MLB 13 Road To The Show Guide – Tips and Strategy

By   /   Mar 9, 2013

Sony has released its exclusive MLB 13: The Show. Like any of its previous instalments, this year’s entry is just as entertaining and addictive. Although every mode in the game is fun, there is nothing like guiding your own created player to stardom in ‘Road to the Show’ mode of the game.

MLB 13: Road To The Show

Want your player to one-day play in Majors? This is the guide you should read if you wish to accomplish that feat. In this guide, we will help you find which team is the best fit for you and how to get the most out of your training. So, let’s not waste any more time and start turning your ‘Rookie of the Year’ to ‘Mr. MVP.’

MLB 13: Road To The Show – Which Position To Choose?

This is the most important choice you will make. Where exactly you want your created player to play on the diamond? There are certain things you need to take into consideration when making this choice.

For example, if you want to play for your hometown team and want to crack the opening line-up as soon as possible, then look to fill those positions in the team that are currently vacant. By filling in these positions you become valuable to your team and get starts even though you may have low rating in the beginning.

Alternately, there will be certain positions in a team where there is already a tough competition among numerous players to get the spot, avoid going into such teams if you play at that particular position too.

Remember that teams can make you move to other teams during the course of the season. It can happen that your new team is already loaded with talented players at the position you play in. It is very unlikely that you will be able to play for a single team for more than couple of years not until you break into the majors at least.

Below we have a list of all the teams and their respective positions that are needed to be filled:

American League

  • Every Position: Angels, White Sox, Astros
  • First Base: Twins, Blue Jays, Yankees, Orioles
  • Second Base: Twins, Royals
  • Third Base: Mariners, Royals, Tigers, Indians
  • Shortstop: Twins, Tigers, Blue Jays, Orioles
  • Catcher: Indians, Rays
  • Outfield: Rangers, Athletics, Twins, Indians, Yankes, Red Sox, Orioles
  • Pitcher (Starting, Relief): None
  • Closer: Every Team

National League

  • Every Position: Cubs, Marlins, Pirates, Brewers
  • First Base: Padres, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Reds, Nationals, Braves
  • Second Base: Diamondbacks, Cardinals
  • Third Base: Giants, Phillies, Nationals, Braves
  • Shortstop: Rockies, Mets, Nationals, Braves
  • Catcher: Giants, Padres, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Mets
  • Outfield: Dodgers, Cardinals, Reds, Phillies, Mets
  • Pitcher (Starting, Relief): Giants
  • Closer: Every Team

How To Set Your Skills and Create Your Player

Before choosing your team there is the small matter of actually creating your player and setting your skills. Keep in mind that once you choose the position, batting hand and the throwing hand of a particular player you can’t change it.

After that you need to figure out what kind of prospect you will be. There are six groups split into three sliders. The sliders are as follows:

  • Speed and Strength
  • Contact and Power
  • Glove and Arm

Now there are different settings required for each slider for every position. To get the best out of your created player, we have compiled a list of all the positions and their respective slider settings. They are as follows:

  • First base: Strength 90/10, Glove 90/10, Power 90/10
  • Second base: Strength 70/30, Glove 90/10, Power 70/30
  • Shortstop: Speed 70/30, Glove 70/30, Contact 70/30
  • Third base: Strength 90/10, Glove 70/30, Power 90/10
  • Left/Right field: Strength 70/30, Arm 70/30, Power 90/10
  • Center field: Speed 90/10, Glove 90/10, Contact 90/10
  • Catcher: Strength 90/10, Arm 60/40, Power 90/10

For example, if it says Strength 90/10 then set the slider settings as such that 90% of your point lean towards the strength part while only 10% of your points are reserved for speed.

Pitchers have a different set of primary slider settings. They are as follows:

  • Stamina and Power
  • Control and Movement
  • Balanced Approach and Dominant Pitch

To get the best out of your starting and closing pitcher, here is how you should set their sliders:

  • Starting pitcher: Stamina 90/10, Control 70/30, Dominant Pitch 70/30
  • Closing pitcher: Power 90/10, Movement 70/30, Dominant Pitch 90/10

For example, if it says Stamina 90/10 then set the slider settings as such that 90% of your point lean towards the stamina part while only 10% of your points are reserved for power.

However, unlike the other positions on the diamond pitchers are not done after they set their sliders. You still need to select the type of pitches your pitcher will have in his arsenal. For a starter pitcher, you need to have a different set of breaking balls, for a closing pitcher you need to have a wicked fast ball and even wickeder sliders and splitters pitches.

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