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 the 250 infielders (1st Basemen, 2nd Basemen, 3rd Basemen and Shortstop) across the league.
In addition, just for fun, I listed the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest infielders as well regardless of position. Go ahead and impress someone today with your newfound random baseball knowledge.
Average Height of an MLB Infielder
The average height of a major league baseball infielder is 72.56 inches (just over 6’0 1/2″).
Average Weight of an MLB Infielder
The average weight of a major league baseball infielder is 199.79 pounds.
Who are the Tallest Infielders in Major League Baseball?
There are about 20 guys listed at 6’4″, but only seven are 6’5″ or taller.
|Tallest Infielders in the MLB|
|Oneil Cruz||6’7″||Shortstop||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Elly De La Cruz||6’5″||Shortstop||Cincinnati Reds|
|Alec Bohm||6’5″||Third Base||Philadelphia Phillies|
|Freddie Freeman||6’5″||First Base||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Michael Toglia||6’5″||First Base||Colorado Rockies|
|Garrett Cooper||6’5″||First Base||Miami Marlins|
|Matt Olson||6’5″||First Base||Atlanta Braves|
Who are the Shortest Infielders in Major League Baseball?
There are 9 players 5’8″ or shorter.
|Shortest Infielders in the MLB|
|Jose Altuve||5’6″||2nd Base||Houston Astros|
|Tony Kemp||5’6″||2nd Base||Oakland Athletics|
|Kolten Wong||5’7″||2nd Base||Seattle Mariners|
|Leury Garcia||5’8″||2nd Base||Chicago White Sox|
|Nick Allen||5’8″||2nd Base||Oakland Athletics|
|Ozzie Albies||5’8″||2nd Base||Atlanta Braves|
|Nick Madrigal||5’8″||2nd Base||Chicago Cubs|
|Ceddanne Rafaela||5’8″||3rd Base||Boston Red Sox|
|Rylan Bannon||5’8″||3rd Base||Houston Astros|
Who are the Heaviest Infielders in the MLB?
Here are the 9 heaviest infielders in the league, all weighing 245 pounds or more.
|Heaviest Infielders in the MLB|
|Josh Bell||261||1st Base||Cleveland Guardians|
|Ji-Man Choi||260||1st Base||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Rowdy Tellez||255||1st Base||Milwaukee Brewers|
|Triston Casas||252||1st Base||Boston Red Sox|
|Jhonkensy Noel||250||3rd Base||Cleveland Guardians|
|Josh Naylor||250||1st Base||Cleveland Guardians|
|Jonathan Schoop||247||2nd Base||Detroit Tigers|
|Rhys Hoskins||245||1st Base||Philadelphia Phillies|
|Pete Alonso||245||1st Base||New York Mets|
Who are the Lightest Infielders in the MLB?
Here are the nine lightest infielders in Major League Baseball, all weighing 160 pounds or less.
|Lightest Infielders in the MLB|
|Yonny Hernandez||140||3rd Base||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Ji-Man Choi||145||Shortstop||Kansas City Royals|
|Rowdy Tellez||150||3rd Base||San Diego Padres|
|Triston Casas||152||3rd Base||Boston Red Sox|
|Jhonkensy Noel||160||2nd Base||Oakland Athletics|
|Josh Naylor||160||2nd Base||Kansas City Royals|
|Jonathan Schoop||160||3rd Base||Philadelphia Phillies|
|Rhys Hoskins||160||Shortstop||Los Angeles Angels|
|Pete Alonso||160||Shortstop||Arizona Diamondbacks|
So, what did I learn?
To be fair, I don’t think I “learned” anything. If you asked almost any casual baseball fan they would probably guess that the biggest players on the infield are first basemen and the smallest are second basemen.
The only thing that really surprised me a bit was that 4 of the lightest infielders in major league baseball play third base.
If you want to do an even deeper dive into any of the individual positions, I’ve got you covered. Here are the average heights and weights of each position:
Finally, if you’d like to see the full position-by-position breakdown, check out the average heights and weights of major league baseball players by position.