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2019 Rude American Bats Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated July 3, 2020

In terms of big hitting single piece aluminum bats the Rude American bats feel good. Their performance is legitimate too. Our hitters liked how stiff they were and generally preferred the power versions to the speed—as our stronger hitters tend to like single piece aluminum bats.


2019 Moab Video

2019 Moab Video

2019 Moab Models
BBCOR
/10
BBCOR
/10
USSSA –10
/10

Rude American, based in Las Vegas Nevada, is most know for their single piece aluminum MOAB set of bats. These bats have a speed and power version that have a hand and end load respectively. In 2019 they updated performance on the bat.

2019 Moab Models

Rude American, based in Las Vegas Nevada, is most know for their single piece aluminum MOAB set of bats. These bats have a speed and power version that have a hand and end load respectively. In 2019 they updated performance on the bat.

BBCOR
/10
BBCOR
/10
USSSA –10
/10
10002

BBCOR Review

Speed BBCOR Ratings (key)
4/5 MOI
4/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
3/5 Tech
3/5 Profile
4/5 EV
5/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date:
Serial: 10002
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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10001

BBCOR Review

Power BBCOR Ratings (key)
5/5 MOI
4/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
3/5 Tech
3/5 Profile
4/5 EV
5/5 Durblty
2/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
Sizing: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: October 3, 2018
Serial: 10001
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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MOABUSSSA10

USSSA Drop 10 Review


OVERALL/10
Moab USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
5/5 MOI
4/5 Stiff
4/5 Rating
3/5 Tech
3/5 Profile
4/5 EV
5/5 Durblty
3/5 Resell
4/5 Relvnce
Sizing: -inch
Release Date:
Serial: MOABUSSSA10
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
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Comparable Bats

There are several bats that use a single piece aluminum design. Bats like Slugger’s 519 Omaha, Rawlings VELO and Marucci’s CAT 8 are just a few examples.

Previous Models

The first version of the MOAB  looked exactly the same cosmetically. They did not change the graphics on the newer bat. As far as we can tell the major differences deal with the durability. There were a few complaints you could find online about the bat’s end cap and an occasional denting. The 2019 version claims to have solved most of those issues—although all bats struggle in this regard.


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Construction

This is probably a long way of pointing out why we tend to prefer the Power Engineered versions of the Rude American MOAB over the Speed. It wasn’t so much the Speed lacked any prowess or ability at the plate—by all measurements we took it’s a legit bat with solid out of the wrapper performance. But, players who need a light swing also tend to often prefer the sting dampening that comes from two piece bats and the added barrel size composite barrels usually offer.

Our Recommendations for the Rude American MOAB

As such, we’d recommend the Power Engineered MOAB, especially in the drop 5 and BBCOR, to any player looking for serious power that is capable of wielding a bat with serious gumption. Do know the bat will come with the requisite potential for feedback on the hands (i.e. sting) but such is a small price to pay for those looking to get the best transfer of energy to the ball in a single piece aluminum bat.

The Speed Engineered bats should find a home in the unique case of a hitter looking for as much power as possible—and can deal with the feedback—but lacks the strength to swing the Power versions. In fact, we’d probably suggest they look at a shorter sized Power to see if that swing weight is more in their wheel house than a longer sized Speed.

Speed Engineered

2019 Rude American Bat Image Long

The speed engineered bat’s swing weight is very similar to the Marucci CAT 6. They should be classified as balanced bats. We suspect that most players will gravitate more towards these. The BBCOR (Green) was our favorite bat of the bunch.

Power Engineered

2019 Rude American MOAB Review

The power engineered bats from Rude American swing with a weight more like the DeMarini Insane. These should be considered moderately endloaded bats built for the hitter who appreciates the balance of the bat more towards the end cap of the barrel during swing. The 2 5/8 senior barrel (second one down) was our favorite in this bunch.

Rude American’s New Drop 5: Speed and Power

In early 2016 Rude American added two drop 5 bats in the senior league space to their offering. We’ve now spent several hours in the cage with the end loaded version (Power Engineered) and balanced version (Speed Engineered) of the drop 5 Rude American MOAB and are pretty confident in claiming they are our favorite bats in the lineup. It’s as if single piece aluminum bats were made to be a drop 5 in the senior league or big barrel space.

We dare say anyone in the drop 5 space looking for as much power as possible and are okay, or maybe even prefer, the hand sting associated with a single piece bat should check out the drop 5 in the Power Engineered (Black) version of the bat.

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.

2019 Rude American Moab User Reviews

3
Pop
3.3
Durability
3.3
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
2
Feel on Mishits
2.7
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