MLB 13 the Show: Young Stars Who Will Quickly Outplay Their Rating
By all indications, MLB 13: The Show is about as close to perfect as a sports video game can get, but things quickly change.
The creators of The Show, according to most reviews, did a masterful job from the graphics to the gameplay to the player ratings.
That last one, however, tends to become very stale very quickly.
Once the season begins, the outlook becomes much different. Expected breakout players just break. Old veterans we thought were on the decline get a drink of water from the fountain of youth. Young stars showcase their massive potential.
Ratings are constantly changing, and thankfully, with the help of the internet, we can get those rating changes on a daily basis.
Let's take a look at what youngsters will quickly demand that updates be made to the rosters.
Note: All current ratings come from OperationSports.com
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros
After a season in which he hit .290, clocked 34 doubles and stole 33 bases, Altuve has already received a much-deserved 90 from The Show.
But this kid is still just 22 years old with plenty of room for improvement.
He slugged just .399 in his second season in the majors, and it's unlikely that the 5'5", 170-pound middle infielder will add much more power, but don't be surprised if the speedster who makes very good contact improves his batting average, legs out more doubles and triples and as a result, scores runs at a quicker pace.
Altuve's rating will soon be on the rise.
Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals
After getting a successful August and September stint in 2011, the 22-year-old Perez received a July, August and September stint in 2012—and once again passed the test with flying colors.
In 2012, the young catcher compiled an impressive slash line of .301/.328/.471 with 11 home runs, 16 doubles and just 27 strikeouts in 305 plate appearances.
For his career, he now has a slash line of .311/.339/.471 to go along with a 162-game average of 20 home runs and 85 RBI.
Without the pressure of living up to a midseason call-up, the big Venezuelan will get to relax as a full-time player and continue to improve.
He's already an 87, but reaching the 90s isn't out of his reach this year.
Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
This one's obvious.
What will Harper end the season as?
Harper, the best thing since sliced cheese, lived up to what many believed was unattainable potential as a rookie last season.
He hit just .270, but crushed 22 home runs, slugged .477, stole 18 bases and crossed the plate 98 times en route to the NL Rookie of the Year award.
Not too shabby for a 19-year-old.
By now, we've come to expect only amazing things from Harper, and at 20 years old, there's no question that he'll provide an appropriate encore to that gaudy rookie season.
As such, the 87 rating that he currently boasts won't last long.
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