Rawlings’ red/white label means baseball. Its no surprise they stuck with it for so long. But ever since they released the Colorsync gloves in 2016, they’ve been making better looking gloves, hands down. These mocha and gold Pro Preferred models are pure heat. The fact that there is a model for every spot on the diamond (save for first base) adds even more appeal to these gorgeous gloves:
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS204-2MO
Overview: The Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS204-2MO is an 11.5”/I-web glove from the 200 family of patterns. Although you can find out more information of the 200 pattern on our Rawlings Buying Guide, here is a short breakdown of what you can expect of this model and the pattern:
- Shallow-to-Medium Pocket Depth
- Medium Width
- Thumb-to-Pinky Natural Squeeze
Recommendation: Based on the bullet points and the above specifications, the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS204-2MO is a perfect middle infield glove (and one of the hottest and highest quality ones at that).
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS204W-4MO
Overview: The Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS204W-4MO is an 11.5”/Modified Trapeze web model with a special kind of back style: the Wingtip.
More on the Wingtip: Besides the obvious good looks, the Wingtip back has a certain function to it – to reduce any abrasion or discomfort between your fingers and the welting. What the Wingtip back does is reduce any of the possible irritation you might feel on a conventional back, making it appealing to MLB players like Addison Russell (check out his Wingtip model here).
Overview (Pt.2): As compared to the PROS204-2MO, the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS204W-4MO will have a firmer pocket but not one that is any deeper.
Recommendation: When examining everything about the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS204W-4MO (pocket, web style, etc.), we see this glove to fit best for use on the mound. However, the pocket depth allows you to use this model in the middle infield if you so wish.
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS206-6MO
Overview: The Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS206-6MO is another 200 pattern model, but unlike the prior two 200 pattern models, this one measures in at 12” and has an H-web. This model also has a nice, deep pocket and a thumb-to-pinky natural close.
Recommendation: Just like other 12”/H-web gloves from other companies, the PROS206-6MO is best fit for use at the hot corner. However, we find that this model beats its competitors in many essential fields: from looks to durability to how well this pattern will work at third.
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS6010MO
Overview: The Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS6010MO is a longer model – 13” to be exact – and features a trapeze web. Given that, expect a pocket greatly different from a pocket of a comparable H-web model. Here is a quick comparison between a trap model and an H-web model:
- Whereas an H-web is very flexible in the webbing area, a trapeze web has little flex that results in a flatter pocket and flatter fingers.
- You will never see the same bowled shape form of many H-webs glove on a trapeze model because the pocket on a trap model stays long, even after some considerable use.
Recommendation: When you see a glove this big, ‘outfield’ should be the first thought in your head. However, we do not see this glove as a model that would work for every outfielder (read above), instead for a select few who prefer the super long and deep pocket of the PROS6010MO.
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCM32PTMO
Overview: The Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCM32PTMO is a 32” mitt with a Pro Taper wrist style, which equals a tighter wrist style that fits kids better than the targeted market of Pro Preferred’s – adults and teenagers.
Recommendation: The Pro Taper Wrist style really shallows the pool of players we would recommend to buy the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCM32PTMO. Although this glove would be perfect for a younger player (age 9-13), two things make it a tough sale among younger players: the price and the weight. But, if you are in the market for the highest quality glove for a younger backstop, or if you have a thin hand, look no further than this mitt as many other catcher’s gloves don’t have a tight wrist like this model.
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCM33MO
Overview: Unlike the past model, the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCM33MO is actually built for the wide majority of players due to its adult wrist style. It is also a bigger model, measuring at 33”, and still has a wide form that catchers like Russell Martin savor.
Recommendation: The Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCM33MO is a model we would recommend to any catcher, as the 33” could suit any catcher and the pattern is awesome for behind the dish. Its good looks and excellent durability do not hurt, either.
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