It’s early April and we are supposed to be a week plus into the 2020 MLB season. We should also be gearing up for the beginning of the MiLB season. Instead, we have no sports going on and many of us are looking for some semblance of a reality. I am here to hopefully provide you all with an opportunity at a little bit of “reality.” In early March, San Diego Studios released this year’s edition of the MLB The Show video game. The game is only available on the Sony Playstation 4 console. Next year Sony plans to take the game to other consoles and potentially even to the PC. In the last week or so I have spent countless hours with my brother and his friend creating the most “realistic” franchise roster set to be used in the game.
With that being said, I want to give a lot of credit to @RidinRosters, who has been creating minor league rosters for years. I would also like to thank several CAP (Create-a-Player) standouts such as @FullMinorsGuy and @SouthSideSox89. All of these guys are well known in the MLB. A lot of credit goes out to them for the creation of many players! I couldn’t respect what they do any more and want to thank them for their work!
First, we set out to ensure that every player who was in a major league spring camp was included on the roster via RosterResource on FanGraphs.com. Our next step was to make sure the projected 40-man rosters were up to date.
The game only allows for you to have a 90-man organization organized as followed:
- 26-man MLB roster
- 25-man AAA roster
- 25-man AA roster
- 14-man A roster
The A-ball roster is just a holding place and the players don’t actually accumulate stats. etc. With that being said, once we set the roster full of camp players we set forth using our Prospects1500 organizational Top 50 rankings to round out the organization. Each team was able to get about 30-40 prospects into the game. Once we completed each team, we then took the top 250 dynasty prospects according to Fantrax.com and ensured they were all in the game as well. Due to the difficulty at which the interface is within the game, this took a lot longer than it should have but we believe it is well worth the time. We ran some simulations to which we still had some real players 23-24 years into the simulation. This allows you to play for a long time while having a link to reality in which we are all missing at the moment. There are several players within the roster whose ages are older than they are due to the game not allowing you to set the age below 18. These players can just be edited back to 18 after each season as a workaround.
If you are an avid MLB The Show player and play “Road To The Show,” these rosters add an even more incredible depth element. You will develop “relationships” within the game with real minor league players which as a gamer is pretty cool!
Where To Find Them
You can find these rosters within the MLB The Show Roster Vault under the following:
Gamer Tag: WhoShotYa330
Roster Title: Prospects1500+FanGraphs+Fantrax
Here are a few shots of the rosters in action! Enjoy, and go play ball!