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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432 169
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
321 128
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
385 164
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds

4
293 117
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Deion Sanders San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

5
245 99
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

6
178 77
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
155 75
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
159 83
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Kenny Lofton New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies

9
230 133
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Dee Gordon Los Angeles Dodgers

10
104 46
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics

11
115 54
Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres

12
171 95
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ichiro Suzuki New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins

13
183 105
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees, New York Yankees

14
96 47
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tim Raines New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles

15
88 48
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
144 103
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

17
135 99
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

18
99 68
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
143 109
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Trea Turner Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres

20
115 89
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
José Altuve Houston Astros

21
78 57
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
65 49
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
62 47
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
61 48
Rajai Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rajai Davis San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

25
57 45
Jarrod Dyson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jarrod Dyson Kansas City Royals

26
51 39
José Reyes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
José Reyes Chicago Cubs

27
47 35
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
66 55
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Carl Crawford Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays

29
61 50
Ben Revere is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ben Revere Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins

30
51 42
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels

31
52 44
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
49 41
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Starling Marte Pittsburgh Pirates

33
30 24
Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Maury Wills Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates

34
45 41
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Andrew McCutchen San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

35
37 32
Jimmy Rollins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Phillies

36
36 33
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
B. J. Upton Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Rays

37
29 25
Michael Bourn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Michael Bourn Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians

38
28 24
Otis Nixon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Otis Nixon New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves

39
40 38
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
38 36
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
44 43
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox

42
36 34
Coco Crisp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Coco Crisp Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals

43
33 31
Eric Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Eric Young Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs

44
33 31
Lorenzo Cain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals

45
27 26
Mookie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mookie Wilson New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays

46
34 35
Dexter Fowler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Dexter Fowler Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros

47
41 45
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres, San Diego Padres

48
27 28
Barry Larkin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Reds

49
25 27
Rafael Furcal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rafael Furcal Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins

50
31 35
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Derek Jeter New York Yankees, New York Yankees, Scottsdale Scorpions