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By Bat Digest
Updated November 17, 2022
If you weren't paying close attention to the Marucci CAT 6 review we put up a few days ago, or were too distracted by our infatuation with that angelic bat, you may have failed to notice the CAT 6 does not come in anything lighter than a drop 8. Did Marucci just drop the ball and forget about this huge section of the little league world that needs something lighter than a drop 5? Hardly.an 10; Need or want an aluminum barrel.
Overall we are very pleased with this bat. We do wish it had more sizing options (like a 2 1/4 barrel as well as a drop 8 and drop 5), but those looking for a drop 10 balanced swing and prefer one-piece composite bats should have this bat at the top of their list. We feel this bat is a near-perfect combination of emphasis on power hitters and base hitters. While its sizing options are limited, we do feel the bat has the widest appeal a bat of its construction size possibly could. We recommend this bat for hitters who: Want a one-piece composite bat with a balanced swing; Want a top shelf bat for reasonable top shelf pricing; Are looking for the maximum allowable pop; Are looking for the bat with the largest barrel per swing weight; Need a drop 10 balanced swing.
What also might be interesting to folks who wonder about this stuff, we found the actual weight of the bat to be the same as the stated weight. Most companies' bats are a good 1 ounce over stated weight. Some are upwards of 3 ounces over the stated weight. Yet Marucci's composite Hex bat, as far as we could tell on two different tries, had the same exact stated weight and actual weight. The most remarkable thing about this bat is its barrel size. The oversized barrel and slow transition neck give it the highest plate coverage per swing weight in the business. Its closest competitor in plate coverage by barrel size would be the Easton XL1 and MAKO--however, the XL1 has a swing weight that is 50% heavier and the MAKO has a price point of $100 higher.