As the 2019 season accelerates upon us, the time to upgrade your catcher’s mitt is quickly ending. But even though game action starts soon, there’s still enough time to buy and break-in a new mitt.
And while we are no experts on catcher’s gloves (we’re infielders after all), we talked to a large group of catchers and compiled a ranking of the best catcher gloves for the 2019 season:
5. Mizuno Pro GMP200
The Mizuno Pro may be the best glove quality-wise on this list, but what keeps it in fifth place is its exorbitant price. This mitt costs a hefty $600, which is $200 more than any other mitt on this list.
While the materials on this glove are truly amazing and the glove comes with a slew of unrivaled features, spending that much on a mitt is unfathomable to some.
But if you’re willing to drop a pretty penny on the last catcher’s glove you’ll ever need to buy, the GMP200 33.5″ is certainly the glove you want to be using behind the dish.
4. Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCM33B
The PROSCM33B is Rawlings’ best offering behind the dish, as its 33″ pattern and Pro Preferred materials are perfect for backstops looking for a top-notch catcher’s glove.
And while there’s nothing fancy about this mitt, it’s easily the best option for catchers who are diehard Rawlings users. And while, like every Pro Preferred, it’s a bit pricey, it’s worth every penny.
3. Wilson A2000 1790
The 1790 is a favorite of many of the catchers we talked to due to its ample length (34″) and sizable pocket. And the fact that it’s held up well for them doesn’t hurt its placement, either.
The 1790 is a pretty standard catcher’s mitt, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. It is one of the best gloves for catchers looking for a bigger glove for behind the dish in the upcoming season.
2. Wilson A2000 M2
At first glance, the M2 seems like a typical catcher’s glove. But when you dig a bit deeper, this 33.5″ mitt is actually one of the coolest mitts for behind the plate for the 2019 season.
The reasoning for this is simple: The M2 comes with a built-in leather thumb guard, which perfectly compliments the awesome M2 and the lightweight Super Skin back.
This thumb guard takes away the majority of the sting without the uncomfortable feeling of most third party thumb protectors, making a glove that is perfect behind the dish on multiple levels.
1. All Star CM3000SBT (33.5″)
The CM3000 was the most popular glove of catchers we talked to, largely due to its combination of an excellent pattern, comfortable lining, high quality materials, and top notch performance.
If you’re looking for the best catcher’s mitt on the market, the All Star CM3000 is it. And whether you want a huge mitt (35″), an average sized one (33.5″), or a small one (32″), All Star has a CM3000 for you.