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2020 Louisville Slugger Select Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated October 6, 2021

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.

2020 Select Models
BBCOR
/10
USA –5
/10
USA –10
/10
USA –8
/10

This comprises our 2020 Louisville Slugger Select and 2020 Louisville Slugger Select PWR review. The former (no “PWR”) is a balanced swinging drop 10 and 8 USA hybrid bat as well as a VERY end loaded drop 5. The later (with the “PWR”) is a BBCOR version of the bat that is the next generation of the end loaded 719 Select. Both bats, the Slugger Select and Slugger Select PWR, comprise Sluggers’ 2020 two piece hybrid line. We hit both bats for this review, compared exit speeds and swing weights to previous years and write this 2020 Louisville Slugger Select Review.

2020 Select Models

This comprises our 2020 Louisville Slugger Select and 2020 Louisville Slugger Select PWR review. The former (no “PWR”) is a balanced swinging drop 10 and 8 USA hybrid bat as well as a VERY end loaded drop 5. The later (with the “PWR”) is a BBCOR version of the bat that is the next generation of the end loaded 719 Select. Both bats, the Slugger Select and Slugger Select PWR, comprise Sluggers’ 2020 two piece hybrid line. We hit both bats for this review, compared exit speeds and swing weights to previous years and write this 2020 Louisville Slugger Select Review.

BBCOR
/10
USA –5
/10
USA –10
/10
USA –8
/10
WTLBBSPB320

BBCOR Review


OVERALL/10
Select PWR BBCOR Ratings (key)
5/5 MOI
3/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
4/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
/5 Relvnce
Sizing: -inch
Release Date: September 15, 2019
Serial: WTLBBSPB320
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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WTLUBS7B520

USA Drop 5 Review

Select USA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
4/5 MOI
3/5 Stiff
5/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
4/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 30, 31, 32, 33-inch
Release Date: September 15, 2019
Serial: WTLUBS7B520
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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WTLUBS7B1020

USA Drop 10 Review


OVERALL/10
Select USA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
3/5 MOI
3/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
4/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
/5 Relvnce
Sizing: -inch
Release Date: September 15, 2019
Serial: WTLUBS7B1020
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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USA Drop 8 Review


OVERALL/10
Select USA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
4/5 MOI
3/5 Stiff
5/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
4/5 Profile
5/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
/5 Relvnce
Sizing: -inch
Release Date: September 15, 2019
Serial: WTLUBS7B820
Bat Type: Hybrid
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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Comparable Bats

In the BBCOR space there are atleast a few heavy swinging hybrid bats. We think Marucci’s CAT 8 Connect is the most comparable. Both are heavy swinging two piece hybrid bats with big barrels and lots of fans. You can also check The Goods from Demarini which is a two piece hybrid as well built for the bigger hitter.

For 2020 you can still find the Voodoo Insane—which is really just a reprint of the 2019 version. As they move more towards The Goods in their lineup we expect to find a true end loaded version of the new The Goods line.

In USA there are still not too many hybrid bats with a huge breadth of options on the market. Folks like Easton are still trying to perfect their two piece composites so you won’t find any there. DeMarini does have a 2020 Voodoo that comes in a hybrid USA version. It doesn’t have nearly the breadth of sizing options as the 2020 Select in USA but, in terms of a competitor in its space, then that is it.

Previous Models

USA

Compared to the 2019 Louisville Slugger 719 Select the new 2020 version in USA is exactly the same. Save, of course, the paint job. It still comes in a drop 5, 8 and 10 with the same aluminum barrel, composite handle and connection piece. In the event you can find both bats then the cheaper one is the way to go.

BBCOR

The BBCOR version of the 2020 Select PWR is quite a bit different than the 719 BBCOR from 2019. Slugger changed the connection piece to a stiffer feel that resembles the make up of the Meta PWR. Slugger also changed the aluminum barrel design for a longer barrel as well as a new end cap to support the longer barrel. Although we expect the market to like the Select PWR as much as they liked the 719 Select, do not expect to be getting the same bat with different paint job between the 719 and Select PWR.


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Construction

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.

 

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 Select User Reviews

8.4
Pop
8.1
Durability
8.5
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
8.5
Feel on Mishits
8.4
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