Louisville Slugger

2020 Louisville Slugger Xeno Fastpitch Review

Although the 2020 Slugger Xeno is a twin of the 2019 version we still think it one of the best fastpitch bats. We almost get the feel the bat is trying to be phased out—as the price difference between the LXT and without any upgrades. But, in our universe, the Xeno still delivers as much quality, value and performance as any fastpitch bat on the 2020 market.

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2020 Xeno Models

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It is a stiff bat. You won’t get a ton of give like you might find in the 2020 LXT or 2020 Easton Ghost. But, that stiffness is directly correlated with power. And our hitters notice it evertime they swing the Xeno. It also didn’t have a drop 12 version so our youngest player preferred the lighter swing of the drop 12 LXT. Otherwise, our high school players liked the Xeno more than any bat.

General Recommendations

If you prefer a stiffer connection in your fastpitch bat (like the LXT, Zen, Carbon, Ghost have too much give) then the Xeno will be your money maker. If you want a value bat in the performance space than this is it. It runs $50 than other top end bats and we’d put the 2020 Xeno up against anything on the market.

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Comparable Bats

There are so many light swinging two piece composite fastpitch bats they are hard to keep track of. But, Xeno’s ultra stiff connection makes it unique in that sense.

If you are up for a two piece composite bat in the fastpitch space look for Mizuno’s Carbon, Easton’s Ghost Double Barrel and DeMarini’s CF Zen. Of course, if you want to stay in the same brand, the Slugger’s LXT is the most popular bat out there and comes in a drop 12.

Previous Bats

Aside from the paintjob, we can not find any differences between the 2019 and 2020 Xeno. But, if you found a deal on the 2019 version of the bat when compared to the 2020 we’d lean towards the 2019.


Pretty standard stuff for 2020 Louisville Slugger Xeno. Expect the same stiff technology, standard LS Grip and lightweight end cap as the 2019 version.

  • BARREL: Full Composite with patented dual disk – S1ID™ Barrel Technology that provides the ultimate performance right out of the wrapper.
  • CONSTRUCTION: Two-piece design featuring our exclusive IST™ Technology – a stiffer connection with a more solid feel on contact.
  • SWING WEIGHT: Balanced swing weight that is perfect for all player types.
  • END CAP: Ultra lightweight X-Cap™ design for improved speed and control at the plate.
  • GRIP: Standard FP grip with improved cushion.