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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
We think the 2022 Louisville Slugger Prime in USA is a great bat for the averaged sized hitter that wants a premium bat and a great feel on hits and mishits alike.
The 2022 Louisivlle Slugger Prime is ONLY in USA version this year. If you are looking for the 2022 Louisivlle Slugger PRIME in BBCOR or USSSA versions then you are out of luck. But, the good news, the 2021/2020 version of the Prime are still widely available.
The 2022 Prime in USA is built for the hitter which needs as much plage coverage in a good feeling bat as possible. In most cases, that entails a lot of different hitters in the USA space. AS they get bigger and stronger it is unlikely the Prime makes the most sense. But as a good to great performance bat for the serious travel ball player who is small to average-sized this bat should serve well.
Comparable bats in the US space are the 2022 DeMarini CF in USA and the 2022 Axe Avenge. Almost any two-piece composite bat in the USA space is built with the same type of hitter in mind as the Prime caters to.
There are no changes from the 2019/20 version of the USA Louisville Slugger Prime to this year. The bat hasn’t changed much over the last few years as the focus is more on the Meta for slugger than it is the Prime. But, still, the bat is good.
The 2022 Prime is a two-piece composite bat built with a big barrel and a light swing.
Built for the ultimate balance of speed and power, the 2022 Prime (-10) USA Baseball Bat from Louisville Slugger boasts a premium AVC MicroForm™ Composite Barrel with an optimized sweet spot for maximum plate coverage. Prime’s three-piece construction centers around the VCX2™ Vibration Control Connection System, which works to minimize vibration and deliver an unrivaled feel on contact. The balanced swing weight offers young USA Baseball players the perfect blend of speed and power, and the lightweight RTX™ end cap maximizes barrel length and performance.
The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).
*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.
(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.
(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.
(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.
(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.
(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.
(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.
(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
The estimated date the bat began distribution.