The 21 Fastest Athletes in Pro Sports

Since the dawn of sport, speed has been an advantage. These 21 pro athletes have the type of blazing speed that strikes fear into the heart of their opponents.

Byron Buxton

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Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton is the fastest man in baseball.

According to the MLB Sprintcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard, no MLB player has logged a faster foot speed in 2018 than Buxton's 30.5 feet per second. 

He ranked second on the leaderboard in 2017 and first in 2016, so it's safe to say this is no fluke. 

The Minnesota Twins centerfielder utilizes his speed to deadly effect on the base paths. He swiped 29 bags last season and was thrown out on a measly 3.33% of his stolen base attempts. 

But his fleet-footed nature also allows him to cover a ridiculous amount of ground in the outfield. His 29 Outs Above Average in 2017—a defensive metric which measures a player's range—was far and away the best in the MLB.

At Appling County High School (Baxley, Georgia), Buxton once clocked a 4.37 in the 40-Yard Dash. 

His senior year of high school, Buxton hit .513 with 35 RBIs to lead the Pirates to the state title. 

He was also a standout on the football field, earning all-region honors at quarterback.

Earlier this year, Buxton said it was a goal of his to steal 50 bases in a season.

Brian Dozier, his Minnesota Twins teammate, believes he's capable of twice that number. "Why don't he steal 100? I'm not going to put a ceiling on that guy. You're only scratching the surface with what that guy can accomplish," Dozier recently told StarTribune.com.


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