When creating a custom player in MLB The Show 23, players must make numerous choices about their player’s appearance and performance, including choosing their batting stance. While players can opt for one of many generic or existing player stances, certain stances can impact their initial contact and power, swing animation, and position of the bat. To help players choose the best overall batting stances that can give them an advantage in knocking in runs, we have compiled a list of the top five batting stances in MLB The Show 23.
1. Mike Trout
Current Players Batting Stance Tab, Page 48
Arguably the best overall hitter in baseball, Mike Trout’s batting stance offers a simple, compact swing that is easy to learn and time. Trout’s swing animation is one of the most aesthetically pleasing in the game and offers a powerful, soaring trajectory. Players will find themselves sending balls skyrocketing through the skies as they progress from the minors to the show.
2. Legend Stance 7
Generic Players Batting Stance Tab, Page 39
Based mostly on Barry Bonds’ stance, Legend Stance 7 represents a strong option for players looking to take advantage of their power. Compared to Trout’s stance, it favors power over a mixture of power and contact, making it a great option for players looking to knock out some homers. Though slightly more difficult to master, players will be surprised by how many home runs they knock out using this stance.
3. Shohei Ohtani
Current Players Batting Stance Tab, Page 35
The MVP of the World Baseball Classic, Shohei Ohtani is one of the purest hitters in the MLB whose batting stance translates perfectly to MLB The Show 23. While slightly more advanced than other stances, Ohtani’s stance offers raw hitting ability, and players can adjust their hand positions to get the timing just right. With a bit of practice, players will be able to master Ohtani’s stance and knock balls out of the park with ease.
4. Cody Bellinger
Current Player Batting Stance Tab, Page 4
While Cody Bellinger has had some down years in the MLB, his batting stance in MLB The Show 23 remains one of the cleanest and most efficient for players. With a horizontal bat and hand placement up around the player’s head level, a simple swing allows players to get to the ball quickly and can be used to go oppo or attempt to pull the ball over the wall. Bellinger’s batting stance is incredibly reliable and won’t let players down often.
5. José Ramírez
Current Player Batting Stance Tab, Page 39
Finally, we have the Cleveland Guardians’ third baseman, José Ramírez. A contender for the 2023 MVP title, Ramírez’s batting stance is incredibly user-friendly and sees players with a slightly open stance with the bat over their head facing the field. What sets Ramírez’s stance apart is the use of a front leg kick, which can help time pitches much more effectively than with other stances. With practice and persistence, players can time pitches with ease, making Ramírez’s stance a great option for those looking for a dependable and easy-to-master batting option.
With so many choices when creating your own custom player, choosing the right batting stance can be a daunting task in MLB The Show 23. However, selecting one of the top five batting stances listed above can give players a significant advantage in terms of power, contact, and easy execution. So, whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned player, take advantage of these batting stances to improve your game and knock in more runs than ever before.