MLB Player Heights

Uncovering the Giants and Miniatures of the Diamond: A Look at the Tallest and Shortest MLB Players in 2023
Written by Mark Bailey
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One of the many fascinating aspects of baseball is the players themselves, particularly their height. For years, people have wondered about the correlation between height and success in the sport.

Are taller players more successful? Do shorter players have an advantage in certain positions?

To answer these questions and more, we’ve analyzed the data and compiled a comprehensive look at MLB player heights and their statistics. So, whether you’re a die-hard fan or simply curious about the sport, this blog post is a must-read!

Tallest Player in MLB

The tallest player in MLB for the 2023 season is Sean Hjelle, standing at 6′ 11″.

Here is list of all the tallest players (everyone 6′ 7″ and over):

Sean HjelleSan Francisco GiantsP6′ 11″
Bailey OberMinnesota TwinsP6′ 9″
Tyler WellsBaltimore OriolesP6′ 8″
Chris MartinBoston Red SoxP6′ 8″
Sean ReynoldsMiami MarlinsP6′ 8″
Trevor MegillMinnesota TwinsP6′ 8″
Stephen RidingsNew York MetsP6′ 8″
Michel BaezSan Diego PadresP6′ 8″
Tyler GlasnowTampa Bay RaysP6′ 8″
Jackson RutledgeWashington NationalsP6′ 8″
Miguel CastroArizona DiamondbacksP6′ 7″
Michael TonkinAtlanta BravesP6′ 7″
Gavin HollowellColorado RockiesP6′ 7″
Forrest WhitleyHouston AstrosP6′ 7″
Tylor MegillNew York MetsP6′ 7″
Bryce Montes de OcaNew York MetsP6′ 7″
Aaron JudgeNew York YankeesCF6′ 7″
Domingo AcevedoOakland AthleticsP6′ 7″
Kyle MullerOakland AthleticsP6′ 7″
A.J. PukOakland AthleticsP6′ 7″
James McArthurPhiladelphia PhilliesP6′ 7″
Oneil CruzPittsburgh PiratesSS6′ 7″
Colin HoldermanPittsburgh PiratesP6′ 7″
Chris ClarkeSeattle MarinersP6′ 7″
Adam WainwrightSt. Louis CardinalsP6′ 7″
Zach ThompsonToronto Blue JaysP6′ 7″

Shortest Player in MLB

The shortest player in MLB for the 2023 season is a tie between Jose Altuve and Tony Kemp, both standing at 5′ 6″.

Here is list of all the shortest players (everyone 5′ 8″ and under):

Jose AltuveHouston Astros2B5′ 6″
Tony KempOakland Athletics2B5′ 6″
Marcus StromanChicago CubsP5′ 7″
Kolten WongSeattle Mariners2B5′ 7″
Ozzie AlbiesAtlanta Braves2B5′ 8″
Chadwick TrompAtlanta BravesC5′ 8″
Cedric MullinsBaltimore OriolesCF5′ 8″
Ceddanne RafaelaBoston Red Sox3B5′ 8″
Masataka YoshidaBoston Red SoxOF5′ 8″
Nick MadrigalChicago Cubs2B5′ 8″
Leury GarciaChicago White Sox2B5′ 8″
Rylan BannonHouston Astros3B5′ 8″
Nick AllenOakland AthleticsSS5′ 8″
Josh HarrisonPhiladelphia Phillies2B5′ 8″
Jonatan ClaseSeattle MarinersOF5′ 8″
Francisco MejíaTampa Bay RaysC5′ 8″
Alejandro KirkToronto Blue JaysC5′ 8″

Average Height of MLB Players 2023

The average height of MLB players for the 2023 season is 6’2″.

The data for the 2023 season shows that the average height of MLB players is between 6′ and 6’4″, with the highest count being for 6’2″.

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Average Height of MLB Players by Position: 2023

The average height of MLB players in the 2023 season by position is as follows:

average height by position
Pitcher6 feet 3 inches
First Baseman6 feet 2 inches
Designated Hitter6 feet 2 inches
Right Fielder6 feet 2 inches
Center Fielder6 feet 1 inch
Left Fielder6 feet 1 inch
Third Baseman6 feet 1 inch
Catcher6 feet 0 inches
Shortstop6 feet 0 inches
Outfielder6 feet 0 inches
Second Baseman5 feet 11 inches
  • Pitchers (P) and First Basemen (1B) both have an average height of 6.2 feet, while Designated Hitters (DH) also average 6.2 feet.
  • Right Fielders (RF), Center Fielders (CF), and Left Fielders (LF) all have an average height of 6.1 feet. Third Basemen (3B) also average 6.1 feet.
  • Catchers (C) and Shortstops (SS) have an average height of 6.0 feet, and Outfielders (OF) also average 6.0 feet.
  • Second Basemen (2B) have the shortest average height, at 5.9 feet.

These statistics provide a snapshot of the average height of players in each position in the 2023 season and highlight some of the differences between positions. It’s interesting to note that there is not a significant difference in height between positions, with most positions averaging between 6.0 and 6.2 feet.