What Size Glove Does Javier Baez Use? (Updated 2023)


Javier Baez, or “El Mago” to his fans, is a Puerto Rican baseball player currently turning out for the Detriot Tigers in Major League Baseball. As of 2022, Baez is a two-time All-Star, a one-time Gold Glove winner, and won the World Series with the Chicago Cubs in 2016.

So What Size Glove Does Javier Baez Use?

When looking at what size glove does Javier Baez uses, the answer is either a custom 11-incher PROSCS5 from Rawlings or an 11.25-inch baseball glove manufactured by SSK.


In the main section below we will look in more detail at the history of Baez, his gloves, and some moments from his career that have made “The Magician” the player he is today.

Javier Baez Glove History

Javier Baez made his debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2014 and quickly gained a reputation as one of the best defensive shortstops (and players) in the game. One thing of note about Baez and his gloves is that he is never afraid to experiment. While he used SSK gloves from 2014 all way through to 2021, he would sometimes use as many as three different gloves in a week made by the brand. This is highly unusual in a sport where familiarity (and superstition) remains important.

Javier Baez SSK Glove

His glove size has remained consistent. Baez wants to have that small glove and his SSKs measured anywhere from 11 inches to 11.25 inches in length. His red and black SSK from the 2019 and 2020 seasons can be found for around $300 and is a great-looking glove with an outstanding pedigree. Playing like Baez in the glove, given his ridiculous hand speed and throwing accuracy, might be a different matter.

What Glove Does Javier Baez Wear (2022)

The Rawlings glove that Baez has been using is so small that it isn’t even available in stores for adults. It is 11 inches, a length that you cannot get in the Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCS5 line. The closest that you can get is the 11.5-inch version that comes in at a meaty $500 retail. The Rawlings glove comes in Pro Preferred black with gold trim. It also has glove labels in the same gold over an eye-catching scarlet. It is made of traditional leather and has a standard fit. 

It is the ideal glove for a middle infielder because of its size. Players with the hand speed and dexterity of Baez are looking for gloves that they can get the ball out of quickly, relying on their reflexes and not the size of the glove for the initial defensive play. Bigger gloves take longer to reload out of, so it makes sense as to why Baez would want something with a minimal, yet comfortable fit.

Common Javier Baez FAQs

What glove does Javier Baez wear?

Baez historically has worn SSK gloves, but he is currently wearing a custom 11-incher PROSCS5 from Rawlings

What size glove does Javier Baez wear?

Javier Baez likes to wear the smallest glove possible. His go-to is an 11.5-inch glove, though he has been seen wearing a glove that measures just 11 inches. He can get away with this because of his insane hand-eye coordination.

What team is Javier Baez on in 2022?

Javier Baez currently plays for the Detriot Tigers. He signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the team in December 2021. This followed a successful spell with the Chicago Cubs and a brief period with the New York Mets.

What size glove do MLB players use?

This depends on the position. Outfielders usually wear gloves that are 12.25 to 13 inches. Middle infielders go with smaller gloves (11 inches to 11.75 inches) for quick ball distribution. Third base runs about half an inch bigger than a middle infielder and first base is bigger still (into the 12.25 to 12.75-inch range. Pitchers are similar to third base and catchers can be anything from 32 inches to 35 inches in size.

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