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Guide to Best Infield Gloves

This page is a guide to the top 10 best infield gloves. Your best infield glove is an essential part of your defense.  Finding the right one can help minimize mistakes in the field, while the wrong one can undermine your best efforts.  Here are some pro tips about the best infield gloves.

More than almost any other type of baseball equipment, you definitely get what you pay for with an infield glove.  Better leather makes a better glove.

Inexpensive gloves that use cheap leather or even imitation leather can be so weak that balls won’t even hold in the glove and it could be much more difficult to even catch a baseball.  The best infield gloves use strong, good quality leather that helps the glove keep its shape longer, and makes the glove overall more durable.

Buying one nice glove will last longer and play better than several average to below average gloves.

Each company has their quality and top tier gloves.  Deciding on a certain company is personal preference, but the following companies make the best infield gloves in the business, and I’ll help explain some of the differences between them that might help you choose which is right for you.

If you are unsure of what size infield glove is right for you, check out our guide to Baseball Glove Sizes, which includes a glove size chart.  Your ideal size will be a combination of what position you play and personal preference.

product review for wilson A2k infield glove

Wilson A2k glove

Wilson

Wilson is a great glove company with 2 models on the Best Infield Glove list:  A2k and A2000.

Their gloves on the whole have a quick break in period.  The natural creases on the glove make it easy for the glove to close properly, and they feature a shallow pocket to make it easy to move from glove to hand to make the awesome defensive play.

Glove break-in…  Some glove companies require a little more know how when breaking in a glove.  Wilson makes it easy for you.  Their leather can get soft quickly, which can be good or bad depending on how you like your glove. I personally use these gloves, and I’m very happy with them.

A2K series  - $319  If you love Wilson gloves and want to try their top tier glove go for their A2k series. They hand select the top 5% of leather that they receive and make their highest quality glove.

product review for wilson A2000 infield glove

Wilson A2000 glove

A little longer break in time than the A2000 series gloves but they last a long time.

The A2k infield glove comes in 11.25″  11.5″  11.75″  12″

A2000 series – $229   Is entering its 55th year.  Along with the A2k, this glove is also used by many major leaguers.  They are constantly making improvements but you will get nice leather, quality fit and a fairly quick break in time. Better yet, this glove will not break the bank but it will give you good quality.

  • superskin-  is meant to make gloves lighter with the goal to improve the player’s reaction time.  Superskin on the back of some A2000 gloves.   Many gloves use mesh rather than all leather because it makes the glove lighter.  However, regular mesh is also weaker than leather.  The superskin takes the place of mesh on Wilson’s A2000, making it both 10-15% lighter AND stronger than leather.  It also shortens break in time and repels water.  Superskin gloves will have SS in the model name.   For size, you can choose between 11.25″    11.5″   11.75″  and  12″
  • Smaller hands – If you are looking for a quality glove for smaller hands, the A1K or showcase models of the A2000 might be what you need- smaller wrist opening combined with narrower finger stalls.  These are great for younger kids since most companies offer sub-par leather to people with smaller hands.

Shop for Wilson Infield Gloves at: Baseball Rampage | Baseball Express | AmazonHome Run Monkey

Rawlings

Probably the most trusted name in baseball gloves.

Glove break in time…  As you get better leather and a more expensive glove the break in will take a little longer.  But it will also last much longer.

product review for rawlings primo infield glove

Rawlings Primo glove

Rawlings gloves are known for keeping their thumb and pinky area of the glove firm even when the glove is fully broken in, which is ideal.  Once you lose shape with the outside of the glove, you will lose overall strength.

Some people think the Heart of the Hide series leather gets a little too soft, but the Pro Preferred series is an extremely popular glove.

Primo series - $399  This is the top tier rawlings glove on the market.  Made from Italian leather that is not only durable but is made to break in perfectly.  The lacing used on the glove is 100lb tested which ultimately makes the glove stronger and keeps you from having to re string your glove too often.

product review for rawlings pro preferred infield glove

Rawlings Pro Preferred glove

Pro Preferred series - $309   If you like rawlings and like the heart of the hide series or want to try the next level of glove go for a pro preferred glove.  This glove is made from Kip leather which gives you a fairly quick break in period with very good durability.  This glove will hold its shape and break in nicely.  Used by many professional infielders.

  • mesh back-  is offered on the back of some heart of the hide series gloves.  This makes the glove lighter and break in quicker.  You will sacrifice a little overall durability because the mesh is not as strong as leather.
product review for rawlings heart of the hide infield glove

Rawlings Heart of the Hide glove

Pro stock Heart of the hide series - $219  This glove series is very popular and is made from their top 5% of their pro stock leather.  You will not go wrong with this series of rawlings.  The durability is not as good as their 2 elite gloves but it won’t be enough to effect your play.  Some infielders like using a well shaped, strong, broke in glove and that is what you will get with this glove.

  • Heart of the Hide Series, Pro Mesh ($209)  is offered on the back of some heart of the hide series gloves.  This makes the glove lighter and break in quicker.  You will sacrifice a little overall durability because the mesh is not as strong as leather.
  • Heart of the Hide Series, Dual Core ($209) Glove break in is 60% Factory/40% Player
Where to Buy:  You can find these gloves at Rawings Gear of course.  Also, Baseball Rampage has a very good selection and they offer free return shipping – which is nice if you decide to try another model or size.  Both offer free shipping with purchase.

product review for louisville slugger pro flare infield glove

Louisville Slugger

Pro flare series - $199 They use top grade oil-infused Horween leather that will give you an average break in time, but give you great durability.  The flare series is unique in that it is formed to give you a larger catching surface.  Extra wide and durable lacing makes this a nice quality glove that is not too expensive.

  • silver slugger or mesh back - $199  Is now discontinued.  They were both a part of the flare series and offer the mesh in the back of the glove.  This was meant to give you quicker break in time and a lighter glove, but this glove was not be as durable over time because the mesh is not as strong as leather.

Mizuno

Pro Limited Edition series – $500 This is the elite glove for Mizuno.  Each are made from Japanese tanned Deguchi leather which is soft, flexible, but extremely durable. Mizuno also claims this glove is perfectly balanced to enhance a players optimum reaction times.

product review for mizuno pro series infield glove

Mizuno Pro infield glove

Mizuno prides itself on listening to feedback from their pro guys who use this model (Juan Pierre, Scott Rolen, Alfonso Soriano, Clint Barmes, Brandon Wood, Matt Cain, Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui) to design a better glove.  Also, they have “4D advanced” tech which keeps the glove strong but makes it so the fingers can move independently more easily.

The Pro series is a little stiffer than the Global series. Global Elite VOP GGE – $300 Global Elite GGE – $220

The global series gloves are less stiff than the Pro series, but are still durable  and very quick to break in.

We looked around and found that Baseball Express  and Baseball Rampage have a decent selection of these gloves.

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About the Author: Doug Bernier

Doug Bernier, founder of Pro Baseball Insider.com, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and has played professional baseball for 13 years. Most recently, Doug signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2013, where he logged time at every infield position except 1st base in 33 Major League games. Currently Doug is with the Twins' AAA team in Rochester, NY

6 Comments

  1. Hi Doug,
    What a great site! Thanks for taking the time to do this, you’re a natural at explaining things. I came here to look for tips on positioning as a shortstop during relays since I never got those fundamentals growing up. I was just looking on your glove section and had to notice that there is nothing on Nokona. I’ve got an 11 1/4 “Turf” (the Bloodline, but in black). The thing is bomb proof and beautiful, and its made by hand in Texas. I’m curious if you’ve ever played with a Nokona, and if so, why it didn’t make your list. Thanks, and thank you for the positioning tips, this site is a great resource!

  2. Hey Doug,
    I love this website as it has given me some great tips and recommendations! Great Job! I just purchased a Pro Preferred 11.25″ glove. Can you give some tips on how to break it in? Some people say steaming it is good, while some say it damages the leather. Same thing with soaking it in hot water and using shaving cream. What do you think?

  3. Hello, I’d like to know the difference between the Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Horween Premium 12.75 inch Baseball Glove and the Primo version. Weight, durability, etc

    • Joe,
      Thanks for writing in. I don’t think I can be much help in this area. I haven’t seen any pro players using these gloves. I have been asking around and all I have been able to find out is that the Primo is pretty durable but it feels a little heavy. I don’t know much about the 125th anniversary horween glove. I hope you are able to find the answer to your question. If you do purchase one of these gloves write back and let me know what you think of it so I can pass it along to others who may be looking at one of these gloves. Thanks
      Doug Bernier

  4. Doug,

    Great information. I am a little league coach. Thanks for your information that I can pass on to my kids. Real life experience, put into training drills, is worth alot to the baseball world. I promote Nokona gloves due to their quality. I let the kids know that this is not a transitional glove, meaning size to size as they grow older, but a glove that they will use the rest of their lives. What is your opinion of Nokona, should I look to a different brand for the kid’s information? Thanks for your time.

    • Doyle,
      Thanks for your comment. I am glad you have been able to use our information to pass on to your kids. I haven’t really seen a Nokona in a few years. The last one I remember seeing was very thick, fairly heavy, and wasn’t very sleek looking. It had a different feel than your typical baseball glove. I am not sure if they have changed their design but I have never used their gloves and haven’t seen too many people college age and above using their gloves. They may be marketing to younger kids, but I personally like to stick with the rawlings, louisville, wilson gloves. For me its personal preference and that is what I have used my entire life. I don’t want to sound down on Nokona but when you look at what the best players in the game are using, they aren’t using Nokona. I hope this helps and thanks again for enjoying our site.
      Doug Bernier

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