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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
To see all the MLB 13 The Show player ratings, check out the screenshots. Thanks again to chrisjohnson83, you can follow him on Twitter, right here.

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# 141 bdubz91 @ 02/27/13 02:47 AM
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Originally Posted by royals852
Im afraid to say what i want to say. Cause id rather not be banned. So. ill just shut up now.
So a pitcher of his caliber doesn't deserve respect in regards to his name? Roger that.
 
# 142 12 @ 02/27/13 03:04 AM
As an M's fan...

Ratings seem to be too high. Ackley is an 84 and Montero is an 85. Both are young and will hopefully turn into very good hitters, but that seems high when you look at the seasons they posted a year ago. Especially considering Seager was given a 73, which seems a bit low when looking at the other ratings.

I am sure there is an explanation because I don't think ratings are strictly black and white here, much like Madden...

Either way, we have the capability to edit ratings if we don't like them...

Very cool to see all of them. Can't wait until March 5!
 
# 143 cardinalbird7 @ 02/27/13 03:41 AM
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Originally Posted by bayman
His WHIP was 54th according to ESPN, good theory on top 10 though. Weaver also had to pitch against the best or damn close to it lineup everytime he pitched in Anaheim. (or Texas whichever) Any more stats you want to makeup and/or cherry pick?
Ok so the other 5-6 stats were top 10, whoops. Get over yourself. How about he was 4th in WAR in the AL (above Weaver and Cain) pitching in one of the best hitting Parks and having a month of fewer starts? He was also ahead of Cain and Weaver for xFIP (which is a better indicator of how well he actually pitched compared to ERA and a better indication of well they'll do in the future), 10th in HR/9, 6th in Opp BA, and 2nd in K/9. So meaning his HR/9, K/9, and H/9 are all top 10 in MLB and will be on the game. Plus you factor in his velocity and movement of 6 different pitches and is it really hard to understand why he is rated higher?

But according to your logic, since he is 52nd in ERA, he should be the 52nd best pitcher in the game, regardless of where he pitches, how he pitches, how good his defense was, etc. Pitchers like Jason Vargas, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, etc. all should be rated higher than him since they have better ERA's right?

And I am not saying Cain or Weaver aren't great pitchers. They are and one of the best in the game. Weaver was one of my favorite pitchers to use in MLB 12 also. I am just giving facts and the reason why his rating is probably higher. They don't look at baseball card stats and give overalls to individuals based on that. They look at the entire picture and the sum of their attributes and whatever their final rating is..is based on a cumulative algorithm and not some subjective fan's perspective.
 
# 144 bayman @ 02/27/13 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by cardinalbird7
Ok so the other 5-6 stats were top 10, whoops. Get over yourself. How about he was 4th in WAR in the AL (above Weaver and Cain) pitching in one of the best hitting Parks and having a month of fewer starts? He was also ahead of Cain and Weaver for xFIP (which is a better indicator of how well he actually pitched compared to ERA and a better indication of well they'll do in the future), 10th in HR/9, 6th in Opp BA, and 2nd in K/9. So meaning his HR/9, K/9, and H/9 are all top 10 in MLB and will be on the game. Plus you factor in his velocity and movement of 6 different pitches and is it really hard to understand why he is rated higher?

But according to your logic, since he is 52nd in ERA, he should be the 52nd best pitcher in the game, regardless of where he pitches, how he pitches, how good his defense was, etc. Pitchers like Jason Vargas, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, etc. all should be rated higher than him since they have better ERA's right?

And I am not saying Cain or Weaver aren't great pitchers. They are and one of the best in the game. Weaver was one of my favorite pitchers to use in MLB 12 also. I am just giving facts and the reason why his rating is probably higher. They don't look at baseball card stats and give overalls to individuals based on that. They look at the entire picture and the sum of their attributes and whatever their final rating is..is based on a cumulative algorithm and not some subjective fan's perspective.
The algorithm is subjective and was the basis of my entire original point. I never said, nor do I believe, that Sony should look at one player and individually change their ratings. I said there is enough blatant evidence in my opinion, that the algorithm, designed by a human being subjectively, needs substantial improvement. There is a whole other argument to be had about how subjective advanced stats really are, and how little the people who preach them actually understand that, but this is not the place for that argument.
 
# 145 cardinalbird7 @ 02/27/13 09:54 AM
The overall isn't really subjective when they take into consideration of all of their attributes. Regardless of the algorithm, Darvish was top 10 in just about every major pitching category and has some of the nastiest stuff in the game, so just about anyway you cut it he is going to be one of the best pitchers on the game.
 
# 146 Knight165 @ 02/27/13 10:27 AM
I know I'll be called a "fanboy" for this...but whatever....

I actually think that in the case of numbers...SCEA has come up with a BETTER algorithm than every other game(with the exception of perhaps OOTP....but because they decided to really expand their process(OOTP)...they have a natural leg up due to just the expanse of it and the many options they provide for it).
While I don't like the numbers per se....the way they are using them to provide the OVR is much better than other games I play(which is just about every sports title)(IMO)

M.K.
Knight165
 
# 147 3fiddy @ 02/27/13 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Cavicchi
I thought that would be the case. Why should Harper have a higher power rating against righties when Trout has higher SLG and OPS against righties for 2012???
I thought it was low for Harper at first. But it acceptable I think harper will hit longer homeruns than trout vs righties. For trouts case tho he has much better contact than Harper, so although Harper swings harder trout gets more wood on the ball it's gonna go further unless Harper centers it.
 
# 148 Cavicchi @ 02/27/13 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by 3fiddy
I thought it was low for Harper at first. But it acceptable I think harper will hit longer homeruns than trout vs righties. For trouts case tho he has much better contact than Harper, so although Harper swings harder trout gets more wood on the ball it's gonna go further unless Harper centers it.
So you justify the difference based on what you think will happen. Maybe they think like you and that explains the difference?
 
# 149 3fiddy @ 02/27/13 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Cavicchi
So you justify the difference based on what you think will happen. Maybe they think like you and that explains the difference?
I THINK its too early to tell for these guys. When it's said and done this year i THINK Harpers homers will travel further vs rhp than trouts. Idk trouts swing well but they can't be letting him swing like harper in the lead off spot. I guess I just looking for the feel of the game not just relying on slugging percentage alone.
 
# 150 Cavicchi @ 02/27/13 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by 3fiddy
I THINK its too early to tell for these guys. When it's said and done this year i THINK Harpers homers will travel further vs rhp than trouts. Idk trouts swing well but they can't be letting him swing like harper in the lead off spot. I guess I just looking for the feel of the game not just relying on slugging percentage alone.
Hmmm....I guess that explains it...I think. Eh, what the heck, slugging percentage and homers are real, but more important is the feeling, what you feel or think will happen. Ah, now I get it.
 
# 151 HadlerT @ 02/27/13 03:14 PM
Good to see Felix and Morales get some love. Also was really surprised by Tom Wilhelmsen getting >90. Also surprised Kyle Seager doesn't have more than a 85.
 
# 152 cardinalbird7 @ 02/27/13 03:22 PM
What defines power in this game? Slg, ISOP, HR's, average distance traveled? Someone that had 30 HR's while missing the first month I would think would have, at least, 80+ power.
 
# 153 Motown @ 02/27/13 03:32 PM
Mike Trout is the closest looking to Mickey Mantle as I have ever seen...I'm talkin' 5 tool player. Until there's a decline in ANY of his arsenals, he deserves the 99 rating imo.

I'm a HUGE Reds fan, & Chapman won't last as a starter & he'll be back as the closer to where he deserves the 99 rating.
 
# 154 Cavicchi @ 02/27/13 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by cardinalbird7
What defines power in this game? Slg, ISOP, HR's, average distance traveled? Someone that had 30 HR's while missing the first month I would think would have, at least, 80+ power.
Absolutely! They have Harper with 78 for power against RHP while Trout (72) has both SLG and OPS higher against RHP.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Motown
Mike Trout is the closest looking to Mickey Mantle as I have ever seen...I'm talkin' 5 tool player. Until there's a decline in ANY of his arsenals, he deserves the 99 rating imo.

I'm a HUGE Reds fan, & Chapman won't last as a starter & he'll be back as the closer to where he deserves the 99 rating.
If they don't correct Chapman's rating as a Starter, I will make him a closer with appropriate stamina and keep his 99, although I'm not certain he should be a 99. Kimbrel has done it for more than one year, I mean exceptional years, and Chapman has not. In addition, Chapman has to be the only 5th starter rated 99/full bar in the history of this game.
 
# 155 cardinalbird7 @ 02/27/13 09:19 PM
Does anyone know if Matt Carpenter has a secondary position for 2b? He is going to be playing there this year and is already doing so in spring training.
 
# 156 Rodbird @ 02/27/13 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by cardinalbird7
Does anyone know if Matt Carpenter has a secondary position for 2b? He is going to be playing there this year and is already doing so in spring training.
As a Cardinal fan myself I'm interested in the rest of their 40 man roster. Especially Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly and Matt Adams
 
# 157 3fiddy @ 02/28/13 09:53 AM
[quote=Cavicchi;2044753683]Absolutely! They have Harper with 78 for power against RHP while Trout (72) has both SLG and OPS higher against RHP.


This is jus for arguments sake. I think both are fantastic players. This is more to bunk slugging percentage. First thing that popped in my head was how many singles did he turn to doubles. Or triples. Hope this isn't too off base ..

Mike Trouts slash line 2012. 559 abs. 117 singles. 27 doubles. 8 triples. 30 homers.
Now I'll give my line IF BIG IF HERE Trout didn't have BLAZING speed. And enter that into the slugging calculator.

Trout 559 abs. 115singles. 25 doubles. 1 triple. 30 homers. Slugging comes to ab .513 The likes of Ian Desmond , Jason Kubel , Cory hart , Adam laroche. All of which seem like 70s power. 70s power seemed like so much more with just the bar. We just arguing cents here too
 
# 158 Cavicchi @ 02/28/13 11:17 AM
[quote=3fiddy;2044756005]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cavicchi
Absolutely! They have Harper with 78 for power against RHP while Trout (72) has both SLG and OPS higher against RHP.


This is jus for arguments sake. I think both are fantastic players. This is more to bunk slugging percentage. First thing that popped in my head was how many singles did he turn to doubles. Or triples. Hope this isn't too off base ..

Mike Trouts slash line 2012. 559 abs. 117 singles. 27 doubles. 8 triples. 30 homers.
Now I'll give my line IF BIG IF HERE Trout didn't have BLAZING speed. And enter that into the slugging calculator.

Trout 559 abs. 115singles. 25 doubles. 1 triple. 30 homers. Slugging comes to ab .513 The likes of Ian Desmond , Jason Kubel , Cory hart , Adam laroche. All of which seem like 70s power. 70s power seemed like so much more with just the bar. We just arguing cents here too
I am not interested in big ifs, I like facts, statistics that are real.
 
# 159 cardinalbird7 @ 02/28/13 01:35 PM
I agree speed helps with SLG a lot, but he still had 30 homeruns. You'd have to break it down per hit to see how many singles he turned to doubles and doubles he turned into triples. If he played the first month he'd have around 34-35 probably.

Alot what if's and I was questioning the same thing as well. You can't just look at SLG and turn that into power. You have to look at average distance ball traveled, homeruns, and IsoP.
 
# 160 3fiddy @ 02/28/13 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by cardinalbird7
I agree speed helps with SLG a lot, but he still had 30 homeruns. You'd have to break it down per hit to see how many singles he turned to doubles and doubles he turned into triples. If he played the first month he'd have around 34-35 probably.

Alot what if's and I was questioning the same thing as well. You can't just look at SLG and turn that into power. You have to look at average distance ball traveled, homeruns, and IsoP.
Yes it's not a good tool at all. Really trying to show why slugging and OPS are not perfect power calculators. Trout just an example. Glad Kendrys got some love to but he's listed as a DH... I need his old defense too lol
 


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