MLB The Show 23 is now available, bringing a ton of new content and updated player rankings. This year’s roster includes a ton of highly ranked players, including four players currently sitting at a 99 Overall rating, the highest possible rating. The following list is ranked by Overall Rating, putting together the 10 highest ranked players. Here are the best players in MLB The Show 23.
10. Bryce Harper – 95 – Philadelphia Phillies
Taking the number 10 spot on the list is Bryce Harper, an outfielder/DH for the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite missing sometime last season due to injury, Harper is still one of the best hitters in the league and a former MVP winner. The main stat lines contributing to his Overall ranking of 95 is a 94 in Contact R and a 98 in Power R, along with an 80 Arm.
9. Max Scherzer – 96 – New York Mets
Max Scherzer, a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, takes the 9th spot on the list with a 96 Overall rating. Former three-time Cy Young winner, Scherzer pitched 23 games in the 2022 Season, finishing with a 11-5 record and an ERA of 2.29. In MLB The Show 23, he has a 99 in Break, 92 in Stamina, and an 89 in H/9, contributing to his Overall of 96, despite being on the older end of pitchers at 38.
8. Paul Goldschmidt – 96 – St. Louis Cardinals
Reigning National League MVP and All-Star First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals comes in at 8th with a 96 Overall rating. Goldschmidt won the MVP award after finishing the season with a .317 AVG, 35 HRs, and 115 RBIs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a division pennett and a strong playoff run. In-game, his 99 in Power L, 99 in Contact L, 84 in Contact R and Reaction in 73 result in his Overall of 96.
7. Corbin Burnes – 96 – Milwaukee Brewers
Starting Pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, Corbin Burnes comes in at a 96 Overall rating, placing him at number 7 on the list. The former Cy Young winner pitched in 33 games for the Brewers in 2022, finishing with a 12-8 record on a 2.94 ERA. In MLB The Show 23, Burnes has a 99 in Velocity, 90 in Stamina, 88 in H/9, and an 86 in Break.
6. Mookie Betts – 97- Los Angeles Dodgers
Mookie Betts, the Right Fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, comes in at number 6 with a 97 Overall rating. Known for his excellent fielding skills in the outfield, Betts is also a great hitter, hitting .269 with 35 HRs and 82 RBIs in 2022. All of this contributed to the Los Angeles Dodgers having the best regular season record in 2022. In game, Betts well-rounded skills are rewarded, with him having an 89 in Power L, 85 in Power R, 88 in Fielding, and an 81 in vision.
5. Justin Verlander – 98 – New York Mets
Three-time Cy Young winner, including in the American League in 2022, Justin Verlander continues to be one of the most dominant starting pitchers in MLB, even at the age of 40. While he had spent the previous few seasons in Houston, Verlander is now a member of the New York Mets with a 98 Overall rating. Verlander pitched 28 games, finishing with an 18-4 record and a 1.75 ERA, helping the Astros secure a World Series win. In MLB The Show 23, Verlander has a 94 in H/9, 93 in Stamina, 90 in Break, and an 89 in BB/9.
4. Jacob deGrom – 99 – Texas Rangers
Two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom missed part of the 2022 season due to injury, but made a large impact for the New York Mets during his time, before signing with the Texas Rangers for the 2023 season. In 2022 deGrom pitched 11 games, finishing with a 5-4 record and a 3.08 ERA, while posting 102 strikeouts in 64.1 innings. In MLB The Show 23, deGrom has a 99 in Velocity, 96 in H/9, 96 in K/9, and a 90 in BB/9.
3. Mike Trout – 99 – Los Angeles Angels
Mike Trout, an outfield for the Los Angeles Angels, comes in at a 99 Overall rating. The former three-time MVP is known for being a massive power house of hitter, posting a .283 AVG with 40 HRs and 80 RBIs. While the Angels haven’t done much of note during Trout’s time there, Trout is still considered one of the best players in the league. Trout has a 99 in Power R, 95 In Power L, 92 in Contact L, 91 Contact R, and 90 in Speed.
2. Shohei Ohtani – 99 – Los Angeles Angels
Shohei Ohtani, the two-player and former MVP, is an Angel and has a 99 Overall rating, just like his teammate Trout. Ohtani is both the DH and a starting pitcher for the Angels. Ohtani hit .273 with 34 HRs and 95 RBIs, in addition to starting 28 games with a 15-9 record with a 2.33 ERA. Ohtani in game has a 99 in Break, 90 in Velocity, 94 in Power R, and 85 in Power L.
1. Aaron Judge – 99 – New York Yankees
The top spot in MLB The Show 23 goes to Center Fielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. The reigning AL MVP Judge put up historic numbers in 2022, hitting .311 with 62 HRs and 131 RBIs. By hitting 62 HRs, Judge now holds the American League single-season home run record. In MLB The Show 23, Judge has a 99 in both Power R and Power L, in addition to having 90 in Contact R, 88 in Arm, and 81 in Contact L.
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