2017 Marucci CAT 7 Connect Review

The CAT 7 Connect is quickly becoming a hit among aluminum bats because of the sweet spot enhancements that the new model brings to the table. More about this great feature of the bat will be presented in the coming sections of the review.

If you’re a fan of hybrid bats, chances are that you’ve come across the 2017 edition of Marucci CAT 7 Connect. Are you wondering about the bat and its characteristics? Keep on reading to determine whether it’s the right piece of baseball equipment for your needs (click here to see Best BBCOR Bats of 2017).

2017 Marucci CAT 7 Connect Overview

Marucci CAT 7 Connect is a two-piece hybrid bat that brings together the best of both worlds. It has a thinner than usual barrel that produces a more pronounced trampoline effect. Marucci has used its AZ4X alloy that is recognized for the strength and the lightness.

In comparison to its predecessor CAT 6, the CAT 7 has a two times bigger sweet spot. The improvement is possible because of the new aluminum alloy and the seven-variable wall thickness design.

In addition, Marucci CAT 7 comes with a ring-free design. This means that the bat doesn’t feature any blind spots.

Finally, the handle is made of carbon composite handle that is connected to the barrel via the shock dissipating technology (SDX) connection by Marucci. The innovative connection minimizes vibrations, giving players better control over the bat.

Several other technical characteristics worth mentioning include the following:

  • -3 length to weight ratio
  • 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter
  • A power balanced design
  • The MOI is higher in comparison to the one-piece aluminum Marucci CAT 7
  • A 12-month manufacturer warranty

Biggest Advantages

Marucci CAT 7 BBCOR bat is a high quality piece of equipment for players who are serious about baseball. Several of the bat’s most impressive characteristics that reviewers have pointed out include the following:

  • Great design: the bat feels well-made and it has a beautiful design. It is a well-balanced bat that enhances the performance of the player. According to reviewers, the item is particularly suited to the needs of power hitters.
  • Excellent pop: the bat produces a loud pop upon impact – a characteristic that so many players are looking for. It’s a loud piece and it’s never going to leave a serious hitter unnoticed.
  • Excellent vibration absorption: when it comes to getting rid of negative vibrations, the bat does a good job and the Marucci SDX technology performs according to expectations.
  • Brings together the best of both worlds: hybrid bats aren’t for everyone but if you like such equipment, CAT 7 Connect will be ideal for you. Both the alloy and the composite that Marucci uses are high quality materials that will increase the lifespan and enhance the performance of the bat.

A Few Shortcomings

Most players that tested the 2017 Marucci CAT 7 Connect didn’t experience serious issues or shortcomings. A few of the negative remarks that reviewers have had about the piece include:

  • Feels more end-loaded than the CAT 6: players that previously used the CAT 6 Connect may experience a bit of a difference after making the switch. CAT 7 Connect is slightly more front-loaded than its predecessor.
  • Stock grip is a bit thin: some of the buyers didn’t really care for the stock grip that the bat came with. They installed Lizard Skin instead and saw a major improvement in grip.
  • Expensive: the problem with most hybrid bats is that they tend to be much more expensive than other BBCOR varieties. The 2017 Marucci CAT 7 Connect isn’t an exception (regardless of the fact that the innovative technology and design result in an excellent price to quality ratio).

Final Verdict

Marucci’s 2017 range of BBCOR bats has something to offer to every kind of baseball player. The CAT 7 Connect is a nice addition to the collection. This hybrid bat comes with a maximized sweet spot and a ring-free design. The vibration absorption technology is also excellent.

Currently, the bat has an overwhelming number of positive customer reviews. It’s difficult to find complaints about it and the cons mentioned by a few reviewers don’t really interfere with the effectiveness of the bat. If you’re comfortable with the price tag, you’ll definitely enjoy everything that CAT 7 Connect has to bring to the table.