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
490 184
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
359 145
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
327 131
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

4
424 182
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Cincinnati Reds

5
270 105
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

6
201 83
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

7
178 81
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
126 53
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics

9
214 113
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, New York Yankees

10
118 48
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles

11
178 91
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies

12
249 142
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

13
131 64
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
186 108
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins

15
104 53
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics

16
155 112
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Minnesota Twins

17
151 110
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

18
107 75
Juan Pierre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

19
154 118
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres

20
127 98
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Houston Astros

21
89 63
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 53
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
72 58
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays

24
69 55
Brett Gardner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, New York Yankees

25
64 51
Jarrod Dyson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Kansas City Royals

26
56 45
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels

27
64 55
Rajai Davis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

28
64 55
Ben Revere is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins

29
50 40
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds

30
55 46
José Reyes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Chicago Cubs

31
53 48
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates

32
35 28
Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates

33
54 50
Jacoby Ellsbury is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox

34
49 47
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

35
49 49
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Boston Red Sox

36
41 40
Coco Crisp is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals

37
43 43
Harold Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, California Angels

38
31 29
Otis Nixon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves

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

40
43 44
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Braves

41
33 32
Barry Larkin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Reds

42
36 36
Lorenzo Cain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Kansas City Royals

43
36 36
Eric Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs

44
38 39
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Rays

45
30 31
Mookie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays

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
35 39
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, New York Yankees, Scottsdale Scorpions

49
25 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
43 50
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Diego Padres, San Diego Padres