Two-way Players

Definition

Prior to the 2020 season, Major League Baseball instituted a rule requiring all MLB teams to designate every player on the active roster as either a pitcher or a position player. Those designated as position players would have been unable to pitch unless it was extra innings, their team was ahead or trailing by more than six runs, or they had qualified as a two-way player. To qualify for the two-way designation, a player would have needed to pitch 20 Major League innings and have 20 games played as a position player or designated hitter, with at least three plate appearances in each of those 20 games, in either the current or previous MLB season.

However, this rule will no longer be in place for the 2020 season as part of MLB's health and safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.