FYI: There is a newer version of this bat
Marucci has released their new version of the CAT 5-Squared for 2015. It is called, not surprisingly, the CAT 6.
It has a few notable changes when compared to the BBCOR CAT 5-Squared.
But first we’ll start with what is the same. Like the CAT 5-Squared, the CAT 6 is still a one piece aluminum stick with a patterned ring free design. Inside the knob of the bat you can see a small, interestingly designed, type of rubber piece that absorbs the shock of mishits.
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Other reference pages on the CAT 6 can be found no these industry pages below. We refer to them, as well as our own data and experience, to write this 2015 Marucci CAT 6 review.
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Marucci CAT 6 Video Review
BBCOR CAT 6
Marucci CAT 6
Hitters who like the honest feel and power that come from a one piece bat but also want to avoid its associated sting; Want a one piece bat; Prefer a balanced bat; Want a top shelf bat but don’t want to spend top shelf money; Prefer a two-piece bat but want to find a one-piece bat that swings with the same smoothness that two pieces do; would rather have an aluminum barrel.
On the other hand, those who want an end loaded swing; are in little league and need a real light swing (as the CAT 6 is only in a max drop 8); are in little league and prefer a composite barrel.
USSSA CAT 6
Marucci CAT 6
Overall the CAT 6 is, in justbatreviews opinion, the most beautiful BBCOR bat on the planet. The bat is sleek with a kissable and sheen finish. The angelic white with gray and red accents make it look like a bat designed in the halls of Prada.
As per performance, we think the CAT 6 is a top shelf BBCOR bat that will perform, out of the wrapper, at the highest allowable .50 BBCOR standard. It’s big barrel (especially for a full piece aluminum bat) is remarkable. We are sure that those who fell in love with the CAT 5-Squared will fall in love all over again with the CAT 6.
The Cat 6’s sting dampening knob makes it otherwise unique. No other bat uses such a tech (they can’t as Marucci has the patent). But, you can find some single piece aluminum bats from 2016 in the Omaha 516 and the Rawlings VELO. Both are legit choices, a bit ligther and also run a bit cheaper.
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2015 CAT 6 Construction
Another notable change to the bat is its design. The CAT 5-Squared was designed in gray backing with black and red highlights and a black grip. On the CAT 6, the bat is a very glossy pearl white with sort of hologram hurricane circles in the design. (Get it? CAT 6, Hurricane, as in a Category 6 Hurricane?). The grip is gray to match the highlights on the bat.
On the BBCOR version of the bat Marucci also shaped the handle to transition into the knob. This larger widening handle increases the bottom hands contact to the bat which many hitters like. Those who like a skinny bottom hand handle can unwrap the tape and remove the plastic shaped cone on the bottom of the handle.
Bat Sizing Options
The CAT 6 will come in a drop 3 BBCOR, Senior League (2 5/8 Barrel) of drop 5 and drop 8 and well as Junior Barrel Version (2 3/4) in a drop 10. From what I can tell, the CAT 6 will not be available in the youth 2 1/4 barrel like the Squared was. This hints at a future release of a youth bat from Marucci.