After spending some time with the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS1150KB, I fell in love with the glove and decided to write a quick review on the glove.
The Pattern and Specifications
The Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS1150KB is an 11.5″ infield glove with an I-web. From our studies into the best shortstop and second base gloves, this size/web combo is perfect for the middle infield. When we get into the pattern, more parts of the pattern will make sense into why this pattern is great for up the middle.
The 1150 Pattern
As part of their Pro Department, Rawlings sometimes opts for unique pattern names for common patterns available on the market. That is the case with the 1150 pattern, which is solely an 11.5″ 217 pattern.
I am a fan of the 2174/1150 pattern. The pocket is shallow and wide (what you want in the middle infield), and very comparable to what you get from a Wilson 1786. The form is in-between the bowl-shaped 200 pattern and flat NP pattern. Perhaps the resemblances to the 1786 pattern fuel my love for the 2174 pattern.
Much like the 1786 pattern, the natural close of the 1150/2174 pattern is thumb to middle finger. The heel is not squared-off with two hinges like the 200 pattern, but bends along the pinky to make that thumb-middle finger close.
Considering the popular (among middle infielders) thumb-middle finger close and shallow pocket for quick transfers, the 1150/2174 is money for the middle infield.
The Durability, New and Used
Despite the simple black colorway, the black leather has a serious function: to serve as the best leather Rawlings makes.
New: How It Feels
The Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS1150KB new is stiff, but has some flex. The leather is beautiful: smooth, tight-grained, and just feels so nice. From the start, I could tell this Kip leather was something special. The fit was perfect as well: not too tight, not too loose, but perfect. The super soft Pittards liner made the liner comfortable as well.
With Some Use
With some use, the Pro Preferred Kip leather still is smooth and tight-grained, and looks gorgeous. The thick and durable padding hold the shape perfectly, and the lace does not stretch easily, despite the single lacing in the web.
Considering the high quality and durable materials and flawless construction of the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS1150KB, this glove will be a great glove for a middle infield.
I love the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS1150KB. My favorite part is the pattern, followed closely by the soft liner and smooth leather.