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.

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1
472 180
Ricky Henderson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres

2
345 138
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Royals

3
316 126
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

4
407 176
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Cincinnati Reds

5
262 102
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

6
195 81
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

7
171 78
Vince Coleman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers

8
119 50
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics

9
173 89
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies

10
204 112
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, New York Yankees

11
112 48
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles

12
242 141
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

13
126 61
Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres

14
183 104
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins

15
101 51
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics

16
153 109
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Minnesota Twins

17
147 105
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

18
106 72
Juan Pierre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

19
151 115
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres

20
124 96
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Houston Astros

21
86 62
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, Kansas City Blues

22
72 52
Delino DeShields is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

23
68 54
Brett Gardner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
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
Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays

25
61 50
Jarrod Dyson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Kansas City Royals

26
50 39
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds

27
55 45
José Reyes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Chicago Cubs

28
55 45
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels

29
64 55
Rajai Davis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

30
63 55
Ben Revere is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins

31
54 49
Jacoby Ellsbury is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox

32
52 48
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates

33
34 28
Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates

34
48 46
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

35
31 28
Otis Nixon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves

36
39 38
Jimmy Rollins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Phillies

37
39 39
Coco Crisp is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals

38
47 49
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Boston Red Sox

39
42 43
Harold Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, California Angels

40
42 43
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Braves

41
36 36
Eric Young is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs

42
32 32
Barry Larkin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Reds

43
35 36
Lorenzo Cain is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Kansas City Royals

44
30 30
Mookie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays

45
37 39
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Rays

46
30 31
Michael Bourn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians

47
36 40
Dexter Fowler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros

48
43 50
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Diego Padres, San Diego Padres

49
24 27
Willie Randolph is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers

50
27 31
Rafael Furcal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins