Best of the Best: Top Youth Catchers Mitt

Catching at the youth level, is perhaps the most demanding position on the diamond. A quality catcher needs many skills to his name in order to enhance his skills behind the plate. But first and foremost, any catcher needs a quality glove. Let's take a look at some of the best youth catchers mitt out there now!

Our choice for Top Youth Catchers Mitt

Easton has a fine line of gloves available, but this particular youth catcher's glove really is eye appealing.

This H-web design is an extremely lightweight glove, resulting in great flexibility and ideal for the young catchers out there.

The 3-piece Z-flex palm allows for easy close and easy control. The glove has a flexible pocket which is deep enough for use but also perfect for getting the ball out and quick deliveries. The perforated grip palm lining gives users better control and feel.

Users also will be able to show off a bit of USA Pride with the color scheme on this cool new glove!

PROS

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    Easy break in for a catcher's glove
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    Lose, flexible feelPerforated grip palm lining for better control
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    3-piece Z-FLEX palm allows for easy closing
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    Great price!
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    Lightweight and durable, long lasting
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    Retained shape over years of use
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    Perfect for youth players with smaller hands
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    The red on the glove stands out very well for pitchers as a target for aquisition
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    Easy closing, no stress on the hands

CONS

  • Not all catchers will like the color scheme on this glove

Looking for a glove to boost your catching skills? The Mizuno Prospect GXC112 is just the one for you then.

This glove truly does make catching easy. The patented powerlock closure gives catcher's an easy, efficient closing of the glove to keep balls from popping out of the pocket. The gloves original technology is perfect for youth catchers out there, as this is a simplistic model but offers everything a youth catch needs. The glove helps catchers learn how to catch the right way, getting the ball in the pocket and staying in there.

The butter soft palm lining soothes out the bottom half of the glove, giving it a great texture and also a great all around feel. A 31.5" model, the GXC112 is also very affordable, typical for Mizuno gloves. But this isn't a knock on them either, they make a great line of gloves, with quality comparable to Wilson and Rawlings. The glove also features a conventional back opening.

PROS

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    ParaShock™ palm pad and butter soft lining in selected models reduce shock to minimize sting
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    V-Flex notch making it easier for users to get the ball into the glove
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    Smaller hand and finger openings for ideal youth fit
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    Two-pieced closed webbing for easy catching
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    Outstanding protection all around the glove, and most importantly in the pocket
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    Easy hinge and trap for blocking balls in the dirt
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    Soft leather that speeds up breaking in process
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    Great price!
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    Easy use, and great durability
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    Great pocket for smaller, youth hands

CONS

  • Some users noticed the catching glove turned black from the paint
  • Not a glove for teens who are catching pitchers who throw harder

This youth catcher's mitt features a typical 31.5" design, and a conventional open back. The two piece webbing is vertically laced for a unique look and secure closure. This feature also reduces the likelihood snapped lace or broken web.

The smaller fit is ideal for youth players with smaller hands, but don't be fooled there's plenty of space in the wrist slot for the hand. A travel ball player of high quality would benefit the most from this glove, as the technology is suited more for an experienced player.

The mitt is insanely durable, and will last season after season.

The deep pocket is an ideal addition for the youth level, making it easier for catchers to suck up balls out of the dirt or on a backhand. The most unique aspect of this mitt is its perforated back which reduces weight but also retaining its durability.

PROS

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    Steerhide leather construction for exceptional durability and easier break in
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    Thick heel and toe pads-ideal for receiving and keeping balls in the pocket
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    Wide, deep pocket--deeper than most Under Armour gloves--but also allows users an easy exchange of the ball
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    Snug finger stalls for younger players
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    PTH padding for feel and absorbing balls caught in the middle of the glove, limits shock, extends life of glove
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    High quality leather, and design, matching pro styled gloves
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    Unique and cool design along the outside frame of the glove
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    Closed web for secure laces and tightness

CONS

  • Glove is designed mainly for elite players, and may be difficult for the inexperienced catcher
  • Long break in time
  • Some users thought the glove was too stiff
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