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What Pros Wear: Jurickson Profar (Glove, Sunglasses)

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In celebration of MLB’s number one prospect Jurickson Profar’s 2013 debut, here we highlight the gear of the young middle infielder who is sure to be a WPW favorite.

Glove

Wilson A2K 1786 in Black with Red Web and Blue Lacing (Can be made with A2000 leather using Wilson Custom Glove Builder)

Source: Norm Hall/Getty Images North America

Source: Norm Hall/Getty Images North America

Profar’s glove is a nice Ranger-inspired Wilson A2K custom with a red web and blue laces.  Profar is the first guy we’ve featured that opts for the A2K leather over the A2000 leather.  The difference between the two is where the hide is taken from the cow.  The A2K leather is taken from the backside, which is thinner and smoother and supposedly easier to break in.  The A2000s are taken from the sides and the belly, which result in a thicker, stiffer, and supposedly more durable leather.  The reason for the A2K being more expensive is the fact that the backside type of leather is a rarer cut.

There is no A2K option for the Wilson Glove Builder but you can make Profar’s exact glove model with A2000 leather with the specs below:

LEATHER COLORS

  • Palm – Black
  • Web – Red
  • Back Fingers – Black
  • Thumb Strip – Black
  • Wrist – Black
  • Super Skin – No

TRIM COLORS

  • Lacing – Royal
  • Welting – Black
  • Binding – Black

STITCHING COLORS

  • Wilson Back – Black
  • Wilson Front – Wilson Yellow
  • A2000 – Wilson Yellow
  • Web Stitching – Red
  • Shell Stitching – Black

Sunglasses

Oakley Fast Jacket in Blue/White/Silver

Source: Rick Yeatts/Getty Images North America

Source: Rick Yeatts/Getty Images North America

Profar’s sunglasses are the Oakley Fast Jacket that you see above, in a frame color that is not offered on Oakley’s Custom Builder.  He has a royal blue frame that you can’t add in the custom builder, with chrome icons and white earsocks.  With the custom tool, you can get navy, sky, or light blue (but no royal???) and you cannot change the clip that connects the lense with the frame.

Catcher’s Corner: 5.20.2013

Editor’s Note: I would like to introduce everyone to the newest acquisition to the WPW team, Noah.  With constant requests for more catcher’s gear, we had to go out and find an expert.  Noah is that man.  We grabbed this post from Noah’s blog, and from here on out, Noah will be contributing his vast knowledge of catcher’s gear and other catcher-related stuff on WPW.  This is an exciting add for us, and one that will further our mission to be the best source for pro gear in the world.

Source: Baseball Prospectus

Source: Baseball Prospectus

Thankfully, Chris Stewart’s MRI came back clean. You wouldn’t think it by looking at the Yankees DL, as I’m sure you have already. Stewart has been a key part of the rag tag, yes, rag tag group of Yankee replacements holding down the fort at Yankee Stadium until the cavalry comes. Just glad we didn’t have to bring Bobby Wilson up. As he’s batting 174 in Scranton/Wilkes Barre. But, Stewart had a great frame on a low fastball featured in the 5/18 This Week in Catcher Framing. Love how he uses that big 34 inch CM3000 to pull that fastball up. Great stuff.

Also on one of my favorite websites Grantland and Ben Lindbergh had a sit down with Russell Martin. Some very interesting dialogue. Martin made a good point when he said he tries to “excite” the umpire by putting the ball in the pocket. Just one of the things that can effect a pitch. If you want more info you should probably just read it as it is an interesting piece and sheds some light on a growing subject in the world of baseball.

Yadi getting a curveball and working with it toward second base. It’s so hard to reach down and keep your momentum going forward and Yadi does it so easy. Amazing.

Robinson Chirnios battling the sun and some wicked backspin.

One of my favorite catchers Brayan Pena on another strike em out throw em out double play.

I am telling you right now, Hector Sanchez will be an amazing catcher some day. Maybe not amazing, but very good. Once he somehow (please dear catching god) gets out of San Francisco behind King Posey and goes through a few more years of Remedial Catchers Framing Training he will come out the other side a good player. This is what I want to happen. This is what I hope will happen. Plus I am probably saying this because the inner defensive minded catcher in me doesn’t like Buster Posey. But I mean, come on.

Show It Off: #20 Oklahoma State’s Team-Issue Gear via @PokeBsbllEquip

My favorite jersey in college baseball.  The Pokes throwback.

My favorite jersey in college baseball. The Pokes throwback.

Almost made it through the entire week without more college gear and it was getting depressing.  Here we have the #20 Oklahoma State Cowboys, with the best-looking throwback jersey in the game, hands down.  Just an absolute classic.  We also get a nice variety of Wilson leather, and the first DeMarini batting gloves we’ve seen on WPW.  Many thanks to Alix for the hook-up.  GO POKES!

Oklahoma State Cowboys New Era “NCAA 2 Tone 59FIFTY”

Batter’s Box

DeMarini Versus Batting Gloves

DeMarini Pro Equipment Batting Gloves

DeMarini Voodoo 2013 Bat

DeMarini Voodoo 2014 Bat

DeMarini Voodoo Backpack

Footwear

Nike Air Gamer NIKEiD

Nike Air Gamer (eBay Search)

Nike Air Max Moto 9

Nike Air MVP Pro Metal

Nike Air Pegasus+ 28

Nike Lunar MVP Pregame

Gloves

Wilson A2000 1786

Wilson A2K BW38

Wilson A28001613-BL

Wilson A2K 1786

Wilson A2000 B2

Wilson A2403 1790SS

Wilson A2000 KP92-BL

WPW’s Top 15 Cleats in Baseball

Source: Eastbay

Source: Eastbay

There’s nothing in the athletic repertoire that people go more nuts over than footwear.  The debate about basketball shoes (which most definitely have an influence here) is infinite, but there isn’t a ton of chatter out there about baseball cleats.  For that reason, we had to put together a list of the best footwear on the diamond.

After taking into account your voting and our own inherent bias, we came up with the top 15 cleats in the game, as we see it.  There were some really good suggestions that helped make this list more complete, but there are definitely cleats we missed and cleats we still haven’t seen yet.  As always, hit us up on Twitter or Instagram and let us know your thoughts.  To the list:

BJ Upton and Coco Crisp’s adidas adiZero 5 Tool 2.0 Cleats (worn on Mother’s Day)

These cleats manage to have a vibrant design but still look under control.  Some cleats (see Adam Jones) have bold designs but end up looking sloppy—not the 5 Tool 2.0s.  And I hear they’re ridiculously light.

Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinser’s Nike Zoom Vapor Elite Cleats

These are probably my personal favorite, which I mentioned in the Andrus feature.  I love that gradient fade from blue to red and the bottom line is that the Zoom Vapor Elite is plain sexy as hell.

Matt Kemp‘s Nike Huarache 2KFresh Low Cleats

A popular vote, the 2KFresh seem to be a favorite cleat among the superstars of the game.

Brandon Crawford’s NIKEiD Air Max MVP Elite 3/4 MCS Cleats

These I had not noticed before and thanks to a WPW reader’s vote, I checked them out and absolutely love them.  Crawford is just one of those guys that makes everything look good.  The best part: these cleats can be made on NIKEiD.

Miguel Cabrera‘s New Balance 3000 Cleats

New Balance’s attention to detail is unmatched.  They make one hell of a shoe and probably won some of the top players over with their accommodating attitude towards unique exclusives.

Jimmy Rollin‘s Jordan 12 Cleats

You didn’t think I’d miss these did you?  Can also be seen on David Price and CC Sabathia.

Carlos GonzalezNike Air Huarache 2KFresh Cleats

CarGo’s kicks won the popular vote.  My personal favorite of the group is the Venezuela colorway.  They’re just not something you see everyday but so clean.

Hanley RamirezNew Balance 4040 “Hanleywood” Cleats

Like I said about Miggy’s, NB is not shy about catering to the big dogs, and the “Hanleywood” 4040s are no exception.  These are just a lot of fun.

Jeremy Guthrie’s Nike Air Huarache 2KFresh Elephant Print and Nike Air Jordan 1 Cleats

Guthrie is a known sneakerhead and these Elephant print 2KFresh’s might be the sneaky pick of the litter in this entire group.  So fresh and so fitting for the Royals colors.  Flawless.

CC Sabathia’s Jordan 11 Concord (Opening Day 2013) and Jordan Melo M8 Cleats (Opening Day 2012)

I included CC more for the M8s than the 11s.  The Melo M8 is my favorite of the Jordan choices.  Jordan’s tend to be a little too flamboyant for my tastes, but the Melo M8 is a classic shoe.  Nothing too fancy (the 11 is the same way), just gets the job done, a lot like CC.

Jason Heyward‘s Nike Air Swingman MVP Cleats

The Swingman MVP was a cleat a lot of you voted for, but most voted for the Adam Jones version.  I’m sorry guys, that cleat is ugly.  I feel like people get all hyped up at exclusives and ignore the fact that they aren’t a well-executed shoe.  The Heyward is, and he goes socks up so everybody knows it.  Heyward is my kind of ballplayer.

Carl Crawford’s Jordan 6 Rings Cleats

Such a nice looking cleat.  They seem a little bulky though, no?  I wonder how Crawford likes them in terms of playability, though we don’t need to hear it from him; they’re one of the prettiest shoes in the game today.

Asdrubal Cabrera’s New Balance 4040 Cleats

Another exclusive New Balance that I couldn’t ignore.  The Indian’s colors just look really good, and Cabrera’s slick fielding only enhances their beauty.

Bryce Harper‘s UA Spine Highlight Cleats

These are on here because you all insisted.  They just don’t really do it for me, and what baseball player without a history of ankle injuries needs that much ankle support?  Regardless, I can’t ignore the fact that tons of you out there love them.  But, wouldn’t you love anything Bryce laced up with?  I sense a little bias.

Mariano Rivera’s Nike Cooperstown Cleats

The ultimate classic.  Enough said.

How’d we do?  Any we missed?  Let us know and we’ll keep the dialogue going.

If you liked this, you’ll probably like our 20 PRETTIEST GLOVES, too!

Who’s got your vote for best cleats in the game?

The Andrus post and Guthrie Instagram got me thinking, who do you guys think has the best cleats in the game?  I want to put a post together of the top 20 or so, so give me your suggestions in the poll below.  Just tell me the guy and the model (if you can), and I’ll check them out.  This post has been a long time coming, so I’m hoping for a nice response from you all.

What Pros Wear: Elvis Andrus (Bat, Batting Gloves, Cleats)

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Andrus’ bat has been slow to start this season, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that his shoe game is airtight.  The Nike Zoom Vapor Elite is my favorite shoe in the game right now, and Andrus’ exclusives take it to another level.

Bat

Tucci Pro Select Limited TL-DU26 and Marucci Maple

We’ve seen him swinging both Tucci (one photo down) and Marucci (two photos down) recently, but he’s shown a lot of variation in his career.  The DU26 is likely Dan Uggla’s model, which we haven’t seen online.  He’s also swung SSK and MaxBat in the past.  We’ll update the Marucci as soon as possible.

Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America

Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America

Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

Cleats

Nike Zoom Vapor Elite Exclusives in Black/Grey/Red/Blue with Blue Laces

Look two photos above for a great shot at these.  Plain and simple they’re the fastest looking shoes in the game.  He’s got two different versions we’ve seen.  Aside from the obvious custom colors, there’s a gradient fade from blue to red on the dimples on one shoe and also on the midsole of his other version (below) that is the difference-maker for me.

Source: Rick Yeatts/Getty Images North America

Source: Rick Yeatts/Getty Images North America

Both of these Zoom Vapors have custom soles (including the molded spikes) and are not available online, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear about Andrus getting boosted in the parking lot by a WPW reader in the coming days.  Smoke.

Batting Gloves

Nike Diamond Elite Pro II in Various Colors

Source: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images North America

Source: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images North America

As you can see in the photo above, Andrus most recently has been wearing a black/grey version of the DEIIs.  These are exclusives, as are the royal/greys that he has also been wearing recently (below).  He’s also worn whites with a black swoosh occasionally, too.

Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America

Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America

Sleeve on Mother’s Day

Phiten Pink Ribbon MLB Power Sleeve

Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America

Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America

Figured we’d add this in since you guys love your pink.  Get it while its hot.

Real Men Wear Pink

I’ll let the photos do the talking…