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Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?

Updated March 16, 2019 3.6k votes 584 voters 14.0k views

List RulesWhether you take WAR into account or just think they're the best all-around players, vote up baseball's best utility guys of all time.

While it may not be the most sought-after recognition or accomplishment, going down as the best utility player of all time is no easy feat. For most MLB players, they get to grow and improve at a single position—becoming all the more comfortable season after season. For utility players, however, they could be playing second base one game and move to the outfield in the next, depending on where they're needed. Regardless of where they're thrown, though, the top utility players always perform. Some may even be considered the best players in baseball right now

When you're talking the best utility player in all of baseball, it's not just those players who platoon at third. These guys can fill in just about anywhere, whether someone needs a rest or just got sent to the DL. These are players like today's Kike Hernandez and Ben Zobrist, along with the greatest utility players of old such as Rance Mulliniks and Bill Spiers. So, who are the best MLB utility players of all time? 

Check out the list of noteworthy utility players below and vote up those who you think were or are baseball's best. You can also feel free to add players that may be missing from the list.

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  • Rance Mulliniks1
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    Rance Mulliniks

    Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays

    PositionInfielder

    BirthplaceTulare, California, United States of America

    Steven Rance Mulliniks (born January 15, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball...  more
  • Ben Zobrist2
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    84

    Ben Zobrist

    Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays

    PositionRight fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEureka, Illinois

    BatsAmbidexterity

    Benjamin Thomas Zobrist (; born May 26, 1981), nicknamed Zorilla, is an American professional...  more

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  • Michael Young3
    42
    16

    Michael Young

    Texas Rangers

    PositionDesignated hitter, Infielder, First baseman, Second baseman, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCovina, California

    BatsRight-handed

    Michael Brian Young (born October 19, 1976), is an American former professional baseball...  more
  • Julio Franco4
    44
    23

    Julio Franco

    Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionDesignated hitter, First baseman, Second baseman, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHato Mayor Province, Dominican Republic

    Julio César Franco Robles (born August 23, 1958), is a Dominican former professional baseball...  more
  • Tony Phillips5
    40
    20

    Tony Phillips

    Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers

    PositionLeft fielder, Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Keith Anthony Phillips (April 25, 1959 – February 17, 2016) was an American professional...  more
  • Juan Castro6
    47
    34

    Juan Castro

    Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins

    PositionInfielder, Shortstop

    BirthplaceLos Mochis, Mexico

    Juan Gabriel Castro (born June 20, 1972), is a Mexican former professional baseball infielder,...  more
  • Howard Kendrick7
    59
    50

    Howard Kendrick

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    PositionLeft fielder, First baseman, Second baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    BatsRight-handed

    Howard Joseph Kendrick III (born July 12, 1983) is an American professional baseball second...  more
  • Matt Carpenter8
    30
    17

    Matt Carpenter

    St. Louis Cardinals

    PositionFirst baseman, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

    Matthew Martin Lee Carpenter (born November 26, 1985) is an American professional baseball...  more

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  • José Oquendo9
    82
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    José Oquendo

    St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets

    PositionOutfielder, Infielder

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    BirthplaceRío Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

    José Manuel Roberto Guillermo Oquendo Contreras (born July 4, 1963), nicknamed The Secret...  more
  • Marwin González10
    61
    55

    Marwin González

    Houston Astros

    PositionUtility

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplacePuerto Ordaz and San Felix, Venezuela

    BatsSwitch

    Marwin Javier González (born March 14, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball utility...  more
  • Chris Taylor11
    Christopher Armand Taylor Jr. is an American professional baseball outfielder/infielder for...  more

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  • Martín Prado12
    21
    9

    Martín Prado

    Atlanta Braves

    PositionLeft fielder, Infielder, Second baseman

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplaceMaracay, Venezuela

    BatsRight-handed

    Martín Manuel Prado Bustamante (born October 27, 1983) is a Venezuelan professional baseball...  more
  • B. J. Surhoff13
    26
    15

    B. J. Surhoff

    Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves

    PositionOutfielder, Left fielder, Infielder, Catcher, First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    William James "B. J." Surhoff (born August 4, 1964) is a former catcher, outfielder, first...  more
  • Plácido Polanco14
    28
    18

    Plácido Polanco

    Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers

    PositionSecond baseman, Third baseman

    NationalityDominican Republic

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed

    Plácido Enrique Polanco (; born October 10, 1975) is a Dominican-American former professional...  more
  • Juan Uribe15
    32
    24

    Juan Uribe

    Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies

    PositionInfielder, Second baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplaceBaní, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed

    Juan Cespedes Uribe Tena (born March 22, 1979) is a Dominican former professional baseball...  more
  • Brock Holt16
    Brock Wyatt Holt (born June 11, 1988), nicknamed The Brock Star, is an American professional...  more
  • Josh Harrison17
    Joshua Isaiah Harrison (born July 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball infielder who...  more
  • Mariano Duncan18
    28
    19

    Mariano Duncan

    Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionSecond baseman, Shortstop

    BirthplaceSan Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

    Mariano Duncan Nalasco (born March 13, 1963 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a...  more
  • Chone Figgins19
    35
    29

    Chone Figgins

    Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    PositionOutfielder, Infielder, Second baseman, Center fielder, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLeary, Georgia

    BatsAmbidexterity

    Desmond DeChone Figgins (; born January 22, 1978) is an American former professional baseball...  more
  • Kike Hernandez20
    Enrique Javier Hernández is a Puerto Rican professional baseball utility player for the Los...  more
  • Willie Bloomquist21
    40
    38

    Willie Bloomquist

    Seattle Mariners

    PositionOutfielder, Infielder, Second baseman, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePort Orchard, Washington

    BatsRight-handed

    William Paul Bloomquist (; born November 27, 1977) is an American former professional baseball...  more

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  • Jed Lowrie22
    16
    9

    Jed Lowrie

    Boston Red Sox

    PositionInfielder, Second baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSalem, Oregon

    BatsAmbidexterity

    Jed Carlson Lowrie (born April 17, 1984) is an American professional baseball infielder for...  more
  • Mark Loretta23
    18
    13

    Mark Loretta

    Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres

    PositionInfielder, Second baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California

    BatsRight-handed

    Mark David Loretta (born August 14, 1971) is an American former professional baseball...  more
  • Eduardo Núñez24
    Eduardo Michelle Núñez Méndez (born June 15, 1987) is a Dominican professional baseball...  more
  • Bill Spiers25
    37
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    Bill Spiers

    Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros

    PositionUtility infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplaceOrangeburg, South Carolina

    William James Spiers III (born June 5, 1966) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball...  more