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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO3039: A perfect 12.75″ outfield mitt that features a deep, long pocket for corralling fly balls in the outfield. Get the best outfield glove for 2021 here.
Wilson A2000 1799: Another 12.75″ mitt with a deep pocket, but slightly more rounded design. Falls a bit short of the above model, but the best outfield model for Wilson lifers. Buy it here.
Wilson A2000 OT6/OT7: The best Trapeze outfield glove that will feature a long, flat pocket. The only issue with this design is that it is weak at the end of the fingers, but many outfielders like the elongated feel of the OT6. Get it here.
Custom 44 Pro Glove: The best affordable custom glove on the market right now. Good materials, design, and obviously has unique customization options. We recommend a 12.75″ mitt with an H-web for the outgrass. Start customizing here.
Rawlings PROSMT27: The Mike Trout model that is 12.75″ with a Trapeze web. Again, feels big with weak fingertips, but can be a great option for outfielders who like more glove in the outfield. Get it here.
Best Glove Lengths for Outfielders
12.75″: The perfect combination of length and pocket depth. Provides enough glove for easy and difficult plays in the outfield and a deep enough pocket for catching all fly balls in the outfield.
12.5″: A shorter glove length that allows for quicker transfers. You have decent enough glove for most plays in the outfield, and the pocket length is geared towards quicker transitions from glove to throwing hand.
13″: Simply too big for the wide majority of outfielders, but bigger outfielders may like 13″ gloves (which are rather rare).
Best Glove Webs for Outfielders
H-Web: Provides the stability to securely catch the ball time-after-time in the outfield, and creates the perfect deep pocket needed in the outfield. Simply the best web design for outfielders.
Trapeze: A web design that makes a mitt feel longer than labeled. Secure pocket, but lacks strength at the fingertips.
Modified Trapeze: Good for players who used a Modified Trap on the mound or in the infield, but can feel too shallow for many in the outfield.
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.
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.
Even as the outdoor beginning of the season quickly approaches for many players, there’s still time to both buy and break-in a new glove for the 2021 season.
And while there’s a ton of options for second basemen, some are clearly better than others. We tested a bunch of second base gloves and found the top five for the 2021 season.
Wilson A2000 1786: The best 11.5″ Infield glove on the market, comes with an I-web and a perfect shallow pocket. Pick it up here.
Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO204: Another 11.5″ glove that comes with an I-web and shallow pocket, though the pattern is a bit worse than the above 1786. The best choice for Rawlings lifers. Buy it here.
Wilson A2000 DP15: The 11.5″ model with a tighter wrist design. Perfect for smaller second basemen that still want a top-tier glove. Check it out here.
Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO314: The Rawlings version of the DP15, an 11.5″ mitt with a tighter wrist fit. Great pattern that plays a bit flatter than the DP15. Pick it up here.
Custom 44 Pro Gloves: An $185 custom glove that is worth every penny. The most affordable custom mitt that comes with high quality materials and a nice design. We recommend an 11.5″ mitt with an I-web. Start designing here.
Best Glove Sizes for Second Basemen
11.5″: The perfect balance between enough length at the fingers and a shallow enough pocket for quick transfers.
11.25″: Creates the shallowest pocket you can get for second base, but at the expense of a glove that will always feel tiny on your hand.
11.75″: Feels a bit big for the position, but could be useful for bigger second basemen that needs a longer glove to field at their highest potential.
Best Glove Webs for Second Basemen
I-web: The perfect web design for second basemen that creates the shallow-yet-sturdy pocket needed for fielding grounders and making quick transfers.
H-web: A bit deeper web design that is a bit sturdier than the I-web. Not highly recommended for second base, but can be useful for dual second basemen/third basemen.
One-Piece Web: A unique web style used on the tiny 11″ Wilson X2, the one-piece web creates a super sturdy and super shallow pocket for its user. However, you can only get it on tiny gloves or expensive custom gloves.
Wilson A2000 1787: Wilson’s 11.75″ model comes with a medium depth, flat pocket that is perfect for third base. Although a bit smaller than the above model, we feel this model is still perfect for third base. Check it out here.
Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205: An 11.75″ version of the #1 model on this list. Still has the H-web but with a medium-to-deep pocket, this model is great for players who like a shorter glove at third. Buy it here.
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROKB17: A 12.25″ model that is perfect for bigger third basemen. Comes with a deep pocket and an H-web that will allow you to scoop up even the toughest grounders at the hot corner. Get it here.
Wilson A2K 1795: A Wilson 12″ model with a deep and rounded pocket. Perfect for third base but still has a weird feel to it that warrants its fourth place finish. Pricey, too. Get it here.
44 Pro Gloves Custom 12″, H-web Glove: An affordable custom glove that comes with a good design and materials for third base. Only $185 with a ton of cool customization features. Start designing one here.
Best Glove Lengths for Third Basemen
12″: This is easily the best glove size for third basemen, but there are few good gloves left at this size. It makes a nice, deep pocket and gives you a lot of room to work with at the hot corner, but Rawlings discontinued their popular PRO206 model and Wilson’s 1795 just isn’t the same.
11.75″: 11.75″ gives you good control of your mitt without sacrificing length. While It doesn’t have the same reach or pocket depth as 12″, it’s great for the majority of third basemen who need something that will stop the ball and allow them to get it out of their pocket quickly.
12.25″: A glove size for bigger third basemen, 12.25″ gives you a ton of reach and a super deep pocket. While this may be a detriment to some players, having those two features can certainly be a boon for select third basemen.
Best Web Styles for Third Basemen
H-web: The H-web provides a deeper pocket that helps corral the tougher grounders you might get at third. It’s also a durable web that won’t snap when faced with hot shots coming your way, either.
I-web: The I-web is a great web for 3rd in that it provides a flexible but medium depth pocket. It’s better for third basemen who are quick with their hands, as it provides a bit shallower depth than the H-web for quicker transfers.
Cross Web: None of the gloves on our list have the Cross/T-web, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a great web for 3rd base. It’s super flexible and can provide the deepest pocket, but both of those features can be a bit detrimental for most players.
Shortstop is one of the most important defensive positions on the diamond, serving as the anchor of the infield on almost every team. Therefore, you’re going to need a good glove to be the model defender of your team, and these are the best gloves that will help you do just that:
Wilson A2000 1786: An 11.5″ Infield mitt with a shallow pocket, perfect fit, and amazing longevity. The best shortstop glove money can buy, you can get it here.
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS204: Another 11.5″ mitt that has a slightly different pocket than the above model. The best shortstop option for Rawlings fanatics, but falls a bit short of the 1786. Get it here.
Wilson A2000 1787: An 11.75″ model that still has a shallower pocket for quick transfers. The best option for players who like a bigger mitt at short. Get it here.
Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205: An 11.75″ option for Rawlings fans who like more glove for shortstop. Nice pocket with a solid fit and break-in. Shop it here.
Custom 44 Pro Gloves: The best affordable custom glove on the market ($185). Nice pattern, pocket, break-in, and customization options. We recommend an 11.5″ model with an I-web. Start designing one here.
Best Glove Lengths for Shortstops:
11.5″: Gives you the perfect combination of length to scoop groundballs and the perfect amount of depth to make quick transfers. The best glove length for shortstops.
11.75″: Perfect for bigger shortstops or shortstops who want a bit more glove to work with in the field. You’ll need to compensate for the deeper pocket, however.
11.25″: Great for making the quickest transfers possible at shortstop, but it takes practice to work with a glove this small and this can be limiting in many ways on the diamond.
Best Web Styles for Shortstops
I-web: Makes a shallow pocket for quicker transfers. Perfect amount of strength, flexibility, and utility to anchor the infield, and forms a perfect pocket for shortstops.
H-web: A bit deeper pocket with less flexibility than the I-web. Creates a rounder pocket that works better for players who like a more secure pocket at short.
Cross/T Web: Most flexible web design that creates the deepest pocket. You can break your Cross Web glove in many different ways, but they are also the weakest web styles to hold your pocket together.
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.
Being able to throw with both arms is a unique trait, and one that should be celebrated for its intricacy and elongated learning curve. However, if you are one of the few people who is considered ambidextrous, there are few baseball gloves to accommodate your skill.
In this article we will break down the best ambidextrous baseball gloves to ensure that you are properly equipped on the mound to protect yourself and be able to utilize your skill on the bump.
Rawlings XLE 12″ Ambidextrous Glove: The best combination of affordable price, quality, and break-in time in this category. Gamer XLE models are good enough for this unique situation, cost $150, and have minimal break-in time. Purchase one here.
44 Pro Gloves Ambidextrous Mitt: The only customizable mitt, and the one with the best materials. Will come stiff and is a bit more expensive than the alternatives ($230), but the quality and uniqueness are unmatched in this segment. Here’s a video on it and you can start customizing here.
Akadema ABX 00 Ambidextrous Mitt: A 12″ mitt that comes broken-in from unboxing. The materials are not the highest quality, but it’s a good option for ambidextrous pitchers who don’t want to spend time breaking in a glove. Here’s a 360 of the glove, and you can buy it here.