Louisville Slugger Meta for me is the best BBCOR bat of 2020, However it is a little bit pricey but if the price is no issue then this baseball bat is for you.
Slugger Meta 2020 is quite similar to Meta prime 2019 but with better paint that does not chip easily. It has a huge barrel, great sounds and delivers a real smooth smash on impact.
We've put this review along with a brief comparison of similar bats. Enjoy!
Attention: Recently NCAA and NFHS has banned the 33 inch model of LS meta 2020. So, we would recommend you not to buy the 33" model instead you can buy the 32" or 34".
If you already own a 33" of this bat, There is nothing to worry because you can return it to the company and get your money back. Here is the complete detail about it.
Value for money
After the outstanding performance of 2019 Louisville Slugger Meta Prime it has undoubtedly become the most popular BBCOR baseball bat.
And that continues with this 2020 Louisville Slugger Meta, unfortunately it is no longer Prime.
For unknown reason, Louisville Slugger has removed the 'Prime' from the name of its 2020 Meta version. And now it is only Louisville Slugger Meta.
I wanted to clarify between names because people were so used to 2019 Meta prime that they call Louisville Slugger 2020 Meta as 2020 meta prime.
Now, coming back to the bat. Its build and its performance:
We found no major differences between 2019 meta prime and 2020 meta, it also has a huge barrel, whole lots of pop, No vibrations, Great sound and still popular and Costly too.
But I must say that there is one thing which they have improved is, its Paint job. In Louisville Slugger meta Prime there were complaints that it used to get chipped easily whereas in Louisville Slugger Meta, it does not.
Louisville Slugger Meta 2020 full review
Does it feel good in hand or vibrates when mishit?
The In-hand-feel of this bat is unbelievably very great, if chosen the right size combined with middle of the road swing weight. I can say that it will be suitable for 90% of the hitter out there.
When it is hit on the sweet spot it gives really very great sound and the ball pop off the barrel very far.
Vibrations in this BBCOR approved bat is negligible when compared to other similar bat, Louisville slugger have managed to remove all the vibrations when mishit on the barrel.
How does LS meta 2020 Performs?
In terms of performance Louisville Slugger doesn't seem to be beaten since it has launched it meta prime in 2019 and now with almost similar thing 2020 Meta is here.
Average exit speed recorded while on a tee is 84 to 85 and while live pitching it was 86-88 on an average. Thus, Now you can predict how this beast is gonna perform and how much Pop it would have.
How good is its Construction?
In terms of build quality, it is still the best, I think I would not be wrong if I say that Meta BBCOR bats are where right now where all the other brands want to see their own bats.
This is the reason why it is still the best bat even after launching the exact same bat again for next year without making any major change.
It uses most advanced technologies like EKO composite barrel, 3FX Connection System, Premium RTX End Cap, Premium LS PRO Comfort Grip with 3 piece design.
Is Louisville Slugger meta Durable?
Unlike any other website that reviews baseball bats we rate and review bats based on their durability whereas others rank them based on one-time performance or selling quality.
We rarely got any complaints of 2019 Louisville slugger meta prime breaking or cracking and the same is for 2020 meta.
Even I would save it is a little better than the previous version in terms of durability because its paint does not chip as easily as it used to be in meta prime BBCOR bat.
Is Slugger Meta 2020 Value for the money?
Since meta prime’s price was raised in 2019 players used to think it is very very pricey because there was not a single BBCOR baseball bat that touched this price.
But after the success of 2019 meta prime everyone admits that Louisville slugger meta prime is the best BBCOR bat in the market.
So, despite its premium price it still manages to deliver what players expect from a Best high school bat. Hence it is Value for the Money.
Bat Sizing options
The meta 2020 is available in BBCOR sizing, this high school bat is available in these following sizing options:
- 31"/28 oz
- 32"/29 oz
- 33"/30 oz
- 34"/ 31 oz
Due to its variety of sizing option it becomes suitable for almost 85% of the High school players who love to swing a balanced BBCOR bat.
Who is recommended to use this BBCOR bat?
Despite its premium construction and amazing performance, this truth can not be denied that it one of the most expensive bats ever. So, if you have a limited budget this can’t be your new high school friend.
Players who have no budget issue and like smooth smashes and no vibration with this three-piece construction may go for it.
Another reason to buy this 2020 meta -3 BBCOR bat is that you live bigger barrels and lighter swings. For Power hitters who love end load, 2020 LS Meta PWR is recommended.
In a Nutshell it is suitable for those:
- Who has no budget issues
- Likes smooth smashes
- Does not want vibrations along with a stiffer feel
- Prefer Big barrel bats
- Loves Light swings
Louisville Slugger Meta 2020 Recommendations
BBCOR Meta Recommendations
Louisville Slugger Meta 2020 is no longer Prime by name but still it has won the title of being Best BBCOR bat or Best High school bat of this year.
It is recommended to players who have no budget issues,Likes smooth smashes, Vibration free feel, along with a stiffer feel, Prefer bigger barrel bats
and light swings
Slugger Meta 2020 vs 2019 Meta Prime
You might have probably heard that there is no difference in Meta Prime 2019 and Meta 2020 except name but I would here like to clarify that this is not the complete truth.
The one noticeable difference between both of them is that Slugger meta prime 2019 had a problem that finishes used to chip off easily which does not chip in the 2020 meta.
New meta 2020 changed the colorway to the blue base moreover you cannot find any major difference in performance and feel.
This is the same bat with 10% end load weight, For those elite power hitter should prefer the Louisville Slugger Meta PWR 2020 which is specially made for powerful players.
As such Meta PWR is best for those players who can handle all the swing weight you can give them.
Meta Prime - 2019
Despite of facing criticism because of its price, this bat has gained enormous popularity due to its amazing performance.
In 2019 it was feature in our list of Best BBCOR Bats.
918 Prime - 2018
918 Prime used to provide very smoother hits.
It was 3rd iteration of their high end two piece composite bats.
It got really very good reviews in BBCOR but not in USSSA.
917 Prime - 2017
Slugger 917 prime was quite similar to the 916 prime.
It had a better grip, lighter swings with a considerable and measurable size of larger sweet spot. And was loved by players.
Similar Bats to Compare
If you have a limited budget and don’t want to spend that hefty amount yet want a decent high school baseball bat then Quatro Pro or Demarini CF Zen can be a good alternative. So these are the closest competitors of Slugger Meta 2020.
2020 Rawlings Quatro Pro review
Rawlings Quatro Pro BBCOR version is the closest competitor of the new 2020 Slugger Meta. It has improved a lot in this latest model and people have started to love this high school BBCOR bat very much.
Our Rawlings quatro pro review consists of in depth review of USA quatro pro, USSSA and BBCOR version off it as well.
It is also featured in our most performing BBCOR bats.
2019 Marucci Cat 8 review
After great success of almost all the bats in marucci BBCOR Cat series, here is 2019 version which is also know as Cat 8. It is definitely one of the best BBCOR bats of 2019. It provides great performance, lasts longer and still does not affects your pocket this is why we recommend it after quatro pro.
Easton Project 3 ADV
Literally is the most performing BBCOR bat ever made by Easton. It is powered with some advance technologies like power boost knob and better improvement in the connective piece. Easton Project ADV is somehow better than Cat 8 and expensive too.
Other Slugger Meta Bats
2020 Meta PWR (Meta Power) review
The Meta PWR is made for the power hitters as it has a heavier swing. The connection point of this bat is also 3FX. The price of this bat is generally lower than the Meta 2020.
2020 Meta GLD (Meta Gold) review
This bat was made for promotional purposes. It was released in golden color and there were only 100 bats were produced of this kind. All the features of this bat were the same as that of Meta 2020. This bat is now out of stock and you cannot purchase it.
At last I would like to say that If you are planning to buy Louisville Slugger Meta 2020 and have no issues of budget then no longer think, just go for it.
Or if you have used its Slugger 2019 meta prime and loved that one and are confused about this newer version of BBCOR bat then keep in mind it is as good as its previous version. Even it is somehow better.