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2018 Marucci F5

By Bat Digest | Last Updated March 2, 2021

Marucci’s 2018 F5 is a value bat built with the person who likes the idea of the CAT series of bats but doesn’t quite like the price. The bat uses a similar alloy when compared to the CAT, but doesn’t use the same anti-vibration know. Everything we know about the 2018 Marucci F5 is below.

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2018 Marucci F5 BBCOR

$129.95

Original Price

F5 BBCOR Drop 3

The 2018 Marucci F5 in BBCOR is a single-piece aluminum bat with a big barrel, light swing, and reasonable price point. It has a downgraded alloy when compared to Marucci's more expensive CAT 9. But, many players can't tell the difference. It does not have the knob the tech the Marucci CAT has in BBCOR.

Specs

Certification: BBCOR

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30/27, 31/28, 32/29, 33/30, 34/31

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 3

Swing Weight: Balanced (Within +/- 5% of Industry Average)

Serial Number: MCBF5

Release Month: April 2018

Related: Best BBCOR Bats

2018 Marucci F5 USSSA Drop 5

$99.99

Original Price

F5 USA Drop 5

The 2018 Marucci F5 USSSA Drop 5 is a single-piece bat with a big barrel and heavier swing. It's made for the big-hitting USSSA looking for a stiff feel and end-loaded feel. The drop 10 and 8 are lighter swinging bats. But, make no mistake, the F5 in a drop 5 is made for big boys.

Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 30/25, 31/26, 32/27

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 5

Swing Weight: Balanced (Within +/- 5% of Industry Average)

Serial Number: MSBF52Y5

Release Month: June 2018

Related: Best USA Bats

2018 Marucci F5 USA Drop 11.5

$99.99

Original Price

F5 USA Drop 11.5

The 2018 Marucci F5 drop 11.5 in USA is a single-piece aluminum bat with a balanced swing. It has a moderately sized barrel, doesn't use the same tech in the handle the CAT does to help dampen sting. But, for its price, is a simple and decent bat for that USA player looking for a light swing.

Specs

Certification: USA

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Sizes: 26/14.5, 27/15.5, 28/16.5, 29/17.5, 30/18.5, 31/19.5

Barrel Size: 2 5/8

Drop: 11.5

Swing Weight: Balance - (Between 5 and 10% lower than Industry Average).

Serial Number: MSBF52USA

Release Month: June 2019

Related: Best USA Bats

2018 Marucci F5 USSSA Drop 8

$99.99

Original Price

F5 USSSA Drop 8

The 2018 Marucci F5 in a drop 8 is a big barrel, a single-piece bat with a moderately light swing for a drop 8 bat. It is built with similar aluminum you might find in the CAT series of bats but lacks the same tech in the handle.

Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 28/20, 29/21, 30/22, 31/23, 32/24

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 8

Swing Weight: Balanced (Within +/- 5% of Industry Average)

Serial Number: MSBF52X8

Release Month: June 2018

Related: Best USSSA Bats

2018 Marucci F5 USSSA Drop 10

$99.99

Original Price

F5 USSSA Drop 10

The 2018 Marucci F5 in USSSA drop 10 is a single-piece aluminum bat with a big barrel and light swing. It's built as a value buy for those who want the barrel profile of the Marucci CAT, but aren't willing to pay the difference to get the knob tech the CAT uses.

Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 28/18, 29/19, 30/20, 31/21

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: Balanced (Within +/- 5% of Industry Average)

Serial Number: MSBF52

Release Month: June 2018

Related: Best USSSA Bats

2018 Marucci F5 JBB USSSA drop 10

$89.99

Original Price

F5 JBB USSSA Drop 10

The 2018 Marucci F5 Junior Big Barrel Drop 10 is a big barreled and light swinging single piece aluminum bat. This is an ultra-small bat built for the sub-8-year-old market. Although not rated for very fast pitch speeds, the F5 in a JBB is a legitimate option for the light swing, big barrel hitter.

Specs

Certification: USSSA

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Sizes: 25/15, 26/16, 27/17

Barrel Size: 2 3/4

Drop: 10

Swing Weight: Balanced (Within +/- 5% of Industry Average)

Serial Number: MJBBF52

Release Month: June 2018

Related: Best USSSA Bats

RECOMMENDED 2018 F5 VIDEO
RECOMMENDED 2018 F5 VIDEO
RECOMMENDED 2018 F5 VIDEO

2018 Marucci F5 Review

If you love the Marucci line of bats and like the feel of a single piece aluminum bat, then the F5 is a legit option for players not ready to spend the money it takes to acquire a CAT 7. Do note, however, the F5 only comes in a drop 10 2 3/4 for both Junior Big Barrel and Big Barrel Leagues, as well as a BBCOR option. In other words, even if you do want this bat it is possible they won’t make it in your size. Check before you start to salivate.

F5 Ratings
Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 7.8/10 Total Weighted Rating 7.8/10

2018 Marucci F5 Review

Player Feedback (30%)
Performance (30%)
Relevance (20%)
Demand (15%)
Tech Specs (5%)
Total Weighted Rating 7.8/10 Total Weighted Rating 7.8/10

If you love the Marucci line of bats and like the feel of a single piece aluminum bat, then the F5 is a legit option for players not ready to spend the money it takes to acquire a CAT 7. Do note, however, the F5 only comes in a drop 10 2 3/4 for both Junior Big Barrel and Big Barrel Leagues, as well as a BBCOR option. In other words, even if you do want this bat it is possible they won’t make it in your size. Check before you start to salivate.

RECOMMENDED 2018 F5 VIDEO

Comparable Bats

1. 2021 CAT 9

The long-awaited Marucci CAT 9 was made widely available on 8.31.2020. (Check here to buy it). For 2021, expect the same great barrel with a new alloy and the same AV2 knob found in the CAT 8. The 2021 Marucci CAT 9 comes in BBCOR, USSSA and USA. It’s big barrel and light swing in USSSA will attract a lot of hitters, again. The not too end-loaded BBCOR performs as well as any BBCOR bat on the market, has a loud ping and a great look.

2. 2019 Velo

After recording several hitter’s experiences with the 2019 Rawlings Velo, we write this review. In short, hitters liked the light swing, loud sound, and trusted name of the 2019 Velo. The bat is a light swinging, sounds loud, and can hit it well if you can dial it in. Many players don’t like what they think is the smaller sweet spot and the hand wrings on mishits.

3. 2020 Omaha
See the Omaha Review

2020 Louisville Slugger Omaha Review: Value. Value. Value. After hitting with every version of the 2020 Slugger Omaha, we are confident it will continue to dominate the value purchase realm of all baseball. It serves as a legit option for novice and expert alike in the BBCOR, USSSA and USA space with a reasonable price point most parents are willing to pay. Our favorite, if we had to choose, is the drop 5 USA Omaha. With the exception of the 33 and 34-inch BBCOR, 2020 Omahas are built with a light swing in mind. Those two BBCOR versions are intentionally built for a heavy swing. Our Score 9.8/10 (BBCOR); 9.5/10(USSSA); 9.8/10 (USA).

2018 Marucci F5 Model Tips

Why You Might Like

Value Purchase
Big barrel for an aluminum bat
Light Swing
Loud Ping
Durability

Why You Might Not Like

Hand ring on mishits
Not the biggest barrel
Lots of other options in the single piece aluminum space
What’s Behind the Marucci F5?
Variable Wall Thickness

2018 Marucci F5 Review

The F_ nomenclature is how fires are categorized. That is, an F1 is a less intense fire than an F5. The F5 is a shout out to the idea of something that is very hot and dangerous. Fitting. It is probably worth noting here that the the CAT 7, Marucci's flagship bat, is named after the categorization of hurricane intensity.  

Price Check
2018 Marucci F5 Review

The USSSA version of the F5 is dynamite. People love the bat, it feels a lot like the CATMarucci releases their baseball bats on 2 year cycles. That is, don't expect a 2019 F5, but instead, a 2020 F5. Although they may very well call it the F6, but we have no idea.

Price Check

2018 F5 Construction

As we mention above, the 2018 Marucci F5 is made from a single piece of aluminum. This aluminum has added materials within the metal so you will often see it referred to as an alloy bat.

The most unique feature of the F5 is something you can only see if you cut the bat in half lengthwise. The barrel’s differing thickness allows for better trampoline effect off the dead sweet spot. It also removes volume from the barrel and allows for a lighter swinging bat.

The F5 is one of the lightest swinging single piece bats on the market. And at this price point, we think it is the lightest.

 

In the simplest of terms, the Marucci F5 is a watered down version of the Marucci CAT 8. It has the exact same barrel but does not use the same anti-vibration knob that many appreciate in the CAT series of bats. The barrel uses variable wall thickness that removes weight from the swing and allows for better performance across the length of the barrel. This technique is used in the CAT 8 (and many top shelf single piece aluminum bats).

2018 Marucci F5 User Reviews

9
Pop
9.5
Durability
9
Feel on Sweet Spot Hits
8
Feel on Mishits
10
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