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Baseball Bats | Rawlings

Rawlings 5150

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 21, 2020

Rawlings 5150 makes marked changes in the BBCOR version and looks all but the same in the USA and USSSA world for 2021. The Rawlings 5150 BBCOR changes the barrel profile and updates the end cap for a more balanced swing---up from its ultra-light swinging days. Now, it differentiates itself by a more average swing weight when compared to the VELO which swings ultralight. The USSSA and USA versions are the same balanced single-piece aluminum we have come to expect. Jump to full review.Jump to the full review.

2021 Rawlings 5150 Review

Overall 5150 Line Review

In BBCOR, we think the 5150 is an ideal bat for that hitter who doesn’t care about frills and shills. No one is out there drooling on the 5150, but hitters who know can bang away with it. It’s a single piece stiff bat that our more elite hitters preferred. It’s a basic design, a normal handle and moderately sized barrel are and could work for a hitter in any part of the lineup. Younger USA and USSSA players will likely struggle with the hand sting and lack of barrel profile. But, for them, it serves as a decent entry-level bat that won’t break the bank.

Overall 5150 Line Grade
Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 7.6/10 Total Weighted Rating 7.6/10

2021 Rawlings 5150 Review

Overall 5150 Line Review

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 7.6/10 Total Weighted Rating 7.6/10

In BBCOR, we think the 5150 is an ideal bat for that hitter who doesn’t care about frills and shills. No one is out there drooling on the 5150, but hitters who know can bang away with it. It’s a single piece stiff bat that our more elite hitters preferred. It’s a basic design, a normal handle and moderately sized barrel are and could work for a hitter in any part of the lineup. Younger USA and USSSA players will likely struggle with the hand sting and lack of barrel profile. But, for them, it serves as a decent entry-level bat that won’t break the bank.

2021 Rawlings 5150 Model Tips

We recommend the 5150 for a hitter anywhere in the lineup that likes a single piece bat’s stiff feel and wants an average weighted bat. As well, don’t expect the 5150 to get major pub on review channels and sites. For whatever reason, the bat doesn’t inspire clicks. But, in terms of a durable workhorse that will hit it as far as any other BBCOR bat when you can square it up, the 5150 is a great find.

We also think differences from the 2020 5150 to the 2021 version are enough to consider them different takes. The end cap, change in barrel profile, and increase in swing weight make for a noticeably different experience.

2021 Rawlings 5150 Review

The Rawlings 5150 BBCOR is recommended anywhere in the lineup to the hitter who wants a single piece feel, decent sized barrel, and balanced swing weight. It will also serve well the hitter who isn't as concerned about the show as they are about splitting the ball in half. We think its an underrated bat, love its wide size options, and think any kind of hitter who likes a stiff bat, save maybe the one who needs an ultralight balance, would do well with the 5150 in BBCOR.

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2021 Rawlings 5150 Review

We don't think the USSSA 5150 matches up well with the BBCOR version of the bat. That is, the USSSA is an entry-level bat that is comparable to many inexpensive models you can find at big box stores while the BBCOR competes with the best in the business. The USSSA 5150 is nothing to be excited about but will serve the new player well enough. If any bat would work for your needs then the 5150 in USSSA is as good a bet as any.

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2021 Rawlings 5150 Review

Our favorite 5150 of the USA bunch is the drop 5. That added weight in the barrel can kill some balls if, and it might be a big if, the player can swing it. Otherwise, the drop 10 and 11 aren't anything to be too excited about. At a price point under $100, the bat is a reasonable entry-level price stick. But, if you're looking for the best feel and maximum performance along an extended barrel, then the 5150 in USA is not your answer.

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2021 Rawlings 5150 Deep Dive Review

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