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Interested in MLB 13 The Show player ratings? Our friend chrisjohnson83 (with the only confirmed copy of the game so far) has provided them to us. Below are the top rated players at each position, to see the rest of the player ratings, check out the MLB 13 The Show screenshots page.

Updated rosters will no doubt be released before the March 5th release date, so keep that in mind.

Top Rated Players at Each Position

Top Rated First Basemen
  • 99 Albert Pujols, Angels
  • 98 Joey Votto, Reds
  • 95 Prince Fielder, Tigers
  • 94 Paul Konerko, White Sox
  • 93 Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
  • 92 Corey Hart, Brewers
  • 92 Allen Craig, Cardinals
  • 91 Mark Teixeira, Yankees
  • 89 Mike Napoli, Boston
  • 88 Ryan Howard, Phillies
Top Rated Second Basemen
  • 99 Robinson Cano, Yankees
  • 98 Dustin Pedroia, Boston
  • 95 Ian Kinsler, Rangers
  • 93 Brandon Phillips, Reds
  • 90 Jose Altuve, Astros
  • 89 Ben Zobrist, Rays
  • 88 Chase Utley, Phillies
  • 88 Omar Infante, Tigers
  • 87 Emilio Bonifacio, Blue Jays
  • 87 Howie Kendrick, Rangers
Top Rated Third Basemen
  • 99 Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
  • 96 Adrian Beltre, Rangers
  • 93 Evan Longoria, Rays
  • 93 David Wright, Mets
  • 91 Chase Headley, Padres
  • 91 Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
  • 89 Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
  • 88 Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
  • 86 Pablo Sandoval, Giants
  • 85 Michael Young, Phillies
  • 85 David Freese, Cardinals
Top Rated Shortstops
  • 99 Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
  • 95 Jose Reyes, Blue Jays
  • 93 Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
  • 90 Derek Jeter, Yankees
  • 90 Starlin Castro, Cubs
  • 88 Elvis Andrus, Rangers
  • 88 Rafael Furcal, Cardinals
  • 88 Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers
  • 85 Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
  • 85 Erick Aybar, Angels
Top Rated Catchers
  • 99 Buster Posey, Giants
  • 98 Yadier Molina, Cardinals
  • 94 Carlos Ruiz, Phillies
  • 93 Joe Mauer, Twins
  • 93 Matt Wieters, O's
  • 87 Salvador Perez, Royals
  • 88 Brian McCann, Braves
  • 86 A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers
  • 86 Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
  • 86 Wilin Rosario, Rockies
Top Rated Left Fielders
  • 99 Mike Trout, Angels
  • 99 Ryan Braun, Brewers
  • 99 Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
  • 92 Yoenis, Cespedes, Oakland
  • 91 Matt Holliday, Cardinals
  • 87 Bryce Harper, Nationals
  • 86 Alfonso Soriano, Cubs
  • 86 Justin Upton, Braves
  • 85 Alex Gordon, Royals
  • 85 Josh Willingham, Twins
  • 85 David Murphy, Rangers
Top Rated Center Fielders
  • 99 Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
  • 99 Matt Kemp, Dodgers
  • 94 Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston
  • 91 Adam Jones, O's
  • 88 B.J. Upton, Braves
  • 87 Curtis Granderson, Yankees
  • 86 Shin-Soo Choo, Reds
  • 85 Coco Crisp, Oakland
  • 84 Austin Jackson, Tigers
  • 84 Angel Pagan, Giants
Top Rated Right Fielders
  • 99 Josh Hamilton, Angels
  • 98 Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
  • 98 Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
  • 95 Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
  • 93 Nelson Cruz, Rangers
  • 93 Jay Bruce, Reds
  • 91 Jason Heyward, Braves
  • 90 Alex Rios, White Sox
  • 90 Hunter Pence, Giants
  • 89 Torii Hunter, Tigers
  • 89 Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees
Top Rated Designated Hitters
  • 94 Billy Butler, Royals
  • 91 David Ortiz, Boston
  • 88 Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
  • 85 Kevin Youkilis, Yankees
  • 85 Victor Martinez, Tigers
  • 85 Kendrys Morales, Mariners
  • 84 Lance Berkman, Rangers
  • 83 Mark Trumbo, Angels
Top Rated Pitchers
  • 99 Jusin Verlander, Tigers
  • 99 Felix Hernandez, Mariners
  • 99 Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
  • 99 Aroldis Chapman, Reds
  • 99 Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
  • 97 David Price, Rays
  • 96 Chris Sale, White Sox
  • 96 Cliff Lee, Phillies
  • 96 C.C. Sabathia, Yankees
  • 96 Yu Darvish, Rangers
  • 96 Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
  • 95 Matt Kain, Giants
  • 95 Kris Medlen, Braves
  • 94 Rafael Betancourt, Rockies
  • 94 Mat Latos, Reds
  • 94 Zack Greinke, Dodgers
  • 94 Roy Halladay, Phillies
  • 94 Cole Hamels, Phillies
  • 94 Josh Johnson, Blue Jays
  • 94 James Shields, Royals
  • 93 Jered Weaver, Angels
  • 93 R.A. Dickey, Blue Jays
  • 90 Jake Peavy, White Sox
Top Rated Closers
  • 99 Craig Kimbrel, Braves
  • 97 Mariano Rivera, Yankees
  • 95 Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies
  • 96 Jason Motte, Cardinals
  • 95 Joel Hanrahan, Boston
  • 94 Sergio Romo, Giants
  • 93 Fernando Rodney, Rays
  • 93 J.J. Putz, Dbacks
  • 93 Greg Holland, Royals
  • 90 Glen Perkins, Twins
  • 92 Steve Cishek, Marlins
  • 92 John Axford, Brewers
  • 92 Tom Wilhelmsen, Mariners
  • 91 Grant Balfour, Oakland
  • 91 Joe Nathan, Rangers
  • 90 Ryan Madson, Angels
  • 89 Jose Veras, Astros
  • 88 Chris Perez, Indians
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# 81 SDPadres2012 @ 02/25/13 10:12 PM
I think 99% of the ratings are spot on. The few that make me scratch my head are Tom Wilhelmsen at a 93, Erasmo Ramirez at a 87, Clayton Richard at a 77 (Was by far best starter for Padres last year) and Kris Medlen, I mean he had one good half of a season and is ranked higher than Jered Weaver! Other than that, my applause to the SECA team!
 
# 82 Nooooovak @ 02/25/13 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by SDPadres2012
I think 99% of the ratings are spot on. The few that make me scratch my head are Tom Wilhelmsen at a 93, Erasmo Ramirez at a 87, Clayton Richard at a 77 (Was by far best starter for Padres last year) and Kris Medlen, I mean he had one good half of a season and is ranked higher than Jered Weaver! Other than that, my applause to the SECA team!
Richard isn't a head scratcher. Statistically, he had a pretty average season last year. A 77 is fine.
 
# 83 dcmantommy72 @ 02/25/13 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Nooooovak
From what I understand, it is just the number that caps, but you can still significantly improve them. If you have a player with completely maxed out stats, obviously he will be listed as a 99 overall, but he will probably play like a guy who is 110 or so. This is why I don't like the number ratings, specifically in terms of the overall rating. People put way too much emphasis on a single number, rather than the player's entire collection of attributes.
Yes the players individual ratings can improve so year one you have 17 players at 99 overall.. year 5 you might have 30.

your right tho its really up to the player to determine who is "better" for there needs when choosing between 10 99ovr players. I guess the "99" could be called "Elite", 98-92 "superstar", 92-87, "Allstar" so on... If you just had that instead of the OVR number system it would make sense. And would make you HAVE to look deeper into the players individual attribs. Oh dude I like that thought!
 
# 84 Dr.Livingdead @ 02/25/13 10:42 PM
Man, welcome to the AL West Houston. One win away from having 3 90+ win teams last year. Must have some die hard fans
 
# 85 gator3guy @ 02/25/13 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by detfan
Shouldn't Trout have to get a few more seasons in to see if what he was last year happens again?
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Originally Posted by mdlanni1
Mike Trout 99? Sure he had an amazing year but it's only his second year in the league. Look out for the ol' sophomore slump
No. He was the best player in the game last year. Called up a month into the season and was a full 2 wins better than the next closest guy.

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Originally Posted by cardinalbird7
Trout deserves a 99 based on defense,arm strength, and speed alone. Factor in his hitting and there is no doubt he is a 99. If anything Pujols shouldn't be a 99. Don't base their rating on something they did 2-3 years ago AKA A-Rod and Pujols. A guy that posted an .850 OPS is solid no doubt, but should not be 99 rated when players like Craig, Fielder, and Encarnacion all posted better numbers but are rated lower.
I am really glad some of you guys aren't in charge of rosters or work for SCEA. It would take players like Trout until MLB 15 before he gets his deserved rating.
Well his arm certainly didn't get him a 99 rating as that is his only average/below average tool.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Majingir
I know ppl don't like when a team that already has good players doesn't like the rating of one of their guys but....Lawrie probably should be higher based on how other 3B are rated. On multiple fantasy rankings from sites like yahoo and espn, he's rated a top 103B.

Though if it makes you feel better...Bonifacio should be fairly lower. I'd put Bonifacio at like 80 and Lawrie at 85.

Though not gonna care bout these things now, especially when SCEA said that rating system was done way diff this year. Cause depending on a players position and stuff, certain attributes impact their ratings alot. Cause Lawrie had most errors committed as a 3B, but he's also had top 10 fielding% of all 3B. So I'm guessing the errors played a big role in his fielding rating which did hurt his overall rating.
That's the arument you're bringing to the table? Look he's a talented player no doubt, but he was average at best last year. Didn't walk and didn't show the pop he showed in his debut. I fully expect him to turn it around, but he's about right as is.

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Originally Posted by WickedFastball
OK, it looks great. But I do have an issue: Anthony Rizzo vs Mike Trout
337 AB vs 559 AB_ .342 OBP vs .399 OBP_ .463 SLG vs .564 SLG
15 HR (over 200 less at bats) vs 30 HR
Now we all know the Cubs.....well BLOW, so I'm not taking into account RBI's, But here is my point How is Rizzo only a 79? I'm just saying from all the stuff I have read in Baseball America, had he played a whole season like Trout had he might have taken a swing at ROY on his own. Im not taking away from Trout, i'm just saying that 79 is a bit of an injustice. And before you say "Defense!" sure, but Rizzo is a 1st baseman, and therefore D doesn't factor into the rating as much.
If they gave Trout a 99 than Rizzo should have been at least an 88, but it really should be Trout 94 Rizzo 84
I won't even bother arguing this too much, but besides having a much better offensive and defensive season at a much more valuable position, he also lead the league in stolen bases after missing the first month of the season.

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Originally Posted by WickedFastball
In MLB The Show 11 Ubaldo Jimeniz was given the "Top Pitcher Award"
But only 2 years later he is rated an 81.
Did you watch him pitch last year?

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Originally Posted by slickkill77
Adam Jones has done really well for many years. His only real flaw from what I've seen are his lack of walks. Jackson hasn't been good long enough to be rated higher than him imo
His defense is his real flaw.
 
# 86 slickkill77 @ 02/25/13 11:10 PM
Unfortunately defense means little in the show. All you need to be is a big power hitter and you'll be highly rated
 
# 87 thrasher8 @ 02/25/13 11:34 PM
Thanks for the post! Interested in progression. Are you able to post a pic of maybe the top 50 players (ratings wise) in whatever year you have simmed to? (2017 etc.)

Thanks again!
 
# 88 ondreythegiant @ 02/26/13 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by WickedFastball
I never said they shouldn't take Trout over anyone. I said it is ridiculous to give a player a 99 rating after one year. Just because I used Rizzo as an example, does not make me a Cubs fan. I'm no more a Cubs fan than the Devs are Red Sox fans. Seriously though, the point I was making is that this whole 99 rating feels a little bias. But after reading this thread, I believe that if I wanted to look for an UNBIAS opinion, this is NOT THE PLACE TO LOOK.
It doesn't matter if it was his first year or fifth year, the ratings are based off of what the player did in the previous season. Trout had a historic year and would've been MVP if Cabrera didn't win the Triple Crown. So if it took a Triple Crown to keep the MVP away from him, and Cabrera is a 99, it seems fitting.
 
# 89 cardinalbird7 @ 02/26/13 12:59 AM
Can't believe you are still arguing about Trout. He had one of the best years ever. Also was 10+ wins above replacement. If it was Pujols sophomore year he'd be a 99 too. There is no bias there. This isn't the HOF we are talking about. Players don't have to be dominant for 3-4 years to be considered the best. In fact the only thing I disagree with on the Angels roster is Pujols being a 99, because that means they probably overrated his contact or power vs righties.

It isn't like they give out the overall ratings to individuals. They simply do each individual rating based on that position. It just so happens to work out that Trout is a 99 once you include his speed, fielding, arm, power, contact, plate disc, plate vision, baserunning, clutch, etc. They don't see a list of players and go "well trout is a 99, uhh aybar he is about an 89, and pujols is definitely a 99." That isn't how it works at all.
 
# 90 Nooooovak @ 02/26/13 01:36 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by WickedFastball
But didnt you just contradict yourself? You just said you disagree with him being a 99, but yet he IS A 99? Humm....?
You completely missed the point of what he was saying. The last sentence was him speaking from the viewpoint of the people who make the ratings and had nothing to do with his opinion of Pujols at all.

He is saying that they do the individual ratings and those end up adding up to a 99 overall. They don't sit around saying, "we believe Player X is a 99 overall, so we are going to edit him to make him as such"
 
# 91 ParisB @ 02/26/13 02:07 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by WickedFastball
And you are missing my point
If people disagree that Pujols should be a 99 than why is he? If they (the Devs) don't say "Oh, Pujols should be a 99" than what did they say? Why IS he a 99? Don't tell me how I'm missing someone else's point, when you are missing mine
Because probably only a healthy Votto is better than him. People focus on his "decline" but overlook that he's still an elite player. He had a disastrous April last year for many reasons, yet still finished with solid numbers. From May through September he was as good as anyone. Unfortunately by then he was overshadowed by Trout, who established himself as the best all around player in baseball.
 
# 92 cardinalbird7 @ 02/26/13 03:46 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by WickedFastball
And you are missing my point
If people disagree that Pujols should be a 99 than why is he? If they (the Devs) don't say "Oh, Pujols should be a 99" than what did they say? Why IS he a 99? Don't tell me how I'm missing someone else's point, when you are missing mine
Because I have edited and trained enough players in DD to know what constitutes a 99 at the 1b position. I am guessing they most likely put his contact and plate disc higher than what it should be. As for centerfielders and SS's....it is really easy to make them 99's. It really is about speed, defense, baserunning, and contact for them.

You may be right though. I haven't seen his individual ratings. He may have things like durability, base running aggressiveness, and clutch be 90+ which doesn't do much for gameplay, but would certainly boost his overall.

Here is what Trout's and Pujols' offensive ratings should be IMO:

Contact vs RHP: 97
Contact vs LHP: 70
Power vs RHP: 95
Power vs LHP: 79
Plate vision: 72
Plate discipline: 80

Pujols:

Contact vs RHP: 77
Contact vs LHP: 79
Power vs RHP: 80
Power vs LHP: 98
Plate vision: 96
Plate discipline: 70

If they look something like that then I think it is fair. The thing is Trout is going to have a lot higher attributes in speed, baserunning, arm slightly, etc. Heck McCutchen ended up being a 99 overall last year and his offensive attributes aren't even that great. 77, 87, 62, 72, 68, 79 for contact, power, pvis, and pdisc. Trout was a 99 for the last roster update too. Thing is people go crazy over numbers for some reason, but they didn't complain once last year when they weren't used.
 
# 93 Cavicchi @ 02/26/13 06:23 AM
I can deal with Trout being a 99, but Chapman? How can a starter be 99 when all he did was relief work? Chapman is listed with pitchers, not closers.
 
# 94 3fiddy @ 02/26/13 10:37 AM
These ratings really look like they take into effect the last 3 years and IF the player can play lights out. Some of the 99s could play like a hall of famer one day an completely opposite the next. (Hamilton) Jeckyl and Hyde if you will. The 99 playing ability has to be unlocked even if they don't play that way all the time. Players that will win games single handidly. Which is why there are spots for Adam Dunn , Carlos Quentin. Maybe why the power Hitters rated so high.
 
# 95 3fiddy @ 02/26/13 10:41 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by 3fiddy
These ratings really look like they take into effect the last 3 years and IF the player can play lights out. Some of the 99s could play like a hall of famer one day an completely opposite the next. (Hamilton) Jeckyl and Hyde if you will. The 99 playing ability has to be unlocked even if they don't play that way all the time. Players that will win games single handidly. Which is why there are spots for Adam Dunn , Carlos Quentin. Maybe why the power Hitters rated so high.
I personally try to fill my team with players able to win the game alone and hopefully between 25 guys we get 90 wins.
 
# 96 slickkill77 @ 02/26/13 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by ballaholic04
Is there an option to turn off number ratings? Hate it.
Yes. You can do just the bars
 
# 97 Nooooovak @ 02/26/13 12:08 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ballaholic04
I think I am speaking for everyone when I say : "can you guys shut up!?".
Arguing over the overall ratings without seeing their attributes is silly.
Agreed. This is why I loved the bar system. Way less complaining.
 
# 98 Knight165 @ 02/26/13 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by slickkill77
Yes. You can do just the bars
No...you cannot unfortunately.

M.K.
Knight165
 
# 99 cardinalbird7 @ 02/26/13 12:49 PM
Just look at the bars and ignore the number. The overall means very little to me. McCutchen and Kemp are both 99's, but I'd take Kemp any day over him on this game.
 
# 100 bayman @ 02/26/13 12:51 PM
Time to go back to the drawing board for your ratings system when Darvish with his one ok year is rated higher than both Jered Weaver and Matt Cain who each have had much better seasons than his one year for each of the past 3 years. There isn't enough peripheral stats in the world to justify that balance.
 


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