Best Baseball Catchers Mitt [2018 Season]

There are literally hundreds of different Catchers Mitts on the market, some of which are much better than others. We set out to identify the best Catchers Mitts for serious Baseball Catchers and narrowed down our list to three picks.

Our first choice, the Wilson A2K®, is a premium Catchers Mitt that really stands out from the pack. Keep reading to learn more about this and other options...

Best Baseball Catchers Mitt

For many Catchers, their Catchers Mitt is the most used and typically the most cherished piece of gear they own. It's the first thing a pitched Baseball comes in contact with and it's often the first line of defense from wild pitches.

As you might expect then, having a high-quality Catchers Mitt is really important for Catchers of all ages. In this review, we'll take a look at two premium Catchers Mitts as well as our budget pick for those specifically concerned about affordability.

A Very Brief History of Catchers Mitts

When organized Baseball first began way back in the 19th century, Catchers caught with their bare hands.

Ouch.

It was in the 1870s when the first use of a protective glove by a Catcher was recorded. Back then, it was little more than a leather glove fitting tightly over the hand. 

The first Catchers Mitt bears no resemblance to the top-of-the-line Mitts of today.

However, practically every decade since there have been some changes to the design and functionality of Catchers Mitts.

Take a look at the image below to briefly see how the Mitt has changed over the years.

A visual timeline showing how Catchers Mitts have evolved over the decades

What Size Mitt Do I Need?

Catchers Mitts are measured by their circumference, not length. For Baseball Catchers above age 12, we suggest choosing a Mitt that's 32.5 inches or more.

Many adult Baseball Catchers Mitts are 33.5 inches, which as a rule of thumb works well for most in this age bracket.

However, you can always choose a Mitt that's a little bigger or smaller based on what you feel most comfortable wearing. Your comfort - as opposed to any particular guideline - is what's most important.

Our Reviews of the Best Catchers Mitt

Continue reading to see our choices for the best Catchers Mitts for the 2018 Baseball season. 

Our Top Choice

Wilson A2K M1 Catcher's Mitt, our pick for the best Baseball Catchers Mitt for 2018

Wilson A2K® (M1, 2018 model)

The best Catchers Mitt available today

After hours of research, our pick for the best Catchers Mitt is the Wilson A2K (M1). Please note that this M1 version of the A2K is also known as the 2018 model.  

The A2K is made with Pro Stock Leather, which is a durable steerhide leather. It goes through a triple sorting process, meaning that it is made to be thicker and stronger than normal leather. 

It is built with double palm construction, which provides an additional layer of leather under the palm area to help create a more stable pocket. The A2K has a half moon web and comes pre-shaped to help decrease the overall time to break in the glove. 

The A2K is truly premium-level, and it's a Mitt that will help Catchers play at the top of their game.

Please note: This Mitt is 33.5 inches. If you prefer a 32.5 inch version similar to the above model of the A2K, then we would recommend the Wilson A2000 Pudge Series.

Pros

  • Excellent padding and palm protection
  • Shaped more than many other Mitts during the manufacturing process, so break in time isn't as long
  • Contains Dri-Lex wrist liner that helps to keep your hand cooler 
  • Rolled dual welting build allows shape to last longer 
  • Great design, and it looks phenomenal


Cons

  • Because this is an investment, the Mitt is pretty expensive. Keep in mind that the Pudge Series is slightly less expensive.
 

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Close-ups of the A2K

Pocket of the Wilson A2K Catchers MittRear and hand view of the Wilson A2K Catchers MittWebbing on the Wilson A2K Catchers Mitt

Runner Up

Rawlings Heart of the Hide Catchers Mitt

Rawlings Heart of the Hide

A good, premium Catchers Mitt from one of the top glove companies

Like Wilson, Rawlings is another popular glove maker among Baseball players. They make great Catchers Mitts as well, and you'll see many MLB Catchers using their Mitts. Our personal favorite Rawlings Catchers Mitt is the Heart of the Hide series.

It is a 33 inch Mitt built with a 1-piece closed web, forming a great pocket. The steer hide leather is tough and durable, and it looks good too having a nice oily, smooth finish.

Heart of the Hide Catchers Mitts also come with a deer skin liner, which is soft and comfortable.

Though it will take some time to break in, Heart of the Hide Mitts are relatively low maintenance and should last you a long time.  

Pros

  • Durable Mitt made with very high-quality materials
  • Constructed with thick, premium leather
  • Good internal padding around the palm and index finger
  • Very comfortable deer skin liner


Cons

  • It can take longer than expected to break in
  • It's expensive, though it doesn't cost as much as the A2K
 

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Close-ups of the Heart of the Hide

Rawlings Heart of the Hide Catchers Mitt PocketRawlings Heart of the Hide Catchers Mitt

Budget Pick

Rawlings Player Preferred Catchers Mitt

Rawlings Player Preferred

The Player Preferred Catchers Mitt is a solid choice for those specifically looking for an affordable Catchers Mitt made with quality materials.

It is constructed with a buffalo leather shell and has a 1-piece closed web. The Mitt also has an internal zero shock palm pad that helps deaden the sting of the ball when impacting the pocket.

The Player Preferred Mitt measures 33 inches. With a player break-in of 20%, it can be broken in relatively quickly.

It is a good Catchers Mitt for people of different skill levels, though keep in mind it is not in the same league as the A2K or the Heart of the Hide. Nonetheless, among Catchers Mitts at this price point, it's hard to beat.

Pros

  • Palm padding helps absorb shock
  • Nice full-grain leather with a deep pocket
  • Can be broken-in quickly, especially with moderate to good hand strength


Cons

  • A few documented complaints about sections of the lacing coming undone with use
 

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Close-ups of the Player Preferred

Rawlings Player Preferred Catchers Mitt PocketRawlings Player Preferred Catchers Mitt Front

We hope this review was helpful to you. If you have any questions for us, don't hesitate to reach out by heading over to the Contact Us page.

Thanks for reading!

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