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The 2019 Louisville Slugger Meta is the best a BBCOR bat has ever been. The barrel is massive, the sound is perfect, the feel is amazing. Every hit feels like a tank and every swing feels perfect. The only problem is the bat is nothing short of wildly expensive. This bat is THE SAME as the 2020 Meta (the blue one). However, the 33-inch version of this bat is not illegal. Hence it gets the perfect 10 from us.
In short, and the first thing most will notice, is the bat is expensive. It is the priciest bat in the BBCOR market for 2019. That said, the bat swings like a dream. Most hitters with the Meta Prime found it the best feeling among the group they tested. The balance is right where most players wan… Jump to the full review.
In short, and the first thing most will notice, is the bat is expensive. It is the priciest bat in the BBCOR market for 2019. That said, the bat swings like a dream. Most hitters with the Meta Prime found it the best feeling among the group they tested. The balance is right where most players want it. Exit speeds were in the top echelon of bats and swing weight measured as a light swinging bat with a good sized barrel. If you’ve thrown budget out the window, then the Meta 9 Prime from Slugger is a brilliant choice.
We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.
There really isn’t a “last year’s model” of the 2019 Meta Prime. The 918 Prime is followed by the 919 Prime. The Meta is enough of a new bat to be considered the first of a generation.
That said, Slugger surely learned somethings from the 91X Series of bats that they put into the Meta Prime. Though the Meta is not the official child of the 915, 916, 917 and 918, we think it more like a close cousin whose dad is uber-wealthy.
At this point, it is difficult to say how comparable other two piece composite bats on the market are compared to the Meta 9 Prime. Of course the two piece composite space is replete. Rawlings’ Quatro Pro, Easton’s new Project 3 ADV, DeMarini’s CF Zen and Insane as well as Slugger’s own 919 Prime all fight for the top end dollar.
In other words, we are very much in a holding pattern to find out which one, if any, of these 2019 BBCOR bats will drive the market. But, if any bat is set to rock the boat of the normal winners in this category, the Meta 9 looks primed for the run. Follow our 2019 BBCOR bat reviews to stay up to date.
We have hit with the BBCOR, Drop 5, Drop 8 and Drop 10 2019 DeMarini CF Zen. The bat is a two-piece composite bat with a big barrel and a light swing. We don’t see any differences between this bat and the 2018 (or its newer 2020/2021 version). That is not a bad thing. The bat dominated the USSSA space, is average in USA and a good to great bat in BBCOR. The USSSA bat likes to break, but in the meantime, it is a great hit.Price Check
Easton’s top end bat for 2019 is called the Project 3 ADV. The ADV comes with a few features we’ve yet to ever see on other bats including a Power Boost knob and an improvement in the connective piece.Price Check
We are often asked if a bat is worth the price. We understand the sentiment of the question, but what someone’s budget stands for a bat isn’t something we can answer. If you have more money then you can count then the Meta Prime is very much worth it. If, on the other hand, you are struggling to make ends meet don’t fall for the hype—its just not worth it.
Regardless of budget, the other sentiment to consider is how serious of a baseball player you are. The Meta, along with several other top end price bats, are really only useful for those who play a lot. If you are hitting in the winter and then playing spring and fall the bat is more likely for you. If you are playing in a rec league with 15 games in the season you should look elsewhere.
We generally recommend that you multiply your age by the number of games you play and spend NO more than that on your bat. So, a 15 year old playing 20 games this year should spend about $300. An 18 year old playing 65 games should, reasonably, have a budget that would afford any bat. And, as you know, most of those types of players likely have 2 or 3 bats.
The bat is redesigned from the ground up. Everything is new when compared to the 919 Prime. That includes the grip, barrel, end cap, handle and connective piece.
Expect a new feel, new barrel and new name. As well as, a new price point. Gulp.
Two other things you’ll notice. First, the grip for Slugger bats is NOT the Lizard Skin of the past. Those are found on Easton Bats. Second, the Meta uses a new 3FX connective piece–not the Tru3 Slugger has made famous with previous two piece bats. Nor is it the same connection piece on the 919 Prime (which uses a new VCX design).
The bat, virtually, has everything upgraded from the 918. So much so that they decided to make it an entirely new bat. Do note, too, the 918 does have a natural upgrade in the 919 Prime. But, the Meta is different enough to start a new line of bats.
To start, the barrel is different. It’s big, sounds great, and feels about perfect. It uses a new connective piece that we’ve yet to see in the industry and the handle is a newer composite. Throw in a new type of end cap and the bat is completely redesigned. Although the price point is $500 we see why Slugger thinks they can justify it—although most people won’t
At release, August/September of 2018, only expect a BBCOR version of the bat. From what we gathered, there were no immediate (2019) plans for a Meta 9 Prime. But, they could surprise use. We only saw the BBCOR on the shelf and the folks there didn’t believe there was a Big Barrel or USA Bat ready for release in the immediate future.
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