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10 Shortest MLB Players of 2024 & All Time

In some sports, basketball in particular, height is a big advantage and a necessity for most positions. The average height for an NBA player is over 6 feet, 6 inches tall. When it comes to baseball, height or lack thereof, isn’t nearly as much an issue. The average height of a Major League Baseball player is around 6 feet, 2 inches, but there have been many players more than a half foot shorter that have played significant amount of time in the league.

Read on as we take a look at the current shortest MLB players.

Current Shortest MLB Players of 2024

Jose Altuve (5’ 6”)

Altuve is the best short player in MLB and perhaps the best in the history of the league.

He is an eight-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion, three-time batting champion, and 2017 AL MVP.

Altuve will be 34 years old next season, but still showed plenty at the plate last season, hitting .311 with 17 home runs in an injury-plagued 90 games. 

He continues to be clutch in the playoffs, belting four home runs in 11 postseason games this past season.

Tony Kemp (5’ 6”)

Mainly a utility player over an eight-year career, Kemp has seen significant time as a starter for the Oakland Athletics over the last three seasons.

Kemp is a versatile player who can play left field and second base but hasn’t produced at the plate. He is a career .238 hitter with 35 home runs in 1936 at-bats.

Kemp’s strength lies in his defensive ability, posting a career .987 fielding percentage.

Marcus Stroman (5’ 7”)

Stroman has had moderate success in his nine-year career as a starting pitcher. He’s won at least 10 games in a season five times and made two All-Star appearances, including last season. 

Stroman is currently a free agent and should get interest from some teams looking for a veteran back of the rotation pitcher.

He has a career record of 77-76 with a 3.65 ERA.

Kolten Wong (5’ 7”)

Wong has spent eight of his 11 MLB seasons with the Cardinals and split time with the Mariners and the Dodgers last season.

Wong went 0-for-3 in the playoffs with the Dodgers this past season. Wong is a two-time Gold Glove award winner and has a .256 career batting average with 85 home runs.

He is currently a free agent and at age 33 can provide veteran leadership on a contending team.

Eguy Rosario (5’ 7”)

The 23-year-old Rosario has seen little playing time at the MLB level since debuting in 2022.

He has appeared in 18 games, going 10-for-41 at the plate with two home runs.

Rosario is buried deep on the Padres depth chart, so it’s uncertain whether he will begin 2024 on their opening day roster.

Ozzie Albies (5’ 8”)

Albies has become a key component to the Braves ferocious offensive attack.

He had a career season in 2023, hitting .280 with 33 home runs and 109 RBI, both career highs. Albies was stifled by the Phillies in the playoffs, going 4-for-15 without an extra base hit.

At age 26, Albies is just beginning to enter his prime, which is great news for the Braves and bad for all the other teams.

Masataka Yoshida (5’ 8”)

After a successful career in Japan, Yoshida made his MLB debut with the Red Sox last season at the age of 30.

He showed great promise at the plate, hitting .289 with 33 doubles, 15 home runs and 72 RBI in 140 games.

Yoshida, who can play first base or serve as the designated hitter, is signed through the 2027 season.

Alejandro Kirk (5’ 8”)

Kirk made his MLB debut in 2020 but didn’t see his first significant playing time until 2022.

He made his first All-Star team that season, hitting .285 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI. His production tailed off last season to eight home runs and a .250 average, although he was a solid 2-for-6 in the playoffs.

Kirk is only 25 years old, and he has shown himself to be a solid backup catcher for the Blue Jays.

Donovan Solano (5’ 8”)

Donovan Solano with 6’5 Jacob Stallings, one of the tallest MLB players

Solano has played for five teams over a 10-year MLB career.

He hit .282 in 450 at-bats for the Twins last season and has 683 hits and a .279 career batting average.

Solano went 1-for-10 during the 2023 postseason. At 35-years old, Solano is currently a free agent.

Cedric Mullins (5’ 8”)

Mullins has played his entire six-year career with the Orioles. He was an All-Star in 2021, hitting 30 home runs and stealing 30 bases.

His production tailed off to 233 and 15 home runs last season and 0-for-12 in the postseason.

Despite the poor production last season, Mullins is listed as the starter on the Orioles depth chart in centerfield.

Josh Harrison (5’ 8”)

Harrison has played for six teams over a 13-year career but has seen most of his success with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He has 773 of his 1080 career hits and both his All-Star appearances with Pittsburgh.

The 36-year-old Harrison played for the Phillies last season and is now a free agent. It’s unsure whether or not he’ll try to latch on to team for the 2024 season.

Francisco Mejia (5’ 8”)

Mejia completed his seventh Major League season last year, hitting .227 with five home runs in 50 games for the Tampa Bay Rays.

His best season was in 2019 while with the Padres, hitting .265 with eight home runs in 79 games.

Mejia did not appear in the postseason in 2023 and it 0-for-3 in two postseason games for his career.

Nick Madrigal (5’ 8”)

Madrigal has spent his entire four-year MLB career in Chicago, the last two with the Cubs after starting his career with the White Sox.

He is a scrappy, contact hitter, striking out only once every 11 plate appearances for his career.

Madrigal has only four career home runs but is an excellent defensive player with a .983 career fielding percentage.

Nick Allen (5’ 8”)

Allen has played two MLB seasons with the Oakland Athletics. He has shown little at the plate, posting a career batting average of .214 and OPS of .549.

Allen has been more than adequate in the field, playing second base and shortstop with a career fielding percentage of .977.

The Athletics have plenty of room for improvement and Allen should be there during the growing process.

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There you have it! The shortest MLB players in 2024. Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments below!

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