MLB The Show 20 player ratings: Where A’s roster ended up on 100 scale


MLB The Show 20 player ratings: Where A’s roster ended up on 100 scale

We won't have live Oakland A’s baseball for a while. For now, we have to improvise.

One of the ways the league is making sure everyone stays home is by implementing a way to watch MLB The Show 20 in a tournament put on by the players themselves.

In the game, you’re able to create essentially your own legacy in Major League Baseball.

Just like most games based on professional sports, each individual is given an overall rating.

Here are how some of the A’s players fared, out of a possible best score of 100:

3B Matt Chapman: 92
Closer Liam Hendriks: 88
1B Matt Olson: 86
SS Marcus Semien: 85
CF Ramón Laureano: 83
RP Joakim Soria: 83
SP Sean Manaea: 81
RP Yusmeiro Petit: 81
RP J.B. Wendelken: 78
P Frankie Montas: 76

You can see the rest of the A’s numbers, as well as other players across the league, in this video:

For Matt Chapman, he’s unsurprisingly one of the best third basemen in the game according to The Show’s player ratings -- No. 4 in that category to be specific. Right behind Houston Astros star Alex Bregman, who was rated a 95. 

Nolan Arenado leads the hot corner with a 99 overall rating. Chappy earlier this year told NBC Sports California where he believed he ranked compared to Arenado, Bregman and even Anthony Rendon. Rendon was signed by the Angels in the offseason, which only beefed up the AL West at that position.

Last season, Chappy put up solid numbers earning his first All-Star selection and his second, and consecutive Gold and Platinum Glove Awards. He hit 36 home runs and slashed .249/.342/.506 with 91 RBI.

For Liam Hendriks, who was rated the second-highest on the team, he was the third-highest among closers, with Kirby Yates leading the category.

Last season, Hendriks was sensational with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.965 WHIP in 85 innings. He also earned the first All-Star selection of his career.

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Marcus Semien also earned high marks with his 85 rating. He was tied with the likes of Adalberto Mondesi, Carlos Correa and Trea Turner. Not a bad group to be associated with.

The ratings at shortstop had a lot to do with fielding abilities. Despite the shift in power we get to see among middle infielders, the glove was a highlight here -- but the bats were all but ignored. Semien has improved drastically over the last couple of seasons with both his glove and offensive game. He was appreciated here.

Angels star Mike Trout also received a 99 rating, which goes to show who the rest of the league has to measure up to.

A's Mark Canha misses hitting the most amid MLB's coronavirus hiatus

A's Mark Canha misses hitting the most amid MLB's coronavirus hiatus

A’s outfielder Mark Canha was sipping on a glass of Lagavulin 16 scotch when he recently sat down for an interview with NBC Sports California’s Brodie Brazil, via FaceTime, of course.

Canha remained in Arizona following the cancellation of spring training and delay of MLB's Opening Day due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He stressed the importance of self-quarantining during the hiatus, but admitted he was really missing baseball. He misses his teammates for sure, but especially his time in the batter’s box. 

“Hitting a baseball is such an imperfect art, or -- maybe not an art, but an imperfect thing -- just perfection is never attainable,” he said. “So, it’s just like there’s always something to work on.”

Last season, Canha was dubbed one of the most underrated players in the game. He told NBC Sports California during spring training, he was ready to become more than that as a more well-known name this season. He mirrored those sentiments with Brazil. 

“You’re always looking for more, striving to be the best you can," he said. “In my personality, I’m kind of like a workaholic -- not a workaholic, but I’ll hit in the cage until my hands bleed, kind of guy.

“I really miss it," he added.

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In 2019, he hit a career-high 26 home runs and slashed a terrific .273/.396/.517, good for a 146 wRC+.

“I suppose I could try and go out and hit right now, but it just feels like it doesn’t make any sense,” Canha said. “It’s kind of one of those things where if you’re not facing pitching, you’re going to make adjustments anyway, so what’s the point?”

What A's Ramon Laureano was mastering before coronavirus suspension

What A's Ramon Laureano was mastering before coronavirus suspension

Spring training games have never mattered when it comes to the win/loss record.

Despite A's manager Bob Melvin being displeased losing the first few Cactus League games, the team would ultimately have the best record before games would be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The exhibition games are a time for players to fine-tune their crafts in order to prepare for the regular season. For A's outfielder Ramón Laureano, he was working on his patience at the plate.

"Everybody's working on something," Laureano told NBC Sports California's Brodie Brazil in an interview. "I was taking two strikes for the first at-bats, that what I was working on."

The 25-year-old said he was also working on sitting on pitches here and there, and little things of that sort.

"I just did that for the first 15 at-bats," Laureano said. "And then after that, I just kind of let it go, and then maybe mid-spring here and there, maybe situational hitting -- focusing on those little things. Some of the guys have the same approach, during the season of spring training, but I'm kind of like I have to work on things to get where I want to be for the season, to be ready for it."

Laureano admitted the two-strike approach was about him learning to play with his back against the wall -- those pressure situations.

"It's harder to hit with two strikes, especially in the big leagues," Laureano explained. "You got to be comfortable with it. That's what I work on the most."

It appears he got a bit of practice mastering that craft in 10 games and 23 at-bats in Arizona.

Last season in 123 games, Laureano slashed .288/.340/.521 with 24 home runs.

His defensive capabilities were never an issue of his, but it's apparent he's trying to ensure every aspect of his game is at its finest. 

And as far as some of those losses, the A's aren't the only team guilty of losing such a big amount of those spring games.

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"But we never feel anything about the losing, or winning, so -- I know we lost four-in-a-row, but I think that's perfect," Laureano said. 

"I mean, the Yankees they used to lose like freakin' -- they used to be the last place in the spring training every year whenever they won all those World Series. I'm like 'We're going on the right track.'"