2015 vs 2016 Rawlings 5150 Review
The one-piece construction of the 2015 model includes an end cap that is equivalent to the end cap of the Velo, changing the 2015 version from an end-loaded to a balanced bat. This has resulted in a lower swing weight than the earlier versions of the 5150 (those from 2013 and 2014). This lower swing weight is a boon for some players and unpopular with others.
- Design is one-piece alloy
- Length-to-weight ratio of -3
- Barrel size is 2 ⅝ inches
- Comp-Lite End Cap
- Approved for both collegiate and high school play with BBCOR certification
- Swing weight is fully balanced
- Precision-Optimized Performance (pOp) Technology
- Low price point for higher-end bat
- Composite end makes for a lightweight swing compared to predecessors
- Lower MOI than previous versions of the 5150
- Great pop
- Great balance
- Good grip
- Fast bat speed
- Highly durable
- Good sized barrel
- Strong vibrations with mishit
- Some players are unhappy with the composite end cap
- Heavier swing weight than the Rawlings Velo (although some players prefer this)
- Higher price point that previous models (still competitive)
- Small knob at the end of the handle
- Very loud when it hits
- Not a great pop (according to some players)
2016 Rawlings 5150: What’s New?
The 2016 Rawlings 5150 has one major change from its 2015 predecessor. While it is still available in a single-piece construction, there is also a two-piece option. The two-piece construction uses the same alloy for the construction of the barrel, but the handle is made from a composite material, which results in less of a sting when making contact.
Both the one-piece and two-piece constructions of the 2016 model have the composite end cap, like the 2015 version, which results in a lightweight swing. This, the transition from an end-loaded bat to a balanced bat, is something many players who were fans of the pre-2015 version of the bat had to get used to.
The one-piece 2016 Rawlings 5150 is available in three 2 ⅝ versions, which include BBCOR, drop 5, and drop 10. There is also a 2 ¼ size youth barrel that is drop 13. The two-piece hybrid version of the 2016 model is only available in a 2 ¾ drop 10 version.
Overall, the one-piece 5150 will provide players with a solid hit, provided they don’t mind the sting of a mishit. It truly is a slugger of a bat. On the other hand, it remains to be seen how well the hybrid version of the 2016 model will perform. It certainly provides a twist to the traditional Rawlings 5150. And of course, the price of the 2016 Rawlings 5150 is just as reasonable and competitive as previous models.