What are the best Ballplayer loadouts in MLB The Show 21? This year's release sees the unification of Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty, allowing you to progress your Ballplayer whichever mode you play. As a result, you're required to build loadouts to tailor your player to the style you want. This is achieved using Archetypes and Perks which influence attributes in different ways. For more information on how this works, refer to the following: MLB The Show 21: How to Upgrade Your Ballplayer and Unlock Perks. As part of our MLB The Show 21 guide, we're going to showcase some of the best Ballplayer loadouts in the game.

MLB The Show 21: Best Ballplayer Loadouts

MLB The Show 21's new Ballplayer loadouts are designed to provide as much flexibility as possible. While you'll need to level up each Archetype individually, as long as you're committed to grinding Programs (See Also: MLB The Show 21: Programs Explained and How to Advance Them) you're free to alter the roles and responsibilities of your player as you please. If you're not sure how to change your Ballplayer's position in Diamond Dynasty, then refer to the following page: MLB The Show 21: How to Change Your Ballplayer's Position.

All Starting Archetypes

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Below is a list of all starting Archetypes in MLB The Show 21. Each of these has a primary position which will influence where you find your Ballplayer in Diamond Dynasty. Each of these starting Archetypes also has secondary positions. As you progress through Archetype Programs (See Also: MLB The Show 21: How to Upgrade Your Ballplayer and Unlock Perks) you can further hone in on the type of player you'd like to be. For example, once you've completed the first phase of the Sparkplug Archetype, you can choose to be a Slick Sparkplug (focused on Contact and Fielding), a Slugging Sparkplug (focused on Contact and Power), and a Speedy Sparkplug (focused on Contact and Speed). You can then further complement your Archetype with Perks.

Archetype Primary Position Secondary Positions Description
Cheese Relief Pitcher N/A Focuses on reducing hits
Filthy Relief Pitcher N/A Focuses on increasing strikeouts
Painter Starting Pitcher N/A Focuses on reducing homeruns and walks
Slick Fielding Catcher 1st Base, 2nd Base, 3rd Base, Shortstop, Left Field, Centre Field, Right Field Focuses on fielding and reactions
Slugger 1st Base Catcher, 3rd Base, Left Field, Right Field Focuses on power and arm strength
Sparkplug 2nd Base Catcher, 1st Base, 3rd Base, Shortstop, Left Field, Centre Field, Right Field Focuses on contact and plate vision
Speedster Centre Field 2nd Base, Shortstop, Left Field, Right Field Focuses on speed and base stealing

You should choose an Archetype that complements the position you'd like to play. For example, if you want to play as a Starting Pitcher, then don't choose the Slugger Archetype. Remember you can have multiple different Ballplayer loadouts for all kinds of different scenarios, so experiment with what you want to do in the game.

All Perk Types

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Once you've settled on the position you'd like to play and decided on an Archetype that complements it, you can further tailor your playstyle by using Perks. There are two approaches you can take here: you can strengthen the focus of your chosen Archetype by doubling down on Perks that give further statistical boosts to your Archetype's strengths, or you can try to round out your player by using Perks to strengthen weaknesses. For example, if you select the Slugger Archetype, you could use Contact Perks to help ensure you're able to get your bat on the ball better.

The full list of Perk types are:

  • Break
  • Contact
  • Control
  • Fielding
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Velocity

These Perks are divided into numbered variations. Each Perk type has a pro and a con. For example, a Power Perk may boost your overall Power but decrease your Fielding. Think about your position, what your player is required to do, and how different Perks complement your overall Archetype. There's unlimited flexibility here, so it'll all come down to personal preference.

It's worth adding that Perks are divided into multiple different proficiency categories: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond. Diamond Perks give the biggest statistical bonuses, but cost the most and are the hardest to unlock. You'll be awarded new Perks as you progress through Archetype Programs, but you can also purchase them using Stubs from the Community Market. If you need Stubs, then you can find out how to earn them through the following link: MLB The Show 21: How to Earn Stubs without Spending Money.


What do you think is the best Ballplayer loadout in MLB The Show 21? Check out our MLB The Show 21 guide, and let us know in the comments section below.