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The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters

Updated January 7, 2020 2.7k votes 220 voters 2.9k views32 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
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    Nelson Cruz

    Seattle Mariners

    PositionRight fielder / Designated hitter

    NationalityDominican Republic

    BirthplaceMonte Cristi, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed

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    Shohei Ohtani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Shohei Ohtani

    Los Angeles Angels
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    Edwin Encarnacion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Edwin Encarnacion

    Cleveland Indians

    PositionDesignated hitter / First baseman

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceLa Romana, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed

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    Khris Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Khris Davis

    Oakland Athletics

    PositionLeft fielder, Designated hitter

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceLakewood, California

    BatsRight

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    Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Albert Pujols

    Los Angeles Angels

    PositionFirst baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed

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    Miguel Sano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Miguel Sano

    Minnesota Twins
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    Adrian Beltre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Adrian Beltre

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

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMcComb, Mississippi

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

    Texas Rangers

    PositionRight fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

    NationalitySouth Korea

    BirthplaceBusan, South Korea

    BatsLeft-handed

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    Eduardo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Eduardo Escobar

    Minnesota Twins

    PositionShortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityVenezuelan

    BirthplaceVilla de Cura, Venezuela

    BatsSwitch

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    Hanley Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Hanley Ramírez

    Boston Red Sox

    PositionShortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityDominican Republic

    BirthplaceSamaná, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed

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    Mark Trumbo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Mark Trumbo

    Baltimore Orioles

    PositionDesignated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder, Infielder, First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAnaheim, California

    BatsRight-handed

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    Evan Gattis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Evan Gattis

    Houston Astros

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

  • 14
    Victor Martinez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Victor Martinez

    Detroit Tigers
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    Kendrys Morales is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Kendrys Morales

    Toronto Blue Jays

    PositionDesignated hitter, First baseman

    NationalityCuba

    BirthplaceFomento, Cuba

    BatsAmbidexterity

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    Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Jim Thome

    Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox

    PositionFirst baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

    BatsLeft-handed

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    Ryon Healy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Ryon Healy

    Seattle Mariners
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    Rickie Weeks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Rickie Weeks

    Milwaukee Brewers

    PositionSecond baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAltamonte Springs, Florida

    BatsRight-handed

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    Justin Morneau is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Justin Morneau

    Minnesota Twins

    PositionFirst baseman

    NationalityCanada

    BirthplaceNew Westminster, Canada

    BatsLeft-handed

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    Brandon Moss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Brandon Moss

    Oakland Athletics

    PositionRight fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLoganville, Georgia

    BatsLeft-handed

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    Mike Napoli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Mike Napoli

    Cleveland Indians

    PositionCatcher, First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHollywood, Florida

    BatsRight-handed

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    Francisco Mejia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Francisco Mejia

    Cleveland Indians
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    Chris Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Chris Dickerson

    Baltimore Orioles

    PositionOutfielder, Left fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California

    BatsLeft-handed

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    Pedro Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Pedro Álvarez

    Baltimore Orioles

    PositionThird baseman

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    BatsLeft-handed

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    Matt Davidson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Designated Hitters
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    Matt Davidson

    Chicago White Sox

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceYucaipa, California

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