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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233 72
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics

2
187 67
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, Kansas City Blues

3
553 293
Ricky Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres

4
146 53
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels

5
479 280
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Cincinnati Reds

6
97 25
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

7
107 33
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Athletics

8
287 171
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, New York Yankees

9
400 250
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Royals

10
362 232
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

11
296 197
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

12
209 166
Vince Coleman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers

13
273 228
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

14
218 176
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

15
216 187
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins

16
201 172
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies

17
134 130
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles

18
169 173
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres

19
169 173
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

20
173 178
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Minnesota Twins

21
143 142
Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres

22
118 116
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics

23
139 143
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Houston Astros

24
118 120
Juan Pierre is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

25
80 93
Delino DeShields is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs