New for the 2019 season! Take your game to the next level with the new and improved Marucci bat lineup. One of the main differences from the CAT 7 is the new and improved AZ105 Alloy, the strongest aluminum on the Marucci bat line, allows for thinner barrel walls, a higher response rate and better durability. Its 2 5/8-inch barrel provides an expanded sweet spot for more base hits. Another upgrade for the 2019 lineup is the 2nd Generation AV2 Anti-Vibration Knob that features a harmonic dampening system for better feel and less negative vibrational feedback. Marucci Sports: Honor the Game.
This 2018 Marucci CAT8 BBCOR baseball bat features a -3 length to weight ratio and a 2 5/8 inch ring-free barrel construction, important for increased barrel flex and reducing the likelihood of dead spots, so every ball you hit can travel high and far. The barrel is also precision-balanced for a lower M.O.I, resulting in a lighter feel as you swing and giving you better precision and control. Its one-piece alloy construction provides a clean, consistent swing, and the tapered handle with its soft-touch grip is topped with an ergonomic knob shape for more top-hand control and comfort while you're at the plate. This bat is BBCOR certified for high school and collegiate baseball play, and it comes with free shipping and a full one-year manufacturer's warranty. Don't forget, with our 24/7 customer service, we'll be here for you from click to hit!
add_circle_outlinePros: My son, 15, was a huge Cat6 fan but went away from when they made changes in the Cat7. When the Cat8 came out he demoed it and the smile on his face said it all. Great balance and tons of pop. I do a ton of research on bats and he has tried everything from the Velo to the Mako Beast, to the 918. This bat is the best on the market.
add_circle_outlinePros: More balanced than the Cat7 with more pop. Quick through the zone with great control and tons of pop. The Cat8 will be the best Marucci as put out. We are very picky about bats and don't care about looks, only performance. This bat has it all. Don't get caught up in price, this is the best bat in our tests in our families batting cage, including the Velo, Mako and 918. All great bats, but the Cat8 performed the best.
add_circle_outlinePros: Bat has the distinctive Marucci sound
Large sweet spot
remove_circle_outlineCons: Has a matte finish, unlike the previous Cat 7's glossy finish. This finish/paint is not as durable. This new bat already has a scratch down to the metal through the paint. Owned a Cat 7 for more than a year and it doesn't have any scratches down to the metal even though it's been used for thousands of cuts.
add_circle_outlinePros: I'm 15 years old and i was swinging a drop 3 zen for my 14u season and when i got to my travel season this year i bought this bat before my nationals tournament i'm 5'11 150 and this bat fly's off the ball. Second at bat with it put it 325 over the fence and who knows how far it went this bat is amazing and would per fur it to any player
add_circle_outlinePros: My son is 14 using his first drop 3. We had Maruccis in the past and loved them, but had to go a year without one this past season due to the USA stamp requirements. He absolutely loves the Cat 8. The ball jumps of the bat and is well balanced. He is glad to be using a Marucci again!
add_circle_outlinePros: The bat looks great and has some serious pop. Makes a cool ping sound when you hit the ball. He did not complain about any vibration and all of the Marucci's CAT series are awesome!
add_circle_outlinePros: This Bat exceeded my expectations. It looks great and has tons of pop. We've tried other bats Easton and Combat but no comparison. My son likes the ping it makes when you hit the ball
How does this bat compare to the Cat 7? How dramatic are the improvements?
The AZ105 alloy is stronger than the AZ4X on the Cat 7, allowing the 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 to have thinner walls off the sweet spot creating more forgiving areas and higher performance even when contact is made off the sweet spot. The Cat 8 also offers 8 variables of wall thickness compared to the 7 variables of wall thickness on the Cat 7.
How does the CAT 8 compare to the CAT 7 as far as end load or balanced feel?
Although we have not had a chance to get a feel for the 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 we would imagine the swing weight feel would be more balanced than the CAT 7 due to the improvements that have been made.
What is the drop on this bat?
The 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 will have a drop 3. All BBCOR certified bats will be -3.
Which bat is better for BBCOR, is it the Cat 8 or the Cat 8 Connect?
Both bats are great BBCOR options. The 2019 Marucci CAT 8 Connect BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBCC8 is a two-piece hybrid with an end-loaded feel. This is a good option for a player that needs a little flex in their bat. In contrast, the 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 is a one piece alloy with a balanced swing weight. Power hitters tend to have success with the stiffer one piece alloy bats. Depending on your player's preference, they could find success with either option.
Is this an end loaded bat? Or is the Connect the end loaded one? What size for a 5"6", 115 lb player, 14u?
The 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 is a one-piece all alloy model featuring a balanced swing weight while the 2019 Marucci CAT 8 Connect BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBCC8 is a hybrid design (alloy barrel and composite handle) with an end-loaded swing weight. As for size to get, based on the player's height, weight and age we would recommend a 30 inch model.
How does the Cat 8 Connect compare to the Cat 7 Connect? Are both end loaded?
The 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 is comparable to the CAT 7 as far as feel and performance. They are more of a balanced than end loaded bat. The CAT 8 features the new AZ105 alloy to help make it more durable.
Is this bat USSSA approved?
No, the 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 is BBCOR approved.
I was about to order this bat for my son and noticed the response to a previous question was that the bat is not USSSA approved. Is the bat a qualified BBCOR bat that can be used in 14u USSSA tournaments?
The 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 is BBCOR certified which is a higher standard than USSSA and therefore will be allowed for all 14u USSSA baseball
Is an aluminum or composite bat better for my son who is 5"5 115lbs? What are the pros or cons?
Traditionally speaking, aluminum provides a stiffer, yet higher conduction of vibrations, upon contact. This has favored power hitters. Composite flexes more on contact and dampens the vibrations, for a more comfortable bat. This model, the 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 is a one piece aluminum bat that will provide high levels of power on contact and uniquely offers a vibration dampening knob for a very comfortable feel at the plate. I would recommend this model for any size or type of hitter.
Is there any break in required?
The 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat (MCBC8) will be game-ready right out of the wrapper.
Is the Marucci CAT 8 USSSA approved?
The 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball (MCBC8) features the BBCOR .50 stamp. For USSSA play they will require the USSSA BPF 1.15 stamp OR the BBCOR .50 stamp so this model will be approved for play.
My son is 5'4" 105 lbs. He used a 32/27 2015 Voodoo Overlord this past season in travel ball and loved it. He has a BBCOR 32/29 of the same bat now but seems a bit heavy to him but we know that bat is a bit end loaded. He does have to use BBCOR in middle school. Do you think he needs to drop to a 31/28 BBCOR balanced bat as this Cat 8?
Moving from a -5 model to a BBCOR will be an adjustment and things can be made tougher when transitioning to a heavier bat that is also end-loaded. Based on his height and weight, our general recommendation would be to use a 29 inch BBCOR. With regards to the 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8, your best option would be the 30/27.
My son is turning 13 in a few weeks. He just finished Little League and is going into Babe Ruth where the bat requirement is either a USA bat or BBCOR (.50 BPF and 2 5/8' barrel). Does this bat meet that requirement? He is 5' 8" and weighs 130 pounds.
The 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat (MCBC8) would be allowed in the Babe Ruth league as it features a 2 5/8" barrel and is BBCOR-certified.
Based on your player's height and weight, I would recommend this bat in either a 31" or 32." He might be more comfortable with the 31" bat this season but the 32" would give him room to keep growing.
My son is 14 years old, 5' 7" and weighs 127lbs (freshman in high school). He is a multi-athlete in baseball and football, gets stronger everyday and of course still growing. He says this size bat is most comfortable for him to hold and swing. With this being a drop 3, is it USSSA certified for Triple A travel baseball?
The 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 in a -3 length to weight ratio would be legal for USSSA Triple A travel baseball.
With this being a BBCOR bat, this is certified in Babe Ruth 13-15 division and NFHS/Junior High Correct?
That is correct, the 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 is legal for use in Babe Ruth 13-15 and NFHS/Junior High.
My son turned 13 in June. He is 5.6" and weights 145 lb. He has been using 31" for a year. Should we go for 32" at this point?
I would not recommend doing so at this point in time. I played at 5'9" and swung a 31" bat myself. It comes down to player preference but I would not increase bat size just to increase bat size. However, if you were wanting to go up to 32" then I would recommend something like this 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 because of how balanced the swing weight is.
What the difference in the Cat7 and Cat8? I had the Cat6 and am looking to move up.
The 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 utilizes a stronger, more consistent alloy than the previous Cat 7 models. Furthermore, they have upgrade the standard grip tape to provide better overall bat control.
My son is 10 and stands 4'6" and weighs 86 pounds. He will be playing with an 11U team this fall and looking to upgrade his 27" CAT 7. What length and brand of bat should he go to?
The Marucci Cat 8 line is one of, if not the premiere bat lines currently. You would not want to go with this 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 as it is intended to be used by high school and college players. Instead, I would recommend the 2019 Marucci CAT 8 -10 USSSA Baseball Bat: MSBC810.
Is there a break-in period for this bat?
Nope. The 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat: MCBC8 utilizes AZ105 Alloy that will come "Hot out of the Wrapper!"
My son is 12, 5â€™3" tall and weighs about 110 lbs. He plays on a 13U 50/70 Little League team, and we are looking for 2 5/8" BBCOR, but they are -3 for high school and not approved for 50/70 and juniors. Need help to find the right bat, thanks!
BBCOR bats are allowed in the 50/70 Intermediate/Junior Leagues for Little League. You can find the bat rules and regulations for each division here: https://www.littleleague.org/playing-rules/bat-rules/.
I meant BBCOR is approved for 50/70 and junior. My question is will this bat be too heavy for him espescially since drop 3 is for high school students?
It certainly could be, but that's somewhat impossible for us to know since we can't know the strength of the player, the efficiency of his swing, etc. You want to swing the heaviest bat you can while still maintaining good bat speed and control, as the heavier weight provides more pop. Generally though we don't recommend BBCOR bats unless you are required to use them, as USSSA bats (-5, -8, -10 with the stamp) have more pop than BBCOR models due to looser regulations on ball exit speed.
My 14 year old son is 5'9" and still growing. He's about 120 lbs. He's had a 31" bat for a couple of years. Does he need to move up to a 32" bat now?
Based on his height and weight, our general recommendation would be for a 32" size of this 2019 Marucci CAT 8 BBCOR Baseball Bat (MCBC8). However, if he has swung a 31" bat already for a few years, the move to a 32" bat would highly advisable if you think he can handle the 29 oz weight.
My son will be 14 in the spring. He used a 31"/21 oz last spring as a 13 year old. He is a lead off hitter who hits for contact. Right now he is about 5'3" and 110 lbs, so not a real big kid. Would a 31"/28 oz Marucci Cat 8 be a good bat for a player like him transitioning into BBCOR bats?
Yes, the Marucci Cat 8 is a very good model, and is considered a balanced bat with an even weight distribution. Any balanced model will be a good option for players new to using the heavier, BBCOR bats.
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