. We have no indication if it will come in other sizes.

We will be a bit disappointed not to see it in a shorter BBCOR, as this is a light swinging bat.  And we are hoping it will come in a 2 5/8 for hitters who aren’t allowed to use a 2 3/4.

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