We all know that as a catcher, receiving is the number one skill that needs to be worked because you will receive more than anything else. I think in a ball game, you are looking at receiving up to 100-150 times while you may only block or throw a couple. So now receiving this many balls, it may begin to sting your hand a little especially as you begin to play at higher levels of competition and therefore, you have to start looking at your catching gear especially your catcher’s mitt.
After testing and researching different types of baseball catchers mitts at all different price ranges, I’m super excited to show you what I think are some of the best options on the market right now. To write this article, I have spoken to some really good coaches as well as players who have a background in playing are very competitive levels.
Buying a catcher’s mitt can be an overwhelming process because there’s a lot more to consider than first meets the eye. Ideally you want the best pair of catcher’s mitts that are lightweight and do not affect your reaction time. But then you will also have to think about how long they take to break in, are they comfortable to wear and how much you want to invest in a pair.
Let’s start with the price
As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for! But through my research and speaking to the right people, I have found out that you don’t necessarily always want to go for the most expensive options on the market.
The catcher’s role as a receiver is primarily driven by reaction times and there’s only so much a catcher’s mitt can help with that. Obviously the heavier the mitt, the harder it will make to react to the ball especially at higher speeds.
So what I have found out is that comfort and how easy they are to break in is the most important thing when it comes to these gloves. Now some may say that with higher price comes with more comfortable gloves. This is again not always the case, I have found some really good options below that feel like feathers on your hand and way more comfy than the higher-end options. You will see this below in a moment.
As a bit of a side note, here is also a great video about how to break in new gloves which might be helpful when you get your new pair.
Quickfire care tips for your gloves
Here’s a few pointers I noticed online which might help you take care of your gloves to make sure they last longer and are comfortable.
- If your gloves are drying out, you can apply to keep the leather soft
- When your glove gets wet, make sure you let them air dry completely
- You always want to store your glove in a breathable area with a ball in the pocket
Ok so without further ado, let’s dive straight into the reviews.
Best Baseball Catchers Mitts 2019
1. All Star Pro CM3100SBT
The All Star Pro CM3100SBT catcher’s mitt is made from heavy duty rawhide laces and premium tanned steer US hide. Everything about this glove is all star quality. The first thing you will notice is how soft the pre-oiled leather is then as you begin to play catch you will discover that it is easy to break in and it is actually pretty light for a catcher’s mitt and as time goes on, you will realize just how ridiculously durable it is.
With its wrist protection and excellent padding, this glove is equipped to minimize sting so you can focus on the game. From what I can see the 33.5 inches is the most popular option and biggest size on the market.
Conclusion: This All-Star catcher’s mitt is the real deal and its quality is equal to many other top-of-the-line brands. The craftsmanship by all-stars is great and the leather used is very durable. It may just take a little longer to break-in but once broken in, there’s not many gloves that can compete. In terms of prices, it is on the more premium end but it’s definitely worth every cent (like this one on Baseball Monkey).
2. Mizuno Prospect GX112
The power close makes it easier for younger players to close the glove easily while catching the ball. It is softer than other younger player’s gloves on the market so it requires no break-in time.
This glove also features a Notch V design that can help younger players start an easier closure of the mitt. It comes with a conventional open back that is ideal for young players who desire to improve their catching skills.
This glove allows young players to catch the ball without having to force it to close. The ParaShock palm padding helps to absorb shock from catching the ball. The padding can also provide additional comfort to the hand and wrist. This is the perfect catcher’s mitt for left-handed catchers.
Conclusion: Very nice price and quality! Again hugely popular and not much between this and our top choice. However, these are considerably cheaper and are awesome value for money. When you put these on, they feel so comfortable and are easy to break in. You will not be disappointed and the most popular choice with these is the 31.5″ (like these on Baseball Monkey).
3. Wilson A2000 CM33
As you may know, Wilson ranked highly when we tested outfield baseball gloves as they were known for making stylish yet comfy looking gloves.
These new Wilson A2000 gloves comes with a Pedroia fit around the wrist so it will be smaller and easier to control by a player with a smaller hand and/or wrist.
It is made from blond Pro Stock leather that makes it long-lasting and gives it a great break in. It features DriLex wrist linging that helps to keep your hand dry and cool.
It comes standard with a Velcro wrist strap so you will be able to adjust it yourself to you or your players liking. It features a half moon web that will provide great durability. It comes with exceptional padding to help protect your hand. The padding also makes it snug.
The heel pad is thinner, and it breaks in quickly. It comes with an extra thumb guard to help give you the most protection possible amongst a baseball glove. This is a highly durable and highly consistent model that will make for an excellent choice for any baseball player with smaller wrists or hands to create a better overall fit and comfort.
4. All Star Competition Series CM3031
The All Star Competition Series CM3031 is a 33 ½ inch catcher’s mitt. All Star is one of the best manufacturers of catcher’s mitts on the market so they do a great job of making consistent, durable, and overall comfortable glove to use behind the plate.
They add a bit extra padding to protect your hands against higher velocity. They feature a flex crease to ease in the break-in time. It comes with a professionally formed pocket to allow the ball to consistently sit right there in the webbing for a quick throw down to second base or third.
This is a great option for an adult player that is looking to get into catching for the first time. It is very comfortable on the hand and you can even adjust the overall fitting with the velcro strap.
5. Mizuno Prospect GX105
The Power Close in this glove will help young players still developing their technique as it can enable them to catch the ball and close the mitt easily. The V-Flex notch will make closing easier for young players.
This youth catcher’s mitt measures 32.5 inches and it is made with brown and black leather which gives a classic appearance and durability. This glove is available for both right and left hand catchers. It also has a weight that is perfect for youths as it is not too light or heavy. Mizuno is reputed for manufacturing great products and you will not be disappointed with the quality of this glove.
Conclusion: We love the mitts produced by Mizuno and these Prospect gloves are one of the best for receiving. It’s inexpensive (like here on Hockey Monkey) but at the same time Mizuno have used some good quality materials. Will need very little breaking in, it’s almost game ready and will fall in love with this glove.
6. Rawlings R9 Series
We know when it comes to T-ball bats, that Rawlings have always been known to make durable products that never disappoint and this transpires into their gloves as well.
The R9 series has a large assortment of variants. In terms of what gloves are available, it goes all the way from an 11 inch youth infield glove with the T webbing all the way up to a 32.5 inch youth catcher’s mitt for a player looking to take on the catching duties full time. The benefits of a first baseman’s mitt are that you will have a better chance of scooping the ball and controlling the ball that is thrown over to you.
The rounded edges of these series help with that scooping and it helps with the overall control of receiving a throw across the diamond. The H-web is an excellent option for an outfielder out there looking to get a bit larger glove while still having the optimal youth thick for full control. There is also a utility model glove that utilizes the modified trap webbing and it provides an excellent option for younger players out there. What is nice about these gloves and what I really enjoy is that the finger stalls will be lined with a cushion so it will create a very comfortable feel for young players.
7. All-Star CM3200SBT
The All-Star CM3200SBT catcher’s mitt is made from premium tanned cowhide and held together with heavy duty rawhide laces which give maximum durability and strength. The black and tan leather also helps to add an additional element of flare.
This glove is made for rough use and fast break-in, making it ideal for longer grueling seasons. It features a preformed pocket and flex action crease for easy flexibility and control. With the special contrasting index finger padding and adjustable Velcro back, you get a comfortable custom fit for a great price.
Conclusion: Another great value catcher’s mitt from All-star. Regardless of whether you are a Rookie or Pro, the All-Star CM3200SBT will help to revolutionize your game. At this price-range (especially this one), the used materials are some of the best quality with great padding.
8. Rawlings Pro Preferred
The Rawlings Pro Preferred catcher’s mitt features a larger 34 inch size, a conventional open back with that XRD index finger pad, and a one-piece solid web which is great for making those difficult scoops.
The Pro Preferred is crafted out of full grain leather which comes with a 30% factory break in and 70% player break in which provides you with long-lasting shape for multiple seasons. On the inside of each mitt, Rawlings has applied that pits performance sheepskin palm lining which wicks away moisture to keep you nice and cool in the mitt behind the plate.
The Poron XRD palm padding is extremely comfortable and provides you with that elite protection behind home plate. The pro grade padding in the mitt also provides pocket stability and great shape retention so that way you can break it in the way you would like to.
9. Rawlings Heart of the Hide Pro Stock
The Rawlings Heart of the Hide range has featured before in our articles. The infield gloves of this range are awesome known for breaking in easy and providing great deep pockets.
This is the pro pro stock which comes with a larger 33 inch pattern and conventional open back with that classic red Rawlings patch and a one-piece solid web making.
This a great option for those adult elite catchers out there. The Heart of the Hide is constructed out of the part of the Heart of the Hide traditional leather shell. It is constructed out of the top 5% of all Rawlings leather quality, giving it unbeatable durability with season after season.
Rawlings has also applied what they call their Poron XRD palm and index finger padding. It will give you that added protection you need behind home plate. It is 15% lighter, so this glove can be more maneuverable and easier to control behind the plate than your standard Heart of the Hide model. It features a full one-piece web to make a very secure and consistent pocket for your player. It also has pro grade laces that will help maintain the shape better over a long period of time. It has a really large wrist opening, so this can be recommended for an older player or a larger player that usually struggles to find a fit that is perfect for their hand.
10. All Star Pro Elite
The All Star Pro Elite is an all-star catcher mitt, and it is one of the higher quality catcher’s mitts on the market. When it comes to premium gloves, it does not get much higher in price than these but these are some of the most advanced on the market.
All-star addressed the way this glove fits with the Velcro wrist strap which allows it to either loosen or tighten exactly to you or your players liking.
What I like about this model is the leather patch over the top of your index finger sticking out which allows your finger to be a bit more comfortable and protected in case of any bad hop that may come when blocking any pitches that could potentially jam or harm your fingernail. It also comes with a standard closed off and reinforced catcher web that will allow for a very consistent and comfortable pocket.
This glove feels much reinforced compared to other models out there on the market so it will allow for a long period of use and it will also allow for optimal comfort on use. It features a professional black overall colorway with a highlighter yellow color to give it a bit of that swag you might be looking for behind the plate.
Conclusion: Pricey but worth it! When you put these on, they will feel so snug on your hand as the material forms inside to your hand. You can pick them up on sale sometimes when they are available (like on here at Baseball Monkey) and you will definitely not be disappointed.
11. Mizuno Global Elite
The Mizuno Global Elite series 11 features a three-quarter inch glove. The web on this mitt differs from other Global Elite 11 and three-quarter inch patterns.
This glove features a deep 3i web and conventional back. It may take a bit longer to break in but that just means it is made to last years to come. The leather is soft too. The Global Elite series uses light leather which makes it incredibly lightweight and durable.
Mizuno also uses roll welding to reinforce the structure of the finger stalls to further increase durability. It is designed with pitchers and infielders in mind.
This model features a conventional open back and a tartan basket web great for hiding pitches and snagging ground balls.
Mizuno’s craftsmen take great pride in the Global Elite Series resulting in handcrafted perfection for the elite player.