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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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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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.
The only bat that shares the stage with the CF in USSSA is Marucci's CAT 8. The barrel is massive, the feel is perfect and the sound is exactly what most are looking for. Throw in some legit tech in the handle to dampen sting, a number of drops and lengths as well as a reasonable price point and you have one of the most popular USSSA bats on the market. The bat's popularity, demand, relevance and player feedback top the market. Tech specs and performance are good enough to get it into the elite class of Diamond bats in USSSA for 2020.
Marucci's Cat 8 does fantastic in everything. It is one of two most popular BBCOR bats (the Slugger Meta being the other). The CAT 8 gets good marks on performance and player feedback, has a top shelf size offerings (with some inches on the 1/2) and exceeds other company's single piece bat tech by a generation. Marucci's CAT line might be the most popular single piece BBCOR bat in the history of the sport (and that counts the Omaha which sits at 2/3's its price). The anti-vibration knob and extended barrel made from thinning the peripheral walls of the barrel make it a must swing. With a swing weight on the heavy side of average, every size of player cannot get enough. Neither can their parents. It seems like every month Marucci is dropping a colorway version of the CAT 8 that vendors can't keep in stock. With a reasonable price point, great tech, fantastic user reviews its a wonder how other companies sell any single piece aluminum bats at all. As if there were any doubt, the 2020 Marucci CAT 8 in BBCOR is a Diamond level bat.
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.
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).
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?)
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.
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.
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 DeMarini The Goods Review: Endloaded, Stiff, Big Hitting. We put the 2020 DeMarini The Goods two piece bat in the hands of 3 serious BBCOR ball players. Each found the bat to swing heavy (in a good way), feel great and look fantastic. We also watched many NCAA 2019 College World Series players give it a shot. The bat is a great shift from the Voodoo Insane of 2019 and is clearly built for the big hitter who still likes a two piece hybrid instead of a single piece aluminum. Our Score: 9/10.Price Check
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.
Marucci has used the same general principles in their CAT line of bats ever since the now illegal Cat 5. That is, they:
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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