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By Bat Digest
Updated August 10, 2023
In the new 2020 BBCOR Slugger Select PWR our hitters liked the stiffer feel of the connective piece when compared to the 2019 model. In the USA space, our hitters liked the many size options, great feel on contact and immediately hot out of the wrapper. The drop 5 USA is very heavy swinging while the drop 8 and 5 should be considered average. Some of our USA hitters thought it the best bat offering for 2020. We don't disagree.
If you are in the BBCOR space and want serious end loaded power then the 2020 Slugger Select PWR is a great choice. As well, the USA drop 5 swings as heavy as many BBCOR bats in the same length. Our stronger BBCOR players preferred that PWR over most other high school bats. For the USA folks, the 2020 Slugger Select in drop 10 is a near industry favorite. The drop 8 gets good reviews from us as well as others and should do really well in the 12 and 13U leagues.
The USA 2020 Select has no different construction than the 2019 version. That is, expect the same hybrid design with 7U1+ Alloy in the barrel, the VCX connection and Sped Ballistic end cap in a balanced swing weight. The grip stays the same as the Pro Comfort Premium they've had since they don't use Lizard Skin anymore. The BBCOR version has all types of new stuff. Slugger, like all companies, ads marketing jargon to their new stuff. We break it down. New to the Slugger line is the connective piece used on the Slugger PWR and the Meta PWR. It is called the 3FX-PWR Connection. Which, in effect, is the same connection they used on the 2019 Meta but with a stiffer feel. This is meant for big hitters. Worth noting, and likely the most obvious change from 2019 to 2020, is the change in alloy found in the barrel. This new alloy, which Slugger calls EXD Alloy, allows for a longer barrel without sacrificing (their claim not ours) any durability. As well, Slugger redesigned the end cap for 2020 in the Select PWR that they call a PWR end cap design. It is made specifically for the PWR bats in the 2020 lineup. The grip, and swing weight, stay the same as the 2019 719.