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

Updated March 16, 2019 4.1k votes 621 voters 15.4k views66 items

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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  • 1
    Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays
    259
    74

    PositionInfielder

    BirthplaceTulare, California, United States of America

    Steven Rance Mulliniks (born January 15, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball player. Originally drafted as a shortstop, Mulliniks made his major league debut in 1977 for the California Angels,  ...more
  • 2
    Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
    164
    75

    PositionRight fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEureka, Illinois

    BatsAmbidexterity

    Benjamin Thomas Zobrist (; born May 26, 1981), nicknamed Zorilla, is an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously  ...more

    #51 of 150 The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time#4 of 78 The Best Tampa Bay Rays of All Time#68 of 85 The Best Oakland Athletics of All Time

  • 3
    TRENT13 addedChicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers
    46
    18

    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 baseball utility player who had an 18-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career from 1982 to 1999. He played  ...more
  • 4
    TRENT13 addedTexas Rangers
    46
    18

    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 infielder, who played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies,  ...more
  • 5
    Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos
    51
    30

    PositionUtility infielder, Second baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplaceFort Benning, Georgia

    Thomas Michael Foley (born September 9, 1959), is an American former professional baseball infielder and coach, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia  ...more
  • 6
    Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    50
    32

    PositionInfielder, Second baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplaceBarquisimeto, Venezuela

    BatsAmbidexterity

    Maicer Eduardo Izturis (; born September 12, 1980) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball infielder. During his career he played for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the  ...more
  • 7
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    64
    48

    PositionShortstop, Second Base

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVirginia Beach, Virginia

    BatsRight-handed

    Christopher Armand Taylor Jr. is an American professional baseball outfielder/infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He attended the University of Virginia, and played  ...more

    #101 of 198 The Top Current Baseball Players#31 of 113 The Best Current MLB Outfielders#10 of 80 The Most Attractive MLB Players Today

  • 8
    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    56
    43

    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 baseman and outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played  ...more
  • 9
    Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins
    45
    32

    PositionInfielder, Shortstop

    BirthplaceLos Mochis, Mexico

    Juan Gabriel Castro (born June 20, 1972), is a Mexican former professional baseball infielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins,  ...more
  • 10
    TRENT13 addedSt. Louis Cardinals
    29
    14

    PositionUtility Infielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

    Matthew Martin Lee Carpenter (born November 26, 1985) is an American professional baseball infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the  ...more

    #384 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#432 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#81 of 148 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

  • 11
    Enrique Javier Hernández is a Puerto Rican professional baseball utility player for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Houston Astros and Miami  ...more

    #41 of 65 The Most Likable Active MLB Players#21 of 25 The Most Hated Players In Baseball Right Now#2 of 65 The Best Current MLB Utility Players

  • 12
    Boston Red Sox
    58
    48

    PositionUtility

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplacePuerto Ordaz and San Felix, Venezuela

    BatsSwitch

    Marwin Javier González (born March 14, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball utility player for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB) He previously played for the Houston Astros and  ...more
  • 13
    TRENT13 addedChicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies
    34
    22

    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 infielder. He played shortstop, third base and second base during his career in Major League Baseball (MLB)  ...more
  • 14
    TRENT13 addedPhiladelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers
    29
    16

    PositionSecond baseman, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America, Dominican Republic

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed

    Plácido Enrique Polanco (; born October 10, 1975) is a Dominican-American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia  ...more
  • 15
    St. Louis Cardinals
    34
    22

    PositionOutfielder, Utility infielder, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    BatsRight-handed

    Brendan Wood Ryan (born March 26, 1982) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, New  ...more
  • 16
    TRENT13 addedWashington Nationals
    22
    9

    PositionSecond baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    BatsRight

    Joshua Isaiah Harrison (born July 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Pittsburgh  ...more
  • 17
    Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers
    36
    26

    PositionInfielder

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    Jeffrey Allen Reboulet (born April 30, 1964) is a former Major League Baseball infielder. He is an alumnus of Louisiana State University and a graduate of Archbishop Alter High School. Drafted by  ...more
  • 18
    Marcus Hill addedKansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals
    28
    17

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBristol, Pennsylvania

    Joseph Earl McEwing (born October 19, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball player who spent most of his career with the New York Mets, where he played from 2000 through 2004. Nicknamed "Super  ...more
  • 19
    KylePiper addedTexas Rangers
    47
    41

    PositionThird baseman, Utility infielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

    Brock Wyatt Holt (born June 11, 1988), nicknamed The Brock Star, is an American professional utility player for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the  ...more
  • 20
    TRENT13 addedAnaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    33
    25

    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 third baseman and outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Angels of  ...more
  • 21
    Seattle Mariners
    39
    34

    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 utility player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals,  ...more
  • 22
    Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays
    29
    23

    PositionLeft fielder, Infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew London, Connecticut

    BatsRight-handed

    John McDonald may refer to:  ...more
  • 23
    TRENT13 addedTexas Rangers, Cleveland Indians
    19
    11

    PositionInfielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSissonville, West Virginia

    Colbert Dale (Toby) Harrah (born October 26, 1948) is an American former professional baseball player. He played as a shortstop and third baseman in Major League Baseball from 1969 to 1986. Harrah  ...more
  • 24
    TRENT13 addedMilwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies
    45
    45

    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 player and coach, who is a hitting coach for the farm team of the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball  ...more
  • 25
    TRENT13 added
    21
    15
    Derek Richard Dietrich is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut on May 8, 2013. Prior to playing professionally,  ...more