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2018 Rawlings Prodigy Bat Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022


A single piece aluminum bat, which is the 2018 Rawlings Prodigy USA bat, consists of a single piece of aluminum alloy. Other bats, more expensive than this one, are often made up with two pieces of bat making up the handle and barrel. Others some times use composite to make up the handle or barrel (or both) of the bat.

Rawlings doesn’t give any particular name to this alloy like they do on their more expensive bats, but you can assume it is a low to mid grade bat alloy.

Most impressive concerning the bat’s construction, Rawlings uses some technology to extend the size of the bat’s barrel. This is the same technology found in the more expensive Rawlings 5150 and Rawlings VELO bats. The extended barrel for less than $80 is a really great value.


Price Check


2018 Prodigy Video

2018 Prodigy Video

2018 Prodigy Models


As an entry level 2018 USA Bat we like the Rawlings Prodigy. It uses an older alloy when compared to the Rawlings 5150 which a lot of folks like for the price. The USA drop 11 Prodigy (which can only be found at Dicks Sporting Goods) is a single piece aluminum alloy bat that produces a very loud sound on contact. It is a good to great choice for the rec type player simply looking for a bat that will hold them over in the younger years and won’t break the bank. Don’t expect remarkable performance or feel but, for the price, expect a reasonable solution. After some hitting with the bat, here is our 2018 Rawlings Prodigy Review.

BBCOR
/10
USSSA –10
/10

General Recomendations

The 2018 USA Bat Prodigy is a drop 11 bat. That means the numerical difference between the weight of the bat in ounces and the length of the bat in inches equals 11. So, if you buy a 31 inch 2018 Prodigy drop 11 it should weigh around 20 ounces.

Total weight, we like to note, is not one and the same as swing weight. Swing weight deals more with how a bat’s weight is distributed along the length of the bat. Bats with more weight towards the end cap swing heavier than those with more of their weight around the knob. The prodigy does a good job of putting most it’s weight towards the knob of the bat–so expect a good light swing with this drop 11.

Model Recommendations

BB8P3

BBCOR Review

Prodigy BBCOR Ratings (key)
5 3 4 4 3 1 3 4 4 1
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
Sizing: 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Serial: BB8P3
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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UT8P34

USSSA Drop 10 Review

Prodigy USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
2 2 4 4 2 1 4 4 2 2
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL/10
Sizing: 26, 27, 28-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Serial: UT8P34
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
See other Drop 10 USSSA Bats

Comparable Bats

Inexpensive single piece aluminum USA Bats for less than $100 in the drop 11 space are not very common in the USA bat space. The only other bat close to the USA Prodigy for 2018 is the Rawlings 5150. The 5150 has a more advanced alloy—which helps with some durability and, likely, better performance further out on the barrel.

But, we are not sure it is worth the $20 difference as the barrel profiles appear identical.

Previous Models

Serious travel ball players, or those looking to use their at a lot this year, should likely stay away from the USA Prodigy. As well, those who are concerned with hand sting or want a bat with a large looking barrel should also look elsewhere.

But, those players and parents looking for a single year bat to get you through the young growing years of a kid trying his hand at USA Baseball will likely find themselves right at home. Although we do like the drop 9 Rawlings Machine a better than the Prodigy, when it comes to cheap USA Bats, it swings much heavier even if it saves you a dollar or two.

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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