2021 Marucci CAT9 BBCOR review

Marucci has brought back the CAT9 model. It’s one of the best one-piece BBCOR models on the market. Marucci has focused on strengthening the alloy. One feature that stands out is that Marucci has a unique taper in the handle. They say that it’s inspired by the pros, but what really stands out is that you can remove the grip tape and remove the taper if you don’t like the feel.

It is worth noting that you can find the CAT9 original or CAT9 Connect. This article is focused on the original model.

2021 Marucci CAT9 BBCOR bat review
CAT9 BBCOR / Image credit: Marucci

2021 CAT9: general Impression

The CAT9 is an outstanding one-piece alloy model. The original CAT9 model is a well-balanced model that has a traditional feel. It’s designed for any hitter but doesn’t offer a ton of pop because of it’s one-piece build.

What have they changed?

The 2021 model is almost identical to the 2020 version. Marucci got positive reviews and decided to maintain what works. If you like the previous models, you should like this one as well. Some players have said that they recommend using the 2020 model to enjoy some savings. That’s entirely up to you.

Marucci CAT9 overview

Build 4.5

The CAT9 has a great build. The AZR Alloy is designed to offer a better feel on contact. Marucci claims that the Longitudinal Groove System is used at the fattest part of the bat. The grooves are designed to reduce some weight while increasing the flexibility slightly.

I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews about the soft-touch grip over the past 2 years. Players seem to really enjoy it.

Comfort 5.0

The comfort of this bat is something that really stands out. The AZR Alloy offers a bit more forgiveness than some other models. The Ring-free barrel cuts down on dead spots meaning that it also cuts down on the vibration. The soft-touch grip also soften the barrel in a hitter’s hands.

The design that stands out is the ergonomic handle. Some players have said they love the feel of the handle. They tell us that it feels more natural as the handle isn’t one specific length. Some players have said they’re used to a normal handle and really don’t like the feel of the handle. It’s definitely worth getting your hands on this bat and testing it out before you purchase it.

If you’re someone who typically purchases your bats online, I’d recommend visiting a store first.

Durability 5.0

As with most of our top-rated BBCOR bats, the durability in the CAT9 is unquestionable. We haven’t heard any negative reviews from the players we’ve talked to. The bat holds up to the cage and the field alike. You won’t have any concerns about the bat failing.

As with most of our top-rated BBCOR bats, the durability in the CAT9 is unquestionable. We haven’t heard any negative reviews from the players we’ve talked to. The bat holds up to the cage and the field alike. You won’t have any concerns about the bat failing.

Pricing 5.0

The CAT9 is priced right in line with some of its top competition. It’s listed at $350 which is the same price as the Easton B5 and the Victus Vandal. The Easton Maxum Ultra is even more expensive at $400. Given the reputation that Marucci and, specifically, the CAT9 have, we believe it’s priced pretty reasonably, even if it is near the top of the market.

Pop 4.5

This bat offers good power for a balanced, one-piece BBCOR bat. It’s not a game-changer, but most one-piece models aren’t. This is an everyday bat designed to offer quality to any hitter that picks it up. It doesn’t’ compare to The Goods or the Meta that we’ve evaluated.

It’s worth noting that we believe that a one-piece model grades on a slightly different scale than a composite model. The 4.5 grade compares to the B5 that we previously offered, but compared to The Goods or The Meta, this would probably grade out somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4.0.

Marucci CAT9 vs. other BBCOR bats

The bats that are most similar to the CAT9 are the Louisville Slugger Solo, the Victus Vandal, and the Easton Alpha 360.

All 4 of these bats are designed to be balanced, but the CAT9 is probably the most end-loaded of the bunch. The CAT9 has a bit more pop than the others, but it’s difficult to say that it really stands out.

While we think Marucci’s pricing is reasonable the LS Solo will save you $50.

Final verdict on the Marucci CAT9

Marucci has consistently put out quality bats and this year’s CAT9 is no different. While that’s good news, the bad news is they maintained their quality by keeping the same bat. There isn’t a significant difference from last year’s model.

With that being said, you could opt to keep using the 2020 model if you have it or you could probably find it at a pretty steep discount online.

Again, one-piece alloy barrels can’t compete with the composite option. That being said, we think the CAT9 competes with all of the other models in its class. It may not be quite as good as the B5, but it’s not far behind.