Marucci Cat 8 Baseball Bats Hit the Field

The tradition of the Marucci Cat 8 bat series of BBCOR and USSSA 1.15 BPF baseball bats continues, but this time they’re offering a vast selection so you can get the Cat 8 bat that is best for you.

Marucci Cat 8 Composite Connect Baseball Bats

There’s three different Marucci bat models – The Cat 8, Cat 8 Connect, and the Cat 8 Composite. Below we go in-depth and describe the differences between them . . .

Marucci Cat 8 – (1-piece Aluminum Alloy)

Marucci Cat 8 Big Barrel Bat

The Cat 8 model is offered in BBCOR and USSSA Youth Big Barrel versions, and carries the torch from the Cat 7, Cat 6, Cat 5. This model is arguable the best 1-piece bat in the game, giving you a stiff feel and a sweet ping barrel sound at ball impact.

The Cat 8 bats are made up of AZ105 Alloy, which is a very strong aluminum that increases the barrel’s strength and durability. Speaking of the barrel, Marucci incorporates a multi-variable wall design with the Cat 8 bats, which allows them to thin the inner walls and extend the sweet spot for a more potent hitting surface.

Marucci makes the Cat 8 lineup with a precision balanced swing weight, which improves your bat control and maximizes your swing speed as you whip the barrel through the hitting zone.

Lastly, Marucci goes the extra mile to ensure your hands stay fast and reactive, as the micro-perforated soft-touch bat grip gives you the right amount of cushion and tackiness for a clean feel. The AV2 knob has anti-vibration technology, which minimizes that unwanted sting so your hands stay as comfortable as possible, so when you miss hit from time to time you won’t have to pay the price and clutch your hands. If you like 1-piece alloy bats, this is about as good as it gets.

Cat 8 Connect (2-piece Hybrid)

Marucci Cat 8 Connect Baseball Bat

The all-new Cat 8 Connect is a 2 piece design with even more vibration control built in to the bat. Essentially, the Connect is exactly like the regular Cat 8 (even the bat grip), except they added a composite handle for a hybrid design.

The hybrid design on the Cat 8 Connect is offered in BBCOR and minus 5 ounce USSSA Youth Big Barrel, and is built as a 2-piece, connecting the AZ105 aluminum alloy barrel to the all-composite handle. It’s connected using the SDX EXT piece, which is a shock dissipating connection that redirects that unwanted sting/vibration back into the barrel for increased trampoline effect. That trampoline effect helps the barrel walls launch the ball harder and faster off of the sweet spot, ultimately increasing the distances of your hits. So, essentially, that vibration energy is used to your advantage instead of being an irritation felt in your hands.

The Cat 8 Connect is also made end loaded, so there’s more weight added to the end of the barrel for increased power potential. That doesn’t mean it’s built only for power hitters, but it does cater to that style a bit more.

Naturally, due to the composite handle, you’ll feel a tiny bit more flex as you swing through the hitting zone. Some people prefer that, while others prefer a stiffer feel like the standard Cat 8, but one is not necessarily better than the other. If you prefer the 2-piece with some flex and less sting, the Cat 8 Connect is right up your alley.

Cat 8 Composite (2-Piece All-Composite)

Marucci Cat 8 Composite Baseball Bat

This is an all-new bat, as Marucci is making their first 100% composite Cat 8 for maximum performance, flex, durability, and feel.

Made as a 2-piece, the composite barrel and composite handle are connected with the same SDX EXT connection piece that’s used on the Cat 8 Connect. The all-composite barrel, which is a more durable and lighter material, allows Marucci to make the biggest barrel length and sweet spot possible, giving you a bat that packs a big punch with the huge sweet spot.

The Cat 8 Composite has a mid loaded swing weight, which means the weight isn’t necessarily packed too heavily towards the handle (balanced) or the end cap (end loaded), but more towards the middle of the bat. This gives you a bit more power potential than a balanced bat but doesn’t sacrifice much swing speed, giving you a best-of-both-worlds swing weight so to speak.

Lastly, this bat has the same comfortable bat grip that’s used on the other two models, as Marucci always has feel and comfort as a high priority when crafting these bats.

Which one is best for me?

2019 / 2020 Marucci Cat 8 Bats

It all comes down to personal preference, size, and price, but just know that you really cannot go wrong with any of these options. Elite travel ball players will mostly want the Cat 8 Composite, while high school and college players generally prefer one piece, metal bats like the Cat 8. Whatever bat you choose you can be sure that Marucci cares deeply about the products they put out on the field, and that two years of care and dedication have gone in to making these new bats a reality. CheapBats.com offers free 2 day shipping on the Cat 8 bat series, as well as Free Return Shipping if you don’t like it.

Marucci Cat 8 Comparison Chart

Marucci Hybrid Wood Bat – Maple and Composite Match Made In Heaven

Recently, Marucci was getting requests from elite high school, college, and pro baseball players for more durable hybrid wood/maple/composite baseball bat. Marucci is owned and operated by former MLB players, so they knew what it would take to design and manufacture a high end wood composite hybrid that would be durable, have a nice swing weight, perform well, and be BBCOR certified for High School, College, and Perfect Game tournament play. The solution is the all new, Marucci AP5 Hybrid.

Marucci Hybrid Wood Maple Composite AP5 Baseball Bat

Construction

Similar to the Baum bat, the new AP5 Hybrid composite is built with a partially hollow composite inner core, surrounded by the proven hard wood maple that made Marucci famous. Marucci does NOT compromise. The new hybrid is handcrafted and looks beautiful in real life.

Durability

Incredibly hard maple surrounding the composite inner core means the Marucci Hybrid wood bat will last you a long time. Marucci is standing behind the Hybrid with a 90 day warranty.

Sound and Feel

Marucci does bats right. They don’t make bad bats. Period. Marucci designed the Hybrid with a tapered handle and knob, along with an ever so slight end loaded swing weight to produce power through the hitting zone. The large barrel of the AP5 turning profile is one of Marucci’s best selling bat profiles, and is a perfect fit for most baseball players, so it makes sense to use it in their Hybrid.

Simply put, Marucci puts a lot of thought and care into their product production. This high end wood hybrid is the perfect bat for your Summer league games, High School or College, and Perfect Game tournaments if you play in them as well. With a 90 day warranty and free return shipping from CheapBats.com, you’re guaranteed to hit a home run with the Marucci Hybrid AP5 wood composite bat!

Marucci BBCOR Baseball Bats

Marccui BBCOR Baseball BatsMarucci’s 2014 BBCOR Baseball Bat lineup offers some great choices for all levels of play! Let’s jump in.

Marucci Elite BBCOR MCBE14 Baseball Bat 2014

Marucci’s best BBCOR baseball bat for 2014 is the Elite.  This is a hybrid Marcuui Elite BBCOR Baseball Bat 2014BBCOR baseball bat using Aerospace Technology. By combining the fusion of composite and alloy in the barrel, Marucci was able to extend the sweet spot of the BBCOR barrel while also increasing durability. With new technology Marucci was aware of how they could now redistribute the weight of the bat for better feel, and faster swing speed. With a huge power zone on the barrel of this bat you’ll love the new Marucci Elite BBCOR for 2014.

2014 Marucci One BBCOR Baseball Bat Black MCB1 -3OZ

3 MarccuisMaintaining the same type of Aerospace Technology in this half composite half alloy BBCOR bat, Marucci made the Black’s barrel longer than before to create the biggest sweet spot on the Marucci MCB11 possible.  To give their BBCOR a more balanced feel to this larger barrel, Marucci made a counterbalance in the knob. If you like a balanced marucci bat, the Black could be for you.

Marucci Black BBCOR MCBB14 Baseball Bat 2014

Marucci Blue 1 BBCOR MCB1 Baseball Bat 2014

Marucci Red 1 BBCOR MCB1 Baseball Bat 2014

The all alloy Marucci BBCOR baseball bat MCB1 is offered in three colors for players who wish to color coordinate their bat with their own team colors.  To make this BBCOR Bat appealing to the masses Marucci made it as a balanced baseball bat, with the AZ3000 Aerospace Aluminum Alloy coursing through it’s veins. Marucci used their tacky reinforced kevlar grip in the handle to secure a players hold, and eliminate vibration.

It’s worth noting in the Marucci bat review that none of these BBCORS have rings or inner walls preventing the barrel from reaching it’s fullest potential. Because there is no govenor inside the Marucci barrel these BBCOR Bats are hottest right out of the wrapper. All the of The Marucci’s come with a 12 month manufactures warranty.

Update: The Marucci Cat 6 has been teased by Marucci! Not many details are out as of early 2014, but look for the Cat 6 baseball bat line up to hit the fields later this year.

To know which of Marucci’s best BBCOR bats for 2014 are for you, go ahead and give us a call at 1(800) 589-4487 Cheapbats.com