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The Rawlings VELO is one of the longest-running bat lines in the baseball space. Its origins are pre-BBCOR days, and it’s never really left its roots as a single piece of aluminum with a light swing.

They’ve added technology to extend a composite end cap into the barrel, and, occasionally, some refer to more recent versions of the Velo as a hybrid. Traditionally speaking, though, the bat is a single-piece aluminum. We’ve hit this bat since its BBCOR inception and have our reviews below.

Although the bat hasn’t changed much over the years, its demand has. It has gone in and out of favor for any number of factors. Since demand is a small portion of our grading system, you’ll see some variations in the ratings below.

Rawlings VELO Reviews

2021 Rawlings VELO

$349.95
(7.7)

The Rawlings Velo 2021 is one of the most long-running model lines in the bat industry. Aside from the Omaha, we can think of no other bat line that has proven the test of time. The 2021 Rawlings VELO builds on a long line of light swinging, extended composite end cap bats with a reasonable large barrel, great sound, and cult-like following. For 2021 it only comes in a BBCOR version—COVID pushed back the other models until next year.

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2020 Rawlings VELO

$349.99
(8.00)

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.

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2019 Rawlings Velo

$199
(7.80)

After recording several hitter’s experiences with the 2019 Rawlings Velo, we write this review. In short, hitters liked the light swing, loud sound, and trusted name of the 2019 Velo. The bat is a light swinging, sounds loud, and can hit it well if you can dial it in. Many players don’t like what they think is the smaller sweet spot and the hand wrings on mishits.

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2018 Rawlings Velo

$199.95
(8.10)

Aside from the color design, there are no considerable differences between the 2018 VELO and the 2017 version, including our opinion that it is a great buy.

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2017 Rawlings Velo

$299.99
(8.1)

In the last two weeks, we’ve spent at least 2 hours reading player reviews, company literature and vendor takes on the new 2017 Rawlings VELO.

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2016 Rawlings Velo

$199.95
(8.1)

We spent a good amount of time in the cage and on the field with the 2016 VELO. Our 9 year old player, who weighs right at 65 pounds, fell in love with the 2016 VELO drop 12 2 3/4 two piece composite.

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2015 Rawlings Velo

$199.95
(8.00)

Rawlings’ claim that their hand-loaded version is significantly ‘balanced’ sells this bat short.

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