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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.

Glen Kuiper breaks down A's roster on what would have been Opening Day

Glen Kuiper breaks down A's roster on what would have been Opening Day

A’s broadcaster Glen Kuiper will not get the chance to call Opening Day on Thursday.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the MLB season does not yet have a definitive start date.  So we don’t know when Kuiper's "That baby is gone" catchphrase will be heard again.
“I’d like to say that about the virus, (Thursday) morning,” Kuiper quipped.

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We did get the chance to talk A’s baseball with Kuiper. It’s a small substitute for missing out on the real thing Thursday.
On Marcus Semien, who was an MVP finalist last season:
“We all tend to go to that defense thing first, that’s been the improvement that’s been most chronicled. But now, you look at what he did offensively and he jumped about three levels. So now you have a star player on your hands.”
On Matt Chapman and Matt Olson being predictably exceptional:
“I think maybe Matt Olson gets overshadowed a little bit by Matt Chapman. We like to talk about Chapman. But I believe Olson is every bit as great of a first baseman, offensively and defensively, as Matt Chapman is at third.”
What happens at second base for the A's?
“I would like to see [Franklin] Barreto get a regular chance because I think there’s a lot of talent there, but I just don’t think he’s ever felt comfortable at the big league level. Until you can get him to where he feels that way, then you may not see his full potential.”
On a crowded A’s outfield:
“I’m not calling these problems. I’m going to call them situations. And listen, somebody is going to get dinged up. [Ramon] Laureano went down last year, and [Mark] Canha did a nice job in center field. Your objective is to get as many good players on the roster as you can, and the A’s have a ton. These are champagne problems to have. Are we going to get Mark Canha 500 at-bats? Most teams he would be getting all the at-bats he wanted. [Robbie] Grossman is a good player. Laureano is a good player. [Stephen] Piscotty is a good player. This is a good thing.”
On catcher Sean Murphy getting the chance to establish himself in MLB:
“It’s been a while -- the A’s have had pretty good catching -- but it’s been veteran guys for the most part. Now you have this young kid who we’ve heard a lot about. Saw a little bit last year. Just got to make sure his knees are good, and keep him healthy because he’s probably going to be a very good player.”
On Khris Davis bouncing back after a rough 2019:
“It’s not like what he did before was a half-year thing. He did that for three years, right? Those three years were not a fluke. He did struggle last year. I don’t know if we’ll ever know if it was all due to the injury he had in Pittsburgh. It definitely started it, but you don’t know what happens to a guy, or how he may change his swing a little bit as he gets closer and ready to play.”
On the A’s starting rotation:
“You talk a lot about the two young guys [A.J. Puk and Jesus Luzardo], and how can you not? You get [Sean] Manaea back. [Frankie] Montas is nasty, he’s really good. Mike Fiers had a terrific season last year, so there’s no reason this group couldn’t be one of the best in all of baseball, really.”
On the A’s bullpen being one of their only potential questions:
“I think [Lou] Trivino is a big key. Because I think [Liam] Hendriks is going to be good, his stuff was just too good last year to have that be anything like a one-year wonder. I don’t see that happening. [Joakim] Soria is very good, [Yusmiero] Petit is very good in his role, I think everyone knows what that is. But if you can get Trivino close to what he was [in 2018], that’s huge. It’s always so hard every year to talk about bullpens with any team, because of all the areas, it’s the most volatile.”

Why Matt Olson feels like he's in unique position among young, old A's

Why Matt Olson feels like he's in unique position among young, old A's

Matt Olson has only been in the league for four years, but with the way he plays and conducts himself, you would think his service time would be double that number.

He was in AL Rookie of the Year talks in 2017 after hitting 24 home runs and slashing .259/.352/.651 with a 1.003 OPS. 

He did that in just 59 games.

Following that season, he earned two consecutive Gold Glove Awards and became a big confidence booster for third baseman Matt Chapman. Chappy says he loves knowing he can just toss the ball across the diamond knowing it'll be caught by Oly.

He's in a unique position as a member of the A's as well. He's not a rookie anymore, but not up to veteran status yet. Still, he already has younger members of the team looking up to him.

"It's like, we've been around, but we're still young guys," Olson told NBC Sports California at the end of January. "It's cool to hear that."

Buddy Reed, the player to be named later acquired in the trade that sent Jurickson Profar to the Padres, said he looks forward to learning from Olson and Chapman

Reed said he liked the way the duo went about both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. 

Olson admitted he still knows where he stands, however. 

"But, we definitely have to take a step back at some of these older guys, you know -- we're the younger guys," Olson laughed.

Does this mean Olson will only get ... better? We could only be so lucky to see that. 

FanGraphs' Steamer has Olson projected to hit 37 homers this season, which is one more than he hit in 2019. Other outlets project he'll do more than that. This measurement uses past performance and trends to develop this number, and as time goes on, that number will change, of course. But when you look back at this article in the coming months, perhaps we'll laugh at it. 

And barring any injury, we could get Olson for all 162 games. 

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As the A's head into the 2020 season, there aren't that many players older than Oly, especially those of the non-pitcher variety. But enough where he finds himself right in the middle of the knowledge.

That's a pretty great place to be.