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2020 Rawlings VELO ACP Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated March 3, 2021

As has been the case for the last several years, our hitters like the light swing and loud ping of the 2020 Rawlings VELO ACP. The new end cap has driven down the swing weight a bit from previous years (2 to 3%) and it feels great if you can barrel it up. Of course, like always, single piece bats will ring your hands if you miss it. But, the stiff nature of the bat, loud sound and reasonably sized barrel can drill some balls if you square it up.


2020 VELO Video

2020 VELO Video

2020 VELO Models
BBCOR
/10
USA –10
/10
USA –5
/10
USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10
USSSA –5
/10

2020 Rawlings VELO ACP Review: as iconic as any bat in the non-wood bat space, the 2020 Velo is a light swing, loud sound and newly designed end cap. Our favorite version, after hitting every one, is the uniuqe drop 5 USSSA Velo which swings lighter than many drop 8 bats. It’s a great choice for the little guy forced to use big bats. The BBCOR version will do well with a newly designed end cap (which made no difference in our exit speeds). The USA version in a drop 11 still struggled to impress.

2020 VELO Models

2020 Rawlings VELO ACP Review: as iconic as any bat in the non-wood bat space, the 2020 Velo is a light swing, loud sound and newly designed end cap. Our favorite version, after hitting every one, is the uniuqe drop 5 USSSA Velo which swings lighter than many drop 8 bats. It’s a great choice for the little guy forced to use big bats. The BBCOR version will do well with a newly designed end cap (which made no difference in our exit speeds). The USA version in a drop 11 still struggled to impress.

BBCOR
/10
USA –10
/10
USA –5
/10
USSSA –10
/10
USSSA –8
/10
USSSA –5
/10
BBZV3

BBCOR Review


OVERALL/10
Velo ACP BBCOR Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
4/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
4/5 Tech
2/5 Profile
5/5 EV
5/5 Durblty
4/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date:
Serial: BBZV3
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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USZV5

USA Drop 10 Review


OVERALL/10
VELO ACP USA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
/5 Stiff
/5 Rating
/5 Tech
/5 Profile
/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Serial: USZV5
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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USZV5

USA Drop 5 Review


OVERALL/10
VELO ACP USA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
/5 Stiff
/5 Rating
/5 Tech
/5 Profile
/5 EV
5/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Serial: USZV5
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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UTZV8

USSSA Drop 10 Review


OVERALL/10
VELO ACP USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
/5 Stiff
/5 Rating
/5 Tech
/5 Profile
/5 EV
4/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 27, 28, 29, 30, 31-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Serial: UTZV8
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 3/4
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UTZV8

USSSA Drop 8 Review


OVERALL/10
VELO ACP USSSA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
/5 Stiff
/5 Rating
/5 Tech
/5 Profile
/5 EV
5/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 29, 30, 31-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Serial: UTZV8
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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UTZV5

USSSA Drop 5 Review


OVERALL/10
VELO ACP USSSA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
2/5 MOI
/5 Stiff
/5 Rating
/5 Tech
/5 Profile
/5 EV
5/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
/5 Relvnce
Sizing: , 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Serial: UTZV5
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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Comparable Bats

Although the Velo is the first line to use variable wall thickness, at least as far as we’ve been tracking, there are many other bats that use similar tech now. Marucci’s CAT line of bats use a similar process and, likely most popularly, Louisville Slugger’s Solo series does it too. Over the years there have been a few which have come on gone like a few of Rip-Its bats as well as Boombahs series of BBCOR bats. We argue the most similar bat to the Velo is the Solo. But, the 2020 Velo ACP is priced more like the CAT than the Solo. Rawlings did add a new polymer to the handle to help dampen sting on mishits, a feature the Solo does not have, so the jury is still out if that’s worth the extra few bucks.

Previous Models

The big change from the 2019 Velo and the 2020 Velo ACP is the end cap which lowers the swing weight, by our calculations, 2 – 3%. This change makes it the lightest swinging BBCOR bat on the market for 2020 and now lower than the Quatro Pro.

The ACP (Accelerated Carbon Performance) shows two full inches of carbon extended into the barrel. Previous versions of the bat had a similar composite end cap, but the ACP takes it up a notch. Although we don’t have all the numbers for every drop and length the theme we noticed for USSSA as well as USA also make the 2020 version a bit lighter swinging than the 2019.

As well, the 2020 Velo has a new barrel profile (made possible by the end cap) as well as a vibration dampening material infused on the inside of the barrel. These changes make a considerably different bat than the 2019 Velo—which really had not changed much since the 2016 version.


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Construction

The 2020 Rawlings VELO ACP is a single piece bat with an extended composite end cap. Meaning, and you can see this quite clear on the barrel, the last two inches are made of a different material. That material is a light plastic type material which helps bring down the swing weight of the bat. This allows for more construction girth to sit in the handle and barrel which helps extend its sweet spot.

In addition to the end cap, its most unique feature, the Velo uses a strong and proven alloy in the barrel (they call this the Ai909). On the inside of the bat, this Alloy has different levels of thickness to help it stay within the league standard but also extend its performance away from its middle. This is a proven tech which at least a couple aluminum bats use in the baseball space.

New to the 2020 Velo is the use of a “urethane infused” within the handle to help sting. It’s possible this works, but we can’t find any reliable way to measure it other than hearing from the thousands of readers and direct feedback we will get over the year.

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 Rawlings VELO User Reviews

6.5
Pop
8.5
Durability
8
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
6
Feel on Mishits
5
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