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By Bat Digest
Updated August 10, 2023
Our hitters like the big barrel, smooth swing, and great feel of the 2021 Marucci CAT 9 Composite. The drop 5 CAT Connect competes with the best in the business. (Yes, that is, the drop 5 Cat Connect competes with the CF Zen). The bat has not been out long enough to make commentary on the durability, but we're hopeful.
The CAT Composite is for no joke baseball players. That means, if you play a lot of games, see high pitch speed, and are willing to spend the money it takes to get top end gear, then the CAT 8 could be on your short list.
There isn't a real last year's version of the Marucci CAT Composite. But, for sure, Marucci took what they learned from the Marucci Hex Connect and made it into a better version. Though, Serious upgrades go into the CAT connect, including the connect (SCX) connection used in the Cat 8 BBCOR Connect.
Marucci's CAT Connect is a two-piece composite bat built with a HUUUGE barrel and nice connection piece. The connection piece, which helps absorb mishit balls' sting, is the same one used on the high-end BBCOR CAT 8 Connect. The bat comes in a few different drops (5, 8, and 10) and, for their class, have a swing weight in the middle of the road. Not too light, not too heavy. (MOI we measured on a 31/21 was 5800 or about 1.5% above the average---well within our margin of error).