Players should take a good look at what size glove they choose depending on their position and their preferences. Typically for MLB pitchers, 11.75"-12" is the baseline for more control without interfering with their ability to pitch. However, pitchers who prefer a larger glove might choose a 12.25"-12.5". Having a smaller glove such as an 11.75" gives the pitcher the ability to make quick transfers when throwing to bases acting more like an infielder, while a 12" is similar with a little extra surface area for snagging liners. Although less common, some pitchers prefer a larger glove to field their position at the expense of transfer time. Anything smaller than 11.75" is generally made for youth players.
MLB Players Preferences:
- 11.75" (Clayton Kershaw, Marcus Stroman)
- 12" (Corey Kluber, Zack Greinke, Max Scherzer)
- 12.25" (Noah Syndergaard, Masahiro Tanaka)
- 12.5" (Yu Darvish, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Carlos Carrasco)