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The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters 

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Updated January 7, 2020 2.1k votes 198 voters 2.6k views 32 items

Whether you're working on your fantasy baseball roster or simply staying updated with the 2020 MLB rankings, this list of the best MLB designated hitters currently playing will prove to be quite useful. Baseball fans, cast your votes for the players best at hitting for the pitcher. Who are the best current designated hitters in major league baseball today?

Top slugger Nelson Cruz definitely ranks in the top 10 designated hitters, along with Edwin Encarnacion and Khris Davis. Other good MLB designated hitters right now include Miguel Sano, Adrian Beltre, Evan Gattis, and Choo Shin-soo. 

Vote for who you think are the best MLB designated hitters currently playing in the league today, and feel free to add any players who are missing from the list. 

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Nelson Cruz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Seattle Mariners

Position: Right fielder / Designated hitter

Nationality: Dominican Republic

Birthplace: Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Bats: Right-handed

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#328 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #65 of 141 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Time

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Edwin Encarnacion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Cleveland Indians

Position: Designated hitter / First baseman

Nationality: Dominican

Birthplace: La Romana, Dominican Republic

Bats: Right-handed

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#295 of 599 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #266 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #64 of 147 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

3
Shohei Ohtani is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels
4
Khris Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Oakland Athletics

Position: Left fielder, Designated hitter

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Lakewood, California

Bats: Right

5
Miguel Sano is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Miguel Sano Minnesota Twins
6
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Los Angeles Angels

Position: First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Bats: Right-handed

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#1,230 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #22 of 599 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

7
Adrian Beltre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
8
Corey Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Pittsburgh Pirates

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi

9
Shin-Soo Choo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Texas Rangers

Position: Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

Nationality: South Korea

Birthplace: Busan, South Korea

Bats: Left-handed

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#248 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #90 of 141 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time

10
Evan Gattis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Houston Astros

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

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#149 of 159 The Greatest Catchers of All Time #68 of 122 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time #251 of 282 The Top Current Baseball Players

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Mark Trumbo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Baltimore Orioles

Position: Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder, Infielder, First baseman, + more

Birthplace: Anaheim, California

Bats: Right-handed

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#693 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #153 of 282 The Top Current Baseball Players

12
Eduardo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Minnesota Twins

Position: Shortstop, Third baseman

Nationality: Venezuela

Birthplace: Villa de Cura, Venezuela

Bats: Switch

13
Hanley Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Boston Red Sox

Position: Shortstop, Third baseman

Nationality: Dominican Republic

Birthplace: Samaná, Dominican Republic

Bats: Right-handed

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#78 of 364 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time #41 of 134 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

14
Kendrys Morales is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Toronto Blue Jays

Position: Designated hitter, First baseman

Nationality: Cuba

Birthplace: Fomento, Cuba

Bats: Ambidexterity

15
Victor Martinez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Victor Martinez Detroit Tigers
16
Ryon Healy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Ryon Healy Seattle Mariners
17
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

Position: First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

Bats: Left-handed

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#90 of 599 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #48 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #94 of 147 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

18
Mike Napoli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Cleveland Indians

Position: Catcher, First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hollywood, Florida

Bats: Right-handed

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#524 of 523 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame #80 of 159 The Greatest Catchers of All Time #510 of 707 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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Francisco Mejia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Francisco Mejia Cleveland Indians
20
Brandon Moss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Oakland Athletics

Position: Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Loganville, Georgia

Bats: Left-handed

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#181 of 364 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time #273 of 282 The Top Current Baseball Players #26 of 33 The Best Red Sox Left Fielders of All Time

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Pedro Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Baltimore Orioles

Position: Third baseman

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Bats: Left-handed

22
Justin Morneau is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Minnesota Twins

Position: First baseman

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada

Bats: Left-handed

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#360 of 599 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #49 of 147 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time #271 of 282 The Top Current Baseball Players

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Matt Davidson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Chicago White Sox

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Yucaipa, California

24
Chris Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Los Angeles Angels

Position: Starting pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Bats: Right-handed

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Robbie Grossman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
Minnesota Twins

Position: Center fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Bats: Ambidexterity