Top rated players in MLB The Show 17

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 8:30 am

Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw are rated 99 Overall in MLB The Show now for four years running. They’re followed by Jose Altuve, Andrew Miller, Kenley Jansen, Josh Donaldson, and Kris Bryant in MLB The Show 17. Last season began with Miguel Cabrera and Bryce Harper ranked #3 and #4 respectively but they’ve slid down considerably from that point.

There are 32 players with 90+ rating in MLB The Show 17 and no team has more than 3 of them on their roster. Check out the piece on Sporting News for an expanded list going 18 players deep at every position and continue on for the top third of those players. 

First Base
Miguel Cabrera (DET) 92
Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) 91
Joey Votto (CIN) 91
Anthony Rizzo (CHC) 89
Freddie Freeman (ATL) 88
Edwin Encarnacion (CLE) 86

Second Base
Jose Altuve (HOU) 97
Robinson Cano (SEA) 91
Ian Kinsler (DET) 89
Daniel Murphy (WAS) 88
Dustin Pedroia (BOS) 88
Jason Kipnis (CLE) 87
Brian Dozier (MIN) 87

Francisco Lindor (CLE) 90
Corey Seager (LAD) 90
Trea Turner (WAS) 88
Brandon Crawford (SF) 88
Carlos Correa (HOU) 85
Xander Bogaerts (BOS) 85
Jonathan Villar (MIL) 85

Third Base
Josh Donaldson (TOR) 94
Kris Bryant (CHC) 94
Nolan Arenado (COL) 93
Manny Machado (BAL) 93
Adrian Beltre (TEX) 89
Kyle Seager (SEA) 88

Buster Posey (SF) 92
Jonathan Lucroy (TEX) 87
Wilson Ramos (TB) 84
Yadier Molina (STL) 84
Salvador Perez (KC) 84
Gary Sanchez (NYY) 84

Left Field
Yoenis Cespedes (NYM) 90
Ryan Braun (MIL) 87
Michael Brantley (CLE) 86
Alex Gordon (KC) 83
Gregory Polanco (PIT) 83
Justin Upton (DET) 82

Center Field
Mike Trout (LAA) 99
Starling Marte (PIT) 87
A.J. Pollock (ARI) 86
Lorenzo Cain (KC) 85
Christian Yelich (MIA) 85
Charlie Blackmon (COL) 84
George Springer (HOU) 84
Kevin Kiermaier (TB) 84

Right Field
Mookie Betts (BOS) 93
Bryce Harper (WAS) 90
Nelson Cruz (SEA) 88
Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) 88
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 85
Carlos Gonzalez (COL) 84
J.D. Martinez (DET) 84

Relief Pitcher (Non-Closers)
Andrew Miller (CLE) 96
Dellin Betances (NYY) 90
Nate Jones (CHW) 85

Closing Pitchers
Kenley Jansen (LAD) 95
Zach Britton (BAL) 92
Aroldis Chapman (NYY) 92
Wade Davis (KC) 91
Mark Melancon (SF) 89
Seung Hwan Oh (STL) 87
Cody Allen (CLE) 87

Starting Pitcher
Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 99
Max Scherzer (WAS) 93
Chris Sale (BOS) 93
Noah Syndergaard (NYM) 92
Corey Kluber (CLE) 92
Jake Arrieta (CHC) 92
Madison Bumgarner (SF) 92

  • Yordano Bogaerts

    Pretty solid job on the ratings, but Trea Turner is massively overrated. Small sample size rating.

    • Brian

      Haha. No way. He was a 3.5 oWAR player for not even half a season. Few players can put up those types of numbers across 75 games. It’s deserved. Plus he moves over to shortstop where his ratings play up compared to outfielders.

      • Yordano Bogaerts

        Obviously, he had a phenomenal debut in half a season and I think that, along with his prospect pedigree and strong scouting reports points to him having great long-term potential. I wouldn’t argue that his potential is in the 90s, but his current rating is too high.

        Last year, he hit significantly more home runs than his raw power and high GB% suggest he should, his K% was low considering his high swing+miss%, and his walk rate was far below average. He also sported a .388 BABIP that was heavily supported by an unsustainable .387 BABIP on grounders. That’s high even for the fastest players in baseball (Billy Hamilton came in at .368 last year).

        Not to mention, he’s only played 31 ML innings at SS, while Correa and Bogaerts have significantly greater track records of success at the plate and position at the major league level.

      • cubs223425

        It’s like you don’t even get what “small sample size” means.

    • Brandon

      My first thought when I saw the ratings was Turner was massively underrated. They have both he and Crawford at 88. Last year Turner hit more HR, almost the same # of triples and stole 27 more bases than Crawford in about half the AB. In other words even if is HR and triple rate fall by almost half & Crawford’s stays the same they’ll end up with similar numbers in HR & triples. And Turner has so much more speed. Also I see you mention is BABIP on grounders, they say he is faster than Billy Hamilton to first even though Turner bats from the R side. I admit Turner’s liabilities include a low walk rate and lack of MLB experience, especially playing SS. Of course teams try to avoid walking him because it’s almost like giving up a double. If you double his numbers from last year since he only got 307 ABs you end up with 614 AB, 28 2B, 16 3B, 26 HR, 110 R, 80 RBI & 66 SB while playing SS. Just saying if he does that he has to be considered a very serious MVP candidate and to me those numbers justify a rating in the mid 90s. Turner’s numbers could have a significant drop and I think he’d still justify that 88 number. I will be interested to see how he does between the move to SS and with the Nationals acquiring Eaton there is some question to where he will even bat (1st or 2nd).

  • Zach

    Kershaw 99? Really? No one should be near a 99 in the game

    • Marcus

      Very Wrong, the top should be 99’s than the rest follow IE Trout and KERSHAW

      • Zach

        Felix Hernandez should be a 96 at least and deGrom should be in the 90s

        • cubs223425

          Hernandez should be an 84. He’s been in a spiral towards hell. Couldn’t stay healthy, velocity continues to drop, nothing to suggest he’s even a really good pitcher, let alone and elite one. 3.82 ERA and 4.63 FIP last season. Lowest fastball velocity of his career (topping the career-low from 2015). Lowest K rate of his career. Highest walk rate of his career.

          He’s 30, but has the mileage of a 35-year-old, maybe more than that. He’s not a 96. He’s not an 86. He’s a mid-level pitcher who’s probably going to spend his career getting by mostly on grit. Maybe he can bring it back to really good one more time. Maybe two more times. He’s not an elite pitcher anymore, even as much as I love what he did for so many years (despite not being able to watch much of it).

          • Zach

            Please. Kershaw should be a 94. No one besides maybe Trout deserves a 97 MAX

  • Marcus

    Not sure about for 17 but in years past I found, if you redo some players their overall ratings would jump to 99 way too easily, just cuz I give Altuve and say DJ Lemahieu a 99 rating on contact vs lefties and bump them to low 90’s vs righties shouldnt make them an overall 99

    • MoneyMayweather

      Shut up PEDO BEAR 🙂

    • Brian

      The ratings are based on primary position. Not a whole lot is expected of second basemen so any offensive prowess at all shoots them into the ratings stratosphere. I personally think it should be the other way around as second basemen are probably only higher than left fielders on the defender totem poll. You shouldn’t get a mark up for playing an undesirable position.

      • jdwilli09

        You need to do a little research on both the importance of each position defensively and positional scarcity. Second base ranks roughly equal to or slightly behind CF. SS, C, CF/2B. It’s an up the middle position that involved in all sorts of plays requiring quickness, knowledge, good feet, a strong arm/quick release. Seriously, Cutoffs, bunts, double plays, fielding throws from catchers on a stolen base, holding runners on, shifting, these are all responsibilities that a second baseman will have to deal with. It’s a pretty high level of ignorance to think they are either even with or barely ahead of LF. Read some Bill James, or just about anything ever regarding the analysis of the importance of each position and ask yourself, why if it’s so easy or unimportant, don’t teams just hide their big bats there? Why can a slick fielding second baseman have a 10-15 year career in the bigs while hitting .260-.270 without a lot of pop? It’s because it’s insanely important defensively. Robinson Cano landed a nearly quarter billion dollar contract because he was a second baseman who could hit and field the position, but his offensive stats earn him only about half of that if he played a different position or if he didn’t field 2B well. Dustin Pedroia got over 100 Million in what is considered a major hometown discount. Look up the defensive spectrum, and other articles. It’s not hard, and you won’t say something so ridiculous, it makes it seem like you only know baseball through video games. I’m serious. Undesirable position? You flat out, point blank, no doubt about it, have no clue about the actual game of baseball in real life.

  • Casor_Greener

    Same game as last year. Still thinking about the pruchase

  • Glen Willett

    None of these ratings matter once OSFM lands every year anyway.

    • If all you do is play Franchise with those rosters sure. But matters big time in Diamond Dynasty.

      • Keith.

        And for The Show Live.

  • Zach

    No other sports games has players ratings at the top level. Even 2K leaves the best at 98 or so. No reason to make someone nearly perfect in the game

    • MoneyMayweather

      get ready for LA dodger douches online.

      • cubs223425

        Dodger? Both LA players deserve those ratings. Both have been historically great, even by the standards of the historically great. Maybe you knock Kershaw to 97-98 because he had a back injury, but that’s not any indication of a lesser ability (he was far from an inferior pitcher last season, just needed a few weeks off). Trout brought the steals back when we thought they were gone, falling 1 HR short of 30-30 in another 9-win season. Guy’s an inhuman monster.

  • Brian

    Carl Crawford>Andrew Benintendi… they must be really following that weighted 3 year average thing. I thought he was released. Confirmed on baseball reference.

  • Smsixx

    Cano better than Kinsler?

    Did anyone tell these guys that it’s not 2011 anymore?

  • James Shurtleff

    No love for Porcello…he was the Cy Young in the AL and he’s not even in the top 20 for SP’s…kind of weird. He obviously wasn’t great the first half of 2015 but check his stats since the 2015 All-Star Break, bet he stacks up with anyone in the AL.

  • AllPraiseBeToMo

    How is Masahiro Tanaka not one of the best SP’s? Looked at the longer list and he’s not even one of the top 18 when Rich Hill is? Come on man.

    • Pitchers can be a weird one as far as Overalls go. There are things that factor into their ratings, like bunting, that when taken out give a bit of a better picture of who the best pitchers are in the game. If I remember correctly he was one of the guys who last year jumped up the list when that was done.