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The Top Current Baseball Players

Updated March 29, 2021 167.1k votes 13.3k voters 166.5k views196 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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    Mike Trout

    Center Fielder
    Michael Nelson Trout (born August 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball center fielder...  more

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    #14 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time#25 of 25 The Most Hated Players In Baseball Right Now

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    Christian Stephen Yelich (born December 5, 1991) is an American professional baseball...  more
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    Mookie Betts

    Outfielder
    Markus Lynn "Mookie" Betts (born October 7, 1992) is an American professional baseball right...  more

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    #12 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time#19 of 32 The Most George Lucas-Ass Names In Baseball

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    Cody Bellinger

    First Baseman
    Cody James Bellinger (born July 13, 1995) is an American professional baseball first baseman...  more

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    #186 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#19 of 69 The Most Likable Active MLB Players

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    Freddie Freeman

    First baseman
    Frederick Charles Freeman (born September 12, 1989) is a Canadian-American professional...  more
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    Nolan Arenado

    Third baseman
    Nolan James Arenado (/ˌærəˈnɑːdoʊ/; born April 16, 1991) is an American professional baseball...  more

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    #6 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time#140 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

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    Francisco Miguel Lindor (born November 14, 1993), nicknamed "Paquito" and "Mr. Smile", is a...  more

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    #17 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time#6 of 76 The Greatest Puerto Rican MLB Players Of All Time

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    Ronald José Acuña Blanco Jr. (born December 18, 1997) is a Venezuelan professional baseball...  more
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    Aaron Judge

    Outfielder
    Aaron James Judge (born April 26, 1992) is an American professional baseball outfielder for...  more
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    Justin Brooks Verlander (born February 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher...  more

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    #31 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#3 of 130 The Best Current MLB Pitchers

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    Alex Bregman

    Third baseman, shortstop
    Alexander David Bregman (born March 30, 1994) is an American professional baseball third...  more

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    #157 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#4 of 64 The Greatest Jewish Players In MLB History

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    Javier Báez

    Shortstop, Second baseman
    Ednel Javier Báez (born December 1, 1992), nicknamed "El Mago" (Spanish for "The Magician"),...  more
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    Jacob deGrom

    Pitcher
    Jacob Anthony deGrom (born June 19, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the...  more

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    #6 of 207 The Greatest New York Mets of All Time#30 of 32 The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History

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    Juan Soto

    Outfielder
    Juan José Soto Pacheco (born October 25, 1998), is a Dominican professional baseball...  more

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    #209 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#6 of 48 Every Athlete On The Scott Boras Client List, Ranked

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    Gerrit Alan Cole (born September 8, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the...  more

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    #103 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#1 of 46 Who Will Win The 2020 American League Cy Young Award?

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    Kris Bryant

    Third baseman
    Kristopher Lee Bryant (born January 4, 1992) is an American professional baseball third...  more

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    #3 of 47 Who Will Win The 2020 National League MVP Award?#52 of 56 Athletes Who Won MVP Before Turning 25

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    J. D. Martinez

    Designated hitter, outfielder
    Julio Daniel Martinez (born August 21, 1987) is an American professional baseball outfielder...  more

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    #66 of 142 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Time#89 of 118 The Best Houston Astros Of All Time

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    José Altuve

    Second baseman
    José Carlos Altuve (born May 6, 1990) is a Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman for...  more

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    #9 of 67 The Best Current Baseball Players Under 6 Feet Tall#18 of 148 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

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    George Springer

    Outfielder
    George Chelston Springer III (born September 19, 1989) is an American professional baseball...  more

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    #50 of 142 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time#27 of 41 Who Are The Best Outfielders In Major League Baseball Right Now?

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    Anthony Rendon

    Third baseman
    Anthony Michael Rendon (born June 6, 1990) is an American baseball third baseman for the Los...  more
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    Maxwell M. Scherzer (born July 27, 1984), nicknamed Mad Max, is an American professional...  more

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    #17 of 55 The Greatest Arizona Diamondbacks of All Time#9 of 12 Baseball Players With The All Time Weirdest Superstitions

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    David John LeMahieu (born July 13, 1988) is an American professional baseball infielder for...  more
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    Xander Bogaerts

    Shortstop
    Xander Jan Bogaerts (born October 1, 1992) nicknamed The X-Man and Bogey or Bogie, is an Dutch...  more
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    Trea Turner

    Shortstop
    Trea Vance Turner (born June 30, 1993) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the...  more
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    Carlos Correa

    Shortstop
    Carlos Javier Correa Oppenheimer (born September 22, 1994) is a Puerto Rican professional...  more

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    #31 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time#29 of 110 The Best Current MLB Hitters