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Speed and stolen bases aren’t as prevalent in MLB as they were years ago, but the fastest players in the game still give their team a significant advantage in baserunning and in the field. These are the fastest players in 2022, according to Statcast sprint speed.

 

Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Royals

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Witt continues to progress in his rookie season, with 23 extra-base hits and eight stolen bases in his first 52 career games. The shortstop has shown off-the-charts athleticism, averaging 30.4 feet per second sprint speed.

 

Trea Turner, SS, Dodgers

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Turner has regularly been among the fastest players in his MLB career, and 2022 is no different. The star shortstop has 12 steals in 55 games and has over 200 stolen bases for his career.

 

Jorge Mateo, SS, Orioles

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Mateo has emerged as the regular shortstop for the rebuilding Orioles this season and has 13 stolen bases in 51 games. He once swiped 82 bases as a Yankees farmhand in 2015.

 

Jose Siri, OF, Astros

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Siri made some noise in last year’s playoffs and continues to play well off the Astros bench. He has six steals in 37 games and has averaged 30.2 feet per second sprint speed.

 

Eli White, OF, Rangers

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The speedy White has been a surprise regular for Texas. The Clemson alum has 12 stolen bases in 44 games, though his batting average is below .200.

 

Matt Vierling, OF, Phillies

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Vierling began the year as the Phils starting center field but has since been shuttled between Triple-A and the majors. He does have three steals in 58 career games since last season.

 

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8. Tyler O’Neill, OF, Cardinals

Tyler O'Neill, OF, Cardinals

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O’Neill is known for his muscular physique and big power with 34 home runs last season. He also swiped 15 bases and has swiped three bases in 33 games this year.

 

Edmundo Sosa, IF, Cardinals

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Sosa has gained playing time in St. Louis with Paul DeJong’s struggles and continues to run well. He has six stolen bases in 154 career games and has averaged 29.8 feet per second sprint speed.

 

Julio Rodriguez, OF, Mariners

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Rodriguez is the favorite to win AL Rookie of the Year, showing he can do it all on the field. The 21-year-old leads MLB with 17 stolen bases, also hitting .273-7-26.

 

Amed Rosario, SS, Guardians

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Rosario’s speed has allowed him to split time between shortstop and the outfield, while also putting up good stolen base numbers. He has 68 steals in 590 career games, including five steals this season.

 

Bradley Zimmer, OF, Blue Jays

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Zimmer has been a valuable bench player for Toronto after swiping 15 bases in 99 games with Cleveland last year. He has only one steal in 39 games so far this season but has averaged 29.5 feet per second sprint speed.

 

Derek Hill, OF, Tigers

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Hill has spent time patrolling center field for the Tigers and has three steals in 29 games. He’s stolen more than 20 bases five times in the minors.

 

Jeremy Pena, SS, Astros

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Pena remains a Rookie of the Year candidate after a fast start, with eight home runs and four stolen bases in 49 games. The shortstop stole 20 bases in the minors during the 2019 season.

 

Mike Trout, CF, Angels

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Trout doesn’t steal bases like he once did, but the superstar still runs very well. He has yet to swipe a base through 52 games played this season but did lead MLB back in his rookie season in 2012 with 49. Trout has 203 steals for his career.

 

Harrison Bader, CF, Cardinals

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Bader brings energy to center field and the Cardinals lineup with his elite speed. Through 53 games played, he was tied for the NL lead with 14 steals.

 

Ryan McKenna, UT, Orioles

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McKenna’s speed makes him a nice fit for utility work in Baltimore. He has only one steal in 126 career games but stole 20-plus bases twice in the minor leagues.

 

Jazz Chisholm, SS, Marlins

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Chisholm is quickly becoming the face of the Marlins, putting up big numbers early in the year. He leads MLB with four triples and also has nine stolen bases in 43 games. He’s shown off a blazing 29.2 feet per second average sprint.

 

Jon Berti, UT, Marlins

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Berti is well known for his base-stealing ability, with 43 career steals in 228 games. He already has eight steals this season, mostly playing off the bench.

 

Myles Straw, CF, Guardians

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Straw sets the table in the Guardians lineup. After stealing 30 bases between Houston and Cleveland last season, Straw has 11 steals in 51 games in 2022.

 

Jose Azocar, OF, Padres

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Azocar has been a valuable contributor as a rookie for San Diego. He has two steals on six attempts early this season over 41 games, averaging 29.2 feet per second sprint speed.

 

Kevin Kiermaier, CF, Rays

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Kiermaier is known as one of the best defensive center fielders in the game, with three Gold Gloves. He can also steal a base, doing so three times this season and 109 times for his career with his elite speed.

 

Lucius Fox, IF, Nationals

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Fox has appeared in the majors only briefly this year, swiping one base in 10 games. He’s appeared as a top prospect on occasion during his minor league career and has stolen over 20 bases four times in the minors.


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