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MLB The Show 20: Full Minor League Rosters a Little Underwhelming at Launch, But Big Changes on the Way

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MLB The Show 20: Full Minor League Rosters a Little Underwhelming at Launch, But Big Changes on the Way

When San Diego Studio announced MLB The Show 20 would feature a launch roster full of real minor leaguers, including face scans and audio cues, it caught the entire community off-guard. After all, this was a feature that was in the past ultimately included in the game through community roster creators after a certain period of time — otherwise known as OSFM Full Minors. Still, those community rosters could never match the capabilities of SDS because they didn’t have the same tools. Real face scans, real audio cues, real motion captured prospect stances — it all provided a ton of promise to gamers looking for the most authentic experience possible.

Unfortunately, the base rosters at launch appear to have fallen a little short of what most were expecting out of the box. Ratings are always going to be a hotly contested topic among the community, but that’s not the issue at hand here. MLB The Show’s launch roster is missing several notable big leaguers and top prospects. It also includes an issue for franchise modes relating to minor league options.

Of the notable exclusions, Dodgers wunderkind second baseman Gavin Lux is nowhere to be found. Not only is Lux the number two overall prospect in all of baseball by several publications, he also has some big league service time already under his belt. Los Angeles gave Lux a decent cup of coffee last season, playing him in 23 games, providing him 75 at-bats. He impressed in those at-bats and is expected to be a full-time regular for the Dodgers this season. He needs to be in the game.

Other prominent players not included in the game thus far are Athletics southpaw AJ Puk and the Giants’ uber-prospect Marco Luciano.

Rest assured, according to two sources close to the situation, they’re on their way. Sony’s hands were tied, and they did not inadvertently leave these players out of the game.

“Lux and those guys hadn’t signed the appropriate paperwork to be included yet,” Scott Spindler (RidinRosters) said. “He’ll be in the game real soon and I know he has a face scan, don’t you worry.”

Spindler and his entire Ridin’ Rosters team helped San Diego Studio this year in creating the most authentic minor league rosters possible. Almost all of the created players that don’t have face scans or artist renditions are his team’s creations. It’s an undertaking he and his team have done for the community for many years (including folks like Knight as well before that), though partnering with San Diego Studio is obviously something brand new for the team.

“I’m really happy with a lot of those minor league faces,” Spindler said. “There’s only so much we can do if a guy hasn’t signed the paperwork. It’s a legal issue.”

Spindler, though not directly employed or commissioned through San Diego Studio, said enormous roster improvements are coming in the next few weeks. There’s several more face scans that will be patched into the game, including several more prospects that will get face scans and a more accurate representation very soon.

OSFM Full Minors

While Spindler’s team is being compensated by San Diego Studio as of now, he feels his team brings an enormous benefit to the game and could see a partnership between the two sides being incredibly beneficial to the product and its community.

“There hasn’t yet been a clear dialogue with how we’re going to help moving forward,” Spindler said. “I’ve let them know I’m willing to help and I think the game could benefit from using our team year-round on a more permanent basis. This could lead to something big for this game and its future.”

One benefit of not being contracted under a non-compete as of now is the Ridin’ Rosters team can continue to push out custom roster files for those looking to get what they deem to be an even better representation of major and minor league baseball. This also hopefully means the minor league options issue can also be highlighted and patched so many top prospects have more than one option remaining. As of now, many top prospects hit the waiver wire if they’re sent back to the minors after a call-up due to this problem.

Spindler and his team hope to have their annual full minors community roster file out next weekend for download. The roster will have Lux, Puk and Luciano, as well as several other improvements from last year’s file. Spindler and his team are taking the roster file to a whole new level this year. (More details on that to come.)

The biggest hurdle San Diego Studio is currently dealing with is the work stoppage in Major League Baseball and across the country for that matter. Several notable prospects were slated to make their big league debuts this March. Until some of those guys take the field, some of the ability to put out the most complete roster file will be handcuffed. Also noteworthy, so long as players are not playing baseball, editing and tweaking the roster file with new ratings and adjustments will be almost impossible.

Still, the developers have a lot of fun stuff up their sleeves, including some roster improvements set to debut in the coming weeks.

While the launch roster didn’t check all the boxes the community was looking to see, it is certainly an improvement over past launches because, well, there is a roster to work on from the get go. There’s a lot to like about this base game, and the roster will soon too be up to snuff with what gamers want to see.

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  1. bravesfan1984
    This needed the options issues noted!
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    how in the world did they give Evan White zero options lol
    I have hopes they patch in option editor because before I downloaded version 1.02 there was no where to edit service time days and years so I figured they were working on that right up til after the game shipped. I dont know why they dont combine the days and years into one edit slot and make the second new slot for to edit options
    *fingers crossed*
    Caulfield
    how in the world did they give Evan White zero options lol
    I have hopes they patch in option editor because before I downloaded version 1.02 there was no where to edit service time days and years so I figured they were working on that right up til after the game shipped. I dont know why they dont combine the days and years into one edit slot and make the second new slot for to edit options
    *fingers crossed*
    It's crazy man! Just blows my mind how low quality stuff like this is.
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    bravesfan1984
    It's crazy man! Just blows my mind how low quality stuff like this is.
    Sent from my SM-G965U using Operation Sports mobile app
    Really is amazing how the options issue and the issue with the roster where a bunch of prospects get traded between teams at the start of the season in franchise made it into the game. Never mind how a few people here have pointed out that they overrated prospects potential and it starts becoming a problem several years into franchise. Take a look at how stacked the Blue Jays are with A’s and B’s.
    I think calling SDS out of the box Full Minors a little underwhelming is being nice. Gameplay is great and all but the roster is pretty low quality work outside of the audio and face scans. Obviously didn’t expect it to be perfect or anything but it’s still a disappointment. Looks like the only testing and checking of anything they do these days is in DD and RTTS.
    Frustrations with balancing and options etc. I get, but some of it is clearly out of their control with who was included at launch. That being said, audio cues and face scans and all that are a huge deal -- especially once we get all the fixes on top. And it's still a better base than you get to start from usually unless you're doing carryovers for creating these so turnaround time should be enhances.
    Caulfield
    how in the world did they give Evan White zero options lol
    I have hopes they patch in option editor because before I downloaded version 1.02 there was no where to edit service time days and years so I figured they were working on that right up til after the game shipped. I dont know why they dont combine the days and years into one edit slot and make the second new slot for to edit options
    *fingers crossed*

    Michael Chavis 0 options...it appears all the rookies from last season (which were put in with 0 options last year) were transferred over to 20 with the same 0 options....facepalm
    erndawg3
    a lot of the potential are too low also i see a lot of players with a D potential that should have at least a C

    You need the D potentials to balance the roster
    I started a franchise with the default rosters and went to the top 50 prospects and counted 10 who are fake players including the #1 overall. The #1 IRL is Wander Franco who is #37. Come on SDS.
    I will wait to see what Riden and SDS first roster update looks like. But if the problems are not fixed I am thinking the best option is to carry over a roster or franchise from 19.
    It is so frustrating the one upgrade franchise players received this year could end up being the biggest reason not play the mode.
    mariner690
    I will wait to see what Riden and SDS first roster update looks like. But if the problems are not fixed I am thinking the best option is to carry over a roster or franchise from 19.
    It is so frustrating the one upgrade franchise players received this year could end up being the biggest reason not play the mode.

    I keep forgetting with the early release the usual first update on launch day hasn't even dropped yet. I'll hold on to that as a sliver of hope. Tuesday cant get here fast enough lol
    kenp86
    i know this is sacrilegious but when might the 1st good roster update happen? where were not missing key players
    I'm looking for one Tuesday but after that I wouldn't expect one till the corona panic subsides
    Underwhelming to say the least. I have no faith that these guys will get it done. They advertised full minors but that was pretty much a blatant lie. It’s always up to the community and that will probably be the case again this year. Which is why I’m working on my own.
    You guys realize, that Ridin can no longer do the prospects that havent sign. Since he officially works for the game company, they would get sued. So there goes FULL MINOR league Rosters.
    bravesfan1984
    Yes, and they planned on putting out a separate version anyways. They've been hard at work

    Can Ridin actually do this on his free time? Seems like a lawsuit if he helps in anyway. And one thing for sure, America loves lawsuits.
    It would be like the official roster creators for nba2k going home and uploading Barkley and Miller, 2k would be sued if someone leaked who uploaded them
    RobotRosKO
    You guys realize, that Ridin can no longer do the prospects that havent sign. Since he officially works for the game company, they would get sued. So there goes FULL MINOR league Rosters.

    Or other people will step up and get it done. The community is more than just him.
    I don’t mean that in a bad way. I’m super happy for him and his career moves
    RobotRosKO
    You guys realize, that Ridin can no longer do the prospects that havent sign. Since he officially works for the game company, they would get sued. So there goes FULL MINOR league Rosters.

    News flash to the forum police... I am not employed by Sony, please move along now
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    Ok, take a peek behind the curtain...
    Ridin worked with, not for, Sony. The Original Full Minors is currently being worked on and should be released fairly soon. Player options withstanding, things should be fine.
    In fact, Ridin has something new up his sleeve that's being worked on as we speak. Look for an announcement in the next few days.
    Now back to your regularly scheduled programing...
    “Lux and those guys hadn’t signed the appropriate paperwork to be included yet,” Scott Spindler (RidinRosters) said. “He’ll be in the game real soon and I know he has a face scan, don’t you worry.”
    Well, month in and his face scan is still not in, hopefully he (and maybe few others) will be there soon enough.
    Pretty sure at this point that the main motivation behind getting the "full minors" was so they could put them in DD as prospect cards. The franchise implementation looks like an afterthought at best.
    BigOscar
    Pretty sure at this point that the main motivation behind getting the "full minors" was so they could put them in DD as prospect cards. The franchise implementation looks like an afterthought at best.

    All of their focus is on DD (we all know it at this point) but all the D people are on Twitter and all they do on twitter is trash the game. Their true core fanbase is the franchise guys here, but they dont give two ****s about us anymore.

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