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2020 Louisville Slugger Meta Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated March 3, 2021

Our hitters, who used the 2019 Meta Prime extensively, loved the same things in 2020 that they loved in 2019. That is, a huge barrel, great sounds and a real smooth smash on impact. In terms of our exit speeds the 2019 version was top-shelf stuff. Since there are virtually no changes to the 2020 Meta then our expectations are high on this one.


2020 Meta Video

2020 Meta Video

2020 Meta Models
BBCOR
/10

The 2020 Slugger META is legendary. Despite what the eBay price differences will suggest, the same bat as the red 2019 BBCOR Meta. Slugger literally changed the bat’s color, admitted as much, and resold it as the 2020 Meta. The bat has a huge barrel and has redefined what a two-piece composite should sound and feel like. Aside from its astronomical secondary market price and the 33-inch being illegal, we have no complaints.

2020 Meta Models

The 2020 Slugger META is legendary. Despite what the eBay price differences will suggest, the same bat as the red 2019 BBCOR Meta. Slugger literally changed the bat’s color, admitted as much, and resold it as the 2020 Meta. The bat has a huge barrel and has redefined what a two-piece composite should sound and feel like. Aside from its astronomical secondary market price and the 33-inch being illegal, we have no complaints.

BBCOR
/10
WBL2463010

BBCOR Review

The stand-alone champ of 2020 BBCOR is Slugger's META. The bat gets the best player ratings, has a perfect balance, and feels fantastic. The downsides are that it's expensive, hard to find and illegal in a 33-inch.

The stand-alone champ of 2020 BBCOR is Slugger's META. The bat gets the best player ratings, has a perfect balance, and feels fantastic. The downsides are that it's expensive, hard to find and illegal in a 33-inch.


OVERALL/10
Meta BBCOR Ratings (key)
3/5 MOI
3/5 Stiff
5/5 Rating
5/5 Tech
5/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
5/5 Resell
5/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: September 15, 2019
Serial: WBL2463010
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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Comparable Bats

Compared to the 2020 Meta you have a litany of high-end composite two-piece bats to compare. Some consider 2020 DeMarini’s CF a good comparison. Others prefer bat’s like the Rawlings Quatro Pro or Easton’s Project 3 ADV.

Previous Models

There are no changes between the 2019 Meta Prime and the 2020 Meta. Aside from this, obviously, the removal of the word Prime from the name as well as the colorway to a blue base.

There is, we should note here, a Meta PWR version of the bat. This is, simply, the same bat with a 10% end load. Expect the Meta PWR to be built for the elite college guy who can handle all the swing weight you can give him. Occasionally, there might be an elite High School hitter who wants the power of the Meta PWR. In many cases, big hitters prefer aluminum barrels and, often, single-piece bats. As such, we don’t expect the Meta PWR to be a huge draw.


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Construction

The 2020 Slugger Meta is a two-piece composite bat with a stiff connection, huge barrel, and middle of the road swing weight. The connection piece (called the 3FX) as well as the barrel material (EKO0, handle material and end cap are the same as last year. Expect a beautifully constructed bat that demands, and gets, the highest price point on the market.

Mareting Writeup

  • EKO™ composite barrel – engineered to the pinnacle of performance: light swinging, huge barrel and the truest sound in the game
  • Three-piece design with patented 3FX™ Connection System provides a perfectly tuned “stiff” feel on contact while dramatically reducing vibration
  • Premium RTX™ end cap allows for our largest BBCOR barrel length
  • Balanced swing for the ultimate combination of speed and power
  • Premium LS PRO Comfort Grip™ for the perfect mix of tack and cushion

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.

2020 Louisville Slugger Meta User Reviews

8.4
Pop
9.3
Durability
9.1
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
8.2
Feel on Mishits
7.4
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