When BBCOR first came out, I remember people used to say that BBCOR bats used to sound funny just because my entire high school team used to swing a 5150 and it has a distinctive sound.
Let’s dive into some of the technologies this bat has but keep in mind, they’re not very different from the VELO.
2016 Rawlings 5150 Bat Technology
- Aerospace-grade 5150 Alloy Barrel
- This ultra-responsive 5150 Alloy Barrel is extremely hot right out of the wrapper and the stiff barrel allows for greater pop, strength and durability.
- This is a great benefit as with such a balanced bat, there might be some lack in the power department. However, the 5150 material makes up for it handsomely.
- The Comp-Lite End Cap allows for the bat to maintain a very balanced swing which is great for lighter and contact hitters as they may enjoy some extra pop in addition to the lightning quick bat speed.
- This was a huge reason why I loved this bat in high school as I wasn’t very strong as to handle Easton’s XL1 or DeMarini’s CF8.
- Precision Optimized Performance™
- This piece of technology consolidates the energy of the excess weight of the bat into one spot which creates an enhanced trampoline-like effect at the point of contact which sends balls screaming all over the outfield.
- It’s easy to see why this bat is heavily preferred by elite baseball programs all over the nation. Including the most recent CWS champs.
- Premium Synthetic Leather Grip
- The leather grip on this bat makes it easier to wrap your fingers around with a strong grip. This allows players to be in a power position more consistently at the point of contact.
Overall, this is a great bat destined to have an awesome year in 2016 – look for it to be showcased in the later stages of the college baseball season.
It’s a definite can’t-miss in terms of performance.