What are the best Ballplayer Playstyles and perks in MLB The Show 23? As was the case last year, you can create multiple Ballplayers in San Diego Studio's baseball sim this year, which can be used in Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty. You can tailor your Ballplayers to your tastes using Playstyles (or Loadouts) and Perks, each of which influences your Ballplayer's ratings in a variety of way. As part of our MLB The Show 23 guide, we're going to detail the best Ballplayer Loadouts and Perks in the game.
MLB The Show 23: Best Ballplayer Loadouts and Perks
On this page, we're going to introduce the best Ballplayer Playstyles and Perks. It should be stressed that this system is designed to provide as much flexibility as possible. While you'll need to level up each Skill Set independently, as long as you're committed to completing Programs, you're free to build a variety of different Ballplayers, each suited to a different circumstance or scenario. The bottom line here is that you can't really go wrong, and your focus should be more on creating the kind of Ballplayer you personally want to play as.
When creating a new Ballplayer, your starting Skill Set Program will be determined by your position and playstyle. You'll be able to pick between a Pitcher, Position Player, or Two-Way Player. From there, you'll be able to further specify your specialties, which will determine your starting Skill Set. As you progress through your Skill Set Program by completing tasks in Road to the Show, you'll gradually unlock more advanced versions of your starting Skill Set, which will give you a greater statistical boost. You'll then be able to personalise this further by equipping Perks and Equipment.
For more information, refer to the following pages:
- How to Improve Your Ballplayer in Road to the Show
- Programs Explained and How to Progress Them Quickly
You should focus, first and foremost, on creating the Ballplayer that you personally want to play as. We're currently rocking a Two-Way Player occupying the Shortstop and Closing Pitcher positions, with an emphasis on Velocity and Power. Based on this approach, we're using the Cheesy Slugger Skill Set, but we have Perks attached for Speed because we're also eager to steal some bases, too. It's completely up to you what type of player you create, and remember you can switch up your Playstyles on the fly by having different Perks and Equipment combinations saved in the Ballplayer menu.
The biggest piece of advice we can give you is to think about how your Perks and Equipment complement your Skill Set. So if your Skill Set is all about Power, you can choose to use Perks to either offset the compromises you're making with Contact or just go all in on Power even further to transform yourself into some kind of transcendent super slugger. It all depends on how you want to play, but do take the time to think about what kind of Ballplayer you want and how different Perks and Equipment combinations will enable that.
Once you've settled on the position you'd like to play and got your starting Skill Set, 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 Skill Set by doubling down on Perks that give further statistical boosts to your Skill Set's strengths, or you can try to round out your player by using Perks to soften weaknesses.
The core list of Perks are:
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 Skill Set. 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 Skill Set Programs, but you can also purchase them using Stubs from the Community Market.
While the above list outlines the core Perks in the game, you'll also unlock some more specialised alternatives that trigger in very specific situations, named Dynamic Perks. This includes pitching Perks like First Strike, which ensures much weaker Contact in the first two pitches of an at bat, or Righty Specialist, which gives you a significant Contact boost against right-handed pitchers. Because these are a bit more specialised, we'd recommend you focus on boosting your statistics until you have a Skill Set that allows you to attach four Perks. You can then consider attaching one of these more specialised Dynamic Perks to your Playstyle to further personalise your approach.
Exactly which Perks you pick will again come down to personal preference. Are you the type of batter that tends to get yourself in a bit of a jam? Then consider Defibrillator, which will give you a big Contact boost when in two strike counts. Or do you like to steal bases? Then try Base Commander, which increases your Speed during base stealing scenarios. Again, try to pair these with your Skill Set and other Perks to reap the maximum rewards.