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.
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.
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.
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?)
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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.
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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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