MLB 13 the Show: Miguel Cabrera and the Top-Rated Third Basemen in the Game

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 28, 2013

MLB 13 The Show
MLB 13 The Show

The complete ratings have been revealed for MLB 13 The Show per @cjohnson403 on Twitter, and Operation Sports.

These details have baseball gamers just salivating over the opportunity to give the new game a spin. Unfortunately, most gamers will have to wait until the game officially releases on March 5.

This year, the ratings lords adorned 17 superstars with 99 overall ratings, with at least one at every position sans the designated hitters.

Who was the maxed-out player at the hot corner?
You guessed it, Mr. Triple Crown himself, Miguel Cabrera.

As if we even needed to remind people why Cabrera deserved a 99 overall, here is a brief description of Miggy's handy work from the 2012 season.

The American League MVP hit .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBI. He even posted a a solid .966 fielding percentage in a year that saw his position switched to third base to accommodate the acquisition of Prince Fielder.

Just behind Cabrera is the Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre with a 96 overall. He hit .321 with 36 home runs and 102 RBI in 2012.

Even though Cabrera isn't much of a threat on the base paths, it was still good to see him receive a maxed-out rating. Some might argue 99 overall ratings should be reserved for five-tool players, but that would generally alienate certain positions from ever receiving the max-rating.

If a guy is fast enough to be a stolen base threat, he probably wouldn't be playing third base, and he's even less likely to be a catcher or a first basemen.

That said, it's hard not to consider the likes of Buster Posey and Albert Pujols as worthy of a 99 overall rating.

I'm a fan of giving more players higher ratings for now, but the final confirmation will come once we see how the players perform on the virtual diamond.

Here's the rest of the overall ratings for the top 10 third basemen in MLB 13 The Show.

93 Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
93 David Wright, New York Mets
91 Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
91 Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
89 Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
88 Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
86 Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
85 Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies


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