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2019 Rawlings Threat USA Bat Review

October 23, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

We put several hundred swings on the 2018 Rawlings Threat USA Bat. The USSSA and BBCOR versions are reviewed here too, but they are significantly different in makeup when compared to the 2019 USA Rawlings Threat.

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Stronger, more advanced hitters didn’t prefer how light it was and complained a few times about hand sting. All the players under 10 loved the light swing of the USA Bat. It also had a great sound, feel on impact as well as the design. The USSSA and BBCOR versions of this bat are the next g… Jump to the full review.


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Stronger, more advanced hitters didn’t prefer how light it was and complained a few times about hand sting. All the players under 10 loved the light swing of the USA Bat. It also had a great sound, feel on impact as well as the design. The USSSA and BBCOR versions of this bat are the next generation Rawlings Prodigy. The Prodigy is a single piece aluminum bat with a low price point and a low swing weight.

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Best drop 12 USSSA

Situation:

Dera Bat Guy,

My son just finished 8u ball this summer, and we are looking for a new bat. He used the Marucci F5 27/17 after we realized his 28/18 F5 was a little bit too much.

He’s a little bit taller than those in his age group but is skinnier than most. We were considering investing in a drop 12 bat for him and was wondering if which of the USSSA drop 12 would be best?

Looking between Rawlings Quatro, Easton Threat, Easton Maxum 360, and Louisville Prime One.

~Tom

Advice:

Tom,

Thanks for the question. The Drop 12 USSSA Bat space is a tough one. Very few bats in that realm feel like they hit the ball very well—they are all barrel, no power. And, usually, any amount of pitch speed will ring the hands. It surprises us that there are not many two-piece USSSA bats available—as that seems likes the group that would benefit from it the most. But, we guess, keeping a bat under that weight restriction and adding a connective piece isn’t in the cards.

With that soapbox out of the way, we’d rank those bats you list like this:

  1. Easton Maxum 360/Combat B2/Combat Maxum (older version)
  2. Slugger Prime ONE
  3. Easton Threat/Rawlings Quatro

Also, we once wrote an article, in 2018, on the best drop 12 bats. It needs to be updated badly, but you might be able to gleam something from that too.

Although we never resist the urge to make a list of rankings, the truth is all those bats will likely serve your purpose just fine. There’s also an Easton Hyperlite in a drop 12, which is just fine—like the rest. There’s only very little differentiation between drop 12 bats—all are mostly okay.

If it were our money, we’d buy an older Combat in a drop 12 on eBay like this one here. That bat will perform just as well as the Maxum or B2 and let you put some extra money towards a sweet Nokona glove or bat bag.

We hope that is helpful or at least gets you on the right track.

Thanks for reaching out,

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The USSSA Threat and the BBCOR Threat are, essentially, remakes of the 2018 Rawlings Prodigy. That bat is a single piece aluminum built with some technology in the aluminum that allows for a longer sweet spot. These bats are nothing to write home about as there are several dozen slightly inexpensive single piece aluminum bats on the market today. The USA Threat, on the other hand, is an ultra light swinging single piece composite that, at least in 2018, filled a void that very few bats did: light swing, good price point.

BBCOR Threat Recommendations
2019 Rawlings Threat Review

The BBCOR Threat is a straight forward single piece aluminum bat. This bat is made from aerospace-grade aluminum like almost all other simple, inexpensive full aluminum bats. There is nothing here to be excited about, but it is a bat, made by Rawlings.

Price Check
USA Threat Recommendations
2019 Rawlings Threat Review

Younger Little League players, or those required to swing USA Bats, that also don’t want to spend a fortune, but enough to get something legit, should really like the Rawlings Threat. Assuming, of course, they aren’t seeing serious pitch speed (60mph+) or maintain high end bat speed. Major collisions with this bat off the sweet spot will hurt, a lot.

We’d also recommend the bat for the drop 10 player who is kept in short sizes (like a 29) who might benefit from adding an inch or two to their reach. Expect the lightest swing you could imagine and that is about what the Threat feels like.

Price Check
USSSA Threat Recommendations
2019 Rawlings Threat Review

The Rawlings Threat in USSSA/Big Barrel has a good sized barrel and feels good on slower pitch speeds. But, don’t expect too much here. The bat is as simple as they get. For some (maybe even many) who don’t play too many games and would like their own trusty bat this might do the trick. In terms of a great feel and top end performance you should look elsewhere.

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2019 vs 2018 Threat

There was officially no Threat in USSSA and USA last year. However, there is was a Prodigy and this bat takes its place in a long line of simple, single piece aluminum bats from Rawlings.

The Threat in USA is considered by some a 2018 and by others a 2019 bat. It came out later in the season for 2018 because there was a huge need for a light swinging USA Bat. This, in a drop 12, did the trick.

2019 Threat Construction

The USA Rawlings threat is a single piece composite bat with an ultra light drop 12 swing. The barrel size measures out below average when compared to other drop 10s in the space, but they are far from the smallest. And it stands alone in the 2 5/8 drop 12 space.

It also comes in as short a size as a drop 28 inch drop 12. That is, you can get a at that weighs close to 16 ounces—making it appropriate for players as young as 6 years old.

Note, as well, our 31/19 weighed in closer to 18 ounces. And the swing weight on the bat (with a real focus of the weight in the handle not the barrel) push it well below other 18 ounce bats on the market. In fact, its swing weight was even lighter than the 27/17 Marucci F5.

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Our swing weight measurements suggested the Threat more appropriately categorized as a drop 13–and, as such, the lightest USA Bat on the market. We recommend the bat to younger players who are looking for as much bat speed and control as possible. Below lies our entire 2018 Rawlings Threat USA Bat Review.

9.5
Pop
9
Durability
9
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
7.5
Feel on Mishits
10
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