2018 Rawlings VELO Review

Aside from the color design, there are no considerable differences between the 2018 VELO and the 2017 version, including our opinion that it is a great buy.

2018 Velo Video

2018 Velo Models

Models Overview

We used the 2018 BBCOR version of the bat in a few tournaments across several different players with nearly unanimous approval. Our hitters like the loud sound, light swing, and real stiff feel. Some hitters didn’t think it had the power of some other bats, but our exit speeds showed differently. They preferred the grip on the Velo over most bats. 

General Recommendations

The 2018 Rawlings VELO is made for hitters that want a single piece feel and a light swing. Most light swing hitters like the feel of two-piece bats and most heavy hitters prefer a heavier swing. But, if you’re one of the many who like a stiff feel but still prefer a light swing than the 2018 Rawlings VELO is a legitimate choice. You can expect great durability, too.

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Comparable Bats

The Rawlings Velo was the first bat to use variable wall thickness to create a lighter swinging bat with a bigger barrel in the aluminum space.

Since, however, many have flat copied the idea. And although none of those copy-cats have added the POP 2.0 groove to their bat’s inside (like the VELO did for the 2017 and beyond models), we consider those others at least somewhat comparable bats.

Do note that the CAT 7 does NOT use a composite end cap. Also note that the Slugger 618 uses a composite end cap on an aluminum bat, but forgoes the variable wall thickness.

Previous Bats

There are no differences, aside from the color, between the 2017 and 2018 Rawlings VELO.

We should note, however, the size offerings are different. The VELO can be found in a USAbat this year, and last year those did not exist.


The Rawlings VELO is a single piece bat that uses variable wall thickness and a groove on the inside of the barrel to create a light swinging bat with a big barrel.

Using clever means to decrease swing weight while maintaining durability and barrel size is the principal task of bat engineers. The Rawlings VELO pioneered the technique of using variable wall thickness to accomplish a bigger barrel without affecting swing weight. In the 2017 version, Rawlings rolled out POP 2.0 technology (their term, not ours) which removes even more volume from the inner barrel by creating a groove lengthwise inside the barrel. This managed to drop the swing weight even lower while leaving room for a larger barrel.

Without argument, the VELO is the most advanced aluminum bat on the market.

In addition to the inner barrel make-up, they also use an extended composite end cap to further reduce swing weight.​ This extended composite end cap is their justification for using the word “hybrid” on the side of the barrel. It is not a “hybrid” in the traditional sense of the term, or as we generally use it on this site. That is, it does not have a composite handle and an aluminum barrel.