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Best Baseball Gloves – By Position with 2022 Updates

By Brian Duryea | @BatDigestLast Updated: March 24, 2022

After testing, here are the Best Baseball Gloves with 2022 Updates that our players and parents chose.

Table of Contents

Best Baseball Glove
Best Youth Glove
Best Cheap Baseball Glove
Best Middle Infield Glove
Best Outfield Glove
Best 3rd Baseman Glove
Best First Baseman Glove
Best Catchers Glove
Best Pitchers Glove
Best Baseball Glove Brand

Best Baseball Gloves – By Position with 2022 Updates

After hours and hours of use, as well as long conversations with players, manufacturers, and vendors, we think the best infield gloves are the 1786 A2000 from Wilson. There are, we note emphatically, a number of similar options from other brands which compete favorably. In fact, there are several patterns within the Wilson brand that compete well with the 1786.

But, in the end, the impeccable leather, useful 11.5-inch length, classic I-Web, and medium pocket of the full leather 1786 is the best infield glove.

Best Baseball Glove

1. Wilson A2000 1786
Pros
Cons
Pricing

If you need one all-purpose glove for a high school or youth baseball player then the A2000 1786 is as good as you'll get. Lots of colors and web designs too.

Brand: Wilson
Model: A2000 1786
Original Price: $300

Best Youth Glove

2. Nokona S-V1
Pros
Cons
Pricing

The 2022 Nokona S-V1 is a fantastic glove for the younger player looking for the industry's best. Its buffalo hide is quickly worked in, and it comes super soft out of the wrapper. Don't hesitate on the velcro wrist wrap, either. It allows for an adjustable fit for the kid who wants a tight fit or the one who is hyper-aware of how a glove feels on their hand. In any case, Nokona's glove constantly gets some of the best ratings for young players and, even though it's probably $150 more than we want to spend, is the best youth baseball glove readily available on the market today.

Brand: Nokona
Model: S-V1
Original Price: $320

Best Cheap Baseball Glove

3. Rawlings 11.5" Hightlight
Pros
Cons
Pricing

This is a Dicks Sporting Goods exclusive glove, but it really hits on all cylinders for the player looking for a great glove at a reasonable price. There is a reason DSG can stay in business and it's because they leverage their unparalleled distribution to get major manufacturers to produce the item they know the public wants. This Highlights 11.5" glove is exactly what a lot of players needs and can use just great for a year or two. Great reviews, perfect price. If you don't want to order this online (or don't have a DSG in town) then check out a very similar glove like this on Amazon.

Brand: Rawlings
Model: 11.5" Hightlight
Original Price: $50

Best Middle Infield Glove

4. Wilson A2000 1786
Pros
Cons
Pricing

Although it might be a bit long for a smaller second baseman, the 11.75" SC1975SS from Wilson is a fantastic, popular, durable, and top-of-the-line middle infield glove. Although there are a few others in the 11.75" that would win this category, we really love the supers skin back as well as the shallow H web. This glove also has the 'spin control' in the palm which we really like. On the downside, the glove is tough to work in so be patient with it. But, otherwise, expect a great product from the best in the business.

Brand: Wilson
Model: A2000 1786
Original Price: $300

Best Outfield Glove

5. Rawlings HOH R2G
Pros
Cons
Pricing

This glove is brilliant in either the Heart of the Hide or the Pro Preferred. We are big fans of the trapeze webbing for our outfield gloves---if it is good enough for Mike Trout then it is good enough for us, too. Expect full leather, a great feel and a mild break-in time. If you play outfield at the high school or above level then no one will think twice about this top of the line glove. The 12.75" trap glove is an ideal glove for outfielders.

Brand: Rawlings
Model: HOH R2G
Original Price: $300

Best 3rd Baseman Glove

6. Rawlings HOH R2G
Pros
Cons
Pricing

There are a lot of 3rd basemen who use an 11.5" glove. However, most generally agree that the 11.75" is reserved for the hot corner, the 11.5" is for the shortstop, and the 11.25" is a 2nd baseman's glove. Of course, to each his own, but we put our favorite 11.75" glove here. Wilson also makes a great 11.75", as is there a great glove in the Pro Preferred from Rawlings. But, when we take in user reviews, feel, and pro player usage, then this is the best 3rd baseman's glove.

Brand: Rawlings
Model: HOH R2G
Original Price: $300

Best First Baseman Glove

7. Wilson A2000 1620 SS
Pros
Cons
Pricing

There are a lot of really good first baseman gloves on the market. We particularly like the Shoeless Joe Jackson line of gloves and think their 1B glove is brilliant. Still, though, in terms of access, value, durability, feel, and performance no glove beats the 1620 with SuperSkin from Wilson. The glove is perfect in every way. The Superskin makes it light, the lace and leather are top-shelf quality. The only thing we don't like is the price. But, welcome to the world of high-performance gloves. In any case, the 1620 SS from Wilson is the best first baseman glove readily available on the market today.

Brand: Wilson
Model: A2000 1620 SS
Original Price: $300

Best Catchers Glove

8. All Star 35" Pro Elite Series
Pros
Cons
Pricing

Although Wilson, Marucci, and Rawlings make great catchers gloves, we think the best out there is All-Stars 35-inch Pro Elite is the best in the business. A number of pro guys use this gear and, considering the stranglehold that Wilson and Rawlings have on the business, it is quite the feat. These gloves aren't cheap and the work on these guys is gonna require a few run-ins with a mack truck. Even still, it is way worth it and it is the best catcher's glove on the market today.

Brand: All Star
Model: 35" Pro Elite Series
Original Price: $400

Best Pitchers Glove

9. Rawlings 12" GG Elite Series
Pros
Cons
Pricing

Pitcher's like their glove web to be closed. This makes it harder, one could believe, to see the direction of the wrist and ball and, therefore, make it harder to pick up on what pitch is coming. Most amateur players don't pitch only. So, having another high-end glove in the bag for pitching outings seems silly---although plenty do it. Instead, if you want a more affordable option for your pitching glove then we really, really like the Rawlings GG Elite Series in a closed web for a 12-inch in mostly black that prices out sub $200 and is often on sale.

Brand: Rawlings
Model: 12" GG Elite Series
Original Price: $180

Best Baseball Glove Brand

10. Wilson A2000
Pros
Cons
Pricing

The best glove brand for baseball is the A2000. And, to be sure, it is close. Rawlings Heart of the Hide and Pro Preferred as well as Wilsons very own A2K line of gloves are outstanding gloves. But, when we consider the overall user satisfaction, quality, price point, durability and straight nostalgia of the worlds favorite glove line, the Wilson A2000 comes out on top. No one doesn't like their A2000. No one. And a lot of people straight love it.

Brand: Wilson
Model: A2000
Original Price: $250

Comments

Dino Paquiz says:

This portion of the site regarding baseball gloves is unable to be viewed/read. https://www.batdigest.com/best-baseball-gloves/ I’ve tried on Chrome and Edge on a PC. Can someone look into this? I love all the info on the site. Thank you

Brian says:

We think we fixed it! Had some backend problems we didn’t know about so thank you for letting us know!

Dino P says:

Brian, I have tried accessing this best glove portion of the site on both Chrome and Microsoft Edge, and none of your great research shows. Can you look into it for us? Thank you

Brian says:

Thanks for the heads up. I think we have it mostly fixed, but are still on it.

Jim B says:

No Akadema? No Nokona? come on, this can’t be a real review….showless Joe makes it?

Brian says:

Not sure what you’re looking at, but Nokona made the best youth glove. We’ve had that as our favorite youth glove for a few years now (back when it was the S200). In terms of Shoeless Joe, those gloves are top notch and at a fraction of the price.

Jim says:

I agree with the Nokona point. They make a good glove. You should have Akadema on here. Shoeless Joe I disagree with you on. Otherwise a very good and informative review page.

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