Average Height and Weight of MLB Shortstops (2023)


Average Height and Weight of Baseball Shortstop

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

Average Height of an MLB Shortstop

The average height of a major league baseball shortstop is 72.5 inches (about 6’0 1/2″).

Average Weight of an MLB Shortstop

The average weight of a major league baseball catcher is 190.22 pounds.

Who are the Tallest Shortstops in Major League Baseball?

Shortstops might be middle of the pack overall in height, but there are 5 players listed at 6’4″ or taller including 6’7″ Oneil Cruz.

Tallest Shortstops in the MLB
Player Height Team
Oneil Cruz 6’7″ Pittsburgh Pirates
Elly De La Cruz 6’5″ Cincinnati Reds
Braden Shewmake 6’4″ Atlanta Braves
Corey Seager 6’4″ Texas Rangers
Carlos Correa 6’4″ Minnesota Twins

Who are the Shortest Shortstops in Major League Baseball?

There are 8 guys that are listed at 5’10”, but only 2 listed under 5’10”.

Shortest Shortstops in the MLB
Player Height Team
Andrew Velazquez 5’9″ Los Angeles Angels
Ha-Seong Kim 5’9″ San Diego Padres

Who are the Heaviest Shortstops in the MLB?

Overall, shortstops are the lightest position group on the field, but there are 3 guys at 220 pounds or heavier.

Heaviest Shortstops in the MLB
Player Weight Team
Brandon Crawford 223 San Francisco Giants
Oneil Cruz 220 Pittsburgh Pirates
Carlos Correa 220 Minnesota Twins

Who are the Lightest Shortstops in the MLB?

Here are the five lightest shortstops in Major League Baseball, all weighing 162 pounds or less.

Lightest Shortstops in the MLB
Player Weight Team
Maikel Garcia 145 Kansas City Royals
Livan Soto 160 Los Angeles Angels
Blaze Alexander 160 Arizona Diamondbacks
Juan Brito 162 Cleveland Guardians
Ezequiel Tovar 162 Colorado Rockies

Final Thoughts

So, what did I learn?

Overall, shortstops are one of the smallest position groups in baseball (and in pro sports in general). They’re the lightest position group on the baseball field and are essentially tied 2nd shortest with catchers (72.5 vs 72.49 for catchers) behind only 2nd basemen.

Maikel Garcia at just 145 pounds has to be one of the smallest professional athletes in any major sport.

Not all shortstops are small, though. Carlos Correa at 6’4″ and 220 pounds could easily pass as an NFL Tight End. And, Oneil Cruz at 6’7″ is one of the tallest players in the league (especially for position players).

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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Ryan Horton

Horton Barbell was created by Ryan Horton who has served as a Sports Performance Coach for almost 20 years. My mission is to create a training resource to help as many coaches and athletes as possible maximize athletic potential.

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