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2019 Louisville Slugger 619 Solo Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated March 3, 2021

After hitting and then reading everything we could on the bat, as well as discussing it with a few major vendors, we write this 2019 Louisville Slugger 619 Review. In short, the bat is recommendable across the board. Compared to last year it no longer has the Lizard Skin grip. But, that is far from reason to still not love this bat.


2019 619 Solo Video

2019 619 Solo Video

2019 619 Solo Models
BBCOR
/10
USA –11
/10
USA –12
/10
USSSA –10
/10

We took the 2019 Slugger 619 bat in a few different sizes to the fields and cage.

2019 619 Solo Models

We took the 2019 Slugger 619 bat in a few different sizes to the fields and cage.

BBCOR
/10
USA –11
/10
USA –12
/10
USSSA –10
/10
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BBCOR Review


OVERALL/10
619 Solo BBCOR Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
4/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
3/5 Tech
2/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
5/5 Relvnce
Sizing: -inch
Release Date: September 15, 2018
Serial: WTLBBS619B3
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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WTLUBS619B11

USA Drop 11 Review

The 2019 Louisivlle Slugger SOLO is a reprint of the 2018 version and there is nothing wrong with that. The bat is a single-piece aluminum stick with an extended composite end cap to help bring down the swing weight. Despite it's classification as a drop 11, the bat swings as heavy as many drop 10's and, if you remember, this 2nd year of the USA bat standard put bats all over the place.

The 2019 Louisivlle Slugger SOLO is a reprint of the 2018 version and there is nothing wrong with that. The bat is a single-piece aluminum stick with an extended composite end cap to help bring down the swing weight. Despite it's classification as a drop 11, the bat swings as heavy as many drop 10's and, if you remember, this 2nd year of the USA bat standard put bats all over the place.


OVERALL/10
Solo USA Drop 11 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
4/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
3/5 Tech
2/5 Profile
5/5 EV
5/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: September 15, 2018
Serial: WTLUBS619B11
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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WTLUBSS19M12

USA Drop 12 Review


OVERALL/10
Solo SPD USA Drop 12 Ratings (key)
1/5 MOI
4/5 Stiff
2/5 Rating
3/5 Tech
2/5 Profile
4/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
/5 Relvnce
Sizing: -inch
Release Date: September 15, 2018
Serial: WTLUBSS19M12
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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WTLSLS619X10

USSSA Drop 10 Review


OVERALL/10
619 Solo USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
4/5 Stiff
3/5 Rating
3/5 Tech
2/5 Profile
4/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
5/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: September 15, 2018
Serial: WTLSLS619X10
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
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Comparable Bats

Rawlings makes a similar bat called the VELO. In fact, if you’ve followed this market for some time like we have, you’ll know the Rawlings VELO was the first bat of its kind. That is, a single piece bat with an extended composite end cap. This lent to an ultra light swing, good price point and good sized barrel.

For whatever reason, likely due to the number of sizing options, Slugger crushed it with the 61X Solo series of bats. And, although we aren’t privy to the exact numbers, surpassed the OG single piece VELO.

But, if you are looking for a reasonable alternative to the Slugger 619 Solo look no further than the 2019 Rawlings VELO. The VELO comes in a number of sizes too as well a few drops in the USA space.

Less Expensive Option

2019 Slugger 619 Solo Review

Slugger makes another single piece aluminum bat known as the 519 Omaha. This bat, however, does not have the extended composite end cap like the 619 Solo or Velo Hybrid. As such, expect a heavier swing weight. Barrel sizes are about the same.

It runs a few dollars cheaper so if you’re looking to save a few bucks then the 519 is a reasonable choice. Or, if you need something that swings a bit heavier than the 619 Solo and want to save a couple bucks then the 518 Omaha it is.

Previous Models

There are virtually no differences between the 2018 Slugger 618 Solo and the 2019 Slugger 619 Solo. Both are single piece bats with some tech in the handle to reduce vibration. They also use an extended composite end cap to bring down the swing weight. As far as we can tell there are also no difference in size offerings compared between the two.

In other words, we’d recommend getting a deal on the 2018 SOLO if you can still find it new. Most bat’s inventory lasts through the holidays. But, come spring of 2019 expect the 2018 Solo to be in short supply—especially in popular sizes.


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Construction

As we mention above, the 619 Solo is a single piece bat with an extened compostie end cap. This allows it to be one of the lightest swinging BBCOR bats on the market. The USA and USSSA bats have a similar balance point.

By our measurements, the 619 Solo sits as the same swing weight as the lightest bat on the market which is the 2019 DeMarini CF Zen.

As you change lengths you’ll find that the rankings of heaviest to lightest BBCOR bats stays very similar. In other words, if you are looking for a 30 inch BBCOR bat the below rankings hold true.

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 Louisville Slugger 619 Solo User Reviews

8
Pop
9.5
Durability
9.3
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
9
Feel on Mishits
9.5
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Ryan Gehrke
2 years ago

Awesome bat. Really close to the 2020 Easton Fuze.

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