MLB The Show 20 released Tuesday, giving fans something to do as we collectively wait for baseball to resume. Below, we review how each position shakes down in the initial roster release, ranking the top 10 or 15 players at each.
The top three were All-Stars in 2019, so their placement atop the list should come as no real shock. Roberto Perez and Vazquez parlayed their offensive breakthroughs into vaunted scores. Sal Perez, formerly among the best in the business, is coming off a lost season due to injury so he finds himself a little closer to the middle of the pack.
Goldschmidt maintaining top scores after an admittedly mixed season is more of a testament to how consistent he's been in his career. Alonso and Bell are in position to build off their inaugural All-Star appearances. Votto, meanwhile, has historically been among the best in the game but consecutive subpar seasons (by his standards) have him dropping.
The Braves are well represented on the right side of the infield with Albies and Freeman each landing atop their respective positions. Altuve, LeMahieu, and Villar aren't far behind. One absent player who could have easily made this list is Brewers slugger Keston Hiura. A strong start to the season - had it not been postponed - may have shot him up the ranks in one of the first roster updates.
|6||Fernando Tatis Jr.||SD||86|
Cover athlete Baez unsurprisingly gets the nod, narrowly ahead of a couple of his peers. For pure entertainment value, it's hard to argue against Baez, but Story and Lindor are unbelievably balanced and may not lag behind him once the season kicks off in earnest. Correa's injuries have dropped him a tad, and Tatis' abbreviated 2019 earned him consideration among the position's best and most exciting players entering 2020.
Here they are, the first of the coveted 99s. Rendon got the biggest free-agent contract among position players this past offseason and Arenado has been consistently performing at a high level over an extended period of time. Third base is absolutely stacked, though, even beyond them. No other position has this much top-shelf depth.
|3||Ronald Acuna Jr.||ATL||97|
Technically as many 90-rated players as the hot corner, but this is spread across three positions. Trout would be rated 100 if that was possible, so he'll have to settle for sharing the top spot with a few of his fellow luminaries. He and Rendon are the only teammates with a 99 rating.
DeGrom being the top pitcher isn't necessarily surprising, but no other hurler being ranked higher than 95 definitely is. Still, in MLB The Show, any player rated 85 or higher is considered the absolute cream of the crop. Younger players like Buehler and Bieber will need to maintain their impressive performance over another season before making a bigger leap.
The Astros and Athletics have the most impressive relief corps in this year's game. Hader's curiously the 10th highest-rated reliever after mostly dominating opponents over the last two seasons.
|10||Bobby Witt Jr.||KC||SS||71|
(Top prospects courtesy: MLB Pipeline)
This year's game features every minor-league player and prospect with a few exceptions - Lux hasn't been added to the game yet, for example. These scores are low relative to the more established players, but based on their high potential, each of these prospects should only improve over the duration of a long-term franchise.