The 217 pattern is a personal favorite for the middle infield. Despite its rather small size (11.25″), it has a great fit and feel for the middle infield. It also has my personal favorite web, the I-web.
Our time with the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS217RT was spent finding the pocket depth. Factoring in the size and web combo, we figured this glove would have a shallow pocket. After a few rounds of catch, we determined that the pocket depth on the PROS217RT is in fact shallow, but will deepen if formed that way.
The Mechanics and Close
Unlike the comparably sized NP2 pattern, the 217 pattern has slightly curved fingers. And unlike Rawlings’ 200 pattern, the 217 pattern does not have a squared-off heel or two-hinge close, instead having a one-hinge close that closes thumb-to-middle finger.
What Positions It is Perfect
Keeping in mind the size, web, close, and pocket, we decided that the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS217RT is a great glove for second base, reason being that the size is too small for other infield positions.
Looks & Durability
After some time with the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS217RT, we fell in love with the looks, and found the glove one of the highest quality on the market.
When I first saw the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS217RT, I fell in love with the rich tan color. As the name suggests, this color is very “rich” and nonetheless looks gorgeous. Although I left the glove in the same color I got it in, the rich tan color looks great conditioned or left alone.
The Durability: New and Used
New, the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS217RT feels so nice: the leather is smooth and feels great, the liner is heavenly, and the fit is so comfortable. It is rather stiff, but can be squeezed a bit.
After some use, the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS217RT keeps its shape due to the high quality Kip leather and thick and durable padding. The lacing does not stretch too much in the web or fingers, and helps keep the shape as well.
The Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS217RT is a great glove, and since there is a discount, it makes it an even better option for second base.