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By Bat Digest
Updated February 8, 2023
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.
Although the bat is not cheap, we never spoke to a player who didn't think the Meta Prime from 2019 was outstanding and 'worth it'. It received our highest rankings and ratings directly from players. As such, we think the 2020 Meta will be right up there with it. So, despite it pricing out higher than any other BBCOR bat on the market today, we expect it to fit well to the hitter who: Loves smooth smashes of two-piece composites Has no budget He likes a big barrel and light swing.
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.
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.