MLB The Show 21 Best Teams (June 2021) – 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!\

Updated on June 23, 2021.

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

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 eight overall despite having awful stats. 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 Milwaukee Brewers are overrated and fall out of the top ten. Lower down the field the Angels and Twins also drop at least five positions each. It also shows the Tampa Bay Rays jumping from 15th to eighth! The Colorado Rockies also climb from one of the bottom teams in the league to firmly in the top half at 11th. 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.

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

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games. You can find him on Twitter @Squiblon.

3 Comments

  1. This is an interesting list. Part of me also wonders if their “overall rating” is also based at all on fanbase size. May want to placate larger fanbases? But maybe that’s a bit cynical. The Red Sox are lower than their average too, so that probably pretty much kills that theory. Anyway, the Rays just jump out since they were a World Series team last year.

    Side note: Electronic Arts does not make The Show. That’d be Sony’s San Diego Studio.

    1. Haha I’m so used to covering EA sports games that just slipped in there. Apologies and thanks for the heads up!

    2. If jays had 3 more mediocre relievers they could contend for top 5. It’s a shame that bullpen didn’t show up this year

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