Mike Trout is one of the best players baseball has ever seen, and while his bat is a large reason for this distinction, he’s also more than handled his own in center field. And he’s done all of this in the past few reasons with his Rawlings Pro Preferred MT27 mitt:
The MT27 is the Mike Trout game model glove Rawlings released last year. It’s a 12.75″ outfield mitt with a trapeze web, black colorway with red accents, and Fastback design. It’s quite a unique mitt, as few outfielders use the trapeze in the MLB anymore.
And if you want to dominate the outfield like Mike Trout does, you can get his exact glove for yourself at Just Ball Gloves. Just be aware that it won’t feel like your typical H-web outfield mitt, instead playing a bit narrower and shallower out of the box.
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.
Another good deal on an 11.5″ Rawlings mitt, but this time it’s an 11.5″, I-web Pro Preferred model. This one is only $260 at JustBallGloves, an absolute steal for one of the best middle infield gloves on the market.
Yu Darvish has always had one of the more interesting gloves in the MLB for a few reasons: First, he’s one of the few MLB players to use an Asics glove, and second, he always chooses the brightest colors for his gloves, as seen by his past red and blue mitts.
And this year is certainly no different. He’s back with a custom Asics D-Line model, this year in a sharp green color with white accents. However, his glove is still a rather large 12.5″ mitt with a fastback and a finger hood, just like past years.
And with signature on the thumb and the custom web stitching, Yu Darvish’s Glove is certainly one of the more unique gloves for the 2019 season. In fact, it so unique that you can’t buy it in the United States. But if you could, would you rock Yu’s mitt on the mound?
Although opening day is quickly approaching, there is still plenty of time to both buy and break-in a new mitt for the outfield. Even if that glove is a high quality mitt that you can’t squeeze right away.
And choosing the right one is of utmost importance, as there are too many options to choose from. But we tested a bunch of outfield gloves and compiled the best ones for the 2019 season:
3. Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSMT27
Not many people are fans of the trapeze web. The narrow yet deep pocket this web creates is certainly not for everyone, and the odd close of the pattern is difficult to maneuver without practice.
But if you’re a fan of the trapeze web, there’s no better option than the PROSMT27. At 12.75″, it has both the length and the depth needed to track down fly balls in the outfield.
We wouldn’t recommend this to outfielders who’ve never used a trapeze web glove before, but if you’re a trapeze web fan or just want to try something different in the outfield, this glove is for you.
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.
4. 44 Pro Gloves Signature Series 574 Pattern in 11.5″
We’ve recommended it for both shortstops and third basemen, and again for second basemen. The reasoning is simple: it’s hard to beat the value that is offered by 44’s custom model.
For $185, you get a fully customized glove in an 11.5″ pattern that is perfect for second base. So, if you’re a player who likes a flashy mitt at second, this affordable yet high quality option is for you.
As Spring Training continues and the MLB season approaches quickly, Wilson released the March rendition of their Glove of the Month. And while there have been many interesting outfield glove releases lately, few compare to this mitt.
The number one third base glove for the 2019 season is the Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO206-6JTB, and, honestly, nothing compares to this glove for the hot corner.
Its 12″ length is perfect for third base, and its deep pocket is perfect for scooping up grounders at third. And while other patterns on this list are great, the 206 pattern is unmatched at third base.
So, if you’re looking for the perfect mitt for the hot corner for the 2019 season, definitely pick up the PRO206-6JTB. You certainly not regret and may even have your best season in the field.