Without real baseball to watch, fans are left to use their imaginations, so good thing MLB The Show 20 releases this week. Let’s take a look at how the game rates the top Angels players.
There’s no baseball, there’s no anything. You are stuck at home, hopefully safe. You just need something to do to pass the time. Refreshing Twitter is no longer a useful function, there’s no score to check, or rumor to wish upon.
What better time to load up the latest version of MLB The Show? The 2020 version of the game pre-released on Friday, with the official release date set for March 17. Let’s take a look at how the game rates the Angels, beginning with the top ten positional players.
The top rated player in the game is …. who else, but Mike Trout? The superstar center fielder receives an overall rating of 99. Close behind him is newly-acquired third-baseman Anthony Rendon, who is rated 95 overall. Hipster fans (if I can call the group of fans that I belong to such a thing) will be happy to see David Fletcher rated as the third best player on the team. I found it interesting that they gave Albert Pujols an “A” for potential. The man is 40-years-old. But anyway…
The game lists Tommy La Stella as a third baseman, where, in reality, he saw limited action last year. He will be pushed over to second base on a more regular basis after the acquisition of Silver Slugger, Anthony Rendon. Again, I’m nitpicking.
Now, let’s look at the top ten rated pitchers on the Angels staff.
Shohei Ohtani tops this list. I thought it would be more interesting to see where he ranks among the pitching group. Behind Ohtani, you get a lot of what you would expect. A group of average to slightly above average pitchers, with promising potential for some.
Players of note that aren’t included in the top 10 lists above are Dylan Bundy (overall: 69) and Brandon Marsh (overall: 64). These ratings only include players on the 40-man roster, so super prospect Jo Adell is not listed.
Let us know in the comments what you think about the ratings!