Pros: This bat has really good pop and my hitting increased by 50 feet. No break in process. Sweet spot is HUGE
Bat Pack Easton XL3 and Marucci Hex Connect -8 USSSA Baseball Bats: SL17X38 and MSBHCX8
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Pros: This bat has really good pop and my hitting increased by 50 feet. No break in process. Sweet spot is HUGE
Pros: My 10yr old loves it. Previously swung a 29/19 S3 and also a 29/20 Voodoo. Does feel a little more end loaded but after a couple round at the cages he got used to it. Has always swung all o the alloys out there and says this one feels the best. Ball comes off the barrell hot!
Cons: None so far
Pros: Good pop
Cons: Sent a email to Easton. 2 weeks ago. I have not heard anything from then yet.
Pros: nice sound and feel. good pop
Cons: slight vibration
Pros: My son plays 10 Major. The Marucci Hex Connect -8 has lived up to the hype so far. Once it is fully broken in I expect it to be even better. We have had this bat about 2 weeks and I am impressed on how its has performed. I know the durability is there as we have used Marucci exclusively for the last 3 years......best customer service in the industry.
Pros: My 12 year old son has been using the bat for the last 2 weeks. He has hit 3 homeruns, 2 doubles and 2 singles.
Cons: none at this point.
Pros: ball jumps right of this bat . we have XL1 cat7 917 combat maxum . after this bat breaks in there is no comparison. my 11 year old hit 2 homers first day and many more after .
Cons: scratches up easy . I feel bad for pitchers . someone could get hurt lol . but for real .
Pros: its got really good pop not much time to break in. also connect part makes it where there is no vibration.
Cons: so the first bat i had it lasted two months before it cracked. used my warranty and got a new one. the one i got from marucci lasted only 1 month before cracking again. very dissapointed
Pros: Great composite bat. Has a solid sound and is hot right out of the wrapper. I'm 4'10" and weigh about 85 lbs. Hit a 210' fence using the first tournament. Swung the -8 bat trying to work my way down to a drop -3 before high school. 6th grader now.
Cons: Paint chip marks but overall still looks great after 6 months of use.
Pros: great pop out of the box. my boy loved the feel
Cons: only lasted 30 pitched and surface cracks . after 2 games and 1 practice the bat is now on its way for a return because the crack grew to 4â€ and paint is split where its not usable .
Pros: My 12yr old plays Majors used for nearly a month before Barrel broke. Up until then it had excellent pop. He was bouncing the ball off the fence at 300ft easy.
Cons: Hard to get good pop when the Barrel shatters. Only used a handful of times. In the process of getting a replacement. May need to go to a drop -5 for added strength.
Pros: has pop for the 1 time it got used
Cons: lasted 30 swings and had to ship it back as it cracked 3inches in the barrel . had to pay to ship it back and still hasnt been replaced .
Pros: great pop.
Cons: wont last more than a month. 12yr old 5â€™11â€ 145lbs was hitting fence at 300ft but bat shattered after 2 games.
Got a question about the 2017 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL17X38 ? Ask our team of experts, and they will respond within 24 hours.Ask A Question OR
Can this bat be used for Little League 12U? And what length is recommended for a 12 yr old 5' 3" tall player?
The 2017 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL17X38 is a USSSA approved bat, so it is not legal for play in Little League. The Intermediate (50/70), Junior League, and Senior League divisions of Little League baseball require the use of either a new USA certified bat, or a BBCOR certified bat. Based on your players age, I would suggest a 30" length.
Are there any differences in the 2017 model of this bat from the 2016 other than aesthetics?
This 2017 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL17X38) is the exact same as the 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL16X38) with the only exception being the cosmetics featured on the 2 bats.
What drop is this bat?
The 2017 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL17X38 is a -8 model.
Is this bat legal for Senior Play in Little League (i.e. designated at BBCOR?)
For 2018 Senior Division play under Little League rules, this 2017 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat (SL17X38) will not be permitted for use as it does not have BBCOR certification.
With this bat be legal after the 2018 change takes place?
The 2017 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL17X38 would only be legal in 2018 in USSSA sanctioned games; primarily travel ball leagues.
Can this bat be used for slow pitch?
No, unfortunately the 2017 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL17X38 is not approved for slow pitch softball. It can only be used in baseball.
Is there a major difference between the new 2017 XL3 -8 and the 2016 XL3 -8? Are there any dramatic technical advantages? Also, would this XL3 be a good bat for a 5 hole hitter who is 12 years old, 5'9", and 160 lbs?
The 2017 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL17X38 and the 2016 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL16X38 have the exact same features aside from the cosmetics. The construction, technology, and material have not changed. The fifth batter in a line up is typically a power hitter. A one-piece, end-loaded model like the 2017 Easton XL3 Senior League Baseball Bat: SL17X38 is a suitable bat for a power hitter. For your height and weight, we recommend a 33" bat length. However, there are not many senior league models that are offered in a 33" length so you will most likely have to use a 32".
Got a question about the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 ? Ask our team of experts, and they will respond within 24 hours.Ask A Question OR
I have a U11 that is 5', 120 lbs and is swinging the -10 Hex Connect and crushing it. I want to get another one and wonder if I should get a -8 at the same 30" or go to 31" -8.
Whether or not to move up in size on the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 for your 11U player would ultimately come down to whether you feel your son's bat speed will be negatively impacted by the added weight. Generally, a player of that age would benefit more from a -10 model but if you feel he can handle an additional 2-3 ounces then there is nothing wrong with going that route.
My son plays 10U tournament ball, and he's 4'10" tall, 100 lbs. Does he need a -10 or a -8?
Weight is difficult for us to recommend as their are other factors such as strength, hand placement on the bat, swing efficiency, etc that all affect that. We do recommend swinging the heaviest bat you can while still maintaining good bat speed, as that will provide the best power. I would probably lean towards a -10 model since that is the most common for 10 years old.
Can this bat be used in cold weather? Is a break in period necessary before using in a game?
There is no hard rule about using bats in cold weather, but we here at JustBats generally recommend about 45-50 degrees as the cutoff to where you would probably want to use a practice bat or secondary bat if you could. This bat is a composite model so it will require a break-in period of about 100-200 swings off a tee or soft toss before game use.
Would this be a good bat for a smaller (4â€™11â€, 90 lb) 13 year old who plays travel/select ball? He is not a power hitter but does hit well. He really wants the VOODOO -10, but we are thinking he needs to start using a -8 since he is only 2 seasons away from high school. He really likes the 2 piece bats as well.
The 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 in a 30 inch model would be best for your player. This bat is a two-piece fully composite design with a balanced swing weight and would be an excellent bat for a smaller 13 year old. Would certainly recommend a -8 model for a 13 year old as this will help him transition to BBCOR bats that are required in high school (-3 length to weight ratio).
When will Marucci release their 2018 models?
Marucci will not be releasing a 2018 version of this 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat (MSBHCX8). The next Hex Connect model that will be released is going to be a part of the 2019 release. That release should come out in the summer/fall of 2018.
Is this bat available as a 2 5/8" barrel?
Unfortunately, the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 is only available in a 2 3/4 barrel. However, the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -5 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCY5 will feature a 2 5/8 inch barrel, but it will be 3 ounces heavier.
Is this bat legal for 2018 USSSA standards, 11 year olds?
Yes, the 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 is legal for play in USSSA for 2018. It will work well for an 11 year old.
Of the Hex line and the Cat line, which bat generally receives higher marks for balance, power, and durability?
Since the Cat line of bat has been around for more years than the Hex Connect line of bat, I would typically suggest the Cat bats over the Hex Connects. However, the Hex Connect bats have gotten great reviews so far and if you want the -8 length-to-weight ratio combined with a 2 3/4" barrel diameter, I would recommend this 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat (MSBHCX8) very highly. Both the Cat 7 (-8) and this Hex Connect (-8) are well balanced, have shown decent durability and can create power.
How will the -8, 2 3/4" version compare to the -10? Should you expect more pop with the heavier bat if you can generate plenty of bat speed? Just trying to decide between the 2 bats and the 2 5/8" CF Zen.
If bat speed is equal, the heavier bat will always produce more power. We always recommend swinging the heaviest bat that you can handle with good bat speed which will allow for best power results. Both the Marucci Hex Connect and the DeMarini CF Zen will be high performing bats.
Will this bat be pretty hot out the wrapper like the Combat Vigor and Maxum? Usually drop 8 is 2 5/8". Why is this one 2 3/4"?
The 2017 Marucci Hex Connect -8 Senior League Baseball Bat: MSBHCX8 features a 2 3/4" barrel to allow players a heavier option, while maintaining the larger barrel diameter. The bat will benefit from a break in period, usually about 150-200 swings off a tee or soft toss, rotating the bat in between swings before hitting off live pitching.
Is this bat legal for a Babe Ruth Baseball league?
This bat would be legal for the 13-15 year old division and older. Cal Ripken requires 2 1/4" barrel bats, so this would not be legal for that league.
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