Shortstop is a premier position in baseball, perhaps the most important position on the diamond. It’s the most demanding defensive position in the game and calls for the best fielder to tend its position. More balls are hit at the shortstop than any other position. Therefore, the player must have exceptional range and quickness. They also must be using the correct glove. And while there is no such thing as the perfect shortstop glove, we will take a look at some of the best fitting gloves for this position! Without skipping a beat, let’s get to it.
Considered by many as one of the better all-around shortstops in the game, Correa is just in his first of many seasons to come in the Majors. His custom series A2000 was Wilson’s 2016 glove of the month for this past January. With its I-Web design and Double X Laces included, this A2000 makes for a long lasting glove that will provide top-notch quality for a lifetime. The double palm foundation is a two layer leather pocket creating impressive profound glove stability, making for a faster break-in. With Pro Stock Leather made from American Steerhide, users are guaranteed max comfort and feel.
- 11.75 inch pattern
- Dri-Lex Wrist Lining-Ultra breathable and moisture wicking material
- Dual welting creating a more dynamic, durable pocket
- Shortstop glove
- Pro Stock leather
- Interior of the glove keeps your hand cool and dry
- 3x more craftsman shaping
- Double palm construction
Available in a multitude of color schemes, the MVP Gamer series offers a bit of flavor for everyone. Professional level lace rounds out the glove that includes professional level oils too. Its center pocket design puts the pocket right smack into the center of your palm. Also incorporated in the glove is patent pending heel increasing flexibility and closure in the glove. The strong edge promotes a more stable thumb and and pinky stalls. Integrated is smooth professional style oil plus leather which is the perfect balance of oiled softness for exceptional feel and firm control that meets requirements for all players.
- Center pocket design
- Conventional open back
- Deep I-Web
- Two-tone lace
- Strong edge lace technology
- Ultra soft palm liner
- Heel flex technology
- Ideal for shortstops
- Plus grip thumb padding
Made from pre-oiled java leather, which is game ready leather made to get years and years out of your glove. Featuring a Hi-Lo lacing system, the Franchise Series gives users added flexibility but increases structure support thanks to this system. In the palm is a parashock plus pad for added support. Game ready off the shelf and out of the box, the Franchise Series is truly a bang for your buck. For its price, this glove will blow you away. With its new baseball specific features, Mizuno got it right with this model.
- 11.75″ inch pattern
- Hi-Low lacing maintaining the foundation of the glove
- Parashock plus palm pad
- Comfortable hand based patterns
- Pre-oiled java leather
- Conventional open back
- One user had an issue with the webbing support
My personal favorite on this list, the GG Gamer 11.5″ inch glove has a classic Rawlings look to it. The orange exterior with the tan laces really brings out a sweet looking texture for a glove that features numerous high-quality aspects. Smothered in orange and tan lacing, this glove is full of vibrant vibes. Ideal for a player looking for a game-ready glove and equivalent color scheme of the pros, this glove is perfect for infielders. The Gamer XLE includes the PORON XRD impact padding for impact absorption, which drastically reduces sting. For this price, the Gamer Series cannot go unlooked.
- Open back
- Pro patterns
- Pro grade laces providing added durability for long-lasting shape
- PORON XRD padding drastically reduces pain on hard balls
- Pro soft leather for a quicker, more efficient break-in
- 90% factory break-in
- Unique style
Another one of my favorites, and my current glove, the Rawlings RCS Series is an impeccable glove with a sweet design. Just a 10% player break in, the RCS come to your door game ready. An 11.75″ design, the RCS feels a bit smaller on the hand, giving users amazing feel around the diamond. The RCS features a trapeze web with a strong web, for any ground ball or pop fly. Offered in a variety of color schemes, it’s hard not to like the RCS. Full grain leather shell covers the glove, giving a pristine look on the field. This glove enables users to show off their sense of style with the glove on their hand. Rawhide lacing creates a durable pocket, and a comfortable feel. Additionally, the palm and index pockets limit the sting on hard ground balls and throws. This I-web is definitely a must see for its price.
- Conventional back features a wide opening above the wrist
- Modified Trap-Eze is an extremely strong web with great ball snagging functionality for all positions
- Full grain leather shell material
- Unique pro pattern designs
- Very sturdy
- Modeled After Authentic Rawlings Pro Patterns
- Rawhide lacing for extra strong and durable protection
- Custom design without the custom price tag
- Lasting structure design, limited wear and tear
- Some users didn’t like the smaller feel of this glove
Infused with eye-popping color schemes, the Heart of the Hide Custom glove gives users an added twist in style. Included are advanced features that provide every user with high quality performance and feel. Premium and top rated steer-hide leather wraps around the glove ensuring you’ll get a lifetimes use of this glove. It also gives users promising feel and shape, however that might be. Tennessee tan pro lacing will add support and strengthen the gloves core with its high quality material. Deer tanned cowhide lining provides extra support, comfort, and durability. For the price you pay for this glove, you definitely get your money’s worth.
- Heart of the Hide premium leather
- Tennessee tan pro lacing
- Limited edition color way
- Deer tanned cowhide lining
- Soft full-grain leather