Average Height and Weight of Major League Baseball Pitchers

Average Height and Weight of MLB Pitchers (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 the 659 pitchers across the league.

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

Average Height of an MLB Pitcher

The average height of a major league baseball pitcher is 74.63 inches (just over 6’2 1/2″), the tallest of any position in the league.

Height of MLB Pitchers 2023

Average Weight of an MLB Pitcher

The average weight of a major league baseball pitcher is 210.66 pounds.

Weight of MLB Pitchers 2023

Who Are The Tallest Pitchers in Major League Baseball?

There are 10 players in the entire major leagues listed at 6’8″ or taller – all of them are pitchers.

Tallest Pitchers 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 Pitchers in Major League Baseball?

Not every pitcher is crazy tall (although almost 60 pitchers are 6’6″ or taller).

Here are 5 guys that are 5’9″ or shorter.

Shortest Pitchers in the MLB
Marcus Stroman5’7″PitcherChicago Cubs
Deivi Garcia5’9″PitcherNew York Yankees
Kolton Ingram5’9″PitcherLos Angeles Angels
Sam Moll5’9″PitcherOakland Athletics
Matt Bush5’9″PitcherMilwaukee Brewers

Who are the Heaviest Pitchers in the MLB?

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

Heaviest Pitchers in the MLB
Alek Manoah285PitcherToronto Blue Jays
Joel Kuhnel280PitcherCincinnati Reds
Max Castillo280PitcherKansas City Royals
Carlos Estevez277PitcherLos Angeles Angels
Joe Jimenez277PitcherAtlanta Braves
Lance Lynn270PitcherChicago White Sox
Diego Castillo268PitcherSeattle Mariners

Who are the Lightest Pitchers in the MLB?

Here are the six lightest guys in Major League Baseball, all weighing 160 pounds or less.

Lightest Players in the MLB
Ronny Henriquez155PitcherMinnesota Twins
Edwin Uceta155PitcherDetroit Tigers
Huascar Brazoban155PitcherMiami Marlins
Reese Olson160PitcherDetroit Tigers
Jhony Brito160PitcherNew York Yankees
Reiver Sanmartin160PitcherCincinnati Reds

Final Thoughts

So, what did I learn?

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″.

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.



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