FYI: There is a newer version of this bat
*These are basically sold out at this point.*** For the 2018 holidays, Marucci has released a special colorway on the CAT 8.
It includes, among other things, a barrel with a money shaped theme. Up close on the barrel there are bills you can see. It also comes in a green and gold. The bat, which is a replica of the CAT 8 in BBCOR and USSSA, is a single piece aluminum with advanced knob and barrel tech. It prices out exactly like the CAT 8, which we think is fantastic. It easily makes our gift guide for ball players 2018. (See more images on Marucci’s IG account).
The CAT 8 OTM stands for Cat 8 “On The Money”.
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Industry Reference Guide
Other reference pages on the CAT 8 OTM can be found no these industry pages below. We refer to them, as well as our own data and experience, to write this 2019 Marucci CAT 8 OTM review.
Marucci CAT 8 OTM Video Review
On the whole, we are huge fans of the CAT 8. Those looking for a more traditional feeling single piece bat (not some two piece composite “magic”) will appreciate the honest feedback in a the CAT 8. The barrel size is remarkable considering the all aluminum design. The bat’s knob has a dampener (proprietary) that dampens sting considerably.
BBCOR CAT 8 OTM
Marucci CAT 8 OTM
The BBCOR CAT 8 is a big barreled single piece aluminum made for serious players. Our hitters love the sound and honest feedback. Exit speeds always look great. Swing weight put it right in the ‘average’ category. Not too light, not too heavy. We’ve yet to talk with a single player that didn’t like the CAT 8.
USSSA CAT 8 OTM
Marucci CAT 8 OTM
The BBCOR CAT 8 Money bat also comes in a drop 5, drop 8 and drop 10. These price out the same as the CAT 8 in the traditional colorway. People really like the heavier drops (5, 8). We think the drop 5 one of the, if not THE, best cold weather bat on the market today. Serious hitters, elite players, love the drop 5 and 8 for its stiff feel and ball crushing skills. The drop 10 has more hand sting then we’d like, but it works.
2019 vs 2019 CAT 8 OTM
2019 CAT 8
2017 CAT 7
The most comparable bat is likely Marucci’s GS25. That was a limited edition Alex Rodriguez bat also built on the CAT 8 chassis. But, that bat didn’t come in USSSA versions like the CAT OTM has. And, of course, the CAT 8 is very similar in the sense it is the same bat just a different color.
But, outside of the Marucci like up, take a closer look at a bat like the Rawlings Velo or Slugger 518 Omaha.
Research: 2019 Marucci CAT 8 OTM
2019 CAT 8 OTM Construction
The CAT 8 OTM is a single piece bat built with several unique features that make it feel different than traditional single piece bats. Including technology in the knob that helps dampen sting. And, too, variable thickness in the walls to extend the sweet spot, lower swing weight and increase the barrel size.
Bat Sizing Options
At release you’ll find the CAT 8 Money (OTM) bat in:
- USSSA Drop 5
- USSSA Drop 8
- USSSA Drop 10