MLB the Show 21: Examining the Seattle Mariners Rankings

Sep 19, 2020; San Diego, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis (1) is congratulated by third baseman Kyle Seager (15) after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2020; San Diego, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis (1) is congratulated by third baseman Kyle Seager (15) after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic celebrates.
MESA, ARIZONA – MARCH 03: Jose Marmolejos and Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic react after a home run. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

How in the world could Studio San Diego rate… well, most of the Mariners this low? I understand that the team wasn’t supposed to be that great, but you can see a handful of guys on the rankings, that arent even in the majors.

Honestly, I started to lose my mind a bit as I was doing this. The fact that so many of these players are ranked so low doesn’t make sense. Yes, I know the Mariners were only projected for 71 or so wins. Maybe that is how they have to do it on the game design end to get it there, but it doesn’t make sense.

You know what makes it worse. When you have a bunch of fake players that have both better rankings and better potential than the young players on the team, who were either top prospects in their own right, or won gold gloves.

Then you have the prospect list, which is incredibly messed up. You want to know who wasn’t on the top 100 prospect list for MLB.com? I’ll give you a hint. Just scroll to the number 3 prospect that The Show puts on Franchise mode, and you will find your answer in Noelvi Marte. Kelenic is #38, and thats the end of Mariners prospects in the top 50 in the game. THERE IS NO EMERSON HANCOCK! AT ALL!

I… I just can’t. That’s a massive failure on their part. Especially for a game that came out a month later than normal. The good news is that there will be a ton of updates, and early updates at that. Also, there are likely already roster mods that you can download that will more accurately reflect the franchise rankings. As is the case with most professional sports video games, they put their focus in the online mode because that’s where the money is.

Please don’t be upset with them for their rankings. Things will get better, and you can download one of the top-notch created rosters with rankings that are fixed, expecially when it comes to prospects. Get in there and enjoy some MLB The Show 21 with your favorite Seattle Mariners players. That’s what I’m headed back to do. Good luck this year everyone!

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