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2023 Marucci CAT X (10) Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022


Marucci CAT X is live. The bat is a single-piece alloy that comes in BBCOR and USSSA in all types of sizes and drops. It is a ridiculously popular bat and, for 2023 has a lighter swing weight than previous CAT versions. We are big fans and think this should be on your list if you’re in the mood for a premium single-piece bat.


Price Check
Note: Bats and models denoted with an asterisks (*) are still in progress. Current rating reflects our best estimate. Expect updates.

2023 CAT X Models


While watching the college world series, we noticed that more than a few Marucci teams quickly switched to the bat. A team like Texas State, a Marucci school, had 8 of their 9 starters move to the CAT X series. So, if that isn’t recommendation enough, we’re not sure what might be.

Also, the bat is legal for NCAA play even though it has white on the barrel. That rules has not gone away, but there is enough contrast, per NCAA guidelines, to be allowed.

BBCOR
/10*
USSSA –5
/10*
USSSA –10
/10*
USSSA –8
/10*

General Recomendations

The CAT series from Marucci is, to put it mildly, popular. The CAT X will replace the CAT 9 which has a history since the CAT 5-squared of top end performance, a great sized barrel and some of the best player feedback around for a single piece alloy bat.

Model Recommendations

MCBCX

BBCOR Review*

CAT X BBCOR Ratings (key)
2 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL*/10
We don't know much about the CAT X in BBCOR, but we do know its coming and we can't wait to hit it. When it does drop and we can get our data gathered on the bat we will update this page.
Sizing: 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: August 9, 2022
Serial: MCBCX
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other BBCOR Bats

Price Tracking

*Bat Digest tracks these prices through automated means and it represents a best effort. It’s possible this price tracking isn’t perfect. It is best to check the site we are tracking directly. *Red dots, marked “unavailable,” mean our system didn’t pick up a price that given day, for any reason.
MSBCCX5

USSSA Drop 5 Review*

CAT X USSSA Drop 5 Ratings (key)
2 4 5 4 4 5 5 5 4 4
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL*/10
We don't know much about the CAT X in USSSA Drop 5, but we do know its coming and we can't wait to hit it. When it does drop and we can get our data gathered on the bat we will update this page.
Sizing: -inch
Release Date: August 9, 2022
Serial: MSBCCX5
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other Drop 5 USSSA Bats

Price Tracking

*Bat Digest tracks these prices through automated means and it represents a best effort. It’s possible this price tracking isn’t perfect. It is best to check the site we are tracking directly. *Red dots, marked “unavailable,” mean our system didn’t pick up a price that given day, for any reason.
MSBCX10

USSSA Drop 10 Review*

CAT X USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
2 5 4 3 4 5 4 5 5 5
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL*/10
We don't know much about the CAT X in USSSA Drop 10, but we do know its coming and we can't wait to hit it. When it does drop and we can get our data gathered on the bat we will update this page.
Sizing: 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: August 9, 2022
Serial: MSBCX10
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other Drop 10 USSSA Bats

Price Tracking

*Bat Digest tracks these prices through automated means and it represents a best effort. It’s possible this price tracking isn’t perfect. It is best to check the site we are tracking directly. *Red dots, marked “unavailable,” mean our system didn’t pick up a price that given day, for any reason.
MSBCCX10

USSSA Drop 8 Review*

CAT X USSSA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
2 5 4 3 4 5 4 5 4 5
MOI Tech Drb Flx Prof ReSl PlaRa ExVe Relv Dmnd

OVERALL*/10
We don't know much about the CAT X in USSSA Drop 8, but we do know its coming and we can't wait to hit it. When it does drop and we can get our data gathered on the bat we will update this page.
Sizing: 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date:
Serial: MSBCCX10
Bat Type: Single Piece Alloy
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other Drop 8 USSSA Bats

Price Tracking

*Bat Digest tracks these prices through automated means and it represents a best effort. It’s possible this price tracking isn’t perfect. It is best to check the site we are tracking directly. *Red dots, marked “unavailable,” mean our system didn’t pick up a price that given day, for any reason.

Comparable Bats

Single-piece alloy bats that are hot, big barrelled, and get good reviews are similar to the Voodoo One, Rawlings 5150, and Slugger Omaha. The CAT X has a few more tech advancements (like the knob that dampens sting). But, fundamentally, if you are looking for a single-piece alloy bat then the CAT X has competition.

Previous Models

Here are the changes, as reported by Marucci on our Podcast, of the 2023 CAT X Connect vs the 2021 CAT 9.

Cat X BBCOR

  • New Barrel Profile: Longer, Smoother shape to allow for a more consistent, wider performance area.
  • ~1” lower balance point compared to Cat 9 BBCOR. Huge change in balance to fit more hitters. Close to Vandal/Voodoo One balance.
  • Thinner handle for more bottom-hand feel.34mm hard taper modeled after for more top-hand control and more ergonomic fit (similar to the most popular wood turn, AP5). This piece is removable if wanted.
  • Liquid-Gel knob dampens sting faster and more efficiently than previous anti-vibration knobs. Now offering a 32.5” and 33.5” along with all normal sizes.

Construction

The 2023 Marucci CAT X is a single-piece alloy bat with some tech in the knob that dampens stings on mishits. It also has a unique alloy to give it a huge barrel and hot out-of-the-wrapper performance.

Overall Ratings

The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).

*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.

(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.

(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.

(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.

(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.

(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.

(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.

(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
Price
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
Type
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
Date
The estimated date the bat began distribution.

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