Jared Beck Becomes Tallest Player in the MLB and 25 Other VERY Tall Baseball Players

Jared Beck Becomes Tallest Player in the MLB and 25 Other VERY Tall Baseball Players

The Baltimore Orioles were eyeing history with their 13th round pick in this year’s amateur draft, selecting pitcher Jared Beck out of Saint Leo University. If he were to make it to the major leagues, he would become the tallest player in MLB history – the 22-year-old is listed at 7’0’’ tall. 

Beck finished the 2022 Division II collegiate season with a 4-4 record in 13 starts, throwing a 3.95 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 68⅓ innings pitched – that’s 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed, being named to the All-SSC second team during the 2022 campaign.

He also played nine games for Saint Leo in 2021, as well as 13 games with the Savannah Bananas – where he became a hot topic for their heavy presence on social media. Beck also has a history with basketball, golf, and even tennis while at Davenport North High School. 

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Jared Beck Isn’t the Only Tall Baseball Player

Jared Beck Becomes Tallest Player in the MLB and 25 Other VERY Tall Baseball Players
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Jared Beck has an opportunity to do what no other seven-footer has done – play in the major leagues. Loek van Mil (Minnesota Twins) and Ryan Doherty (Arizona Diamondbacks) – both of whom stand 7’1’’ – made it to the minor leagues, but never made that jump to the majors. 

The good news is Jared Beck has his sights set high, often speaking of his admiration for Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson – who was 6’10’’ and is one of the tallest MLB players of all-time, but we’ll get to that in a second. What’s important is that Beck is studying all the right pitchers. 

While Jared Beck would be the tallest to ever play, he hasn’t quite gotten there yet. While we wait to see if he can take that next step towards the major leagues, let’s take a look at some of the tallest baseball players to ever play in the MLB – it’s no NBA, but you’ll be surprised. 

25. OF Walt Bond – 6’7’’

Walt Bond was a 6’7’’, 228-pound outfielder who played six seasons in the major leagues between 1960 and 1967. He had his best season in 1964 when he had a .254 batting average, 20 home runs, 85 RBIs, and 63 runs scored. He finished his career with a .254 batting average and 307 hits, 41 home runs, 179 runs batted in, and 149 runs scored in 365 games played. 

24. P Michael Pineda – 6’7’’

Michael Pineda is a 6’7’’, 280-pound starting pitcher who currently plays for the Detroit Tigers. He’s playing in his ninth season in the major leagues and has a 64-60 record in 180 games played. Through 1,004.2 inning pitched, he has a 4.03 ERA and 963 strikeouts. Unfortunately, he isn’t having a productive 2022 campaign at 2-6 with a 5.27 ERA in 10 games (42.2 innings). 

23. CF Aaron Judge – 6’7’’

Aaron Judge is a 6’7’’, 282-pound center fielder who currently plays for the New York Yankees. Currently in his seventh season in the major leagues, Judge has a career .279 batting average with 679 hits, 197 home runs, 449 runs batted in, 484 runs scored, and 34 stolen bases. He leads the major leagues in home runs (39) and runs scored (82), and leads the AL in RBIs (83) this season. 

22. P Adam Wainwright – 6’7’’

Adam Wainwright is a 6’7’’, 230-pound starting pitcher who currently plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. Currently in his 17th season in the major leagues, Wainwright has a career 191-113 record, 3.35 ERA, 2,103 strikeouts, 28 complete games, and 11 shutouts in 2,499.0 innings pitched. He’s a three-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, and World Series champ. 

21. LF Frank Howard – 6’7’’

Frank Howard is a 6’7’’, 255-pound outfielder who played 16 seasons in the major leagues between 1958 and 1973 – most notably with the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished his career with a .273 batting average and 1,774 hits, 382 home runs, 1,119 runs batted in, and 864 runs scored. He was the Rookie of the Year in 1960 and won the 1963 World Series.

20. SS Oneil Cruz – 6’7’’

Oneil Cruz is a 6’7’’, 220-pound shortstop who’s currently playing in his first full season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. After batting .333 with three hits, one home run, and three RBIs in two games in 2021, Cruz is now batting .214 with 25 hits, six home runs, 22 RBIs, and 16 runs scored in 31 games in 2022. At just 23 years old, he has a lot of time left to settle in – which he should soon. 

19. 3B Ryan Minor – 6’7’’

Ryan Minor was a 6’7’’, 225-pound third baseman who played four seasons in the major leagues between 1998 and 2001 – three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and one with the Montreal Expos. He finished his career with a .177 batting average and 56 hits, five home runs, 27 RBIs, and 30 runs scored in 142 games played. He never played more than 55 games in one season.

18. 1B Tony Clark – 6’8’’

Tony Clark was a 6’8’’, 205-pound first baseman who played 15 seasons in the major leagues between 1995 and 2009. He finished his career with a .262 batting average and 1,188 hits, 251 home runs, 824 runs batted in, 629 runs scored, and six stolen bases. He was also named an All-Star in 2001 when he batted .287 with 16 home runs, 75 runs batted in, and 67 runs scored.

17. P Chris Martin – 6’8’’

Chris Martin is a 6’8’’, 225-pound relief pitcher who currently plays for the Chicago Cubs. Currently in his seventh season in the major leagues, Martin has a 6-15 career record in 243 games played and 226.1 innings pitched. He has thrown 227 strikeouts and has a career 4.10 ERA. He recently won the 2021 World Series with the Cubs, where he threw two strikeouts in 2.1 innings pitched. 

16. DH Nate Freiman – 6’8’’

Nate Freiman was a 6’8’’, 245-pound designated hitter who played two seasons in the major leagues in 2013 and 2014 – both seasons with the Oakland Athletics. In 116 games played, he had a .256 batting average and 71 hits, nine home runs, 39 RBIs, and 22 runs scored. He continued to play in the minor leagues and even the Mexican League up until 2017. 

15. P Brad Wieck – 6’8’’

Brad Wieck is a 6’8’’, 257-pound relief pitcher who currently plays for the Chicago Cubs – that’s right, he’s teammates with another pitching giant, Chris Martin. Currently in his fourth season in the major leagues, Wieck has a career 2-2 record in 65 games played and 59.2 innings pitched. He has thrown 89 strikeouts and has a 3.77 ERA. Unfortunately, he’s on the 60-day IL.

14. P Logan Ondrusek – 6’8’’

Logan Ondrusek was a 6’8’’, 230-pound relief pitcher who played six seasons in the major leagues between 2010 and 2016 – most notably with the Cincinnati Reds. He finished his career with a 21-11 record, 4.03 ERA, and 218 strikeouts in 277.0 innings pitched (288 games played). He had a superb rookie season where he went 5-0 in 60 games (58.2 innings pitched). 

13. P Dellin Betances – 6’8’’

Dellin Betances is a 6’8’’, 265-pound relief pitcher who currently plays in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization. He played 10 seasons in the major leagues between 2011 and 2021, most notably with the New York Yankees. In 374 major league games, Betances has a 21-23 record, 2.53 ERA, and 633 strikeouts in 394.1 innings pitched. He’s a four-time All-Star.

12. P Tyler Glasnow – 6’8’’

Tyler Glasnow is a 6’8’’, 225-pound starting pitcher who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rays – though he’s on the 60-day IL right now. He has a 5-2 record this season and a 16-4 record in the past three seasons, which is an improvement after going 4-16 in his first three seasons. Unfortunately, he has struggled to stay healthy and has only played 37 games since 2019.

11. 1B Richie Sexson – 6’8’’

Richie Sexson was a 6’8’’, 205-pound first baseman who played 12 seasons in the major leagues between 1997 and 2008. He finished his career with a .261 batting average and 1,286 hits, 306 home runs, 943 runs batted in, 748 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 1,367 games played. Nicknamed ‘Big Sexy,’ he earned back-to-back All-Star selections in 2002 and 2003. 

10. P Mark Hendrickson – 6’9’’

Mark Hendrickson was a 6’9’’, 240-pound pitcher who played 10 seasons in the major leagues between 2002 and 2011. He finished his career with a 58-74 record, 5.03 ERA, and 666 strikeouts in 1,169.0 innings pitched (328 games played). He had double-digit wins in two straight seasons with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004 and 2005 – going 21-23 in that span.

9. P Tayron Guerrero – 6’9’’

Tayron Guerrero was a 6’9’’, 225-pound relief pitcher who played three seasons in the major leagues – making his MLB debut on May 17, 2016 and playing in his final game on September 28, 2019. During that time, he had a 2-5 record, 6.26 ERA, and 111 strikeouts in 106.0 innings pitched (113 games played). He was nicknamed ‘El De Bocachica,’ a nod to his hometown of Boca Chica, Colombia.

8. P Andrew Brackman – 6’10’’

Andrew Brackman was a 6’10’’, 230-pound pitcher who played just three games with the New York Yankees during the 2011 season. He pitched 2.1 innings, walking three batters and allowing one hit. He never surrendered a run, but that was all the MLB action he would receive. Brackman is a former two-sport athlete at North Carolina State University, playing basketball and baseball. 

7. P Andrew Sisco – 6’10’’

Andrew Sisco was a 6’10’’, 270-pound relief pitcher who played three seasons in the major leagues – making his major league debut on April 4, 2005 and playing in his final game on May 27, 2007. During that time, he had a 3-9 record, 5.18 ERA, and 141 strikeouts in 147.2 innings pitched (151 games played). He also played in the minor leagues, Korea, Taiwan, and China.

6. P Aaron Slegers – 6’10’’

Aaron Slegers is a 6’10’’, 260-pound relief pitcher who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rays – that’s right, Tyler Glasnow isn’t the tallest player on the Rays. Slegers is in the midst of his fifth season in the major leagues. He has a 3-4 record in his career, throwing a 5.46 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 89.0 innings pitched (49 games played). He hasn’t played in 2022 yet, due to injury.

5. P Eric Hillman – 6’10’’

Eric Hillman was a 6’10’’, 235-pound starting pitcher who played three seasons in the major leagues – making his MLB debut on May 18, 1992 and playing his final game on May 30, 1994. During that time, he had a 4-14 record, 4.85 ERA, and 96 strikeouts in 232.0 innings pitched (49 games played). He had an opportunity to prove himself in 1993, but went 2-9 in 27 games (22 starts). 

4. P Chris Young – 6’10’’

Chris Young was a 6’10’’, 255-pound starting pitcher who played 13 seasons in the major leagues between 2004 and 2017. He finished his career with a 79-67 record, 3.95 ERA, and 1,062 strikeouts in 1,297.2 innings pitched (271 games played). He had double-digit wins in four different seasons – with four different teams. He was an All-Star in 2007 and won the 2015 World Series with the Kansas City Royals. 

3. P Randy Johnson – 6’10’’

Randy Johnson was a 6’10’’, 225-pound starting pitcher who played 22 seasons in the major leagues. During that time, he had a 303-166 record, 3.29 ERA, and 4,875 strikeouts in 4,135.1 innings (618 games). He was a five-time Cy Young winner, 10-time All-Star, World Series champ, World Series MVP, Triple Crown winner, and Hall of Famer who led the league in ERA four times. 

2. P Sean Hjelle – 6’11’’

Sean Hjelle is a 6’11’’, 228-pound relief pitcher who currently plays for the San Francisco Giants. The 25-year-old is seeing his first look at the major leagues this season and has already appeared in three games – he has a 0-1 record, 9.00 ERA, and nine strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched. Only time will tell if he settles into a permanent role with the Giants, or another team. 

1. P Jon Rauch – 6’11’’

Jon Rauch was a 6’11’’, 290-pound relief pitcher who played 11 seasons in the major leagues – making his MLB debut on April 2, 2002 and playing his final game on May 17, 2013. He finished his career with a 43-40 record, 3.90 ERA, and 475 strikeouts in 595.0 innings pitched (556 games). He led all major league pitchers in games played (88) in 2007 with the Washington Nationals.

What’s Next for Jared Beck and the Baltimore Orioles?

Jared Beck Becomes Tallest Player in the MLB and 25 Other VERY Tall Baseball Players
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Jared Beck was one of seven pitchers selected by the Baltimore Orioles in rounds 11-20 of this year’s amateur draft – they drafted 12 pitchers overall. While he dropped to the 13th round, he’s getting more media attention than any of the other pitchers drafted by the Orioles this year. 

“Obviously, he’s a little bit of a bigger guy, and that might take a little bit more, I guess, in terms of delivery, refining his mechanics. But we have faith in our player-development staff, our pitching coaches, that they’ll be able to get the most out of his ability,” said Orioles Draft director Brad Ciolek.

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He certainly has a lot of upside. Aside from his size, he has a fastball that currently gets up to 95 mph – and will only get better with the right coaching. He also has a breaking ball and changeup that could use some work, but the arsenal is there. All he has to do now is make something of it.

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