One of the biggest things people look forward to when a sports video game comes out is seeing the player ratings. This year's version of MLB 13: The Show has some interesting numbers.
There is little issue with some of the game's top players. Josh Hamilton and Miguel Cabrera both proved that they are among the best hitters in the game and each earned a well-deserved 99 ranking.
Then again, there are some underrated players like Asdrubal Cabrera (85) and Justin Upton (86) that should quickly prove that they are better than their ratings.
Still, the biggest issue is these players that are highly rated only based on their reputation, and not their play. The beginning of the season should show that these ratings will not last.
Note: Rankings courtesy of OperationSports.com.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox (98)
It is possible that last season was just a fluke for the Red Sox and that it was all Bobby Valentine's fault. However, that is not the likely scenario.
Dustin Pedroia saw his numbers dip across the board last season, posting a batting average 13 points below his career average. In addition, his on-base percentage fell to .347, which was the lowest full-season mark of his career.
The small second baseman has exceeded in his career by being a "jack of all trades," good at everything, but not great at anything. Nowadays, he seems to be just average at everything.
While his grit and determination still make him a player you want on your team in real life, it is hard to make this carry over into a video game. As far as skills go, there are plenty better in the majors.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies (93)
As a fielder, Jimmy Rollins is still one of the best in the league and deserves a relatively high rating. Still, this is not enough to justify a 93 overall.
He batted only .250 last season, and it was not a fluke. Only once in the past four years has he posted a better mark than this.
Rollins does not have the speed or power that he had in his MVP season, and he is nowhere near the batter that he was in 2007.
There are plenty of shortstops who have passed the veteran on the list of best in the league.
Carlos Beltran, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (98)
Although Carlos Beltran had a great season in 2012, a 98 is simply too high of a rating.
Earlier in his career, the outfielder had the reputation of being an excellent all-around player. He could field, hit and run as well as anyone in the league.
Unfortunately, he is no longer that type of player. His batting average dropped to .269, he only stole 13 bases and he became only an average right fielder after moving from centerfield a few years ago.
His 32 home runs ranked fifth in the National League last season, but he was too one-dimensional to earn this high of a rating.
It is tough to justify being five points higher than Jay Bruce, even though they are similar players at this point.