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2020 Marucci CAT 8 Review | Cat 9 Release Date Unknown

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We are bombarded with questions about the release date of the Marucci CAT 9.  But, the 2020 Marucci Cat line in BBCOR is the CAT 8 Black. They only release every other year. This year, they updated the color scheme on a few of their bats due to the new white bat NCAA ban. For the heretofore unknown Marucci CAT 9 (if that is even what it will be called) we have no expectation for that release for until the summer of 2020. But, that is just our guess based on their previous release of the CAT 8 and CAT 7 in years passed. They are capable of surprising all of us. You will note, the 2020 USA CAT bat is called, just that, the 2020 Marucci CAT USA.

The 2020 Marucci CAT 8 bat is the same as the 2019 version of the bat except for the dark paint job. As such, our hitters like it just the same the 2019. Which, if you recall, was a lot. It hits great, s… Jump to the full review.


Survey Results

We surveyed over 2,000 players on their 2019 bat usage. We asked what bat they used, how they liked it and what bat they think is the best. We parsed that data into each individual bat and report those on our review pages. As well, we aggregated data on the bat brands overall ranking.

BBCOR (46 Responses)
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CAT 8 BBCOR owners satisfaction:

85%

Owners of the CAT 8 BBCOR who believe they have the best bat:

72%

Where do BBCOR Players Rank the CAT 8 among BBCOR bats?

#3

What popularity rank is the CAT 8 BBCOR Bat?

#4

All Marucci BBCOR Owner Average Satisfaction:

85%
USSSA (107 Responses)
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CAT 8 USSSA owners satisfaction:

89%

Owners of the CAT 8 USSSA who believe they have the best bat:

74%

Where do USSSA players rank the CAT 8 USSSA Bat?

#2

How Popular is the CAT 8 USSSA Bat?

#2

All Marucci USSSA Owner Average Satisfaction:

89%

2020 Marucci CAT 8 Video Review

We are bombarded with questions about the release date of the Marucci CAT 9.  But, the 2020 Marucci Cat line in BBCOR is the CAT 8 Black. They only release every other year. This year, they updated the color scheme on a few of their bats due to the new white bat NCAA ban.

For the heretofore unknown Marucci CAT 9 (if that is even what it will be called) we have no expectation for that release for until the summer of 2020. But, that is just our guess based on their previous release of the CAT 8 and CAT 7 in years passed. They are capable of surprising all of us. You will note, the 2020 USA CAT bat is called, just that, the 2020 Marucci CAT USA.

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Quick Review

The 2020 Marucci CAT 8 bat is the same as the 2019 version of the bat except for the dark paint job. As such, our hitters like it just the same the 2019. Which, if you recall, was a lot. It hits great, sounds fantastic, swings like a boss and comes with fantastic reviews from parents and players alike.

They also made a black BBCOR version of the Marucci F5 and Cat Connect which they are calling the 2020 models. But, like the CAT 8, is just a colored up version of the 2019 F5 and Connect.

Recommendations

Since there is no difference than the 2019 version, aside from the color, our recommendations stay the same. If you are in love with the Black model then you’ll have to decide if the price increase is worth it.

If you do play NCAA baseball that allows aluminum bats then you’ll need to go with the Black version in 2020 as it is required. Otherwise, high school players looking for a nice new look for a Marucci 2020 CAT will love it.

BBCOR CAT 8 Recommendations
2020 Marucci CAT 8 Review

The 2020 CAT 8 version of the Marucci series is fantastic in BBCOR. Big hitters like it. Small hitters like it. For a single piece bat, the tech in the handle does surprisingly well on the hands for mishits. Although a previous version of the bat, a few College level guys were going after it with the CAT series in the 2019 College World Series. (We covered those bats extensively here).

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2020 vs 2019 CAT 8

As we state above, the 2020 Marucci CAT 8 Black is the same as the 2019 Marucci CAT 8 save the change in color. It was changed to freshen up the line and give college kids a chance to swing a legal bat. (White bats will be banned in 2020 for NCAA players).

2019

Bat Review

CAT 8

After a month of use with the BBCOR and USSSA versions of the CAT 8 we put together this 2019 CAT 8 Review. (Looking for the 2020 USA Marucci CAT review?)

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2018

CAT 7

The 2018 Marucci CAT 7 is the same as the 2017 Marucci CAT 7. Marucci doesn't hide this idea. They release their performance bats on a two year cycle.

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2016

Bat Review

CAT 6

JustBats purchased the exclusive rights to the CAT 6. That is, the updated look on the CAT 6---with the red base and white accents---is a JustBats only bat. The expectation, as far as we understand it, is that such will be the case indefinitely. Making such an arrangement, as far as know, a first.

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Comparable Bats

The most comparable bat on the market to the CAT 8, we think, is either Rawlings 5150 or Slugger’s Solo. Both are single piece aluminum bats with a decent sized barrel. The Solo swings lighter and the 5150 will ring your hands more. Some might also consider the Velo as a reasonable comparison. We do not disagree. Both bats have the variable wall thickness to extend the swing spot of the barrel.

2020 The Goods

Compare the The Goods Review

The Goods is a 2020 DeMarini BBCOR baseball bat. It comes in a single piece and two piece hybrid option. This article is the hybrid 2020 DeMarini The Goods review. It is the heaviest BBCOR bat DeMarini makes and meant specifcially for the power hitter. It reshapes the Voodoo Insane line for 2019.

Close watching of the NCAA 2019 College World Series gives us a bit of insight to the type of elite players that prefer the heavy swining 2020 The Goods.

The single piece version of The Goods called The Goods One Piece. That, too, is a BBCOR only bat and is in the process of being reviewed on our site.

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2018 Voodoo One

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We have now spent considerable time both in the cage and during games with the 2018 DeMarini Voodoo One balanced.

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2019 CAT 8 OTM

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*These are basically sold out at this point.***

For the 2018 holidays, Marucci has released a special colorway on the CAT 8.

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2020 Marucci CAT 8 Review | Cat 9 Release Date Unknown

Marucci Releases Bats on a Two Year Cycle

Marucci releases their bats on a two year cycle. Hence, unless we are mistaken, there will not be a Marucci CAT 9 (if that is even what it will be called) for 2019 or 2020. Last year, around about June, they released the 2019 CAT 8 which has been very well and widely received.

2020 CAT 8 Construction

Marucci has used the same general principles in their CAT line of bats ever since the now illegal Cat 5. That is, they:

  • use a high performing barrel that uses variable wall thickness to create a longer sweet spot.
  • implant a silicone piece inside the knob of the bat to help dampen sting on mishits (they call this the AV2).
  • do not use any rings inside the barrel.
  • focus the bats swing weight towards the knob for a lighter feeling bat.
  • use a single piece of aluminum to construct the entire bat.

Bat Sizing Options

The 2020 BBCOR version of the bat comes in a 31, 32, 33, 33.5 and 34-inch length.

The USA 2020 CAT is a different line (no “8”) at the end and we review that elsewhere. Currently there is no USSSA version of the 2020 CAT 8 – Black. But, as always, we do expect new colorways and looks from Marucci often.

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Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
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Feel on Mishits
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