In addition to the full composite 2015 Marucci Hex, which we reviewed earlier, Marucci is also set to release a hybrid bat in its senior barrel category. This bat, the Elite Limited, is an update and improvement from the Marucci 2014 Elite.
The 2014 version had favorable reviews. Many were particularly impressed with the micro-perforated grip as well as its very balanced swing. They were also quite impressed with the length of the extended barrel. All of these traits are apparent in the 2015 Marucci Elite Limited as well.
We recommend the 2015 Marucci Elite for hitters who
- Can use a Senior League Barrel
- Need or prefer a light swing weight
- Like the sting dampening of a two piece bat
- Are on a somewhat limited budget
- Want to improve their contact or on base skills
- Want what could be the best looking bat on the market.
We do not recommend the 2015 Marucci Elite for hitters who
- Prefer composite barrels
- Need or want an endloaded bat
- Are on a tight budget
- Prefer one piece bats.
The 2015 version also has the same seamless bat hybrid design as the 2014 version. For those who have never felt Marucci’s Elite line, and their claim to a seamless two piece bat, you will be surprised at how seamless it actually is. Compared to other two piece bats, it takes some convincing that it actually is a two piece bat. The proprietary transition that Marucci has obviously perfected gives the Elite a one piece look like no other two piece on the market. Anyone who dislikes two piece bats because of the sometimes gaudy transition points may really appreciate this truly seamless hybrid.
In the cage, we found that the feedback in the hands of the 2015 Elite was a bit more honest (by honest we mean noticeable) than other two piece hybrid bats. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Honest feedback is a desire for lots of hitters–which is why lots of folks are fans of one piece bats. In addition, more feedback in the hands is directly and positively proportional to the power found in the bat. Bat’s whose transition points absorbs all the vibration almost always imply a loss of power at the plate.
We found that a hit in on the barrel of the 2015 Elite limited felt great and traveled a legitimate country mile.
From a sizing perspective, the 2015 Marucci Elite Limited comes in a 2 3/4 drop 11 and a 2 5/8 drop 5 (both senior league bats). We found the drop 11 to be extremely light and, when we measured its swing weight, we found it to be one of the lightest bats in the industry for its class. This 2 3/4 seamless hybrid bat with such a light swing weight (and a price point in the mid $200s) should find a significant demand this year.
If there were any complaints in the 2014 version, it was that the bat lacked pop because it didn’t have enough power in the swing. However, JBR suggests that those complaining didn’t purchase the right bat to begin with. Just so we are all on the same page, there is a direct and inverse relationship between pop and bat speed. Let us explain:
If you want more gumption behind your swing, then get a bat with a higher swing weight. But a bat with a higher swing weight decreases a players ability to swing the bat fast. The trick is finding a bat that can maximize bat speed (or darn close to it) at the maximum swing weight for that player. We are confident the 2015 Marucci Elite Limited drop 11 can indeed do that for some hitters—especially those looking for a monster barrel and a light swing.
But if your goal in life is to send balls toward the international space station, then the Elite in the drop 5 might be your answer. The drop 5 is, aside from the CAT 6, Marucci’s answer to the little leaguer whose focus is more distance than OBP.
2015 Marucci Elite Limited Design
We also would be amiss for not mentioning the graphics on the 2015 Marucci Elite Limited. We know that has between zero and nothing to do with how far you hit the ball, but between the Marucci CAT 6, Hex and now the Elite Limited, Marucci takes the prize on best looking bats for 2015. And I’m not sure it’s even close. Easton’s bats, which took the prize last year with the neon orange MAKO, now look like kids toys compared to Marucci’s 2015 line.
Overall, we think the seamless two piece hybrid bat from Marucci is a legit mid-shelf bat in the hyrbid space. Its main competitors are the NVS Vexxum from DeMarinni and 715 from Louisville Slugger. It’s barrel size is much like the 2015 Catalyst. While the focus of the NVS is more feel at contact and the 715’s focus is more a higher swing weight, the Marucci Elite Limited beats both in its light swing with extended barrel and graphics. Those looking for a light swinging hybrid in the senior barrel category need not look any further.
Currently, the best place to buy this bat is here (since it’s not released to the public yet). Come November, you should be able to pick up this bat here–just in time to match your Thanksgiving decor.