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2023 Marucci CAT X Composite Review

By Bat Digest | Last Updated August 9, 2022


Marucci is releasing an upgraded bat for 2021 called the Marucci CAT X Composite. The bat is a two-piece composite bat found in USSSA and BBCOR. The bat will compete directly in a competitive two-piece market against bats like the META, CF, ADV, and Quatro Pro. According to some of our hitters, the bat has a balanced swing, a huge barrel, and hits absolute rockets.

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

2023 CAT X Composite Models


Our hitters like the big barrel, smooth swing, and fantastic feel of the 2021 Marucci CAT X Composite. The drop 5 CAT Connect competes with the best in the business and, for 2023, adds a 33-inch size too.

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

General Recomendations

The CAT X Composite is the real deal. If you play many games, see high pitch speed, and are willing to spend the money it takes to get top-end gear, then the CAT X Composite should be on your shortlist.

Model Recommendations

MCBCCPX

BBCOR Review*

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

OVERALL*/10
We think the Marucci CAT X Composite is as good as any two-piece composite BBCOR on the market. It hits the crap out of the ball and compared to bats like the Slugger META or Rawlings Quatro, gets great feedback from hitters and hittrax data alike. If you're in this market of higher end two piece composites, which a lot of younger and smaller BBCOR players should be, then this is the bat to care about.
Sizing: 31, 32, 33, 34-inch
Release Date: August 10, 2022
Serial: MCBCCPX
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other BBCOR Bats
MCBCCPX5

USSSA Drop 5 Review*

CAT X Composite USSSA Drop 5 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 Composite 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: 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: August 9, 2022
Serial: MCBCCPX5
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other Drop 5 USSSA Bats
MCBCCPX8

USSSA Drop 8 Review*

CAT X Composite USSSA Drop 8 Ratings (key)
2 5 4 3 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 Composite 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: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: August 9, 2022
Serial: MCBCCPX8
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other Drop 8 USSSA Bats
MCBCCPX10

USSSA Drop 10 Review*

CAT X Composite USSSA Drop 10 Ratings (key)
2 5 3 3 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 Composite 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: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32-inch
Release Date: August 9, 2022
Serial: MCBCCPX10
Bat Type: Two Piece Composite
Barrel Size: 2 5/8
See other Drop 10 USSSA Bats

Comparable Bats

The idea of a two-piece composite bat with a HUGE barrel is common in the USSSA space. Companies like DeMarini and the CF Zen, Easton and their Ghost X (Mako), Rawlings and their Quatro have been living there, and thriving there, for quite a while. The CAT Composite reminds us most of a nearly unheard of bat in the Mizuno Ghost in terms of barrel size. However, as of 2018, the Mizuno Ghost was only a USA Bat. Marucci has yet to get into the USA space. If we compare construction and drop sizes, then bats like Easton’s Ghost X and DeMarini’s CF Zen fit a close competitor to the CAT Composite.

Previous Models

The 2023 Marucci CAT X Composite is a revamped version of the rather popular 2021 Marucci CAT 9 composite. The changes are significant; here are some bullet points explaining them.

CAT 9 Composite vs. CAT X Composite

Cat X Composite

  • .5” lower balance point compare to Cat X Composite BBCOR. Decent change in balance to fit more hitters. In between the balance of the Cat X and Cat X Connect. 
  • Slight change in composite barrel design for higher initial performance. 
  • The New S40 handle is stiffer than the Previous composite handle.
  • Allows for faster energy transfer to the ball. 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.
2022 CAT9 Composite Pastime BBCOR –3
2019 Cat Composite USSSA –5
2019 Cat Composite USSSA –8
2019 Cat Composite USSSA –10
2019 Cat Composite USSSA –10

Construction

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 X Connect. 

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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