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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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Member Comments
# 101 WickedFastball @ 02/26/13 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Nooooovak
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"
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
 
# 102 ParisB @ 02/26/13 02:07 AM
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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.
 
# 103 cardinalbird7 @ 02/26/13 03:46 AM
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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.
 
# 104 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.
 
# 105 WickedFastball @ 02/26/13 07:59 AM
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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.
I agree, I am starting to think that there should be two "overall numbers" One for D and One for O. The two numbers shouldn't have any effect on one an other.
 
# 106 WickedFastball @ 02/26/13 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by cardinalbird7
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.
I don't think you and I are as far away in thinking as it seams.
I believe judging a player solely on one year is a little much, but I also think that in the future, perhaps ratings should be split into defense and offense, and not blended together to form one overall number.
 
# 107 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.
 
# 108 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.
 
# 109 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
 
# 110 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.
 
# 111 Knight165 @ 02/26/13 12:08 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by slickkill77
Yes. You can do just the bars
No...you cannot unfortunately.

M.K.
Knight165
 
# 112 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.
 
# 113 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.
 
# 114 DanH35 @ 02/26/13 01:34 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by bayman
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.
Looking at some of the stats, I'd pick Darvish over the other two. Going on last year's stats, Darvish had 5.1 fWAR, Cain had 3.8 (his career high was 5.0), and Weaver had 3.0 (his career high was 5.6). The only stat that I looked at where Cain and Weaver are clearly better was BB/9, where they were both 2 walks per 9 better than Darvish. Darvish had a clear advantage in K/9, in 2012, Darvish was at 10.4, Cain was 7.9, and Weaver was 6.7. They were all close in average against. Even though he pitches in a better hitters park, Darvish has a lower HR/9 (.66) than Cain (.86) and Weaver (.95).

I know that Darvish has only put those numbers up for one year, but in the past, The Show seemed to under-rate players with less experience, and I'm actually glad to see players like Harper, Trout, Medlen, and Darvish being given credited for the numbers they have put up.
 
# 115 Cavicchi @ 02/26/13 01:37 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by DanH35
Looking at some of the stats, I'd pick Darvish over the other two. Going on last year's stats, Darvish had 5.1 fWAR, Cain had 3.8 (his career high was 5.0), and Weaver had 3.0 (his career high was 5.6). The only stat that I looked at where Cain and Weaver are clearly better was BB/9, where they were both 2 walks per 9 better than Darvish. Darvish had a clear advantage in K/9, in 2012, Darvish was at 10.4, Cain was 7.9, and Weaver was 6.7. They were all close in average against. Even though he pitches in a better hitters park, Darvish has a lower HR/9 (.66) than Cain (.86) and Weaver (.95).

I know that Darvish has only put those numbers up for one year, but in the past, The Show seemed to under-rate players with less experience, and I'm actually glad to see players like Harper, Trout, Medlen, and Darvish being given credited for the numbers they have put up.
Well, Trout had Slugging at .598 and OPS at .998 and has power versus righties at 72.
 
# 116 seanjeezy @ 02/26/13 01:46 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by bayman
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.
In The Show, ERA (which is what you seem to basing your argument on) is not an attribute, but K/9, BB/9, H/9, and HR/9 are... Darvish has a much higher K rate, lower HR rate, and a comparable average against compared to Weaver and Cain. He has a much higher walk rate but that's offset by the huge difference in strikeouts. Darvish also has much better stuff, so him being rated higher makes sense to me...
 
# 117 cardinalbird7 @ 02/26/13 02:09 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by bayman
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.
I'd take Darvish any day over Cain. Weaver it is close. Darvish pitches in one of the better hitter's parks and had incredible numbers. His strikeouts per nine was crazy!
 
# 118 cardinalbird7 @ 02/26/13 02:15 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cavicchi
Well, Trout had Slugging at .598 and OPS at .998 and has power versus righties at 72.
Trout also had nearly a .600 SLG vs RHP. I projected him to have 90+ power, but I also bet a lot of his SLG points were due to his speed. I still feel like 72 is too low though. Curious to see what he hits vs lefties, because his SLG was nearly .100 lower.
 
# 119 Cavicchi @ 02/26/13 02:20 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by cardinalbird7
Trout also had nearly a .600 SLG vs RHP. I projected him to have 90+ power, but I also bet a lot of his SLG points were due to his speed. I still feel like 72 is too low though. Curious to see what he hits vs lefties, because his SLG was nearly .100 lower.
What I posted above was Trout's numbers last year against righties. I also feel 72 versus righties for power is too low. I wonder what they gave Harper?
 
# 120 cardinalbird7 @ 02/26/13 02:28 PM
Maybe they look at more than just SLG when it comes to power. A guy with 99 contact, 50 power, 99 speed playing at a big park would probably post a better slugging than someone with 70 contact 90 power 20 speed or something along those lines.

Theoretically, a great single hitter could have a slugging near .500-.600 range, but I don't think that justifies them being a 90+ in power.

With all that being said though, Trout did have 30+ HR's, so hopefully he will be 80+ against RHP with the updates.
 


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