One of the most anticipated and speculated times of the year for sports fans is when the player and team ratings for an upcoming new release of a video game comes out. In a lot of cases, the athletes who are featured in the game anticipate and analyze these ratings almost as much as the fans do. Those ratings, especially the overall rating, says a lot about what gamers can expect when they use that player. While it's often hard to get the ratings just right for everybody, there are some players whose ratings seem a little more out of whack than others.
A number of factors can play into why a particular player rated higher or lower than the general public expects. Sometimes the player's overall history can cloud a developer's judgement. Other times perceived potential of a player could inflate or possibly deflate a player's rating as well. In this list, we'll uncover twenty ratings from MLB The Show 18 that just don't seem to line up with the current performance of these players. While some of these guys might have enjoyed very good careers that make them worthy of an exaggeration in their rating, it doesn't necessarily mean that it reflects the skill level they have shown during the 2018 season. Let's take a look at twenty players San Diego Studios (or whoever updates these ratings) should consider taking another look at and change the ratings for future updates of this game.
20 Luis Severino - 90 Overall
Luis Severino has earned an All Star appearance over the past two seasons and has played a role in the Yankees return to their winning ways. However, giving him a 90 overall rating seems a big premature. Especially considering the fact that a much greater pitcher by the name of Madison Bumgarner is only rated 1 point higher.
Severino deserves a lot of credit for his play, but they may want to hold off on giving him such a high rating until he puts together a few more seasons like 2017 and 2018.
It takes a lot more than what he's done to be put in the same category as Bumgarner.
19 Kris Bryant- 94 Overall
Kris Bryant received a lot of well deserved praise when he burst out onto the big league scene a few years ago. Bryant is a talented player who has contributed a lot to the Cubs success. However, he is already two years removed from his last All Star appearance. His numbers, particularly this year, have been down by comparison. Giving him a 94 overall rating doesn't seem to make a lot of sense.
If you need to keep his rating up due to potential and reputation, then maybe lower it down to 87-88 overall. However, the reality is Bryant should be rated around the mid 80s at this point. It's likely that his numbers will eventually go back up at some point, but until then, they might want to rethink where he ranks.
18 Dylan Bundy - 75 Overall
It's been a long season for the Orioles. There hasn't been a lot of good things to say about their performance. However, they still have a roster with some good players. Dylan Bundy is one of those guys despite owning a losing record on the mound. It's possible that his current losing record would be different if the team was performing better. Bundy is a good pitcher who is the victim of playing on a bad team.
His rating shouldn't be held down quite this low due to the performance of the team. While he certainly isn't an elite pitcher, he should at least own a rating of 80-85 just based on what he's done in the past and how well he is holding up despite playing on such a bad team.
17 Francisco Lindor - 91 Overall
A lot of people might say that Francisco Lindor's 91 overall rating is pretty fair, but when you look at his numbers, it actually seems a little unfair. His overall numbers this season alone could be considered elite. Lindor currently leads the American League in runs, doubles, and plate appearances. He is also about to go over 30 home runs and is flirting with a .300 batting average.
There are guys who do much less that have ratings fairly close to his.
Considering how high his rating is already, it might seem a little petty to want it a little higher, but considering the kind of numbers he puts up, I think he deserves at least a 95 or 96 overall rating.
16 Tyler Skaggs - 82 Overall
A rating of 80 or higher should at least show that a player is better than average. However, there are a few instances where they got this wrong. Tyler Skaggs is one of those players. Although he is currently enjoying a solid season, the rest of his resume doesn't seem to justify the gift of an 82 overall rating. He's never had a winning season and he tends put up an ERA that is well over 4.00. Some might be forgiving of his numbers since he pitches for a fairly average Angels team, but at the end of the day, the numbers don't lie. Skaggs is simply rated too high on this year's game.
15 James Paxton - 90 Overall
James Paxton has had a pretty good run over the past two seasons. He's come back strong after finishing two seasons in a row with a winning percentage under .500. However, despite being a big help to the Mariners this season, he doesn't deserve a 90 overall rating. Paxton is a good pitcher, but not an All Star. He's not even a pitcher who is considered elite. His numbers are pretty good, but not good enough to justify such a high rating. Perhaps he will deserve 90 overall or better after a few more seasons of consistent play, but at this point it's a little too soon.
14 Ozzie Albies - 89 Overall
If you've watched the Atlanta Braves this year, then you know that Ozzie Albies is a very exciting young player who has a bright future ahead of him. Although some might argue that Albies has more than backed up his 89 overall rating, it might be a little too soon to give him that kind of number. For as important as current performance is to a rating, there is also something to be said for consistency over then course of time.
Albies has proven that he has the potential to be a player with an 89 overall or higher rating, but his time might not have arrived just yet.
Especially since he hasn't made the All Star team yet. Give Albies another year or two to earn such a high rating before giving it to him.
13 Vince Velasquez - 76 Overall
It might seem a bit trivial to question the rating they give Vince Velasaquez, but considering how bad his numbers are, it's actually a little surprising. Velasquez is averaging over 4.00 ERA for his career, has had a losing record every season despite getting plenty of starts, and usually doesn't even manage to get a decision. Despite playing a solid Phillies team this year, the trend seems to be holding up.
It seems like they are being a little too generous with his rating. There are several pitchers on this game whose ratings are much lower, but have a similar output as Velasquez. This rating needs to be changed.
12 Andrew McCutchen - 84 Overall
The decline of Andrew McCutchen's play at the plate over the past few years has been well documented. He is no longer the All Star talent he once was a few years ago. Even at 84 overall, McCutchen seems a little overrated. Especially when you compare him to his former Pirates outfield teammate Gregory Polanco. Currently, Polanco is putting up similar numbers as McCutchen, but is only rated 71 overall.
Considering the fact that the Starling Marte, McCutchen, and Polanco trio were pretty even in terms of talent and productivity over the past few seasons, this rating doesn't make a lot of sense. Although McCutchen has the good history to back up his rating, he's also had enough down years to question it.
11 Brian Dozier- 89 Overall
Brian Dozier enjoyed several solid years with the Twins before recently being traded to the Dodgers. Although he was highly regarded up in Minnesota, there is no doubt that his numbers have slipped down a bit over the past few seasons.
An 89 overall rating for a player who is batting just over .200 and putting up fairly mediocre numbers at the plate overall isn't right.
Especially when you see players like Francisco Lindor putting up fantastic numbers, but only rated 2 points higher. Dozier might be a good guy to have on your team, but he doesn't deserve what many might consider an All Star caliber rating.
10 Wil Myers - 85 Overall
Wil Myers is a good player who plays on a team that doesn't get a lot of attention. At this point, the Padres are lucky to have a player who can supply a little bit of power to their lineup. However, an 85 overall rating seems a little high. He puts up decent power numbers, but nothing too gaudy. He also doesn't do anything else that really makes him stand out. Myers might be an everyday player who gives his team a much needed boost, but an 85 overall rating seems a bit high for a player who should be somewhere between 75-80.
9 Yoenis Cespedes - 90 Overall
Yoenis Cespedes is the type of player you can visualize doing exciting things. This two time All Star has certainly had some good moments. However, when you take a look at his over all numbers, he actually isn't quite as good as you might remember. Those exciting moments he produces has apparently clouded the judgement of those who rate the players on The Show as well.
Cespedes deserves a rating in the low to mid 80s, but certainly not 90 or above. Some might argue with that considering his flashes of brilliance, but in reality he is just a good player who is capable of having great moments every once in awhile.
8 Matt Carpenter - 78 Overall
When baseball fans think of the St Louis Cardinals, Matt Carpenter is probably the first player they think of. Especially this year since he is having what is arguably his best season. Even though he is currently leading the National League in several offensive categories, he is only rated a modest 78 overall.
Even as a 3 time All Star who has put up consistently good numbers throughout his career, this is the best rating they could give him?
Even teammate Marcell Ozuna is rated much higher (87 overall) despite the fact that their numbers are pretty comparable to each other. Both of these ratings need to be rethought and adjusted to the mid 80's somewhere.
7 Freddy Galvis - 77 Overall
Over the years Freddy Galvis has shown flashes of great play. Especially on defense. However, these were only flashes of great play. Although a 77 overall rating is hardly an elite rating, it's still pretty close the above average category. Based on his overall numbers, Freddy Galvis is an average player. Some might even say he is a little below average. He can do some good things on defense, but his offensive output hasn't been very memorable. This is a player who might be getting such a high rating because he has played on such bad teams, not because he actually has earned it.
6 Mike Foltynewicz - 72 Overall
The Braves are clearly one of the biggest surprises of the 2018 season. They are a fun team that even managed to produce a few All Stars. However, you probably wouldn't even know Mike Foltynewicz was an All Star if you looked at his rating. To be realistic, he is not in the same league as Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner, but he deserves a lot more respect than this. Even Julio Teheran, a pitcher some might still consider the Braves ace, only has a 76 overall rating. You will find a lot of pitchers on this game who are not as good and way less impactful who are rated then same or higher. Foltynewicz and Teheran should both be rated in the low to mid 80s.
5 Adrian Beltre - 89 Overall
Adrian Beltre is a solid player that any team would be lucky to have. Even at 39 years old. However, he's not quite the same player that he used to be. This is why it's a little confusing that he is rated so high during the twilight of his career. If respect means anything, then a rating of 80 would make sense. He's had a very good career. However, his play and numbers just don't justify having a rating that is on the cusp of being in top tier of the game. This is one rating that seems a little over inflated based on reputation, not his actual performance today.
4 Gary Sanchez - 91 Overall
There's no doubt about it, Gary Sanchez is a solid player. Catchers who can produce at the plate and do their job behind the plate aren't always easy to find. He's certainly deserving of a good rating. However, when you look at their roster and see that he is only 2 points behind Aaron Judge (93 overall) and 2 points ahead of Giancarlo Stanton (89 overall), it makes you scratch your head. Most would argue that Judge and Stanton are much more impactful players than Sanchez. It's hard to believe Sanchez would out rank or be ranked as close to either of these guys as he is. Sanchez is a good player, but a rating in the low to mid 80's would make more sense.
3 Starling Marte - 86 Overall
Although Andrew McCutchen has moved on, the duo of Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco still remain from the Pirates outfield trio of the early-mid 2010's.
These two have done a good job of carrying on without him, but the play of one doesn't necessarily stand out ahead of the other. That's why it's confusing to see that Marte has an 86 overall rating and Polanco is rated 71. They both pretty much perform the same. Either Polonco's rating is way too low or Marte's rating is way too high. There just doesn't seem to be much consistency in how ratings are allotted.
2 Whit Merrifield - 79 Overall
Whit Merrifield has been a pleasant surprise on a Royals team that has struggled tremendously this year. He's caught the attention of the rest of the league due to how badly the team has performed overall. However, although his numbers are pretty good, when you consider that Mitch Haniger, an All Star who hasn't had near as much of an impact has the same rating, it kind of makes you wonder what they were thinking.
You could probably make a few different arguments on this topic.
Considering the logic seen in this example, you would think his rating would actually be higher. However, it's probably right around where it should be. When you think about it, it's pretty confusing!
1 Mookie Betts - 89 Overall
Mookie Betts is one of the best all around players in the major leagues right now, but you wouldn't know it by his rating on The Show 18. Although Betts doesn't necessarily deserve a 99 overall rating, he does deserve to be put into a more elite category. Anywhere between 93-95 would probably be a better fit for his skillset and what he brings to the Red Sox. No position player on their roster has a rating over 89. This includes J.D. Martinez (86 overall) who is having a phenomenal year. Sometimes reputation alone can get you an inflated rating, but it seems like this particular rating is a little modest.