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2019 DeMarini CF Black Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated March 4, 2021

The bat is exactly the same in its performance construction, but made in a unique CF Black colorway that has us drooling. We are huge fans of the CF line of bats. This addition, much like the Zero Dark line of CF bats before it, is sure to fetch a premium in the secondary market. Performance is exactly like the 2019 version of the CF Zen because it is, after all, the same exact bat.

Note, though, it only comes in a USSSA drop 5, 8 and 10.


2019 CF Black Video

2019 CF Black Video

2019 CF Black Models
USA –5
/10
USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10

DeMarini’s CF Black is a limited edition USSSA version of the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen in baseball. That is, the bat is the exact same as the 2019 red/white version (which was pretty much the same bat as the 2018 version). We are big fans of the big barrel, great feel, and top-end performance of the Black CF. It’s a great bat and we’ve yet to hear of any player who did not like it.

2019 CF Black Models

DeMarini’s CF Black is a limited edition USSSA version of the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen in baseball. That is, the bat is the exact same as the 2019 red/white version (which was pretty much the same bat as the 2018 version). We are big fans of the big barrel, great feel, and top-end performance of the Black CF. It’s a great bat and we’ve yet to hear of any player who did not like it.

USA –5
/10
USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10
WTDXC5Z-BL

USA Drop 5 Review


OVERALL/10
CF Zen Black USA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
3/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
5/5 Profile
4/5 EV
3/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
5/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: February 1, 2019
Serial: WTDXC5Z-BL
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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USSSA Drop 10 Review


OVERALL/10
CF Zen Black USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
2/5 Stiff
5/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
5/5 Profile
4/5 EV
2/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
5/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: February 1, 2019
Serial: WTDXCBZ-BL
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
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WTDXC8Z-BL

USSSA Drop 8 Review


OVERALL/10
CF Zen Black USSSA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
2/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
5/5 Profile
4/5 EV
3/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
5/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: February 1, 2019
Serial: WTDXC8Z-BL
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
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Comparable Bats

There are a few two piece composite bats with a light swing in the big barrel/USSSA market. To name a few, Rawlings’ Quatro, Slugger’s 919 prime and Easton’s Ghost X Evo. The only company to come out with a limited edition version of these bats throughout the year is Easton. In 2018 they had a color up version (white) of the drop 5 USSSA. That white version bat did very well for them.

A few years back DeMarini created some Zero Dark versions of the CF Zen. These were limited edition bats only to be found in brick and mortar stores. These CF Black’s are similar to that in the sense of a later release/color up that will reinvigorate the CF Zen lovers among us.

Previous Models

See our full 2019 CF Zen review to check out the comparison to the 2018 CF Zen.


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Construction

The CF Black is a two piece composite bat with a big barrel, great connection piece and light swing. It is the exact same bat as the 2019 CF Zen but with a new color design and slightly new name.

Overall Ratings Key

To keep consistent ratings across years, models and brands, we’ve devloped an aggregated rating system using 6 categories. As well, we track swing weight (MOI), stiffness and profile although they do not affect the overall score directly. The explanation of each rating is below.

  1. MOI: is the swing weight accurately measured at our bat lab. We score it 1 through 5. No score is better than another. This is a descriptive value. A lower number (1) represents a light swinging bat for its class, while a higher number (5) represents an endloaded bat.
  2. Tech: The tech advancements in the bat are 5% of its overall score. We award points for innovation even if the invention encourages the industry to try new things.
  3. Durability: The bat’s lifespan is rated at 15% of the overall score. We gather this information almost exclusively from the user and player feedback. More reports of a bat breaking then the lower the score.
  4. Stiffness: Stiffness is not counted towards the overall score since it’s a complete preference. The higher the number, the stiffer the bat, the lower the number, the more flex in the bat directly after contact. This is significantly correlated to how good a bat feels on mishits and hits.
  5. Profile: The profile does not count towards the overall score. However, we do track it. A high number means the bat has an extensive profile, and a lower number means it has a small profile.
  6. Resell: We count the secondary market of a used value of the bat as 10% of the overall score. We think the demand for the bat in the secondary market (eBay and SidelineSwap) are a good indicator of how well the bat is perceived to perform. It also shows a more excellent value for the owner as their bat retains more value and no longer becomes valuable to them.
  7. Rating: This is the player rating and represents 25% of the overall score. These are gathered from our hitters and reviews we find online and those we have contact with from other reputable sources.
  8. EV: Exit Velocity is the rankings we create in our exit speed velocity tests every year on bats. This score represents 25% of the overall score.
  9. Relevance: Relevance measures how applicable and available a bat is for consumers. The broader range of sizes and the more appropriate the swing weight for the masses then, the higher the score. This metric accounts for 20% of the overall score.

2019 DeMarini CF Black User Reviews

10
Pop
7
Durability
10
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
9
Feel on Mishits
9.5
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