Breaking Down 'MLB The Show 22' Player Ratings for Every Team

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2022

Breaking Down 'MLB The Show 22' Player Ratings for Every Team

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    Ashley Landis/Associated Press

    The latest edition of MLB The Show dropped last week for PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch, and that means it's time for a deep dive into each team's roster.

    Who's rated too high? Who's rated too low? Who's missing entirely?

    Those were among the questions we set out to answer while perusing the roster for all 30 teams in the latest video game offering from San Diego Studio.

    Here's a quick rundown of what you'll find on each team page:

    • Top 10 Players: The 10 highest-rated players on the team's MLB roster, based on the current live rosters for standard game play. These are not the Diamond Dynasty rankings, which we'll dive into in another article.

    • Franchise Mode Target: An up-and-coming player with good in-game potential who is worth targeting late in fantasy drafts in franchise mode. The focus here was on players with an overall rating of 75 or lower.

    • Overrated: The player I felt had an overall rating that was too high relative to his real-life abilities.

    • Underrated: The player I felt had an overall rating that was too low relative to his real-life abilities.
    • Instant Reaction: The first thought that popped into my head while looking through each team's roster for the first time.



    My gamer tag is JReuter10988 on PlayStation network. Just sayin'...

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Ketel Marte
    Ketel MarteMatt York/Associated Press

    Top 10 Players

    1. CF Ketel Marte (90 overall)
    2. SP Zac Gallen (82 overall)
    3. C Carson Kelly (81 overall)
    4. SP Madison Bumgarner (80 overall)
    5. RP Oliver Perez (80 overall)
    6. SS Nick Ahmed (77 overall)
    7. SP Merrill Kelly (77 overall)
    8. CP Mark Melancon (77 overall)
    9. 3B Josh Rojas (77 overall)
    10. LF David Peralta (76 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SS Jordan Lawlar (71 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: RP Oliver Perez (80 overall)

    Underrated: RF Pavin Smith (66 overall)

    Instant Reaction: This feels about right across the board. Perhaps a bit generous to an aging Madison Bumgarner, but he posted a respectable 4.67 ERA in 146.1 innings last year to at least partially rebound from a dreadful 2020 season.

Atlanta Braves

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    Ronald Acuna Jr.
    Ronald Acuna Jr.Michael Reaves/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. CF Ronald Acuna Jr. (99 overall)
    2. 2B Ozzie Albies (91 overall)
    3. 1B Matt Olson (90 overall)
    4. SP Charlie Morton (87 overall)
    5. SP Max Fried (86 overall)
    6. CP Kirby Yates (86 overall)
    7. RP Collin McHugh (84 overall)
    8. 3B Austin Riley (83 overall)
    9. CP Kenley Jansen (83 overall)
    10. C Manny Pina (83 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: CF Michael Harris II (59 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: C Manny Pina (83 overall)

    Underrated: 3B Austin Riley (83 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Kirby Yates was arguably baseball's best closer as recently as 2019. However, he hasn't pitched since Aug. 14, 2020, and he's not expected to be ready to go until after the All-Star break. Does he really still deserve an 86 overall?

Baltimore Orioles

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    Cedric Mullins
    Cedric MullinsIcon Sportswire/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. CF Cedric Mullins (86 overall)
    2. LF Austin Hays (83 overall)
    3. SP John Means (80 overall)
    4. 1B Ryan Mountcastle (80 overall)
    5. 1B Trey Mancini (78 overall)
    6. 2B Jorge Mateo (77 overall)
    7. 2B Rougned Odor (77 overall)
    8. C Adley Rutschman (74 overall)
    9. CP Tyler Wells (74 overall)
    10. LF Robert Neustrom (74 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: C Adley Rutschman (74 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 2B Rougned Odor (77 overall)

    Underrated: RF Anthony Santander (72 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Grayson Rodriguez at a 69 overall feels really low, even with the accompanying "A" potential. The 22-year-old is the best pitching prospect in baseball, and we're going to see him in the majors at some point in 2022.

Boston Red Sox

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    Trevor Story
    Trevor StoryBillie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. 2B Trevor Story (94 overall)
    2. SP Chris Sale (93 overall)
    3. LF J.D. Martinez (87 overall)
    4. 3B Rafael Devers (86 overall)
    5. SP Nathan Eovaldi (85 overall)
    6. SP Tanner Houck (85 overall)
    7. LF Alex Verdugo (85 overall)
    8. RP Matt Barnes (83 overall)
    9. SP James Paxton (83 overall)
    10. SS Xander Bogaerts (82 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SS Marcelo Mayer (71 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: SP James Paxton (83 overall)

    Underrated: CF Enrique Hernandez (78 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Trevor Story has a more well-rounded skill set than Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, who don't provide much in the way of base-running value and are below-average defenders at their positions, so it makes sense that he'd have a higher overall rating. It's still weird seeing him as the best player on the Red Sox roster, though.

Chicago Cubs

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    Nico Hoerner
    Nico HoernerRoss D. Franklin/Associated Press

    Top 10 Players

    1. SS Nico Hoerner (85 overall)
    2. C Willson Contreras (85 overall)
    3. C Yan Gomes (83 overall)
    4. SP Marcus Stroman (83 overall)
    5. 3B Patrick Wisdom (83 overall)
    6. SP Kyle Hendricks (82 overall)
    7. 2B Nick Madrigal (79 overall)
    8. LF Ian Happ (78 overall)
    9. SP Wade Miley (78 overall)
    10. 1B Frank Schwindel (78 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: CF Brennen Davis (60 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: C Yan Gomes (83 overall)

    Underrated: OF Rafael Ortega (68 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Is Nico Hoerner really that much better than Nick Madrigal? Both guys have yet to reach 120 games in the big leagues, so the 2022 season will be a big one in determining their future roles on the team.

Chicago White Sox

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    Yasmani Grandal
    Yasmani GrandalDiamond Images/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. C Yasmani Grandal (93 overall)
    2. RP Liam Hendriks (93 overall)
    3. CF Luis Robert (88 overall)
    4. 1B Jose Abreu (87 overall)
    5. SP Lance Lynn (87 overall)
    6. SP Lucas Giolito (84 overall)
    7. SS Tim Anderson (83 overall)
    8. SP Michael Kopech (81 overall)
    9. RF AJ Pollock (81 overall)
    10. RP Garrett Crochet (80 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: LF Andrew Vaughn (73 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 2B Leury Garcia (80 overall)

    Underrated: SP Dylan Cease (77 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Slapping an 81 overall on Michael Kopech when he has never pitched more than 69.1 innings in a season and is making the move from swingman to full-time member of the rotation is bold, but there's no question he has the stuff to be an elite starter.

Cincinnati Reds

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    Joey Votto
    Joey VottoMichael Reaves/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. 1B Joey Votto (83 overall)
    2. 2B Jonathan India (82 overall)
    3. SP Tyler Mahle (82 overall)
    4. SP Luis Castillo (80 overall)
    5. LF Tommy Pham (79 overall)
    6. C Tyler Stephenson (79 overall)
    7. SP Mike Minor (78 overall)
    8. RP Tejay Antone (77 overall)
    9. 3B Mike Moustakas (77 overall)
    10. CP Lucas Sims (77 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SP Nick Lodolo (70 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 3B Mike Moustakas (77 overall)

    Underrated: RP Art Warren (67 overall)

    Instant Reaction: A round of applause for giving Tyler Mahle the respect he deserves. The 27-year-old went 13-6 with a 3.75 ERA and 210 strikeouts in 180 innings last year and has quietly developed into one of the game's best young pitchers.

Cleveland Guardians

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    Jose Ramirez
    Jose RamirezJustin K. Aller/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. 3B Jose Ramirez (94 overall)
    2. SP Shane Bieber (92 overall)
    3. RP Emmanuel Clase (92 overall)
    4. SP Aaron Civale (82 overall)
    5. RP James Karinchak (80 overall)
    6. SP Cal Quantrill (80 overall)
    7. C Austin Hedges (79 overall)
    8. SS Amed Rosario (79 overall)
    9. 2B Andres Gimenez (78 overall)
    10. RP Nick Sandlin (78 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SS Brayan Rocchio (70 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 2B Andres Gimenez (78 overall)

    Underrated: RF Franmil Reyes (75 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Either Aaron Civale (124.1 IP, 3.84 ERA) is overrated or Cal Quantrill (149.2 IP, 2.89 ERA) is underrated based on their 2021 performances, though they are both quality young arms in a rotation that is the strength of the Cleveland roster.

Colorado Rockies

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    Kris Bryant
    Kris BryantNorm Hall/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. LF Kris Bryant (85 overall)
    2. 3B Ryan McMahon (84 overall)
    3. 1B C.J. Cron (81 overall)
    4. SP German Marquez (81 overall)
    5. 2B Garrett Hampson (81 overall)
    6. C Elias Diaz (79 overall)
    7. SP Austin Gomber (79 overall)
    8. 2B Brendan Rodgers (78 overall)
    9. RF Charlie Blackmon (77 overall)
    10. SP Antonio Senzatela (77 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: RF Zac Veen (66 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 2B Garrett Hampson (79 overall)

    Underrated: SP Kyle Freeland (73 overall)

    Instant Reaction: It will be interesting to see how things unfold with the middle infield trio of Garrett Hampson (81 overall), Brendan Rodgers (78 overall) and Jose Iglesias (74 overall) as far as playing time is concerned. Of the three, Hampson might be the one who fits best in a utility role.

Detroit Tigers

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    Javier Baez
    Javier BaezLynne Sladky/Associated Press

    Top 10 Players

    1. SS Javier Baez (87 overall)
    2. 2B Jonathan Schoop (83 overall)
    3. RP Andrew Chafin (81 overall)
    4. SP Eduardo Rodriguez (80 overall)
    5. SP Spencer Turnbull (80 overall)
    6. 2B Willi Castro (79 overall)
    7. C Tucker Barnhart (77 overall)
    8. SP Michael Pineda (77 overall)
    9. 3B Jeimer Candelario (76 overall)
    10. SP Casey Mize (76 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: 1B Spencer Torkelson (74 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 2B Willi Castro (79 overall)

    Underrated: RF Robbie Grossman (72 overall)

    Instant Reaction: The Tigers acquired five of their top 10 playersBaez, Chafin, Rodriguez, Barnhart and Pinedaduring the offseason. That clearly speaks to a team on the rise looking to make a move up the AL Central standings.

Houston Astros

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    Jose Altuve
    Jose AltuveIcon Sportswire/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. 2B Jose Altuve (92 overall)
    2. LF Yordan Alvarez (90 overall)
    3. CP Ryan Pressly (89 overall)
    4. SP Justin Verlander (88 overall)
    5. 3B Alex Bregman (86 overall)
    6. SP Lance McCullers Jr. (86 overall)
    7. RF Kyle Tucker (85 overall)
    8. SP Framber Valdez (83 overall)
    9. SP Luis Garcia (82 overall)
    10. 1B Yuli Gurriel (82 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SS Jeremy Pena (66 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: SP Justin Verlander (88 overall)

    Underrated: RF Kyle Tucker (85 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Outfielder Kyle Tucker should be the Astros' best player. He hits for power (30 home runs) and average (.294 BA), can steal a base (14 SB in 16 attempts), and plays terrific defense in right field (11 DRS). That full tool box should easily make him a 90-overall player.

Kansas City Royals

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    Salvador Perez
    Salvador PerezEd Zurga/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. C Salvador Perez (88 overall)
    2. SP Zack Greinke (87 overall)
    3. SS Adalberto Mondesi (84 overall)
    4. 2B Nicky Lopez (83 overall)
    5. LF Andrew Benintendi (79 overall)
    6. CF Michael A. Taylor (79 overall)
    7. RF Whit Merrifield (78 overall)
    8. CP Scott Barlow (76 overall)
    9. SP Brady Singer (76 overall)
    10. C Cam Gallagher (75 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: 3B Bobby Witt Jr. (72 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: SS Adalberto Mondesi (84 overall)

    Underrated: SP Daniel Lynch (64 overall)

    Instant Reaction: I completely understand not wanting to overrate unproven prospects who have not yet reached the majors. At the same time, Bobby Witt Jr. is undoubtedly already one of the 10 best players on the Royals roster, and he could challenge for the No. 1 spot before the 2022 season is over.

Los Angeles Angels

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    Mike Trout
    Mike TroutNorm Hall/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. CF Mike Trout (99 overall)
    2. SP Shohei Ohtani (95 overall)
    3. 3B Anthony Rendon (86 overall)
    4. CP Raisel Iglesias (85 overall)
    5. SP Noah Syndergaard (84 overall)
    6. 1B Jared Walsh (83 overall)
    7. RP Ryan Tepera (82 overall)
    8. RP Aaron Loup (81 overall)
    9. C Max Stassi (80 overall)
    10. SS David Fletcher (79 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SP Reid Detmers (66 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 1B Jared Walsh (83 overall)

    Underrated: OF Jo Adell (63 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Outfielders Brandon Marsh (66 overall) and Jo Adell (63 overall) are capable of outperforming their initial rankings by a wide margin now that they both have a clear path to everyday playing time alongside Mike Trout in the MLB outfield.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Trea Turner
    Trea TurnerChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. SS Trea Turner (94 overall)
    2. 1B Freddie Freeman (93 overall)
    3. SP Clayton Kershaw (93 overall)
    4. RF Mookie Betts (93 overall)
    5. SP Walker Buehler (92 overall)
    6. 1B Max Muncy (91 overall)
    7. C Will Smith (90 overall)
    8. SP Julio Urias (90 overall)
    9. 2B Chris Taylor (84 overall)
    10. RP Blake Treinen (84 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: 2B Michael Busch (70 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: CF Cody Bellinger (81 overall)

    Underrated: RP Tyler Anderson (69 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Respect where it's due, but Clayton Kershaw is the third-best pitcher on the Dodgers these days. Rising aces Walker Buehler and Julio Urias both outperformed him in 2021, and the tables are unlikely to turn back as Kershaw enters his age-34 season.

Miami Marlins

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    Sandy Alcantara
    Sandy AlcantaraEric Espada/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. SP Sandy Alcantara (84 overall)
    2. 2B Jazz Chisholm (84 overall)
    3. RF Avisail Garcia (84 overall)
    4. SP Trevor Rogers (84 overall)
    5. C Jacob Stallings (84 overall)
    6. SP Pablo Lopez (82 overall)
    7. 1B Jesus Aguilar (81 overall)
    8. RP Anthony Bender (79 overall)
    9. RP Richard Bleier (79 overall)
    10. LF Jorge Soler (79 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: CF Jesus Sanchez (73 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 2B Jon Berti (77 overall)

    Underrated: SP Elieser Hernandez (73 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Shortstop prospect Kahlil Watson (71 overall) has the same overall ranking as Jordan Lawlar (ARI) and Marcelo Mayer (BOS), who were widely regarded as being in a tier of their own among the 2021 draft class. It will be interesting to see how those three develop in the coming years.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Corbin Burnes
    Corbin BurnesDaniel Shirey/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. SP Corbin Burnes (94 overall)
    2. SP Brandon Woodruff (92 overall)
    3. SP Freddy Peralta (89 overall)
    4. RP Devin Williams (87 overall)
    5. RP Josh Hader (85 overall)
    6. LF Christian Yelich (85 overall)
    7. RF Hunter Renfroe (84 overall)
    8. 2B Kolten Wong (83 overall)
    9. LF Andrew McCutchen (80 overall)
    10. 3B Luis Urias (79 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: OF Sal Frelick (69 overall, "B" potential)

    Overrated: LF Christian Yelich (85 overall)

    Underrated: RP Josh Hader (85 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Liam Hendriks (93 overall), Ryan Pressly (89 overall), Giovanny Gallegos (89 overall), Taylor Rogers (86 overall) and Kirby Yates (86 overall) all have a higher rating among closers than Josh Hader. A lot of this is subjective, but that's just flat-out wrong.

Minnesota Twins

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    Byron Buxton
    Byron BuxtonBrace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. CF Byron Buxton (91 overall)
    2. SS Carlos Correa (87 overall)
    3. CP Taylor Rogers (86 overall)
    4. 2B Jorge Polanco (85 overall)
    5. SP Sonny Gray (81 overall)
    6. 3B Gio Urshela (81 overall)
    7. RP Tyler Duffey (79 overall)
    8. SP Kenta Maeda (78 overall)
    9. C Gary Sanchez (77 overall)
    10. RP Caleb Thielbar (77 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SP Jordan Balazovic (69 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: SP Sonny Gray (81 overall)

    Underrated: SP Bailey Ober (69 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Right-hander Joe Ryan (76 overall) looks like a dark-horse AL Rookie of the Year candidate after posting a 4.05 ERA and 0.79 WHIP with 30 strikeouts in 26.2 innings in his debut last year, and he is one of the highest-rated rookies in the game.

New York Mets

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    Jacob deGrom
    Jacob deGromEric Espada/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. SP Jacob deGrom (99 overall)
    2. SP Max Scherzer (97 overall)
    3. CF Starling Marte (87 overall)
    4. 1B Pete Alonso (84 overall)
    5. SS Francisco Lindor (84 overall)
    6. SP Chris Bassitt (83 overall)
    7. 3B Eduardo Escobar (83 overall)
    8. RP Edwin Diaz (82 overall)
    9. LF Mark Canha (80 overall)
    10. RF Brandon Nimmo (80 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: C Francisco Alvarez (64 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 3B Eduardo Escobar (83 overall)

    Underrated: LF Dominic Smith (71 overall)

    Instant Reaction: After becoming the first player in MLB history with at least 20 steals in both leagues during the same season, it's a bit surprising to see Starling Marte with a 74 speed rating. He had 47 total steals in 52 attempts to match his career-high.

New York Yankees

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    Aaron Judge
    Aaron JudgeLynne Sladky/Associated Press

    Top 10 Players

    1. RF Aaron Judge (96 overall)
    2. SP Gerrit Cole (92 overall)
    3. LF Joey Gallo (89 overall)
    4. LF Giancarlo Stanton (87 overall)
    5. 3B Josh Donaldson (85 overall)
    6. CP Aroldis Chapman (82 overall)
    7. RP Chad Green (82 overall)
    8. 3B DJ LeMahieu (82 overall)
    9. SP Luis Severino (81 overall)
    10. SP Jameson Taillon (81 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: CF Jasson Dominguez (72 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: SP Jameson Taillon (81 overall)

    Underrated: SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa (75 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Staying extremely high on Jasson Dominguez (72 overall, "A" potential) and not pumping up Anthony Volpe (65 overall, "A" potential) feels like one of the bigger misses on the prospect side of things, especially considering all of the hype Volpe has going into the year.

Oakland Athletics

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    Frankie Montas
    Frankie MontasAlika Jenner/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. SP Frankie Montas (83 overall)
    2. C Sean Murphy (83 overall)
    3. CF Ramon Laureano (80 overall)
    4. LF Seth Brown (79 overall)
    5. 2B Tony Kemp (76 overall)
    6. SP James Kaprielian (75 overall)
    7. SP Cole Irvin (74 overall)
    8. SS Elvis Andrus (73 overall)
    9. LF Chad Pinder (73 overall)
    10. RP Lou Trivino (73 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SS Robert Puason (71 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: SS Elvis Andrus (73 overall)

    Underrated: RP Lou Trivino (73 overall)

    Instant Reaction: No one on the Oakland Athletics' MLB roster has an "A" potential grade. That feels about right for a team that stripped the roster to the studs this offseason and still might not be done dealing after sending Sean Manaea to the San Diego Padres over the weekend.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Bryce Harper
    Bryce HarperMark Brown/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. RF Bryce Harper (95 overall)
    2. SP Zack Wheeler (92 overall)
    3. C J.T. Realmuto (90 overall)
    4. SP Aaron Nola (88 overall)
    5. 2B Jean Segura (88 overall)
    6. LF Nick Castellanos (87 overall)
    7. SP Ranger Suarez (87 overall)
    8. LF Kyle Schwarber (84 overall)
    9. SP Kyle Gibson (80 overall)
    10. 1B Rhys Hoskins (80 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SS Bryson Stott (71 overall, "B" potential)

    Overrated: 2B Jean Segura (88 overall)

    Underrated: LF Matt Vierling (65 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Much like the current situation in Philadelphia, the game gives Bryson Stott (71 overall) a higher rating than incumbent shortstop Didi Gregorius (69 overall). It looks like Stott could start the season at third base, but he's the shortstop of the not-so-distant future.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Bryan Reynolds
    Bryan ReynoldsIcon Sportswire/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. CF Bryan Reynolds (84 overall)
    2. C Roberto Perez (84 overall)
    3. 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (81 overall)
    4. CP David Bednar (79 overall)
    5. SP Zach Thompson (79 overall)
    6. SP Jerad Eickhoff (78 overall)
    7. 2B Michael Chavis (77 overall)
    8. C Henry Davis (73 overall)
    9. SS Oneil Cruz (71 overall)
    10. SS Kevin Newman (71 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: C Henry Davis (73 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: C Roberto Perez (84 overall)

    Underrated: 1B Yoshi Tsutsugo (64 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Veteran catcher Roberto Perez is the single most overrated player in the entire game. The 33-year-old hit .149 with a 54 OPS+ and minus-0.1 WAR last year, yet he somehow has the same rating as budding star Bryan Reynolds? Wild.

San Diego Padres

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    Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (94 overall)
    2. 3B Manny Machado (94 overall)
    3. 2B Jake Cronenworth (88 overall)
    4. SP Yu Darvish (85 overall)
    5. SP Mike Clevinger (85 overall)
    6. SP Joe Musgrove (84 overall)
    7. SP Blake Snell (84 overall)
    8. SP Sean Manaea (83 overall)
    9. CF Trent Grisham (80 overall)
    10. CP Drew Pomeranz (80 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SP MacKenzie Gore (71 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 1B Luke Voit (80 overall)

    Underrated: SS CJ Abrams (69 overall)

    Instant Reaction: If the Padres can get and stay healthy, their starting rotation is going to be one of the best in baseball, and that's clear here with five guys checking in with an 83 overall rating or higher. Chris Paddack (78 overall) and Dinelson Lamet (77 overall) are also around as depth options.

San Francisco Giants

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    Carlos Rodon
    Carlos RodonMatt York/Associated Press

    Top 10 Players

    1. SP Carlos Rodon (90 overall)
    2. SP Logan Webb (87 overall)
    3. RP Tyler Rogers (84 overall)
    4. 1B Brandon Belt (83 overall)
    5. SS Brandon Crawford (82 overall)
    6. 3B Evan Longoria (81 overall)
    7. SP Alex Wood (81 overall)
    8. 1B Darin Ruf (79 overall)
    9. C Curt Casali (78 overall)
    10. SP Anthony DeSclafani (78 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: C Joey Bart (73 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 3B Evan Longoria (81 overall)

    Underrated: LF LaMonte Wade Jr. (73 overall)

    Instant Reaction: There were plenty of choices for most underrated player on the Giants roster, with Alex Cobb (75 overall), Camilo Doval (73 overall), Tommy La Stella (72 overall), Steven Duggar (70 overall) and Joc Pederson (70 overall) also seemingly a few ticks below where they should be ranked.

Seattle Mariners

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    Robbie Ray
    Robbie RayCharlie Riedel/Associated Press

    Top 10 Players

    1. SP Robbie Ray (87 overall)
    2. LF Jesse Winker (83 overall)
    3. RP Diego Castillo (81 overall)
    4. 2B Adam Frazier (81 overall)
    5. RF Mitch Haniger (81 overall)
    6. 2B Dylan Moore (81 overall)
    7. SP Logan Gilbert (80 overall)
    8. C Tom Murphy (80 overall)
    9. CP Paul Sewald (80 overall)
    10. 3B Eugenio Suarez (80 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SS Noelvi Marte (72 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 2B Dylan Moore (81 overall)

    Underrated: SS J.P. Crawford (76 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Does Dylan Moore work at Sony? The 29-year-old utility infielder hit .181 with a 71 OPS+ and 0.9 WAR last season, yet he's tied for the third-highest-rated player on the Seattle roster. Meanwhile, starting shortstop J.P. Crawford is a 67 overall following a 3.8-WAR season.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Nolan Arenado
    Nolan ArenadoSue Ogrocki/Associated Press

    Top 10 Players

    1. 3B Nolan Arenado (95 overall)
    2. LF Tyler O'Neill (90 overall)
    3. 2B Tommy Edman (89 overall)
    4. CP Giovanny Gallegos (89 overall)
    5. 1B Paul Goldschmidt (89 overall)
    6. SP Jack Flaherty (87 overall)
    7. SP Adam Wainwright (86 overall)
    8. C Yadier Molina (85 overall)
    9. CF Harrison Bader (84 overall)
    10. SP Miles Mikolas (81 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: 3B Nolan Gorman (62 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: 2B Tommy Edman (89 overall)

    Underrated: RP Genesis Cabrera (73 overall)

    Instant Reaction: Right fielder Dylan Carlson just missed cracking the top 10 with a 78 overall and "A" potential. I have a hunch the 23-year-old is going to be someone who consistently develops into a superstar and MVP candidate in franchise mode.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Brandon Lowe
    Brandon LoweIcon Sportswire/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. 2B Brandon Lowe (90 overall)
    2. LF Randy Arozarena (87 overall)
    3. SP Tyler Glasnow (87 overall)
    4. CP Nick Anderson (85 overall)
    5. C Mike Zunino (84 overall)
    6. SP Corey Kluber (83 overall)
    7. CF Kevin Kiermaier (82 overall)
    8. SS Wander Franco (81 overall)
    9. CP Andrew Kittredge (81 overall)
    10. LF Austin Meadows (81 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SP Shane Baz (74 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: SP Corey Kluber (83 overall)

    Underrated: 1B Ji-Man Choi (68 overall)

    Instant Reaction: A 59 contact rating for Wander Franco against right-handed pitching seems a bit harsh, and it's probably the reason he doesn't have a higher overall rating. Meanwhile, center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is propped up by his 99 fielding and 99 reaction ratings.

Texas Rangers

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    Marcus Semien
    Marcus SemienDiamond Images/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. 2B Marcus Semien (97 overall)
    2. C Mitch Garver (85 overall)
    3. CF Adolis Garcia (81 overall)
    4. SS Corey Seager (80 overall)
    5. SP Dane Dunning (77 overall)
    6. SP Jon Gray (77 overall)
    7. RP John King (76 overall)
    8. SP Kohei Arihara (75 overall)
    9. 3B Charlie Culberson (75 overall)
    10. 3B Andy Ibanez (75 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: SP Jack Leiter (71 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: SP Kohei Arihara (75 overall)

    Underrated: 1B Nathaniel Lowe (74 overall overall)

    Instant Reaction: This is a mess. How is Marcus Semien (97 overall) rated that much higher than Corey Seager (80 overall)? Kohei Arihara had a 6.64 ERA in 10 starts last year before he was removed from the 40-man roster, yet he's the team's third-best starter? Cleanup hitter Nathaniel Lowe is worse than utility man Charlie Culberson? This whole roster needs a total redo.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
    Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (96 overall)
    2. SP Kevin Gausman (89 overall)
    3. SS Bo Bichette (87 overall)
    4. 3B Matt Chapman (87 overall)
    5. LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (87 overall)
    6. SP Alek Manoah (87 overall)
    7. RF Teoscar Hernandez (86 overall)
    8. SP Jose Berrios (85 overall)
    9. SP Hyun-Jin Ryu (84 overall)
    10. CF George Springer (83 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: C Gabriel Moreno (72 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: SP Kevin Gausman (89 overall)

    Underrated: RP Jordan Romero (78 overall)

    Instant Reaction: The Blue Jays are stacked, and these rankings certainly back that up. With four starting pitchers ranked 84 overall or higher, this might be the best starting rotation the team has had since the early 1990s, when they won back-to-back World Series titles.

Washington Nationals

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    Juan Soto
    Juan SotoThe Washington Post/Getty Images

    Top 10 Players

    1. RF Juan Soto (91 overall)
    2. SP Stephen Strasburg (87 overall)
    3. RF Nelson Cruz (81 overall)
    4. 2B Cesar Hernandez (81 overall)
    5. 1B Josh Bell (78 overall)
    6. SP Patrick Corbin (77 overall)
    7. RP Will Harris (77 overall)
    8. RP Tyler Clippard (75 overall)
    9. RP Sean Doolittle (75 overall)
    10. CF Victor Robles (75 overall)


    Franchise Mode Target: 3B Brady House (71 overall, "A" potential)

    Overrated: SP Stephen Strasburg (87 overall)

    Underrated: SP Josiah Gray (68 overall)

    Instant Reaction: I was tempted to call Juan Soto the most underrated player on the Nationals roster with a 91 overall rating. Other 91 overall players include Max Muncy, Ozzie Albies and Byron Buxton, and it feels like he should be a notch above those guys.