From a design standpoint Marucci Sports owns our hearts. Every new Marucci bat we see seems to leaves us weak in the knees. And, if our count is right, this is five in a row: (1) the CAT 6 is poetic; (2) the OPS is now hanging over the fire place mantle; (3) the Marucci Hex Composite may be the best looking Senior League bat of the year; (4) the Elite Limited looks like it came out of a Sears Fall Special catalog.
Now, (5) the limited release Marucci Hex Alloy may be the most mesmerizing of them all. The pictures don’t quite do it justice, just wait until you hold one. Looking directly at the knob, it looks like they used a Skittle as the template and design. Its shiny gloss lime green finish is brilliant and well proportioned. Around JBR HQ we refer to this bat as the Skittle bat.
On a more practical note, the bat is the answer for those who wish they had a CAT 6 in the drop 10 big barrel or drop 12 youth barrel. Can I get a Hallelujah!? Like the CAT 6, the Marucci Alloy is a full alloy one piece bat. It has, like the CAT 6, the sting free alloy design.
One other engineering feat of which Marucci should be proud is the gigantic barrel. This barrel is large even by composite barrel standards. Compared to the Marucci Hex Composite, which has one of the largest barrels in the business, we found the Alloy’s barrel size nearly identical in diameter from the cap through the “M” on Marucci. It does taper faster than the composite version and by the time it gets to the line the barrel is about 15% skinnier.
However, it is nearly unheard of for an aluminum alloy barrel bat to have anywhere near the size advantages that composite creates. The Hex Alloy, however, figured it out. According to Marucci, they took the same alloy used in the CAT 6 and improved it to allow a drop 10 Senior League barrel, leaving it gigantic in relation to its alloy peers.
The youth (2 1/4) version of the bat has a very gradual taper which makes the bat look a bit like a toothpick—especially after hitting with the monster 2 3/4 version. But for a 2 1/4 bat its barrel size is perfect and remarkably long.
The other noteworthy thing on the 2015 Marucci Hex Alloy is the ping sound. We don’t think we’ve heard a louder bat. The clear ring from each hit adds another element of satisfaction to each connection with the ball. Every time it’s hit I think of the church bells at Notre Dame—as if the loud ring is in commemoration of jaw dropping jack.
The alloy bats we weighed and measured were heavier than their composite counterparts in both swing weight and total weight. The 31 ounce composite weighed in at 30.35 ounces. The alloy weighed in at 32.25 ounces. This is not uncommon among any bat manufacturers’ standards. But do note that dropping an inch in transition from composite to alloy versions would be appropriate for comparison purposes.
Overall we are huge fans of the 2015 Marucci Hex Alloy. The bat performs at peak allowable performance out of the wrapper. Its ping and pop are remarkable and the design we dare say flawless. The price point is right in the wheel house of what most parents are willing to spend. All for less than $200 in the Senior League and under $130 in a youth barrel. How does anyone say no to this bat?
The only real drawback we could mention is the swing weight isn’t in the ‘ultra-light’ category like the composite version. As well, anyone who really prefers a composite bat feel and sound may find the alloy shell weight distribution and very loud ping out of his liking. But anyone looking for a middle weight bat under $200 brand new may want to get their hands on the “Skittle.”
The only place to buy these is directly from Marucci’s Web Site. You need to be an exclusive member which you can sign up for $20.