As the two most popular bats released this year, the Easton Ghost and Marucci Cat 7 are largely compared in the baseball community. Both can be considered the best bat releases this year. In this article, we are going to compare these two bats and decide once and for all which the better of the two is.
Both bats come from a great line of bats from their reputable companies. For a long time, the Easton and Marucci brands have been competing with their annual bat releases. Both have amassed a loyal fan base who truly believe that their brand is better. It should also be noted that both these bats are youth bats and are used by young athletes who are still learning.
They are almost similarly priced yet so different in design and construction. When it comes to deciding which is better, the answer boils down to personal preference.
The Easton Ghost X
The 2019 Easton Ghost X is the latest bat released by Easton. It was released to compete with their longtime rivals Marucci. It is also one of the most unique bats Easton has released. It has a single piece construction design that gives it a nice firm feel while still maintaining a light weight. The Easton Ghost X bat is made from carbon composite. This significantly reduces the weight while still maintaining the toughness of carbon material. Because of this reduced weight design, the player is able to fully maximize their flexibility, response time and durability. The large barrel has a diameter of 2 5/8 inches. This provides the perfect sweet spot when striking the ball.
The 2019 Easton Ghost X is known for its amazing and well-designed composite handle. The handle is cushioned in soft rubber material that is about 2.2mm thick. The purpose of this rubber is to distribute pressure equally from the handle to the barrel.
But the most defining feature that stands out most about the Ghost X is its light weight. There is a factor known as drop when making a baseball bat. Drop is the length to weight ratio of the bat. The drop should be kept low, in the negatives. The lower the drop, or the higher the negative value, the more ergonomic the bat is. The Ghost X has a drop of -11 which is one of its best features.
The Easton Ghost X is a great bat for younger athletes that need more developing before moving up to a -10 drop bat. The following are some of the factors that make this bat one of the best bats in released in 2019.
Comfort and grip
The Ghost X has a fantastic grip. With a drop of -11, the bat is easy to swing and easy to hold. The soft 2.2mm rubber thick cushion also adds traction between the handle and hand. This gives more speed and balance to the young athlete which means a lot of power is generated. It is a major improvement from a -12 drop bat.
Pop is the how easy it to swing the beat. Made from fully composite carbon material with a drop of -11, the Easton Ghost X provides a great pop. When volunteers tested this bat, they were satisfied with the levels of pop it has. One of the volunteers said, the new Ghost X Hyperlite was easier to swing that the other Ghost X and my balls went just as far. It was very fun and easy to swing.’ This makes it a great bat for young uprising talents.
Vibration control is how much the baseball bat handle vibrates in the hand when you hit the ball. This is where the Easton Ghost X falls short. Its single piece construction design does nothing to reduce the vibration stings when you strike the ball, the stings are felt quite a bit. Other Ghost X models such as the Easton Ghost X Evolution have a two piece design that make the vibrations barely sting. Volunteers also tested this property and 15% reported to have felt the vibration stings.
The Marucci Cat 7
The Marucci CAT 7 is one of the best youth baseball bats in the market today. Compared to its predecessor, the CAT 6, the CAT 7 is quite an improvement. It should be noted that Marucci released its bats after two years. The 2019 Marucci 7 is therefore the latest releases by the company.
Like previous year models, the CAT 7 comes in a variety of sizes for different baseball hitters. For senior players, there’s a CAT 7 of drop -8 and -5 while for junior players, a drop -10 is available. The CAT 7 also has a special limited edition. There are a few tweaks and minor improvements on the special edition version such as gold accent color finished. The special edition comes in drop -8 and drop -5. They are however quite few and there’s a high chance you will not get one.
The standard barrel size for the CAT 7 is 2 5/8 inches while the smaller junior youth version has a barrel of diameter 2 ¼ inches. This bat, like the Ghost X, is also uses a single piece construction design meaning it is susceptible to the same problems of vibration stings. However, Marucci CAT 7 tries to counter this problem using a special anti-vibration nob.
The anti-vibration nob is a special nob in the CAT 7 that counters vibration stings when striking the ball. It especially counters the ‘numb thumb’ problem. This is when the vibrations created from a mishit travel directly to your hand causing a stinging pain. If held for extended periods of time, the thumb becomes numb.
The nob is a composite rubber located at the bottom of the handle that absorbs most of the vibration.
The CAT 7 has one of the toughest designs. The barrel is made from alloy that increases its durability significantly. The handle uses a mix of this alloy and carbon to reduce weight while still maintaining its strength. The barrel is lined with ring-free tech that greatly reduces mishits and greatly improving performance.
In conclusion, both these bats are great for young rising talents out there. Deciding on which the better is of the two goes down to personal taste. They are both available on Amazon at affordable prices.