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
463 180
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
342 137
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
312 125
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

4
402 175
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Cincinnati Reds

5
260 102
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

6
193 79
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

7
169 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
117 50
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics

9
172 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
111 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
199 111
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, New York Yankees

12
240 141
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

13
182 103
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
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
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
Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics

16
153 108
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Minnesota Twins

17
147 104
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
151 114
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres

20
124 95
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 51
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 53
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 49
Jarrod Dyson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Kansas City Royals

26
55 44
José Reyes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Chicago Cubs

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

28
64 54
Rajai Davis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
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
Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins

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

31
54 48
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
51 47
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates

33
33 27
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 45
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

35
39 37
Jimmy Rollins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Phillies

36
39 38
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
42 42
Harold Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, California Angels

38
41 41
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Braves

39
30 28
Otis Nixon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves

40
35 35
Eric Young is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs

41
35 35
Lorenzo Cain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Kansas City Royals

42
37 38
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Rays

43
45 48
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Boston Red Sox

44
31 31
Barry Larkin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Reds

45
30 30
Michael Bourn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians

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

47
36 39
Dexter Fowler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros

48
43 49
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Diego Padres, San Diego Padres

49
23 26
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
23 26
Cameron Maybin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Miami Marlins, Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers