How do you improve your Ballplayer in Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 22? The Ballplayer format introduced in MLB The Show 21 has been upgraded in Sony San Diego Studio's baseball simulation this year, allowing you to create multiple different players for use in Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty. As with last year's game, you'll improve your Ballplayer by completing Archetype Programs, and you'll be able to create different Loadouts that fit your needs. However, you'll only be able to progress these in Road to the Show. As part of our MLB The Show 22 guide, we're going to explain how to improve your Ballplayer in Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty.
Please keep in mind that while this guide is focused primarily on MLB The Show 22, many of the concepts explained within also apply to MLB The Show 21 and, to a lesser extent, MLB The Show 20. It's worth noting, however, if you're playing MLB The Show 21, that you can only create one Ballplayer in that game, and the Program structure is a little more complicated, spanning Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty. The principles remain the same, however.
Remember, if you still don't know How to Hit the Ball Better then you may struggle regardless of your Ballplayer's attributes, so be sure to digest that information as well.
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MLB The Show 22: How to Improve Your Ballplayer in Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty
In this MLB The Show 22 guide, we're going to explain how to improve your Ballplayer in Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty. It's worth noting that you can create multiple different Ballplayers this year, each fulfilling different roles and positions on the field. However, your progress will be restricted to Road to the Show, where you'll advance Programs that unlock better Archetypes and Perks, allowing you to build Loadouts that buff your ratings in key areas.
How to Create a Ballplayer
The My Ballplayer tab is accessed by selecting your profile icon in the top-left corner of any menu screen. You can also access it by pressing the touchpad in any menu or mode. If this is your first time playing MLB The Show 22, you'll need to create a Ballplayer. Alternatively, if you already have a Ballplayer, you can select Manage > Create or Change Ballplayer. You can have a total of five different Ballplayers available at any time, with your Active Ballplayer being the one you find in Diamond Dynasty.
When you Create Ballplayer, you'll need to determine your playstyle. You can choose to be a Pitcher, Position Player, or Two-Way Player. You can change and refine your position during Road to the Show, as your manager will occasionally pull you into his office to ensure you're happy with your progress. It's worth noting that selecting Two-Way Player from the beginning will give you a better opportunity to explore your options, but it's really up to you how you want to play.
Whatever you select, you'll need to pick a positional Archetype, which will help to determine your starting Program. For the purposes of this MLB The Show 22 guide, we're going to create a Third Baseman, so will select the Fielding Archetype and Third Base position.
This awards three starting Archetypes: Speedy Slickster, Slugging Slickster, and Sparkling Slickster. Each one offers different statistical boosts to the position, whether it's Power or Speed. You can then add Perks to greater personalise your Loadout.
How to Change Your Ballplayer's Loadout
Once you've created a Ballplayer, you can create different Loadouts to suit various different situations. For example, if you need Speed to steal bases, then select an Archetype that benefits pace, and attach Perks like Speed I to further boost that playing style. You can also attach Equipment to your Ballplayer which gives further Speed advantages, like different cleats.
If you select My Ballplayer > Loadout and then push the R1 button, then you can Create New Loadout. This allows you to personalise your player in a different way. Here you can create a completely different Loadout that allows your Ballplayer to excel in different areas, such as Power or whatever you require.
Observe the two examples above. The Speedy Slickster is built with Fielding and Speed in mind, while the Slugging Slickster focuses on pure Power. Feel free to get creative by mixing Archetypes and Perks to find the Ballplayer that works for you. You'll be able to change your Loadout between matches in Road to the Show.
How to Improve Your Ballplayer's Ratings
Now that you've created a Ballplayer, you'll want to know how to improve your Ballplayer's ratings. Ratings determine how your Ballplayer performs on the field. As mentioned above, your Archetype and Perks assigned to your Loadout will play a big part in this. However, there are additional ways you can improve your Ballplayer's ratings, which include playing Road to the Show, attaching Equipment, and completing Archetype Programs.
Simply progressing through Road to the Show matches will help you to increase your base ratings by performing well on the field. Regardless of your position, hitting the ball into play, pitching strikeouts, and even showing discipline at the plate will boost your ratings up to a maximum of 50. You'll also have opportunities on rest days to train a particular attribute by visiting the Batting Cage or Bullpen. It's up to you to determine what you want to focus on, but as you make your way up to the big leagues, your Ballplayer's attributes will grow with you. You'll also encounter Dynamic Challenges during big moments in matches, which will allow you to further advance attributes if you fulfil the requirements of your chosen mission.
Remember, you can also attach Equipment to boost your Ballplayer's ratings as well. Visit the My Ballplayer tab and select Loadout > Equipment to change your gear. Generally you're going to want to equip Equipment that complements your Loadout, so if you're a speedy player then ensure you have some good Cleats on and so on.
Finally, you're going to want to progress your Archetype Program. Go back to your My Ballplayer tab and select Loadout, then push the Square button to bring up your Archetype Program or Item Program. As you play matches in Road to the Show, you'll complete Road to the Show Missions which will reward you with Archetype Points. These unlock new Packs along the way, which include additional Perks and Equipment, as well as Stubs. Once you reach the end of an Archetype Program, you'll unlock an even better version of your Archetype, which will award you with an even greater boost to your base ratings and a brand new Program to work on.
At the end of a match or series, you'll be able to see which parts of the Archetype Program you advanced, and if you unlocked any rewards they'll be shown here. Remember to push the touchpad to bring up the quick menu and select My Collection > My Inventory > My Packs to open any packs you may have unlocked.
It's also worth noting that you can purchase some Perks with Stubs from the Community Market. Push the touchpad to bring up the quick menu and then select My Collection > Community Market > Equipment & Perks > Perks. Depending on how good the Perks are, these may cost quite a lot of Stubs, but can give you a huge boost to your Ballplayer's performance. Remember to equip any Perks or Equipment that you purchase to your Loadout in order to benefit from the statistical upgrade.
How to Change Your Ballplayer's Position
As you progress through Road to the Show, you'll be contacted by both your Manager and Agent periodically who will want to check on you. This will give you a good opportunity to change your position if you're note entirely happy with where you're playing. Just follow the prompts and explain what you're not comfortable with. If you're a Two-Way Player this will give you the opportunity to hone in on a specific role, while position players and pitchers will be able to further define their role. It's worth pointing out that you're going to have to play a few matches until you get the cut-scene to do this, but if you're getting impatient you can simulate for a little bit until the prompt appears.
How to Use Your Ballplayer in Diamond Dynasty
It's worth reiterating that, unlike in MLB The Show 21, you can't upgrade your Ballplayer in Diamond Dynasty anymore. Your Archetype Programs and ratings progression are tied specifically to Road to the Show in MLB The Show 22. You can use your Ballplayer in Diamond Dynasty, however, simply activate your preferred Ballplayer and Loadout from the My Ballplayer menu and then select Diamond Dynasty > Manage Squad. Find your Ballplayer's position, and they'll be listed among your other Diamond Dynasty cards, allowing you to add them to your roster. Keep in mind that your Ballplayer's ratings may vary slightly to in Road to the Show.
Do you have any other tips for how to improve your Ballplayer in Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty in MLB The Show 22? Take a look at our MLB The Show 22 guide, and let us know in the comments section below.