03 Jun 2021 3:13 PM +00:00

MLB The Show 21: Top 10 Players in Diamond Dynasty

MLB The Show 21 is packed with top ratings and versatility in Diamond Dynasty, and that field is only growing as more players get added.

If you're trying to decide who to go after and try to unlock, then knowing the top 10 highest rated players in MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty might help you make the call.

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Latest - Team Affinity Season 2 brings new Diamonds

Team Affinity has officially jumped to Season 2 in Diamond Dynasty, and that means each team has a new Diamond tier player up for grabs.

You'll have to work your way through Team Affinity programs in order to unlock them, but it's definitely a worthwhile endeavor.

If you want to see everyone who's been added and find out more about Team Affinity Season 2, click here.

How are Diamond Dynasty ratings different?

MLB The Show 21 handles ratings differently for Diamond Dynasty than it does for the main roster, as Diamond Dynasty often has many different versions of players.

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MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty Best Players Ratings Highest Rated
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DIAMOND DUPLICATES: Players can have more than one card in Diamond Dynasty

That could mean an ultra-powerful All-Star card of a player that's very highly rated, but by comparison their Rookie card or one from another part of their career might have a significantly lower rating.

These ratings operate independently of each player's main roster rating in MLB The Show 21, and instead only represent their abilities in Diamond Dynasty.

Top 10 Diamond Dynasty Players in MLB The Show 21

If you're looking to build the absolute best Diamond Dynasty team possible in MLB The Show 21, there are a handful of players who stand out above the rest.

Here are the top ten highest rated Diamond Dynasty players in MLB The Show 21:

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Mariano Rivera, CP (99 OVR), New York Yankees

The newest 99 OVR player to show up in Diamond Dynasty is none other than Yankees legend Mariano Rivera, and he's immediately one the best closer available.

You'll have to complete multiple collections of Legends & Flashbacks to earn him, but it'll be worthwhile to plug his 117 in Hits per 9 Innings, 111 in Strikeouts per 9 Innings, and 106 in Walks per 9 Innings into your bullpen.

Jackie Robinson, 2B (99 OVR), Brooklyn Dodgers

With the special edition focusing on Jackie Robinson, it's no surprise that the reward for players who collect all 42 members of the 42 Series is an epic 99 OVR Jackie Robinson.

MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty Best Players Ratings Highest Rated Jackie Robinson
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THE NAMESAKE: Complete the 42 Series for this epic Jackie Robinson

Robinson has solid fielding, but it's his contact ratings that are really shining with this Diamond Dynasty card and make him an asset to any batting lineup.

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David Ortiz, 1B (99 OVR), Boston Red Sox

You'll also need to focus on a collection to earn this 99 OVR David Ortiz, as he's the reward for completing the All AL Live Series collection, which will take time but is definitely worthwhile.

Ortiz has an astronomical 125 in Power vs Right-Handed Pitchers, with 100+ ratings in Contact vs Left-Handed Pitchers, Contact vs Right-Handed Pitchers, Power vs Left-Handed Pitchers, and Clutch that make him a must-have.

Alfonso Soriano, LF (99 OVR), Washington Nationals

On the other side of the MLB, you'll need to complete the All NL Live Series Collection to earn 99 OVR Alfonso Soriano for your Diamond Dynasty squad.

Soriano is top-notch with a 92 in Fielding and 93 in Accuracy, but he's also got strong batting stats with a 114 in Power vs Left-Handed Pitchers, 113 in Power vs Right-Handed Pitchers, 101 in Contact vs Left-Handed Pitchers, and 90 in Contact vs Right-Handed Pitchers.

Chipper Jones, 3B (99 OVR), Atlanta Braves

If you're looking to add 99 OVR Chipper Jones to your Diamond Dynasty squad, you'll have to complete the All MLB Live Series collection (which includes the previously mentioned Ortiz and Soriano) to get his MVP-themed card as your reward.

MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty Best Players Ratings Highest Rated Chipper Jones
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CHIP OFF THE MVP BLOCK: Celebrate Jones' 1999 season with this card

Much like Ortiz and Robinson, Jones shines at the plate with a 125 in Contact vs Left-Handed Pitchers, 125 in Power vs Left-Handed Pitchers, and 100+ in multiple other attributes.

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Al Leiter, SP (97 OVR), Miami Marlins

The first player on the list that isn't a collection reward is Al Leiter, and you'll have to either earn him in Battle Royale or shell out the roughly 200,000 Stubs needed to purchase him on the Community Market.

Leiter has a great array of pitches, and his 113 in Stamina, 112 in Pitching Clutch, and 118 in Hits per 9 Innings anchor a really solid array that will make him a boon for your rotation.

Cliff Lee, SP (97 OVR), Philadelphia Phillies

Another great source of top players is Team Affinity, and working your way through Team Affinity Season 2 is what you'll need to do in order to unlock Cliff Lee to be your Starting Pitcher.

While Leiter leads Lee in a few categories, Cliff Lee is incredibly well-balanced with multiple 90+ ratings and a 115 in Stamina that make him a great addition to your squad.

Joe Torre, 3B (96 OVR), St. Louis Cardinals

You'll also have to use Team Affinity to unlock Third Baseman Joe Torre, but it'll be more than worthwhile when you realize he's got an absolutely perfect 125 in Contact against both Left-Handed and Right-Handed Pitchers.

MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty Best Players Ratings Highest Rated Joe Torre
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HALL OF FAMER: Get this legend in your lineup right now

Tack on Torre's 106 in Vision and 125 in Clutch to make one of the most consistent hitters in Diamond Dynasty, and you'll realize why he's a must for your team.

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Dante Bichette, RF (96 OVR), Colorado Rockies

Yet another Team Affinity reward will be Dante Bichette, and this outfielder has both power and speed backing up his impressive contact ratings.

Bichette has a 125 in Contact vs. Left-Handed Pitchers, 100 in Contact vs. Right-Handed Pitchers, 105 in Power vs. Left-Handed Pitchers, and 95 in Power vs. Right-Handed Pitchers, all of which is bolstered by his 92 in Vision, 121 in Clutch, 80 in Base Stealing, and 70 in Speed.

Mike Trout, CF (96 OVR), Los Angeles Angels

The final player on this list is also the highest rated Live Series player, and Trout's already seen his rating increase from 95 OVR to his current 96 OVR in a previous roster update.

MLB The Show 21 Diamond Dynasty Best Players Ratings Highest Rated Mike Trout
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THE BIG FISH: There's a reason Trout is so coveted and expensive

This version of Trout can potentially be earned as a Daily Login Reward just from playing MLB The Show 21, but he can also be found in standard The Show Packs or purchased in the Community Market if you've got nearly 450,000 Stubs on hand.

Trout proves his worth with a 124 in Discipline, 115 in Power vs Right-Handed Pitchers, 109 in Contact vs Right-Handed Pitchers, and 91 in Clutch that will help you score that much-needed game-sealing hit or home run.

Outside of Diamond Dynasty, Mike Trout sits high on the list of highest rated players in the core roster for MLB The Show 21.

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