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By Bat Digest
Updated August 10, 2023
Our hitters like the end-loaded barrel, stiffer connection, and aluminum barrel of the 2021 Select PWR. Bigger hitters preferred the bat, where our average to light swinging kinds preferred bats like the META or Rawlings Quatro.
We recommend the 2021 Louisville Slugger Select PWR to big hitters who want an aluminum barrel on a two-piece bat. The bat has not changed from the 2020 version so, unless you're in love with the red colorway, we suggest you go with the 2020 if you can find it with a warranty from a legit seller. The 2020 version also has good ratings on its durability. So, buying this bat used is a go if you can find it for the right price. We'd put a used strike price (no warranty and a season of use) in the $145 and under range.
There are no differences between the 2020 Select PWR and the 2021 Select PWR. The 2021 is a reprint with a different color. There is no shame in that. Bat companies do this all the time.
The 2021 Louisville Slugger Select PWR has an alloy barrel and a composite handle with a Slugger-specific grip. Slugger refers to this alloy barrel as the EXD with the idea that it extends the length of the barrel's sweet spot. The end cap is named the PWR End Cap that is unique to the Select PWR in Slugger's BBCOR lineup. The balance of the bat is towards the endcap and it does swing heavy---but not crazy heavy.