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June Monthly Awards Program Features Schwarber and Correa

Well, if you were essentially looking to field a whole new infield, the June Monthly Awards program in MLB The Show 21 will just about get you there. Coming off what some felt was a disappointing May program highlighted by Lightning Marcus Semien, the June Monthly Awards should help erase those lingering doubts about this one. The players you will unlock in this program are Tyler Stephenson, Charlie Morton, Tyler Glasnow, Tommy Pham, Ryan Pressly, Bryan Reynolds, Jonathan Schoop, Carlos Correa, and Lightning Kyle Schwarber.

As an added bonus, The Show team is continuing to try and nudge us towards 99 overall Jackie Robinson by giving us another 42 Series pack. This pack is sellable as well, so if you already have Jackie then this can just be pure profit for you. Everything else is by the book here, so (as usual) you will need to do the collection mission to get the 100 points and Lightning Kyle Schwarber.

Let’s get to all the players and how you can finish this program in a timely fashion.

June Monthly Awards Program Guide

June Monthly Awards Program

Cards

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  • Tyler Stephenson (92 overall)
  • Charlie Morton (93)
  • Tyler Glasnow (94)
  • Tommy Pham (94)
  • Ryan Pressly (95)
  • Bryan Reynolds (95)
  • Jonathan Schoop (95)
  • Carlos Correa (96)
  • Kyle Schwarber (98)

Missions

  • Tally 7 XBH with players from Topps Now series – 10 points
  • Tally 15 strikeouts with players from Topps Now series – 10 points
  • Tally 30 total bases with players from Topps Now series – 10 points
  • Tally 3 XBH with Monthly Awards Tyler Stephenson – 4 points
  • Strike out 9 batters with Monthly Awards Charlie Morton – 4 points
  • Strike out 9 batters with Monthly Awards Tyler Glasnow – 4 points
  • Tally 3 XBH with Monthly Awards Tommy Pham – 4 points
  • Strike out 5 batters with Monthly Awards Ryan Pressly – 4 points
  • Tally 10 total bases with Monthly Awards Bryan Reynolds – 4 points
  • Hit 2 home runs with Monthly Awards Jonathan Schoop – 4 points
  • Tally 10 total bases with Monthly Awards Carlos Correa – 4 points

Moments

Each moment is worth 4 points. There is a total of 36 points to be had here.

  • Tyler Two Bags
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Tally 2 XBH
  • Charlie And The Pitching Factory
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Pitch 7 innings
    • Do not give up 1 run
  • Glasnow Says Ciao
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Strike out 9 batters
  • Welcome To The Pham Diego!
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 6 total bases
  • Ryan Has Left The Building
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Save 1 game
    • Strike out 2 batters
    • Do not give up 1 hit
    • Do not walk 1 hitter
    • Do not hit 1 batter
  • Reynolds Keeps It Sunny In Pittsburgh
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 6 total bases
  • Can’t Cope With Schoop
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Get on base 3 times
  • Carlos Showrrea – 3 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 5 hits
    • Tally 2 XBH
  • Don’t Pitch To Him – 3 games
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Hit 2 home runs
    • Tally 4 XBH

Collections

Collect 28 total Topps Now May and May Monthly Awards players – 15 points

Rewards Track And Cards Discussion

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  • 5 points – June Monthly Awards Tyler Stephenson

Tyler Stephenson already had some fans from an early gold Topps Now card, and you can count me in that group. He hits plenty of dingers with that gold version, but here it’s slightly more focused on contact and discipline. His silver fielding hurts a bit, but you can also slide him over to 1B if you want to use his bat and not deal with some so-so stats beyond the 80 arm strength. This is probably the weakest card of the batch, but that just goes to show how solid this month of cards should be.

  • 10 points – Topps Now June (5/31-6/6)
  • 15 points – 1,000 stubs
  • 20 points – Topps Now June Charlie Morton

Morton comes equipped with 107 H/9 and 99 break on his curve, sinker, and splitter. He has plus-plus control of the 4-seam, curve, and sinker as well. The velocity variations should be solid here as well, so even if he’s not pumping it in at 97+ all the time, he’s going to be able to keep hitters off balance. I already enjoyed his Live card, so I’m interested in this one.

  • 25 points – Diamond bat
  • 30 points – June Monthly Awards Tyler Glasnow

Much like Morton, I already like using Glasnow’s Live card, so I’m already interested here. The difference between Morton and Glasnow of course starts with the fastball velocity increasing here. The control is not here either when compared to Morton, but if you go against an opponent who chases, then you can get some good eating in with the slider, curve, and changeup all out of the zone. In short, if you can set the tone with that fastball, then everything else will fall into place.

  • 35 points – Topps Now June (6/7-613)
  • 40 points – June Monthly Awards Tommy Pham

Have you heard this game is made in the San Diego area? Jokes aside, Pham had a great month and gets rewarded here with 118 contact vs. RHP and 99 power vs. RHP. His stealing is 85 but the speed is just 69. The fielding is decent as well, but overall you are probably looking for Pham to be a super sub in the outfield or get a late chance against a right-handed reliever.

  • 45 points – 2,000 stubs
  • 50 points – June Monthly Awards Ryan Pressly

Pressly is the reliever pick this month, and I don’t think this one will be on the same level as Ryan Tepera. Pressly puts up consistently good numbers in real life, but here his 4-seam, slider, sweeping curve repertoire does not always get the job done. Still, The Show developers are going to try to make him work here by giving him 95+ break and control of all three pitches. I continue to have my doubts, and this card is probably the weakest of the pitching cards in my preliminary rankings.

  • 55 points – Topps Now June (6/14-6/20)
  • 60 points – June Monthly Awards Bryan Reynolds

I just ruined many opponents in the Switch It Up Event with Bryan Reynolds, so this card is high in my to-use list. It’s multiple years in a row now where Reynolds just plays above his ratings for me. His swing feels great from both sides, and here he gets 113 contact vs. RHP and 125 contact vs. LHP. His fielding is nothing special, but he’s usable in all three outfield spots if you want a switch hitter in your lineup.

  • 65 points – Topps Now June (6/21-6/27)
  • 70 points – June Monthly Awards Jonathan Schoop

It’s like SDS went through my game history and decided to pluck out all these players I love using year after year because they always seem to stay hot. Schoop is another one of those for me, and here you’re getting a player who can play all four infield spots. He won’t be amazing at any one of them, but he’s not going to be a hot mess either. He has 120 contact vs. LHP and 113 power vs. LHP.

  • 75 points – 3,000 stubs
  • 80 points – June Monthly Awards Carlos Correa

Correa comes equipped with positional flexibility as well as he can also fill in at 2B and 3B. He will be able to admirably fill three infield positions, and he’s giving you 95+ stats from both sides of the plate. He also has 105 discipline and 78 vision so he’s going to be a tough out. He continues to be in that second tier of defensive shortstops by arm strength (behind Tatis. Jr., Javy Baez, and Willy Adames), and he’s closer to tier one in all-around skills at the position with Wander Franco and Trevor Story.

  • 85 points – Ballin’ Is A Habit pack
  • 90 points – 42 Series pack
  • 95 points – Green Lightning bat
  • 100 points – Lightning Kyle Schwarber

First off, yes, Kyle Schwarber can play catcher as a secondary position. Beyond that, he has 110 contact vs. RHP, 97 contact vs. LHP, 125 power vs. RHP, and 100 power vs. LHP. The one surprising component here probably is the solidness against LHP, but I suppose it’s hard to haggle over it considering the historic month he had. He can also play CF if he’s not playing catcher or the corner outfield spots, so he’s a really flexible option. His 48 speed and average-ish fielding stats do make it a little concerning if he’s out in CF, but I imagine you’re either going to play him at catcher or in the corner outfield spots anyway.

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  1. jcblayze
    Thanks for once again reminding this Cubs fan how stupid it was to nontender Kyle Schwarber. Great job, Cubs!

    Him having a great June doesn’t make the Cubs’ decision wrong.
    SmashMan
    Him having a great June doesn’t make the Cubs’ decision wrong.

    Yep. Although sad, because Theo stood by Schwarbs through the dark days when he sucked HARD. Still one of the most fun rookie campaigns of all time, and those HR he hit in the playoffs were legendary.
    Finally ended up benching Piazza. This card is daffy nuts and even with the defensive hit he's still better than Piazza. Adds more LH balance to my line-up, too, which is something that's been nagging me all year. With so many LHP I don't want a ton of LHH, but sliding him in there with Ortiz and Finley (for now) feels more balanced. Moved Ortiz down to 6th and suddenly I just feel better about overall line-up construction.
    I'll be grabbing all the bosses as usual eventually but definitely taking Murray. That'll slide Ortiz to the bench and replace Reggie as my second LH pinch-hitter with Thome. And then things will be in chef's kiss territory.
    I'll still lose my damn mind if we get Mark Teixiera at some point this year.

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