Louisville Slugger

2020 Louisville Slugger Meta Review

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.

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2020 Meta Models

Models Overview

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.

General Recommendations

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.

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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 Bats

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.

Our Parting Pitch

  • 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