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Best Baseball Gloves for the 2023 Season by Player Position

Best Baseball Gloves for 2023 – By Position

What a better way to spend the offseason than to research and review the best baseball gloves for 2022 Fall!

So, if you’re in the market for a new baseball glove, you’ve come to the right place. In this comprehensive guide, we will discuss the most important aspects of the best baseball gloves for your money. We’ll talk about what love features to look for, how to find the perfect fit, type of web configuration you need to know about and some of the top of the line and premium leather gloves on the market.

If your baseball player is just starting out or you need a more budget friendly glove then check out my post on “The Best Youth Baseball Gloves“. 

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Note: The products discussed on our site are independently selected. At no extra cost to you, things you buy through our links may earn us a commission.

Hottest Baseball Gloves By Position

GloveLeatherWeb typeSizePositionBuy Now
Rawlings Heart of the HidePro Preferred LeatherSingle Post Double Bar13″First BaseBuy Now on Amazon
Wilson A2000SuperSkin Pro StockSingle Post12.5″First BaseBuy Now on Amazon
Nokona Alpha GloveAmerican Kip LeatherI Web11.5″Middle InfieldBuy Now on Amazon
Wilson A2K SuperSkinPro Stock SelectH Web11.5″Middle InfieldBuy Now on Amazon
Marucci Capitol SeriesUSA Kip LeatherT Web11.75″Middle InfieldBuy Now on Amazon
Wilson A2000Pro Stock SelectH Web11.75″Third BaseBuy Now on Amazon
Rawlings Heart of the HidePro Preferred LeatherPro I Web11.75″Third BaseBuy Now on Amazon
Wilson A2000SuperSkin Pro StockPro Laced T Web12.5″OutfieldBuy Now on Amazon
Rawlings Heart of the HidePro Preferred LeatherPro Laced T Web12.75″OutfieldBuy Now on Amazon
Nokona Alpha GloveAmerican Kip LeatherClosed Web12″PitcherBuy Now on Amazon

What Are The Best Baseball Gloves for Middle Infielders

We look for the best baseball gloves that are versatile, lightweight and can deliver superior performance.

Really focus the initial research on a quality infield glove. For background, here is some insights on where we came from and what ultimately made us comfortable on the baseball glove we would ultimately buy.

Honestly, after all the online research on baseball gloves and store fittings we found that it comes down to really one thing…the feel of the glove.

We focused on a few factors to prior to us wanting to buy a professional and quality glove:

  • Is it Premium Grade Leather?
  • Any other premium material is used?
  • How long to break in the glove?
  • How many types of web configurations does the glove series have?
  • Where was the glove is made?

Below are some popular brands of baseball gloves for the infield position and definitely worth the money.

Popular Brands of Baseball Gloves

Wilson A2K SuperSkin

Wilson A2K Pro Grade Best Baseball Glove

4.9 Stars

11U Select to College Level Of Play

Editors Choice for A Top Infield Glove!

This infield baseball glove is essentially the same parent conversation in the stands as the A2000. The opinion is it delivers the the same professional infielder performance but the superskin gives it an added edge. Some features include:

  • Pro Stock Select Leather: Leather hides are 3x sorted for consistency and flawlessness, using only top 5% of the hides when crafting the A2K gloves.
  • SuperSkin is a microfiber material that’s half the weight of other leather, but twice as durable. Its moisture-resistant design extends the longevity of the glove, and is easier to clean than traditional leather.
  • Double Palm Construction: A thin, perfectly shaped piece of leather placed between the palm liner and the outer shell enhances pocket stability. It also reduces the wrinkles in the palm of your glove, reducing the rebound on balls that hit your glove and
  • Flat Finger Binding: Flat Finger Binding gives players who prefer to play with a finger outside the glove greater comfort and control in the field. By reducing the amount of space between your finger and the back of the glove, you’ll experience less pain
  • Several Colors to Choose From

Pros

Superior Pro Stock Leather for higher durability and FASTER break in

Superskin cuts the weight in half making for faster ball reaction and its moisture resistant!

Double Palm Construction is more than a giving it a great appearance but reduces the rebound of the ball when it hits your glove!

Cons

The laces could be improved

High Price Point but you are getting QUALITY!


Wilson A2000

Wilson A2000 Pro Grade Best Baseball Glove

4.8 Stars

10U Select to High School

Easy to Break In and High End InField Glove

This infield baseball glove is always a subject among the parent conversation in the stands mostly due to its professional infielder performance and the great reviews across the board. Wilson A2000 features include:

  • Comfort Pro-Fit palm construction for a richer feel as it forms over your hand over time.  
  • Spin-Control technology – this is grated leather in the pocket to reduce the “baseball-spin” 
  • Greater binding in the wrist to help ease the strain on the pinkie finger.
  • Several web configurations for you to choose from depending on the position
  • Over 32 Colors to Choose From

Due to the high quality leather, it may take an additional bit of time for the break in process but overall your son will love the shape, comfort and protection. The Wilson A2000 considered one of the best baseball gloves for 2022 and a fan favorite with it’s soft leather, web configurations, and the protection it offers.

Pros

Pro Stock Leather for higher durability and FASTER break in

Lightweight and soft with a thin heel pad for better closure around your fingers

Multiple colors and web patterns for all positions

Cons

The laces could be improved

Padding isn’t as thick as the A2K

High Price Point but getting a quality glove!


Rawlings Heart of the Hide

Rawlings HOH Best Baseball Glove 2022

4.7 Stars

13U Select to College Level Of Play

Most Popular Pro Preferred Glove Used By MLB Infielder Players

  • The Heart of the Hide glove comes in a clean and classic design.
  • 40% factory break in meaning you’ll have it ready for gameplay faster!
  • Legendary top of the line leather quality, hand selected from pro preferred leather hides.  
  • Superior Rawlings craftsmanship and built by the same craftsmen the baseball’s pros use.  
  • The deer-tanned cowhide lining and thermoformed wrist pad providing optimal comfort. 
  • Multiple web configurations that comes in several of the Rawlings Heart of the Hide model series

The Rawlings Heart of the Hide baseball glove series is among some of the top of the line baseball gloves any baseball player could hope for. It has numerous pro elite performance features that will accomodate any young player could ever hope for. 

Pros

Top of the line Pro Preferred Leather, Very Strong and Durable which makes this a long lasting glove!

Has several web configurations for your style or position of play

The break in is at 40% allowing your glove to be hard and stiff

Cons

Slow Break-In, you need to be dedicated on the process

High Price Point but you are getting QUALITY!


Marucci Capitol Series

Marucci Capital Series 11.75 Infielders Glove

4.7 Stars

12U Select to College Level Of Play

Our Pick For Best Infield Glove

Marucci is legendary for it’s bats and has now developed a must have elite baseball glove. To be honest, the Marucci Capital Series model, were never on our radar for a infielder glove. This is a gem.

  •  A premium Japanese-tanned USA Kip leather combines ideal stiffness with lightweight feel
  • Highest-grade sheepskin finger lining with padding-wrapped thumb and loops
  • Professional-grade rawhide laces
  • Japanese Kip leather palm lining reinforces structure with a velvety smooth touch
  • Moisture-wicking mesh wrist lining with added memory foam padding
  • Several web configurations within the baseball glove series

Holding it you can tell this is a high quality glove and it was very easy to break in. Over time and with an aggressive season, the glove still held its shape.

Pros

Premium Kip Leather makes this feel like a light weight glove for a quicker reaction to the ball

Has several web configurations f

The foam padding in the wrist makes this very comfortable to wear for long games.

Almost game ready,for faster break in

Cons

Low Name Recognition for Marucci Capital Glove Series

High Price Point but still lower than traditional name brands without sacrificing QUALITY!

The Best Infield Gloves (Premium Levels)

Pro Grade Steer Hide or Quality Leather baseball gloves are for the young players or adults who want to put the best infield gloves in their hands to make the double play. These are some of the best gloves on the market. All are excellent and very little separates them. 

First Base

Rawlings Heart of the Hide

Rawlings HOH 1st Base Glove

4.7 Stars

11U Select to College Level Of Play

Pros

  • Size 13″
  • R2G & Contour Fit -Amazon Exclusive
  • Heart of the Hide – Pro Preferred
  • 40% Factory Break In
  • Long Lasting
  • Single Post Double Bar Web
  • Deep Pocket

Cons

  • Longer Break In Process
  • High Price Point

First Base

Wilson A2000

Wilson A2000 Pro Grade First Base Glove

4.8 Stars

10U Select to High School

Pros

  • Size 12.5″
  • SuperSkin Pro Preferred Leather
  • Spin Control Technology
  • Rolled Dual Welting
  • DriLex Wrist Lining
  • Single Post Web
  • Long Lasting

Cons

  • High Price Point
  • Laces aren’t great

Middle Infield 

Wilson A2K

Wilson A2K Pro Grade Middle Infield

4.9 Stars

11U Select to College

Pros

  • Size 11.5″
  • Pro Preferred Leather Quality
  • Rolled Dual Welting
  • Spin Control Technology
  • Snake Skin Back Shell
  • H Web

Cons

  • High Price Point
  • Laces could be improved

Middle Infield – Our Pick

Marucci Capital Series

Marucci Best Baseball Glove

4.7 Stars

11U Select to College

Pros

  • Size 11.75″
  • Japanese Kip Leather 
  • Pro Grade USA Raw Hide Laces
  • Virtually No Break In Time 
  •  High Grade Sheepskin Finger Lining
  • T Web; Single Post Design

Cons

  • High Price Point
  • Low Brand Recognition with Gloves

Third Base 

Rawlings Heart of the Hide

Rawlings Heart Of the Hide

4.7 Stars

13U Select to College

Pros

  • Size 11.75″
  • Pro Stock Leather with Cross Stitch
  • Heart of the Hide – Pro Preferred
  • Padded Thumb Sleeve
  • 40% Factory Break In
  • Conventional Back
  • Pro I Web Design

Cons

  • Longer Break In Process
  • High Price Point

Third Base 

Wilson A2000

Wilson A2000 Pro Grade Best Baseball Glove 3rd base

4.8 Stars

11U Select to High School

Pros

  • Size 11.75″
  • Pro Preferred Leather with Cross Stitch
  • Rolled Dual Welting for Durability
  • Thin Heel Pad for Faster Break In
  • Flat Finger Binding
  • Conventional Back
  • H Web Design

Cons

  • High Price Point
  • Laces could be improved

The Best Outfield Gloves (Premium Levels)

Pro Grade Steer Hide or High Quality Leather baseball gloves are for the young players or adults who want to put the best outfield gloves in their hands to catch those high fly balls They typically are 12.25″ to 12.75″ in glove length. These are some of the best gloves on the market. All are excellent and very little separates them. 

Outfield

Wilson A2000

Wilson A2000 Pro Grade Best Baseball Glove Outfield

4.9 Stars

11U Select to High School

Pros

  • Size 12.5″
  • SuperSkin Pro Preferred Leather
  • Spin Control Technology
  • Rolled Dual Welting
  • Pedroia Fit Glove
  • Pro Laced T Web with Baseball Stitch

Cons

  • High Price Point
  • Laces could be improved

Outfield

Rawlings Heart of the Hide

Rawlings HOH Best Baseball Glove 2022 outfield

4.7 Stars

13U Select to College

Pros

  • Size 12.75″
  • Pro Stock Leather with Cross Stitch
  • Heart of the Hide – Pro Preferred
  • 30% Factory Break In
  • Trapeze Web
  • Full Grain Kip Leather 

Cons

  • High Price Point
  • Long break In time

The Best Pitcher Gloves (Premium Levels)

Pitching

Nokona Alpha Glove

Nokona Pitcher Glove

4.6 Stars

10U Select to High School

Pros

  • Size 12″
  • American Kip Leather / Steer Hide
  • No Break In Time / Game Ready
  • Open Back Closure
  • Closed Web Pocket Design
  • Hand Crafted With Pride In The USA

Cons

  • High Price Point

Pitching

Wilson A2K

Rawlings HOH Best Baseball Glove 2022 outfield

4.9 Stars

11U Select to College

Pros

  • Size 12.5″
  • Pro Stock Leather Quality
  • Rolled Dual Welting
  • Spin Control Technology
  • Snake Skin Back Shell
  • Closed 2 Piece Web

Cons

  • Laces are okay

What is the Best Baseball Glove For Each Position?

As a dedicated travel ball parent, I have spent several hours doing a tremendous amount of research on gloves. As my son started to get more serious about the game I had to step up my game. I had to quickly learn about baseball gloves, the styles, construction, and more.

 As I said, I don’t come from a baseball background so consider me the “layman” parent trying to make sense of the technical language. Fortunately I do this for a living, taking the technical info and translating it so you and I can understand the nuances of the baseball gloves that are on the market.

Best Baseball Glove Types by Position

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First Base Baseball Glove Features

  • Larger glove size and does not have finger holes
  • Has a unique curved style to the edge that is useful when picking and scooping balls thrown in the dirt
  • Like the catcher’s mitt its large size gives the other infielders a larger target at which to throw

Infield Baseball Glove Features

  • Gloves sizes range from 11.25″ to 12″ inches – greater length adds greater range but adds weight
  • First Base has 12″ – 13″ inches
  • Conventional back
  • Pocket depth varies from shallow to deep – this matters for quick ball to hand transfers to make a play
  • Glove weight should be lighter for player to make a quick play for those hard hit balls

Pitcher Baseball Glove Features

  • Gloves sizes range from 11″ to 11.75″ inches 
  • Conventional Back
  • Critical for webbing to be closed to not allow the hitter to see the grip on the ball before the pitch

The Catcher Mitt Features

  • Fingerless and heavily padded – needs to handle 70+ mph pitches
  • Shallow pocket to make those throw downs to prevent runners from stealing 2nd base
  • Very large mitt size is 32 inches to paint a large target for the pitcher
  • Fast transition for the throwing hand

Outfield Baseball Glove Feature

  • Glove size is around 12″ – 13″ inches to add range as they hunt those ball hit deep 
  • Closed styled webbing is preferred to help shield eyes from the sun
  • Deep pockets help secure the ball as they make the highlight reel stealing home runs from the other team

What Matters for Selecting the Best Baseball Glove

There are several factors you should consider when determining which are the best baseball gloves you should invest in. The biggest thing is the budget you have to spend. For those parents starting off, some of the key factors would more than likely be durability, webbing and size. Here are a few thoughts on helping you figure what you could live with or without. 

Length Matters for the Best Baseball Gloves

Size does matter especially by position. I have a sizing chart further down that breaks it down by age. Again, select the size that best fits the style of play for your child.  

  • Smaller sizes such as 11″-11.5″ inches are reserved for the middle in-field due to be a lighter glove thus enabling the player to maneuver faster to get those hard hit ground balls. 
  • Larger sizes such as 11.75″+ inches could be used for First base, Third base, Pitcher, or Outfield. They need the extra length to add to range of motion due to velocity of the ball or running down those Fly balls  

The Best Baseball Gloves Have Pocket Depth

This feature, in my opinion, will determine if our personal best baseball gloves for 2022 selection will be the right one for my son. As I learned about pocket depth and as he plays 2nd, 3rd, SS and Pitcher I felt there wasn’t a true solution here. 

  • Shallow – generally the middle in-field prefer a shallow glove for a quicker ball transfer to make those critical plays. 
  • Deep – SS, First base and 3rd base, and the outfield have a deeper pocket to secure the ball for those hard hit ground balls or high fly balls in the outfield. 

We went with a deep pocket simply because on this team he is truly a utility player.

Best Baseball Gloves Have High Quality Leather

The biggest thing young players should consider is durability. Most of the best baseball gloves will have a type of leather shell that will endure most of the elements such as dirt, grass and everything in between. If you are starting your journey in baseball, most of the gloves out there will be a great option for young players.

They will come in between 70% -90% broken in so your young player can easily break it in to be game ready. Essentially, the high quality leather you will want will greatly depend on your budget. 

Best Baseball Gloves by Leather Type

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The primary leather types are:

  • Full Grain Leather – Natural Grain of a Steer or Cow Hide; Heavier & Stiffer, requires time to break in, very durable
  • KIP Leather – Luxury Cow Hide, light weight, easy to break in time
  • Steer Hide – Baseline of leather, medium to heavy weight, near game ready
  • Premium Steer Hide – Stronger than cow hide, stiff and heavy weight, long to break in but very durable

Types of Webbings For Each Position for the Best Baseball Gloves

I Web – popular for most infielders. As the short stop or 2nd basemen is scooping up the ground ball it allows dirt to pass through the glove. Additionally, the gaps also allows the player to track those high fly balls through the glove if needed.  Position Used: SS, 2nd and 3rd

H WebCan be used for both infielders and outfielders. The extra strip of leather helps with securing the ball while maintaining all of the functionality. The H Web design allows for dirt to pass through the glove but also block a bit more of the sun. Overall, the H web is a great multi position or utility option. Position Used: SS, 2nd, 3rd and Outfield

Modified TrapHybrid of the webbings. Great utility option as the trap provides the functionality for pitchers, yet can be used in both infield and outfield. Generally come in larger sizes. Position Used: SS, First Base, 2nd, 3rd and Outfield

Single I-PostMostly used for First base. Typically they are larger in size to present a larger target for their teammates and scoop anything that comes their way. Position Used: First Base

Closed or Basket Webbing – generally does not allow dirt or light to shine through. Pitchers generally use this type of glove to prevent the opposing team to see the finger placement to identify the type of pitch. Position Used: Pitchers

Size Your Best Baseball Glove

This is a basic sizing chart that can be used for most retailers or sporting good stores. It is a good reference of which size glove you need for your baseball player. You can measure your child’s middle finger to determine glove length. To make this even more confusing manufacturers use the length of the index finger for the glove length. The average variance between the two is 0.25″.  

How Do You Break In Your Best Baseball Glove?

Breaking in a glove is truly a labor of love. You have made the investment so the next step is to break it in. There are several ways to accomplish this. If you bought it at a retail store, some have the option to steam it to game ready for a nominal fee. Otherwise, like most parents you are searching for the best method to do this. Methodology ranges from wrapping it up with a baseball and leaving it in the hot trunk of a car to microwaving the glove.

As you search on how to break in your baseball glove you will realize it is a time consuming process. However, if your not willing to go through this manual process there are several companies or Facebook groups that can point you for a paid option. 

Get Your Baseball Glove Customized

Customization just adds that “WOW” factor for your player on the field. It helps him become more attached for both the best baseball glove and the game.

Most major name brands like Rawlings Heart of the Hide, Wilson and Nokona offer consumers the opportunity to customize their gloves in various degrees. However, these will come at a price tag of well over $300+ depending on the glove and brand.

Other glove manufacturers such as 44 Pro, Rico or Bradley Gloves offer 100% customization for a much lower price tag. The lower price point comes at the cost of leather quality thus may impact durability with younger players that are rough with their glove. Younger players love the ability to customize their youth baseball gloves.

Is the A2000 a Good Glove?

The Wilson A2000 is one of the most popular gloves on the market. It’s made with Premium leather, which is known for its durability and strength. The A2000 also has a double palm construction, meaning that there are two layers of leather in the palm. Also features a rolled dual welting offering greater support and help maintain the gloves shape. 

This glove is highly sought after as it can easily integrate into the infield, outfield and pitcher positions. 

Is A2K better than A2000?

The simple answer is no, they are not better gloves. In fact, they are both great gloves made by Wilson. The main difference between the two lies in their materials. The A2000 is made with full-grain leather, while the A2K is made with synthetic materials. This premium leather gives the A2000 a softer feel, but it also makes the glove more expensive.

The A2K is a great choice for those who are looking for the best baseball glove that is a durable glove, greater comfort for their index finger and will last for many year for many younger players.

What Is the Difference Between Infield and Outfield Glove?

It’s all about the webbing. An infielder’s glove will have a shallower pocket to make it easier to field ground balls, while  outfielder gloves will have a deeper pocket to help them catch fly balls.

If you’re not sure which one you need, just ask your coach or consult with a salesperson at your local sporting goods store.The next thing you’ll want to consider is what size baseball glove you need.

You measure from the heel of the glove with the index finger to determine the size. Baseball gloves come in all sorts of sizes, from youth gloves that are smaller than your hand to adult gloves that are larger.

The best way to figure out what size you need is to try them on for yourself. If the glove feels too big or too small, then it’s probably not the right size for you. This will help keep the glove snug on your hand and prevent it from slipping off during play.

What is the Best Infield Glove for Adults?

The answer to this question depends on what you are looking for in an infield glove. There are many different gloves on the market, so it is important to know what features you need before making a purchase.

If you are looking for a durable glove that will last for many years, then the A2000 from Wilson is a great choice. If you are looking for a cheaper option, then the 44 Pro from Rico is a good choice. Younger players really like the freedom to design this near game ready glove.

Ultimately, the best infield glove for adults is the one that fits your budget and needs.

What gloves do most MLB players use?

There are a few companies that make high-quality baseball gloves, but Wilson is one of the most popular brands among MLB players. If you’re looking for a glove that will perform well and last you for years to come, the Wilson A2000 is a great option.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide is the top glove brand worn by the MLB players. You should look into the Heart of the Hide series depending on your position. Other companies that make great baseball gloves include Easton and Marucci.

All of these companies make gloves that are built to last and perform well on the field. If you’re looking for a high-quality baseball glove, you can’t go wrong with any of these brands.

What gloves do most MLB players use?

There are a few companies that make high-quality baseball gloves, but Wilson is one of the most popular brands among MLB players. If you’re looking for a glove that will perform well and last you for years to come, the Wilson A2000 is a great option.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide is the top glove brand worn by the MLB players. You should look into the Heart of the Hide series depending on your position. Other companies that make great baseball gloves include Easton and Marucci.

All of these companies make gloves that are built to last and perform well on the field. If you’re looking for a high-quality baseball glove, you can’t go wrong with any of these brands.

Who Make the Best Gloves?

Wilson, Rawlings, and Mizuno are all renowned for baseball glove manufacturing. These brands all have unique and distinctive features and pricing. Wilson and Rawlings are usually the top golf glove manufacturers, according the top consumers or baseball players. 

It ultimately depends on what style you prefer. Rawlings is one of the leading glove makers. Their baseball gloves are used by many professional baseball players. Rawlings Heart of the Hide gloves are known for their quality and craftsmanship. 

Mizuno is another popular glove brand. Mizuno makes gloves for different positions. They are also known for their comfort and quality. Wilson is a well-known brand name that makes high-quality baseball gloves. It’s known for making its A2000 line a favorite among player.

The A2000 line includes a Premium leather construction, which ensures that it is durable and long-lasting. It contains a double palm design, which means there are two layers of leather in the palm of the glove. This adds extra durability.

Which Glove is better Rawlings or Wilson?

Wilson baseball gloves are known for their exceptional quality and durability, while Rawlings Heart of the Hide gloves cost less because of their rubberier design. A major difference between Wilson and Rawlings Heart of the Hide gloves is the material used for production. Wilson uses higher-end leather than Rawlings, making their gloves more durable.

The Best Baseball Gloves For Younger Players

At the end of the day, as a baseball parent, we are doing this for our future star younger players. We want our child to have the best experience they can have while on that field and transitioning out of youth baseball gloves for 2022 and will be long lasting for seasons to come.

As I write this blog post I myself continued to learn about some of the things the best gloves for 2022 the market had to offer. I still stand by my first comment in the very beginning…it is primarily about the feel of the glove. 

Like many other sports, athletes simply will hone in on their feelings about any particular sporting product. in this case the best baseball gloves for 2022 out there and say “Can I catch the ball with this? Is to heavy for my non throwing hand?”

If the answer is yes then voila!  Trust yourself and younger players with whatever investment or brand you select is probably the right one. Best of luck and see you out in the field! 

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