MLB The Show 22’s commitment to the grind continues with Diamond Dynasty, its unique approach to a card-collecting mode that allows fans to create their own fantasy baseball teams featuring current athletes, new legends and rising stars. The online multiplayer mode features cross-platform play and cross-progression and includes some updated tools allowing players to customize uniforms, modify user-created stadiums, and earn XP towards exclusive reward paths by playing any mode in The Show 22.
The first program featured in this year’s Diamond Dynasty is “Faces Of The Franchise” – a new version of Innings and Team Affinity that includes 30 new bosses, one from each MLB team, and 12 of which can be added to your roster via salable and unsellable boss packs. Players can earn XP by living their dreams in Road To The Show or by completing Online Challenges, Moments, Collections, Conquest Maps, Limited Time Events, and Mini Seasons, a recreational league of eight teams played exclusively offline which has its own season. Championship and set of exclusive rewards.
With each “Faces Of The Franchise” boss being a 90 overall with modifiers, we’ve compiled a cheat sheet of the best maps that will ensure your team stays in the win column all summer long.
Bryan Reynolds (CF) – Pittsburgh Pirates
A favorite of Pirates fans, Reynolds’ stats on offense favor power against right-handed pitchers and turn him into a glitchy contact hitter against left-handers due to his switch stance. His reaction (85) and speed (85) give him the versatility to cover every corner of the outfield, while quirks such as Dead Red, Unfazed and Rally Monkey make him a threat against fastball pitchers in count of two strikes.
Casey Mize (ES) – Detroit Tigers
The first overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, Mize’s Future Stars card in MLB The Show 20 made its living throwing sinkers at your wrists. His new 90 FOTF trades his cut and slurve steps for a curve and a slider, but his stamina (96), H/9 (90) and BB/9 (89) make him a reliable control pitcher who can take his opponents off guard. with alternating step speeds and a deceptive separator.
Cedric Mullins (CF) – Baltimore Orioles
Mullins became the first Orioles player to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season last year, hitting .291/.360/.518 while leading all major outfielders with 389 outs. His All-Star Game card in The Show 21 rarely missed the ball and his new version Faces Of The Franchise is an overall lower revamp, but with notable improvements in pitch (85), arm strength (72) and theft (85).
Cody Bellinger (CF) – Los Angeles Dodgers
The Cody Bellinger Redemption Tour has finally arrived. The Dodgers star has had his inconsistencies since his 2019 NL MVP season, but his FOTF card is a nod to his former self with peak power stats and 99 arm strength. His contact screams “noodle arm,” but Bellinger’s left-handed bat plays and comes with versatility and first base pitch that can be paralleled with a diamond rating (90+).
Corey Seager (SS) – Texas Rangers
Corey Seager’s swing is “buddah” (not “butter”). The Dodger-turned-Ranger has one of MLB The Show’s finest striking animations and his Franchise card the weapon of active quirks (Unfazed, Dead Red), 90+ vision, and power that’s on the better side of the norm. His defense makes him a liability at shortstop rather than second base (or third), but it’s Seager, and the left-handed pitcher fears him.
Devin Williams (RP) – Milwaukee Brewers
Every large paddock needs a Devin Williams card. The Missouri native blasted his way to a 0.33 ERA and an NL Rookie Of The Year award in 2020, all thanks to the ‘Airbender’ – a pitch The Show split into a circle change and a screwball which both use 99 pauses to swing opposing hitters everything. Williams lacks control, but the 112 H/9 and 114 K/9 were designed for the tuning role.
Emmanuel Clase (CP) – Cleveland Guardians
Despite a dominant summer, the Cleveland Guardians reliever didn’t get the diamond treatment in MLB The Show 21 until November’s Finest Series. His 90 FOTF is a tribute to that overall 99 as it has the Outlier I and Homebody quirks, a 101 mph cutter and fastball, and a freakish 92 mph slider with a 93 break rating. ? His control stat maxes out at 97 at parallel level five.
Jazz Chisholm (SS) – Miami Marlins
The 24-year-old infielder from Nassau, Bahamas, debuted on The Show 20 as 94 Future Stars and was prized for his speed and a Ken Griffey Jr.-esque swing that destroyed fastballs in The area. Its Franchise version plays the same – favoring the Elite Terrain and Situational Hitter quirk to be less powerful – but it plays way above its attributes because Jazz Chisholm Jr. is a movie.
Logan Webb (ES) – San Francisco Giants
Logan Webb is the definition of meta pitching. The 25-year-old San Francisco Giants ace uses a five-pitch repertoire that’s more useful than other FOTF options (Alek Manoah, Marcus Stroman) thanks to a heavy mix of — you guessed it — sinkers , sliders and changes. His fastball and cutter are hip-bound and comparisons to Breaking Bad’s Todd Alquist are always a plus.
Mike Trout (CF) – Los Angeles Angels
There’s nothing complicated about Mike Trout. The three-time MVP recipient’s combination of power, touch, and speed produces results, and his Faces Of The Franchise card adds a new twist to “Trout Fishing,” with a total of 90 living for extra hits, games of corner and send right-handers back to the clubhouse for a morning shower. He is also fast. Like “94 potential speed” fast.
Rafael Devers (3B) – Boston Red Sox
There’s Trout, Ohtani, Tatis Jr., and then there’s Devers. The Red Sox third baseman is known as “Big Scoops” in The Show community due to his ability to effortlessly orbit the ball. Devers is a powerful hitter, through and through, and while he could be replaced with a better arm or defender, he’s a hitting nightmare with his Breaking Ball and Situational Hitter quirks.
Wander Franco (SS) – Tampa Bay Rays
The former Major League Baseball number one prospect made his debut in June 2021, breaking Mickey Mantle’s 36-game on-base streak before agreeing to an 11-year, $182 million extension with the Rays . His spreads against right-handers won’t suffice on higher difficulties, but Franco’s 93 vision, 81 speed and 80+ pitch at three positions are tied to a switch swing that adores doubles and homers.
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