Although the majority of catchers throw right handed, there are still a significant number of left handed catchers that are passionate about the position.
This post explores the marketplace for left handed catchers mitts and identifies the top picks for adult and youth catchers playing both Baseball and Fastpitch Softball.
Continue scrolling to learn more!
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Best Left Handed Catchers Mitt
Quick Background on Left Handed (LHT) Catchers
Left handed throwing (also referred to as LHT) catchers are a rarity at elite levels of Baseball and Fastpitch Softball.
Across Baseball history there have been a few lefty backstops at the major league level. The most recent was Benny Distefano of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who caught three games for the Pirates back in 1989.
The main question people have is why… Why are there hardly any left handed catchers?
The answer is not black and white. In general, there are (at least) two reasons why there are few LHT catchers at advanced levels. We previously addressed this question in our FAQ post, so we are sharing those reasons here:
“The first is that left handed catchers are generally not able to field bunts down the third base line and throw as quickly and efficiently as those that throw right handed.
The second, and arguably most important, has to do with plays at the plate.
Very accurate relay throws to home caught by a left hander would have to be caught backhanded. While throws coming in from the first base line would leave the throwing side of the body completely open to the player running to the plate.”
At advanced levels of the game, every little advantage counts. Therefore, it has become a rule of thumb for coaches to typically use catchers that are right-handed.
Still, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for talented left handed catchers to rise through the ranks and play at competitive levels. There are numerous examples of LHT catchers doing just that, such as this left handed catcher playing D1 Softball, and another currently playing for the University of Rochester’s Baseball team (click here for story).
In short, if you or your child is a left handed catcher and are passionate about catching, by all means continue playing the position!
Today’s Marketplace for LHT Catcher's Mitts
Since LHT catchers are rare at advanced levels, catcher’s mitts made for adult-level LHT Baseball and Fastpitch Softball catchers are not very common.
If you do a search for left handed catchers mitts, you are likely to find a number available for youth catchers. Yet, hardly any for catchers above the youth level.
This doesn’t mean they’re non-existent, though.
In fact, there are a few very good catcher’s mitts for left handers playing at advanced levels of Baseball and Fastpitch Softball.
To help parents and players interested in picking up a LHT catcher’s mitt, we embarked on a search to see what was available.
Top Left Handed Catchers Mitts
After finishing our research, we identified a number of quality catcher’s mitts to share with our readers.
Our top picks of left handed catchers mitts are as follows:
- All-Star Pro Series (top Baseball pick)
- Akadema APM40 Precision Series (runner-up Baseball pick)
- All-Star CM1011 (best for youth Baseball catchers)
- Mizuno GXS31TG Samurai (top Fastpitch pick)
- Mizuno MVP Prime SEF8 (runner-up Fastpitch pick)
- Mizuno Prospect GXS102 (best for youth Fastpitch catchers)
Continue scrolling to learn more about each pick!
Top Pick for Baseball: All-Star Pro Series
All-Star's Adult Pro Advanced catcher's mitt is our top pick for left handed Baseball catchers. (Note: The above picture shows the right hand version of the mitt).
It is a two-pieced close web, and is built using a high-quality "Japanese tanned" steer hide leather, with laces made from rawhide.
The palm portion of the mitt has a softer texture than the back and the sides. The firmness in these locations is needed to help maintain its shape. Keep in mind that this catcher’s mitt will need breaking in right out of the box.
We also like that it has a separate holster for your index finger, a velcro opening that can be adjusted, and a wrist protector.
Made with high-quality leather
Keeps its shape
Durable - it should last a very long time
Available in two sizes (33.5 in and 35 in)
The available stock of left-handed mitts can be limited
Additional Image of the Pro Advanced Mitt
Runner Up for Best LHT Baseball Catcher’s Mitt: Akadema APM40 Precision Series (33.5 inches)
Top Pick for Youth Baseball: All-Star CM1011 Youth Pro Comp
The Youth Pro Comp from All-Star is our top pick for youth catchers who are left handed. It measures 31.5 inches.
This mitt is made of tanned cowhide leather and it has real rawhide laces. The pocket has been shaped and the leather pre-softened, which makes break in a simpler job.
It has a velcro wrist strap, so you can adjust around the wrist as tight or loose as needed.
This mitt also has the classic light tan and black leather color combination, an attractive look that mirrors many of All-Star's other mitts.
Lastly, this mitt is affordable - a very appealing consideration since it's such a high-quality youth catcher's mitt.
Made with real leather and rawhide laces
Priced very affordably
Wrist strap can be adjusted
Good break in time
No major cons, especially in light of its low price
Top Pick for Fastpitch Softball: Mizuno GXS31TG Samurai
Our top catcher’s mitt pick for left handed Fastpitch Softball catchers is the Mizuno Samurai (GXS31TG). (Note: The above picture shows the right hand version of the mitt).
This 34.5 inch mitt is made with a full grain Japanese leather. It has a solid palm pad to help with reducing sting and a protective index finger holster.
It also has a reinforced thumb protector inside the mitt, which is a unique feature among catcher's mitts. In short, it stands out for providing superior protection especially in sensitive areas of the hand like the palm, index finger and thumb.
The Samurai catcher’s mitt is an H-web, like most Fastpitch varieties. The hand stall is designed to fit a female hand, and it’s a great choice for those playing at more advanced levels of the game.
Great padding and protection
Built using high-quality and attractive looking black leather
Designed to closely fit a female's hand
Durable; should keep its shape for many seasons
Velcro-based wrist strap can be adjusted as needed
Takes some effort to break it in right out of the box
Additional Image of the Mizuno Samurai Mitt
Runner Up for Best LHT Fastpitch Softball Catcher’s Mitt: Mizuno MVP Prime SEF8 (34 inches)
Top Pick for Youth Fastpitch Softball: Mizuno Prospect GXS102 (32.5)
Mizuno's Prospect (GXS102) catcher's mitt is our top pick for left handed youth Fastpitch Softball catchers.
This 32.5 inch mitt has a full grain leather shell with a nice black and white/silver design. It has a palm liner to reduce sting and a moisture wicking liner, which is always a nice feature in catching equipment.
We also like that the mitt is not hard to break in coming right out of the box, and it has a design that makes it easy to close. This is helpful especially for younger catchers.
The Mizuno Prospect catcher's mitt was designed specifically to fit younger female hands, and the velcro wrist strap allows for you to make it even more customized, or snug, based on preference.
Made of full grain leather
Fairly easy to break in
Hinge in thumb area allows for easy closing
Contains sweat wicking material
Padding is adequate, but not exceptional. Keep this in mind if you’re planning to catch faster pitching.
Additional Image of the Mizuno Prospect Mitt
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