Athletes Fastest MLB Players of All Time  

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List Rules Best players in MLB history who were known for their elite speed

This list is composed of the fastest MLB players of all time, ranked by overall speed and talent level. The MLB measures straight-line speed with modern day analytics, as well as quickness, lateral agility, and many other athletic traits. However, speed in the MLB isn't as focused on the numbers, and is instead simply quantified by the jaw-dropping speed-related feats these MLB players perform on a nightly basis. Due to top-level speed, many of the fastest MLB players are also among the greatest MLB players of all time.

This list is a collection of which players displayed the most amazing, game-changing speed in NBA history. Typically, the fastest MLB players are center-fielders such as Kenny Lofton, Billy Hamilton, and Mike Trout, since they are often the smallest and have to cover the most ground, although certain anomalies like Alex Rodriguez and Wil Myers find themselves among the fastest MLB players despite being bigger and stronger.

Go ahead and rank the fastest MLB players of all time, and when you're done, head on over to rank the fastest NBA players of all time

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458 179
Ricky Henderson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres

2
341 136
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Bo Jackson Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Royals

3
311 124
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Deion Sanders San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

4
401 174
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds

5
260 101
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

6
192 79
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Willie Mays New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

7
168 78
Vince Coleman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Vince Coleman St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers

8
116 50
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics

9
170 89
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Kenny Lofton New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies

10
198 111
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees, New York Yankees

11
239 141
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Dee Gordon Los Angeles Dodgers

12
109 48
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tim Raines New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles

13
182 103
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ichiro Suzuki New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins

14
124 61
Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres

15
99 51
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Willie Wilson Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics

16
147 103
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

17
152 108
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

18
105 72
Juan Pierre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Juan Pierre Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

19
150 113
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Trea Turner Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres

20
122 94
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
José Altuve Houston Astros

21
85 61
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, Kansas City Blues

22
72 51
Delino DeShields is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Delino DeShields St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

23
68 52
Brett Gardner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Brett Gardner New York Yankees, New York Yankees

24
70 58
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Carl Crawford Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays

25
55 43
José Reyes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
José Reyes Chicago Cubs

26
60 49
Jarrod Dyson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jarrod Dyson Kansas City Royals

27
50 39
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Joe Morgan Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds

28
63 54
Rajai Davis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rajai Davis San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

29
63 54
Ben Revere is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ben Revere Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins

30
54 45
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels

31
54 48
Jacoby Ellsbury is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox

32
51 46
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Starling Marte Pittsburgh Pirates

33
48 44
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Andrew McCutchen San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

34
32 27
Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Maury Wills Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates

35
39 36
Jimmy Rollins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Phillies

36
30 27
Otis Nixon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Otis Nixon New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves

37
35 34
Eric Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Eric Young Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs

38
38 38
Coco Crisp is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Coco Crisp Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals

39
41 42
Harold Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Harold Reynolds Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, California Angels

40
40 41
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Braves

41
30 29
Michael Bourn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Michael Bourn Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians

42
34 35
Lorenzo Cain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals

43
36 38
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
B. J. Upton Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Rays

44
44 48
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox

45
30 31
Barry Larkin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Reds

46
28 29
Mookie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mookie Wilson New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays

47
35 39
Dexter Fowler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Dexter Fowler Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros

48
42 49
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres, San Diego Padres

49
30 36
Curtis Granderson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Curtis Granderson New York Yankees, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers

50
22 26
Willie Randolph is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Willie Randolph New York Yankees, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers