Average Height and Weight of Major League Baseball Players

Average Height and Weight of MLB Baseball Players (2023)

I’ve been a collegiate sports performance coach for 20 years. One thing I always felt was effective was showing guys the heights and weights of players at their position in the pros.

It helped give many players the extra motivation needed to gain weight when they were able to compare themselves to guys at the next level.

So, this is essentially the same research I would share with players, but now I’m sharing it with you. I took the 40-Man Rosters for the 2023 Major League Baseball season, almost 1200 players total and broke them down by position.

For this guide, I took an average of the heights and weights of each position across the league.

In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest players as well regardless of position. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random baseball knowledge.

Average Height of an MLB Player by Position

The average height of a major league baseball player is 73.82 inches (almost 6’2″), with the tallest position being Pitcher at 74.63 (over 6’2 1/2″).

Height of MLB Players by Position 2023
Average MLB Player Height
PositionHeight (inches)Height* (ft/inches)
Overall73.826’1 3/4″
Pitchers74.636’2 3/4″
Catcher72.496’0 1/2″
1st Base74.186’2 1/4″
2nd Base71.275’11 1/4″
3rd Base72.646’0 3/4″
Shortshop72.56’0 1/2″
Left Field73.026’1″
Center Field73.386’1 1/2″
Right Field73.266’1 1/4″
Designated Hitter73.946’2″

*To nearest quarter-inch

Average Weight of an MLB Player by Position

The average weight of a major league baseball player is 207.25 pounds with the heaviest position being Designated Hitter at just over 223 pounds.

Weight of MLB Players by Position 2023
Average MLB Player Weight
1st Base221.78
2nd Base191.37
3rd Base202.11
Left Field202.94
Center Field198.68
Right Field207.28
Designated Hitter223.33

Who Are The Tallest Players in Major League Baseball?

There are 10 players listed at 6’8″ or taller – all of them pitchers.

Tallest Players in the MLB
Sean Hjelle6’11”PitcherSan Francisco Giants
Bailey Ober6’9″PitcherMinnesota Twins
Michel Baez6’8″PitcherSan Diego Padres
Jackson Rutledge6’8″PitcherWashington Nationals
Stephen Ridings6’8″PitcherNew York Mets
Sean Reynolds6’8″PitcherMiami Marlins
Trevor Megill6’8″PitcherMinnesota Twins
Tyler Glasnow6’8″PitcherTampa Bay Rays
Chris Martin6’8″PitcherBoston Red Sox
Tyler Wells6’8″PitcherBaltimore Orioles

Who are the Shortest Players in Major League Baseball?

There are only four players in the MLB (out of almost 1200) listed at under 5’8″ and three of them are 2nd Basemen.

Shortest Players in the MLB
Jose Altuve5’6″2nd BasemanHouston Astros
Tony Kemp5’6″2nd BasemanOakland Athletics
Kolten Wong5’7″2nd BasemanSeattle Mariners
Marcus Stroman5’7″PitcherChicago Cubs

Who are the Heaviest Players in the MLB?

Here are the ten heaviest guys in the league, all over 265 pounds.

Heaviest Players in the MLB
Alek Manoah285PitcherToronto Blue Jays
Aaron Judge282Right FieldNew York Yankees
Joel Kuhnel280PitcherCincinnati Reds
Max Castillo280PitcherKansas City Royals
Carlos Estevez277PitcherLos Angeles Angels
Joe Jimenez277PitcherAtlanta Braves
Lance Lynn270PitcherChicago White Sox
Daniel Vogelbach270Designated HitterNew York Mets
Diego Castillo268PitcherSeattle Mariners
Miguel Cabrera267Designated HitterDetroit Tigers

Who are the Lightest Players in the MLB?

Here are the ten lightest guys in Major League Baseball, all weighing 155 pounds or less.

Lightest Players in the MLB
Yonny Hernandez1403rd BaseLos Angeles Dodgers
Christopher Morel145Center FieldChicago Cubs
Maikel Garcia145ShortstopKansas City Royals
Jonatan Clase150OutfieldSeattle Mariners
Eguy Rosario150Third BaseSan Diego Padres
Diego Hernandez150OutfieldKansas City Royals
Ceddanne Rafaela152Third BaseBoston Red Sox
Ronny Henriquez155PitcherMinnesota Twins
Edwin Uceta155PitcherDetroit Tigers
Huascar Brazoban155PitcherMiami Marlins

Final Thoughts

So, what did I learn?

I would imagine a lot of people’s assumptions about specific positions seem to hold true.

Overall, Pitchers, 1st Basemen and Designated Hitters are the biggest positions on the field and 2nd Basemen and Shortstops are the smallest.

The tallest players in baseball are absolutely pitchers. I listed above the ten tallest players, all 6’8″ or taller, that are all pitchers. In addition to that, there are 64 players that are 6’6″ or taller and all but 5 of them are pitchers.

Obviously, being tall is an advantage to being a pitcher in the majors. A longer stride and longer arms mean the ball is being released closer to the batter which in turn reduces the (already short) amount of reaction time for the batter.

It doesn’t mean you have to be tall though. Marcus Stroman is about to start his 9th year in the majors standing at only 5’7″.

2nd Basemen, at an average of just over 5’11” and 191 pounds is one of the smallest position groups in all of sports. Even slightly smaller than NFL Cornerbacks who average just under 6’0″ and 193 pounds.



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