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What is Wilson’s Spin Control Technology? A Full Breakdown

Spin Control has made its return the Wilson lineup after a long hiatus. After being used in 1990s and 2000s gloves, Wilson finally revamped and improved the technology for the latest series of gloves. Here’s everything you need to know about it:

  • Spin Control is a technology that uses a dimpled palm and special oiling process to reduce the amount a ball will move in the pocket upon catching the ball.
  • The Spin Control technology comes in the palm and, usually, the web. These are the areas where the ball typically hits and begins to torpedo in the leather, where either you corral the ball or watch it squeak out.
  • Why would I need this? Due to its spherical nature, a baseball likes to rotate all kinds of ways in the air or in your pocket. This tech simply reduces the amount of spin that can effect how well you catch the ball.
  • Does it actually work? We haven’t tried it out yet, but it seems like MLB players have been using it and liking it so far. We’ll have more information on how well it works soon, but for now it seems pretty good.
  • Is it worth it? Right now, Spin Control mitts aren’t any more expensive than regular A2000 gloves. Although we don’t see it as the latest, greatest feature to get on your glove, if you want to be one of the early adopters of this glove tech, it’s probably worth it.

Right now there are a few gloves that come with this technology, as it roll-out has been calm and measured. These are the models where Spin Control is used:

  • Wilson A2000 1786 Spin Control: Our favorite middle infield glove that measures at 11.5″ with and shallow pocket and I-web. Get it here.
  • Wilson A2000 1975 Spin Control: An 11.75″ mitt that is largely an oversized 1786. Good for shortstop and third base. Buy it here.
  • Wilson A2000 H12 Spin Control: A 12″ glove that is an oversized 1787, with a medium depth pocket and I-web. Good for third basemen and some shortstops. Check it out here.
  • Wilson A2000 M1D Spin Control: A 33.5″ Catcher’s mitt. Probably the best mitt to have Spin Control, as catcher’s deal with a lot of different stuff behind the dish. Get it here.
  • Wilson A2000 OT6 Spin Control: A 12.75″ outfield mitt that comes with a trapeze web and elongated feel. Spin Control is probably good for outfielders to avoid weird flyballs popping out of their gloves. Buy it here.
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Best Budget Infield Gloves for the 2021 Season, Ranked

Baseball gloves are getting awfully expensive, with prices pushing $300 on gloves that cost half that a decade ago. In this post we rank the best gloves for the infield on a budget, so you can ball out without spending a ton of cash.

  1. Mizuno MVP Prime 11.5″: A really nice model for around $100 (many times a good amount less). Can get through a few seasons and features a really nice shallow pocket and Mizuno’s cross web. Highly recommend for tight budgets. Buy it here.
  2. Rawlings Encore EC1150: An 11.5″ mitt that features an I-web and shallow pocket. Priced at $160, it’s not the cheapest glove, but it is worth the price and almost half the price of the next Rawlings model. Check it out here.
  3. Mizuno Franchise 11.5″: Another Mizuno model, this time priced at $80. Materials don’t feel great, but they will last a few seasons are are the best at the price point. Good pattern for the middle infield as well. Buy it here.
  4. Rawlings R9 11.5″: Another $100 option that features materials about the same as the above model. Decent design and pocket, but feels a bit overpriced for what you would be getting. See it here.
  5. Wilson A700 11.5″: An $80 glove that really isn’t worth the money. Feels OK, but is mostly built for younger players and won’t stand up to any later teen/high school play. Wilson’s best budget offering. Check it out here.

Some Wild Card Options

  • Snagging a discounted A2000 or Heart of the Hide: Sometimes you can find our favorite higher priced models in the $150-$180 range on eBay or Amazon. You can typically find them in July/August, but deals are largely random. Look for an A2000 1786 or HOH PRO204.
  • Customized 44 Pro Glove: A fully customized, high quality mitt for $185. Again, may be a bit out of the “budget” category, but you get amazing bang for your buck. We recommend an 11.5″ mitt with an I-web. See them here.
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2021 Wilson A2K Gloves

Wilson’s premier A2K series returns for the 2020 and 2021 seasons as one of the best glove series in the world. And once again, Wilson has outdone themselves on the designs and materials on the 2021 Wilson A2K Gloves.

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2021 A2K Materials

The 2021 Wilson A2K Gloves feature the best materials Wilson has to offer, including:

  • Pro Stock Select Leather: a buttery smooth leather that will stay strong for many years.
  • Double Palm Construction: a double layer of leather in the palm that doubles durability and shock absorption
  • Superskin (Some Models): Lightweight synthetic material that decreases weight and increases durability
  • Snakeskin (Some Models): Textured leather that adds a cool look and feel to a mitt.

Put all of these together and you get a glove(s) that is sleek, durable, and will help you perform at the highest level in the field.

2021 Wilson A2K Infield Gloves

Here are the infield models in the 2021 Wilson Glove Line:

2021 Wilson A2K 1786

The 1786 is an 11.5 model with an I-web, shallow pocket, and saddle tan and black colorway. It’s our favorite middle infield model for 2020-2021, and you can pick it up here.

2021 Wilson A2K 1786SS

The 1786SS is the same model as the 1786, but with the synthetic Superskin backing. This makes it lighter weight, helping you turn quicker double plays. Get it here.

2021 Wilson A2K 1787

The 1787 is an 11.75″ mitt with an I-web and medium depth pocket. This glove is perfect for second base, shortstop, or third base, and you can buy it here.

2021 Wilson A2K 1795

The 1795 is a 12″ Third Base Mitt with an H-web and deep, rounded pocket. It’s nicknamed “Blaze” for the red/metallic and gray look, and you can get this Western-themed glove here.

2021 Wilson A2K 1795SS

The 1795SS is the same 12-inch, deep pocket model as above, but with a lighter Superskin shell. Buy it here.

2021 Wilson A2K Outfield Gloves

Here are all the 2021 Wilson A2K Outfield Gloves:

2021 Wilson A2K 1799SS

The 1799SS is a 12.75″ Outfield Mitt with an H-web, deep pocket, and Superskin shell. It is one of our favorite outfield models for 2020-2021, and you can pick it up here.

2021 Wilson A2K JS22

The new JS22 is the Juan Soto game model glove and is a replica of the above 12.75″ 1799 with a different colorway. You can buy it here.

2021 Wilson A2K 1775SS

The 1775SS is a 12.75″ mitt with a single post web and deep pocket. It’s a bit different than the above 1799, which we detail below. You can get the 1775SS here.

Compared to the aforementioned 1799, the 1775 will have a rounder pocket and play bigger, which will help you snag more flyballs in the outfield.

2021 Wilson A2K Pitcher’s Gloves

The Following are the Pitcher’s Gloves in the 2021 Glove Line:

2021 Wilson A2K B2

The B2 is a 12″ Pitcher’s glove that comes with a medium-to-deep pocket and grip-concealing 2-Piece Web. Get it here.

2021 Wilson A2K D33

The D33 is an 11.75″ model with a Closed Pro Lace Web, deep, rounded pocket, and Superskin back.

Compared to the B2, it’s a bit shorter, lightweight, but with a deeper pocket. You can buy it here.

2021 Wilson A2K First Base Gloves

Here are all the 1B Mitts in the 2021 Glove Line:

2021 Wilson A2K JA79

The JA79 is the Jose Abreu game model and a 12.5″ 1B mitt with a Snakeskin back and single post web. It’s Wilson’s biggest 1B glove in the A2K model.

In addition, the mitt comes with a “Spin Control” pocket that reduces the changes of a ball popping out of the pocket. Get it here.

2021 Wilson A2K 2820SS

The 2820SS is a 12.25″ First Base Mitt with a Superskin back and Single Post web. This model comes with a deep pocket and double break palm. You can buy it here.

2021 Wilson A2K Catcher’s Mitts

There’s only one A2K Mitt in the 2021 Glove Line, the M1D:

The M1D is a 33.5″ Catcher’s Mitt with a Half-Moon Web and extended pocket. It’s one of the best catcher’s mitts on the market, and you can get it here.

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2020 Wilson A2K Pitcher Gloves

The 2020 Wilson Glove Line includes two pitcher’s gloves that will help any hurler defend the mound from hard comebackers. Here is our guide to the 2020 Wilson A2K Pitcher Gloves:

2020 Wilson A2K B2

The B2 is a 12″ mitt with a 2-Piece Web and medium-depth pocket. It’s one of our favorite mitts for the mound and an overall solid mitt to don. Get it here.

2020 Wilson A2K D33

The D33 is an 11.75″ mitt with a wide and deep pocket, and is honestly a pretty funky pattern. We don’t recommend it over the B2, and suggest trying it out before buying it.

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2020 Wilson A2K Outfield Gloves

Wilson’s 2020 Collection of A2K Outfield Gloves includes thrre models in both left-handed and right-handed throw. Here is our guide to the 2020 Wilson A2K Outfield Gloves:

2020 Wilson A2K 1799

The 1799 is a 12.75″ outfield mitt with an H-web and deep pocket. It’s Wilson’s best outfield model and highly rated among the best outfield mitts on the market. Get it here.

2020 Wilson A2K MB50

The MB50 is Mookie Betts’ Game model, and is a flashy 12.5″ mitt with a deep pocket. If you’re looking for a flashy mitt for the outgrass, this is a top choice for 2020. Buy it here.

2020 Wilson A2K 1775

The 2020 Wilson A2K 1775 is a 12.75, narrow-width, deep pocket model for the outgrass. While we don’t recommend it outright, we do recommend trying it out before buying it.

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2020 Wilson A2K First Base Mitts

Wilson’s Glove Lines always include a first base mitt, and for the 2020 Glove Line, that lucky model is the 2820SS. Here’s out guide to the sole 2020 Wilson A2K First Base Mitts:

2020 Wilson A2K 2820SS

The 2820SS is a 12.25″ First Base mitt built with a lightweight Superskin back. There’s not a ton to say about it besides it’s a really solid mitt for one baggers. Get it here.

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2020 Wilson A2K Catcher Mitts

For the 2020 Glove Line, Wilson stuck with one tried-and-true model in their top-of-the-line series: the M1. Here is our guide to the sole 2020 Wilson A2K Catcher Mitts:

M1

The 2020 Wilson A2K M1 is a 33.5″ Catcher’s Mitt with a medium depth pocket. With a strong pocket, durable materials, and aesthetic look, it’s the perfect mitt for behind the dish. Buy it here.

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2020 Wilson A2K Infield Gloves

The release of the 2020 Wilson Glove Line means a whole host of fresh A2K models would hit the market, and just like in past years, the Infield models are sweet. Here is our guide to the Wilson A2K Infield Gloves:

1786

The 1786 is an 11.5″ mitt with an I-web and shallow pocket. It’s our favorite middle infield glove for 2020 and is simply an amazing mitt to use at shortstop and/or second base. Get it here.

1786SS

The 1786SS is the Superskin version of the aforementioned 1786, with the same 11.5″ length with an I-web and shallow pocket. However, it’s bit lighter, which is perfect for middle infielders looking for an easier glove to handle. Buy it here.

1787

The 2020 Wilson A2K 1787 is an 11.75″ mitt that is built for shortstop and third base. It’s listed as one of our favorite gloves for the left side of the infield, as it medium depth pocket is perfect for snagging grounders at short and third. Get it here.

1787SS

The 1787SS is the Superskin, lighter-in-weight version of the above 1787. If you’re a third basemen or shortstop looking for a lighter glove, the 1787SS is the perfect model for you. Buy it here.

MC26

The Matt Chapman game model is simply a customized version of the above 1787 models. If you want a bit of a flashier glove (in orange tan and kelly green) for third or short, the MC26 is the best A2K infield model for you. Get it here.

1721

The 1721 is a 12″ third basemen’s mitt with an H-web, and is Wilson’s best traditional third base mitt. With a deep pocket built for the hot corner, it will snag those hot shots at third. Buy it here.

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A Complete Guide to the 2020 Wilson A2K Gloves

Wilson usually drops their new glove line in August, but for some reason, they just couldn’t wait to release the 2020 A2K models. And that’s certainly good news for us, as these models are straight heat.

Take a peek at the 2020 Wilson A2K Models:

Wilson A2K 1786 and 1786SS

There are two A2K iterations of the best middle infield mitt in the 2020 glove line, with one model having an all-leather construction and the other having a lightweight Superskin back (learn more).

So whether you like the feel of Superskin or not, there’s an 11.5-inch 2020 Wilson A2K 1786 model to help you dominate the middle infield.

Wilson A2K 1787 and 1787SS

Just like the 1786, there are two 11.75-inch A2K 1787 models available in the 2020 glove line. And, again, there is one all-leather model and one Superskin model.

The 1787 model is perfect for the left side of the infield, so whether you like Superskin or not, there’s a 1787 model to lock down the hot corner and shortstop.

Wilson A2K 1721

Wilson’s replacement for the DW5 is back for the 2020 glove line in a fresh new colorway. With a 12″ length, H-web, and deep pocket, this glove is built for stopping hot shots to third base.

Wilson A2K 2820SS

The sole A2K first base mitt in the 2020 glove line is the 12.25″ 2820SS. While it’s a rather straightforward mitt, it’s an excellent choice to man first base.

Wilson A2K B2 and D33

The B2 (left) and the D33 (right) are the two 2020 A2K pitching models, with the B2 as a 12″ two-piece web mitt and the D33 as an 11.75″ modified trapeze loop mitt.

While their differences are rather complex, they can be broken down into this: the B2 has a really simple pattern and close while the D33 has a funky (yet still functional) pattern and close.

Wilson A2K 1799 and 1775

The 1799 (left) and 1775 (right) comprise the 2020 A2K outfield class, with the 1799 as a 12.75″ H-web mitt and the 1775 as a 12.75″ single post web glove.

The 1799 is a pretty straightforward outfield mitt (and is ranked very well because of this), while the 1775 is a lengthier and narrower model that comes with a comparatively shallow pocket.

Wilson A2K M1

The sole 2020 A2K catcher’s mitt is the 33.5″ M1, which is a pretty basic model for behind the dish yet still a highly performing one at that.

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Signs you need (and don’t Need) a New Baseball Glove

Reasons you probably need a new glove:

  • The form is super floppy and simply doesn’t hold anymore. Whether your perfect break-in is gone of your glove feels like a pancake, the form going is the first sign the glove is on its last legs.
  • There is a ripping or cracking: Whether it is in the palm of the back of the mitt, ripping and cracking are signs of severe deterioration of the leather. Of course, this is a telling sign the glove is done.
  • It starts to feel very heavy when you use it: A build-up or tons of grime and dirt in the glove causes it to feel very heavy. This not only makes the performance of the glove worse, but depletes the quality of the leather, as well.
  • The padding feels nonexistent: The felt padding thinning out is a key sign the glove is fully worn out. You’ll feel unusually strong pain after catches in the palm and pocket, which are both bad signs.

Signs you don’t need a new glove:

  • You want a glove for a secondary position: Unless you play the secondary position as much as your main position, there’s little reason to buy a second glove (unless it’s a catcher’s mitt or 1B mitt).
  • You just want a new glove: Unless you can buy 10 of them, don’t buy a new glove just because you want a new one. You’re better off saving your money for more necessary future expenses.
  • Your glove is old but isn’t worn out: Some gloves will hold their form for longer than others, and just because your glove is old does not mean you need a new one. Older gloves are typically better built, somehow, anyway.
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