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The Top Current Baseball Players

Updated October 7, 2021 158.7k votes 13.6k voters 170.3k views198 items

List RulesFrom top hitters to the league's best pitchers, vote up the greatest players in the MLB right now.

Who do you think should make the list of the best current players in baseball? Ranked by fans, critics, and sports analysts, this list includes the best current MLB players in all positions, from rookies to veteran pros. Vote for those you believe to be the best current baseball players in order to move them up the list, or click "rerank" to customize an order of your own.

The best MLB players are those who have consistently proven their talent on the field. From expert pitchers to top short stops, these great athletes have made a name for themselves by being better than the rest. Who is the best player in baseball? There's sure to be plenty of debate. But the only way to get your voice heard (and make sure your choice for the best player in MLB makes it to the top of the list) is to vote! Remember, the guys on this list have be current players who play in the league today. Though they may soon be considered some of the best baseball players of all time, for now, we're ranking who is best on the field right now!

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  • 1
    Center Fielder
    5,359
    1,274

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVineland, New Jersey

    BatsRight

    TeamsLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Michael Nelson Trout (born August 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). Trout is a eight-time MLB All-Star, received  ...more

    #2 of 65 The Most Likable Active MLB Players#14 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time#24 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

  • 2
    Outfielder
    2,937
    815

    BirthplaceBrentwood, Tennessee

    BatsRight

    TeamsLos Angeles Dodgers

    Markus Lynn "Mookie" Betts (born October 7, 1992) is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the  ...more
  • 3
    muzziac addedOutfielder
    1,545
    440

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceThousand Oaks, California

    BatsLeft

    TeamsMilwaukee Brewers

    Christian Stephen Yelich (born December 5, 1991) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Miami Marlins.  ...more
  • 4
    muzziac addedThird baseman
    2,422
    1,162

    BirthplaceNewport Beach, California

    BatsRight

    TeamsSt. Louis Cardinals

    Nolan James Arenado (/ˌærəˈnɑːdoʊ/; born April 16, 1991) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the  ...more

    #7 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time#82 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019#153 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

  • 5
    First Baseman
    1,236
    390

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceScottsdale, Arizona

    BatsLeft

    TeamsLos Angeles Dodgers

    Cody James Bellinger (born July 13, 1995) is an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was named an All-Star and  ...more
  • 6
    wiabux addedFirst baseman
    1,608
    600

    BirthplaceFountain Valley, California

    BatsLeft

    TeamsAtlanta Braves

    Frederick Charles Freeman (born September 12, 1989) is a Canadian-American professional baseball first baseman for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has been with the Braves  ...more
  • 7
    muzziac addedPitcher
    1,972
    942

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDeLeon Springs, Florida

    BatsLeft

    TeamsNew York Mets

    Jacob Anthony deGrom (born June 19, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to playing professionally, deGrom attended Stetson  ...more

    #7 of 207 The Greatest New York Mets of All Time#29 of 32 The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History#58 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

  • 8
    gongnorton addedOutfielder
    854
    174

    NationalityVenezuelan

    BirthplaceLa Guaira, Venezuela

    BatsRight

    TeamsAtlanta Braves

    Ronald José Acuña Blanco Jr. (born December 18, 1997) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2018, and won  ...more
  • 9
    -1456082551498 addedOutfielder
    1,834
    690

    BirthplaceLinden, California

    BatsRight

    TeamsNew York Yankees

    Aaron James Judge (born April 26, 1992) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). Judge was unanimously selected as the American League  ...more
  • 10
    muzziac addedPitcher
    1,071
    508

    BirthplaceNewport Beach, California

    BatsRight

    TeamsNew York Yankees

    Gerrit Alan Cole (born September 8, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and  ...more

    #86 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#155 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#3 of 130 The Best Current MLB Pitchers

  • 11
    TRENT13 addedOutfielder
    368
    74

    NationalityDominican Republic

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    BatsLeft

    TeamsWashington Nationals

    Juan José Soto Pacheco (born October 25, 1998), is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Soto signed with the Nationals as an  ...more

    #384 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#79 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#2 of 48 Every Athlete On The Scott Boras Client List, Ranked

  • 12
    2,148
    1,166

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceManakin-Sabot, Virginia

    BatsRight

    TeamsHouston Astros

    Justin Brooks Verlander (born February 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Detroit Tigers.  ...more

    #16 of 25 The Most Hated Players In Baseball Right Now#147 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time#11 of 19 Every Pitcher With 300 Strikeouts In A Season

  • 13
    Second baseman
    2,777
    1,551

    BirthplaceMaracay, Venezuela

    BatsRight

    TeamsHouston Astros

    José Carlos Altuve (born May 6, 1990) is a Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Astros signed Altuve as an amateur free agent in  ...more
  • 14
    Austen Rempe addedShortstop, Second baseman
    766
    322

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    BirthplaceBayamón, Puerto Rico

    BatsRight

    TeamsChicago Cubs

    Ednel Javier Báez (born December 1, 1992), nicknamed "El Mago" (Spanish for "The Magician"), is a Puerto Rican professional baseball shortstop and second baseman for the Chicago Cubs of Major League  ...more
  • 15
    761
    346

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    BirthplaceCaguas, Puerto Rico

    BatsSwitch

    TeamsCleveland Indians

    Francisco Miguel Lindor (born November 14, 1993), nicknamed "Paquito" and "Mr. Smile", is a Puerto Rican professional baseball shortstop for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). A  ...more
  • 16
    Third baseman
    1,435
    671

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

    BatsRight

    TeamsChicago Cubs

    Kristopher Lee Bryant (born January 4, 1992) is an American professional baseball third baseman and outfielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to playing professionally,  ...more
  • 17
    Outfielder
    724
    290

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew Britain, Connecticut

    BatsRight

    TeamsToronto Bluejays

    George Chelston Springer III (born September 19, 1989) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the Houston Astros from  ...more

    #72 of 142 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time#17 of 47 Who Will Win The 2020 American League MVP Award?#27 of 41 Who Are The Best Outfielders In Major League Baseball Right Now?

  • 18
    2,601
    1,480

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Chesterfield, Missouri

    BatsRight-handed

    TeamsWashington Nationals

    Maxwell M. Scherzer (born July 27, 1984), nicknamed Mad Max, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut as a  ...more
  • 19
    Designated hitter, outfielder
    1,275
    607

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    BatsRight

    TeamsBoston Red Sox

    Julio Daniel Martinez (born August 21, 1987) is an American professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for  ...more
  • 20
    Third baseman, shortstop
    619
    290

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    BatsRight

    TeamsHouston Astros

    Alexander David Bregman (born March 30, 1994) is an American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). As a 16-year-old high school  ...more
  • 21
    rooney addedThird baseman
    530
    254

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    BatsRight

    TeamsLos Angeles Angels

    Anthony Michael Rendon (born June 6, 1990) is an American baseball third baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Washington Nationals  ...more
  • 22
    gongnorton addedShortstop
    325
    118

    Nationalityamerican

    BirthplaceLake Worth, Florida

    BatsRight

    TeamsWashington Nationals

    Trea Vance Turner (born June 30, 1993) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball at North Carolina State.  ...more
  • 23
    gongnorton addedPitcher, Designated hitter
    314
    86

    NationalityJapan

    BirthplaceMizusawa, Iwate

    BatsLeft-handed

    TeamsLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Shohei Ohtani (born July 5, 1994) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Hokkaido  ...more
  • 24
    TRENT13 addedInfielder
    319
    133

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVisalia, California

    BatsRight

    TeamsNew York Yankees

    David John LeMahieu (born July 13, 1988) is an American professional baseball infielder for the New York Yankees. He previously played for the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies. The Cubs selected  ...more
  • 25
    pjrusssawx addedShortstop
    818
    430

    NationalityAruba

    BirthplaceOranjestad, Aruba

    BatsRight

    TeamsBoston Red Sox

    Xander Jan Bogaerts (born October 1, 1992) nicknamed The X-Man and Bogey or Bogie, is an Dutch professional baseball shortstop for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the  ...more
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List Rules: From top hitters to the league's best pitchers, vote up the greatest players in the MLB right now.