Wilson D33 Review
By last count close to 30 MLB players used the D33 from Wilson. Most of these players are outfielders although a few pitchers use the glove. At the adult/high school level you might find a 3rd baseman who could like the Wilson D33 as well.
Wilson’s D33 Outfield glove comes in an A2K and an A2000 version. It is an 11.75-inch glove built mostly for pitchers, although an occasional third baseman might like the deep pocket and intricately laced webbing.
At least fifteen MLB players use the D33 pattern design from Wilson—all but one use the A2K version of the D33. Each of those players are pitchers. After our experience with the glove, we would suggest the Wilson D33 is a good fit for the elite pitcher who wants a serious investment in a glove and likes the look of the webbing over a more classic look like the CK22. We cover more details in the following Wilson D33 review.
Wilson D33 Glove Review Sources
There are a few other places you may look for good insight on the Wilson D33 Glove. We like, as always, Wilson’s site directly. In terms of seeing the D33 as a part of the entire line, that Wilson site is invaluable. You might also find some insight on the Amazon reviews page.
On this site, other pitching gloves like the CK22 would be worth considering since they are the same glove aside from the webbing. Also, our Wilson A2K Review and our Wilson A2000 Review overviews may be helpful in grasping the landscape of pitching gloves Wilson offers.
Wilson D33 Recommendations
Considering at least fifteen MLB pitchers use the A2K version of the D33, we have no hesitation recommending the A2K version of the glove to elite pitchers looking for a lifetime glove with great durability, shape and ball coverage. As an 11.75 inch glove, you’ll find it works well for the athletic pitcher who needs to make a play now and again.
The A2000 version of the D33 is a less expensive option that lacks the premium, premium leather of the A2K. Only one MLB guy uses the A2000 D33 (Yovani Gallardo), but even one proves it is worthy of the best. It also serves as a less expensive, yet still considered premium, leather glove.
We dedicate an entire article to the differences between the A2K and the A2000. These differences hold true between the D33 A2K and D33 A2000. Although detailed there, we give a light overview here.
- Rolled Welting. The back of the glove’s fingers are sewn together using a strip of leather. Wilson uses two pieces on opposite sides of the finger back. You can see these as lines going up the backhand. A2K gloves, generally, smooth out the welting before attaching it. They smooth it by rolling it. A2000 gloves generally do not roll the welting, and as such, have rough welting. This difference holds true on the D33 Wilson A2K vs A2000.
- Dual Palm Leather. A2K gloves use a double layer of leather on the palm of the glove. This makes the gloves more difficult to work in, but it also makes them more durable and adds more padding to the palm.
- Leather. The A2K glove leather is selected out of the top grain leather groups the A2000 is made from. That is, take the premium A2000 glove leather, find the best within those piles and that is what the A2K’s are made of. Wilson calls the leather on the A2K Pro-Stock Select, whereas on the A2000 it is called just Pro-Stock.