In the last 30 years, baseball and fastpitch have been blessed to see some incredible outfield defense get displayed on their biggest stages. The greatest defender to ever roam MLB outfields came in the 1990s in the form of Andruw Jones. And since he retired, outfielders like Kevin Kiermaier and Lorenzo Cain have kept up the high standard of safeguarding the big green ocean. And on the fastpitch front, we’ve seen highlight reel catches from players like former LSU star AJ Andrews and her younger sister and Aliyah Andrews.
And why have we seen such impressive outfield defense since the arrival of the 1990s? In this writer’s opinion, there can only be 1 answer: The Glove.
The modern outfield glove is lengthy and able to tightly secure a ball even when jostled around during a diving catch. In an era where we can more accurately measure defensive performance, it has become extremely important for fastpitch and baseball defenders to have the correct glove when heading out to roam the cavernous outfields on amateur ball fields. Because of that, our team of Glove Experts has put together this comprehensive list of 11 gloves that we believe outfielders must consider for use during 2022. Enjoy!
BEST BASEBALL OUTFIELD GLOVES
Best Pro Model Outfield Baseball Gloves
Although he hasn’t broken into the “best defensive outfielder of all time” conversation just yet, Mookie Betts might cement himself into that discourse within the next few years. He has an absolute cannon for an arm and if a baseball is in the air in the right field of Dodger Stadium, it’s probably going to get pulled down by Mookie. Assisting his range is a beautiful Wilson A2K that is 12.75 inches in length. The beauty of it is created by the full SuperSkin backing that comes in blue and white colors. If you’re playing outfield on a team with colors that look anything close to the LA Dodgers, then you need to get this glove.
Top Glove Features
- Pro Stock Select Leather Is The Best Leather Material From Wilson
- SuperSkin Backing Keeps The Glove Lightweight, Moisture Repellant & Strong
- H-Web Is The Most Popular Web Used By Outfielders
Acuna Jr’s Rawlings Pro Preferred will come in at 12.75 inches. That length has become the most popular for use in the outfield by experienced amateur players (high school and older). To support that 12.75 inch length, Rawlings adds their full-grain kip leather to the glove. It will come stiff in its feel, but if you put in the time to get it broken into game-ready shape, you’ll love the final fruits of your labor.
- The RA13 (Ronald Acuna #13) Pattern Provides Ample Pocket Size
- Pittards Sheepskin Leather Lines The Inner Palm & Is Super Comfortable
- Professional Grade Laces Hold Glove Together Exceptionally Well
Best Bang For Your Buck Outfield Glove
This glove has absolutely blown us away here at JustGloves over the past couple of years. This A1000 from Wilson just keeps getting picked up by players and parents looking for a baseball glove that is extra roomy and sold at an incredible price! With it having a 12.5” length, it is going to meet the demands for handling any outfield position. As well, it is going to be made from Wilson’s Full Grain leather which is going to make it soft and easy to break in. You’ll see that this glove checked all of the boxes for our customer below…
“High quality leather, Fairly easy break-in, Balls go in and don’t come out, Great Price!” - JG Customer, Angler
Best Classic Outfield Baseball Glove
The allure of the A2000 is often too much for a baseball player to pass up. For 60+ years, MLB players have been choosing A2000 gloves. And as can be expected, amateur players follow the lead of their big league idols. This specific A2000 is going to have a unique “gunmetal” look that you’re only going to find at JustGloves. The shiny, metallic-looking leather on the back allows the glove to look distinguished whether you’re viewing it up-close or from far away. As well, the 12.75-inch length and H-Web give it the coverage and look that outfielders trust most.
Three More Reasons To Get It
- Pro Stock Leather Is Tough, Yet Soft To The Touch At The Same Time
- 1799 Pattern Makes The Glove Super Lengthy With A Wide & Deep Pocket
- Dri Lex Wrist Lining Sits On The Back Of The Wrist And Wicks Away Moisture
Best Hybrid Outfield Baseball Glove
Few things in life feel better than getting a 2-for-1 deal. And that includes being able to cover two positions on a baseball field with one glove. This Kris Bryant model made by Rawlings has the ability to do just that.
For Kris, it is used as a 3B glove, but with it being made at the rare 12.25” length and with an H-Web that transfers well between the infield and outfield, this glove should be able to handle both outfield and infield duty. Generally speaking, a glove of this length would be slightly too large for infield play and maybe a little too small for the outfield. But hey, you have to make a few sacrifices if you want to get that elusive 2-for-1.
Best Glove Aspects
- R2G Design Allows Glove To Break In Easier (Only 35% Is Left To Player)
- Comes With A Snug Wrist Fitting That Works For Teens & Adults
- Pro Grade Leather Laces Should Be Long-Lasting
Best Surprise Outfield Baseball Glove
Akadema might not have the same brand power as Rawlings or Wilson, but they can sure make a high-quality baseball glove. This Precision outfield glove is a testament to Akadema’s glove-making ability. Akadema markets the glove as being made with Kip leather (which is one of the most sought-after glove materials) and then sells it at a remarkably affordable price. And the customers cannot get over the lightweight feel of this lengthy 13” baseball glove…
“This glove is extremely light, has a great pocket and is very easy to break in. It was my first kip leather glove and I am very impressed. - JG Customer, Hawk28
Best Left Handed Outfield Baseball Glove
Unfortunately, there is a tendency for vendors in the sporting goods world to forget the lovable left handers that help make up baseball team rosters across the world. However, Mizuno has not forgotten about the southpaws!
This Mizuno Pro Select outfield glove is actually only available for left handed throwers. This beautiful dark tan glove is made with a 12.75” length and sports an H-Web too. Lastly, the steerhide used to build the glove is going to allow it to hold its shape for many seasons.
Must See Attributes
- The Steersoft Inner Palm Lining Is Super Comfortable
- Padded Thumb Slot Improves Comfort When Catching The Baseball
- Pad On Glove Backing Allows For A Comfortable Resting Spot For Index Finger
Best Youth Outfield Baseball Glove
If you have a young baseball player who is already specializing in defending the outfield then it may be worth the investment to get him an outfield glove. It certainly seems that the extra reach of an outfield glove has the potential to help outfielders no matter if they are in the beginning stages or far advanced in their baseball journey. This Marucci Oxbow glove is going to give a young outfielder plenty of reach with its 12.5 inch length. However, the hand stall should be highly conducive to fitting a younger hand. Take the word of a JustGloves customer…
“My 10yo son was super happy with this glove. Soft leather, good pocket, made him a better outfielder right away.” - JG Customer, Kirk Gray
BEST FASTPITCH OUTFIELD GLOVES
Best Classic Outfield Fastpitch Glove
Just like in baseball, when you see a fastpitch glove bearing the name “A2000” on it, you can rest assured that you’re dealing with a top quality glove that has been trusted by ball players for many seasons. This specific model is a glutton for swagger as it features an all-SuperSkin backing and it will also feature the ornate modified T-Web. We could actually even characterize this glove as a hybrid outfield glove. The 12.5” length can serve both outfielders and infielders. That length will make the glove able to reach outfield fly balls with ease and should still promote quick infield transfers with a softball.
And even though A2000s have typically been considered gloves that require a little more work for a break-in, one customer actually noted the opposite:
“Best glove for a quick break in!!” - JG Customer, Michelle Freeman
Best Bang For Your Buck Outfield Fastpitch Glove
The R9 checks the box on just about every single expectation that players have for a fastpitch glove:
- Soft and easy to break in…check.
- Able to last multiple seasons…check.
- Reasonably priced…check.
And this H-webbed model will be beloved by outfielders as it is going to be extra lengthy at 13 inches. You’ll be able to crash in on softballs that are flared just over the infielders’ heads and you’ll also be able to run down deep flies.
Best Hybrid Outfield Fastpitch Glove
It never hurts to have a fastpitch glove that can handle multiple positions and this Shoeless Jane model can do just that. The 13” length will obviously provide advantages for outfield as the long length allows you to make more difficult catches. But since the glove has a closed webbing, it can also be used within the pitcher’s circle. That closed webbing and longer length will keep the pitcher’s grip concealed and it will also cover the pitcher’s wrist. Therefore, it will be extremely difficult for a pitcher to tip their grip to a batter while using this big fastpitch glove.
Must See Characteristics
- Special Aged Antique Tobacco Leather (Smells Incredible)
- Velcro Wrist Strap Allows For Easy Size Adjustments
- XRD Impact Protection Keeps The Hand Safe During A Catch
If you’ve made it this far then you can consider yourself an expert on outfield gloves during the year 2022. However, there is always more to learn (even for our Glove Experts). If you have more questions about selecting an outfield glove, please reach out at 866-321-4568, by email at email@example.com or by chatting with one of our Glove Experts right here.