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By Bat Digest
Updated September 30, 2023
We like the CAT X Vanta Connect for the middle-of-the-order hitter who likes a stiffer feel and a bit of a load. The bat feels excellent and is often the most liked bat at collegiate-level teams who swing Marucci. As an example, LSU made a full killing with the predecessor of this bat in the 2023 CWS. Those who want a hybrid not named the DeMarini The Goods or Warstic Bonesaber Hybrid should really like this iteration from Marucci.
This bat is a great pick if you love the colorway and have an extra $20 to burn. Otherwise, we like the 2023 just as much as its the same bat, and you can usually pick it up for a few dollars less than this (admittedly great looking) black-on-black colorway. In any case, it's a great bat with a great barrel and stiffer feel, and it can hit the crank out of the ball as long as you can get it somewhere on the barrel—big fans.
No changes exist between the 2023 CAT X Connect and the 2024 CAT X Vanta Connect. Well, that is to say, there's no USSSA version of the CAT X Connect so that is a difference. But, when comparing the BBCOR you'll find the same exact bat but with a black-on-black colorway in 2024---and you'll spend $20 more. So, we guess, there are some differences, but not in any mechanical sense.
The CATX CONNECT VANTA BBCOR features a two-piece hybrid construction combining an S-40 composite handle with an AZR alloy barrel, optimized for power and performance. With an outer-locking system that minimizes vibrations, this bat boasts an expanded sweet spot, ring-free barrel construction, and a custom-molded handle taper for an enhanced fit and feel, and is BBCOR certified with a one-year warranty.