2019 Marucci CAT 8 Review
You will have a hard time finding a bat more hyped than the 2019 Marucci CAT 8. The bat is an upgrade to the 2017 CAT 7 and uses the same tapered inside barrel to increase the barrel size and sweet spot. It also uses a newly redesigned piece in the knob that helps dampen sting even more. For 2018 expect a slew of drop 10, 8 and 5’s for big barrel bats as well as the BBCOR version of the bat.
The best place to buy the CAT 8 is on eBay. It drives the best price as sellers are looking to unload inventory. Of course don’t expect any serious discounts on the at until closer to 2020. And, even then. Considering the 2016/17 version of the bat still sells close to its original price then good luck finding a deal.
CAT 8 vs CAT 7
There is not a considerable amount of change in the CAT 7 when compared to the CAT 8. They did change the number of levels of thickness between the two bats from 7 to 8. they also upgraded the knob. But, if you can find the CAT 7 for a discount then getting that one, while supplies last, would be smart.
The big changes in the CAT line for 2019 and beyond is the addition of a CAT Composite.
See the CAT 7 Review.
CAT 8 vs CAT 8 Connect
The CAT 8 and CAT 8 Connect differ in that the Connect is a two piece Hybrid bat. That is, a hybrid has a composite handle and an aluminum barrel. The idea is that two pieces make it so your hands don’t sting as much on impact.
In the CAT line that doesn’t make a ton of sense, right? What about the fancy knob that dampens sting?
Well, basically, the knob doesn’t completely dampen sting. It does work at least a little bit. Folks, even younger folks, say they love how it feels. The two piece Hybrid CAT 8 Connect (as well as the CAT 7 version) will feel better on hits and mishits. Also, its worth noting, the CAT 8 Connect has a heavier swing weight than the CAT 8.
There was also a CAT 7 Connect. It ran with the same idea of a heavier swing weight and ONLY in BBCOR for the same reasons. See the CAT 7 Connect review.
2019 CAT 8 Recommendations
Those that prefer a stiff feeling single piece bat with a pretty decent feel will like the CAT 8. Generally, reviews suggest that bigger and stronger hitters will do better with the bat.
It is also recommendable for players that want a very cool bat. We know that sounds a bit hokey, but the truth is Marucci has done an outstanding job making a single piece bat sing not just on the field but also in the marketing buzz. It is helpful, too, the bat sounds great on impact.