MLB The Show 21 Best Teams – All Team Ratings & Stats

Not sure which team you want to play as in MLB The Show 21? With so many options it can certainly be a challenge. Or maybe you just want to know who San Diego Studio deemed to be among the best teams this time around? We’ve crawled through the entire rankings to put together this listing of every MLB team complete with their assigned values for speed, contact, power, pitching, defense, and overall ratings. Let’s dig in!

Official MLB The Show 21 Team Rankings

All of these are pretty self-explanatory. Speed is a measure of how fast the players can run when fielding or base-running. Contact is how good they are at getting hits. Power is what determines how well they can swing for the fences. The rest is super obvious. Pitching is how well their entire pitching crew ranks compared to the other teams and defense is how well their players field. That’s it!

Overall Ranking Speed Contact Power Pitching Defense
LA Dodgers 1 5 3 2 1 4
New York Yankees 2 24 7 1 3 5
San Diego Padres 3 4 11 17 2 6
New York Mets 4 26 4 3 5 28
Atlanta Braves 5 8 9 4 13 9
Houston Astros 6 13 5 18 6 13
Washington Nationals 7 16 13 25 4 24
Chicago White Sox 8 2 1 15 7 18
St. Louis Cardinals 9 11 20 20 9 1
Minnesota Twins 10 23 17 8 8 16
Chicago Cubs 11 15 21 9 16 2
Cleveland Indians 12 7 25 24 10 7
Los Angeles Angels 13 19 2 11 17 22
Philadelphia Phillies 14 3 10 16 18 26
Oakland Athletics 15 29 24 12 12 3
Milwaukee Brewers 16 28 22 14 11 17
Tampa Bay Rays 17 14 15 7 14 11
Kansas City Royals 18 12 23 22 21 20
Boston Red Sox 19 20 18 5 24 12
Arizona Diamondbacks 20 10 27 27 19 8
Cincinnati Reds 21 27 19 10 15 30
Toronto Blue Jays 22 17 14 6 22 23
Miami Marlins 23 9 16 29 20 21
San Francisco Giants 24 30 6 23 23 27
Colorado Rockies 25 1 12 26 25 14
Detroit Tigers 26 21 8 28 28 25
Texas Rangers 27 6 29 13 27 19
Seattle Mariners 28 18 30 21 26 15
Pittsburgh Pirates 29 22 26 30 29 10
Baltimore Orioles 30 25 28 19 30 29

But What’s the Actual Best Team?

One thing you may have noticed is the numbers don’t entirely match up. The New York Mets, for example, are ranked fourth overall despite having awful speed and defense. There are two possibilities here. The first is that there’s somewhat of an opinion built into here based on real world performance. The second, which we think is more likely, is the numbers aren’t weighted equally. How much do these affect actual performance? We don’t know for sure.

We can, however, tell you that the rankings look like this if you average out each of the main skills. If these do actually have an impact the Mets and Washington Nationals are overrated and fall out of the top ten. Lower down the field the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals also drop at least five positions each. It also shows the Tampa Bay Rays jumping from 17th to eighth! The Colorado Rockies also climb from one of the worst teams in the league to the exact midpoint at 15th. Take this as you will. It’s not science or backed up by actual performance in the game. But if the numbers EA assigned to each team actually matters, this is the true ranking by best overall stats.

Actual Average MLB The Show Ranking
LA Dodgers 1 1
New York Yankees 2 2
San Diego Padres 3 3
Atlanta Braves 4 4
Chicago White Sox 5 5
Houston Astros 6 6
St. Louis Cardinals 7 9
Tampa Bay Rays 8 17
Chicago Cubs 9 11
New York Mets 10 4
Los Angeles Angels 11 13
Minnesota Twins 12 10
Cleveland Indians 13 12
Philadelphia Phillies 14 14
Colorado Rockies 15 25
Boston Red Sox 16 19
Oakland Athletics 17 15
Washington Nationals 18 7
Toronto Blue Jays 19 22
Arizona Diamondbacks 20 20
Milwaukee Brewers 21 16
Texas Rangers 22 27
Miami Marlins 23 23
Kansas City Royals 24 18
Cincinnati Reds 25 21
San Francisco Giants 26 24
Detroit Tigers 27 26
Seattle Mariners 28 28
Pittsburgh Pirates 29 29
Baltimore Orioles 30 30
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