R.B.I 20 Roster Update
May 14, 2020
After an intense couple of weeks filled with upsets and walk-offs, the Players League finally crowned their champion. Blake Snell swept Lucas Giolito in three games to become the first ever winner of the vaunted video game tournament thanks to some clutch pitching and some impressive hitting. To commemorate the inaugural competition, we’ve decided to boost each of the eight players that qualified for what was a playoff to remember.
Want a refresher on the events leading up to Blake Snell’s epic sweep? Check out this great article at MLB.com for a full breakdown on the playoffs.
The Players League champion was quite simply a force to be reckon with throughout both the regular season and the playoffs. The Cy Young winner finished the regular season with a 24-5 record, good enough to be the 1 seed heading into the playoffs. While Jeff McNeil got the best of him in Game One of the three-game series quarterfinals, it would be the only game Blake Snell would lose. To commemorate his championship performance, we’ve boosted the movement on Blake Snell’s entire arsenal!
Don’t let Giolito getting swept in the finals fool you, the White Sox RHP had an extremely impressive playoff run. The end of the regular season saw Giolito fighting for his life as he was on the playoff bubble until his very last game. A victory over Amir Garrett’s Reds got Giolito into the playoffs as a six seed where he immediately upset the three seed Bo Bichette and defeated the seven seed Ian Happ to get to the ‘ship. We’ve boosted Giolito’s Drop and Curve attributes as well as the movement on his elite changeup.
Finishing the regular season with a 21-8 record, Jeff McNeil unfortunately ran into the juggernaut that is Blake Snell in the 1st round of the playoffs. While McNeil was the only player to pull off a victory against the soon-to-be champion, he ultimately fell short in Game Three of the series. The regular season was fantastic for the utility Met as he was the 4th best defensive player in the tournament and posted an absurd .814 SLG. We’ve boosted McNeil’s Power and Fielding attributes.
Throughout the first week of the tournament it looked like Happ was not going to make the playoffs. Next thing you know he started stringing together a few consecutive wins and just like that, he was in as the 7 seed. In order to advance to the semi-finals however, Happ was going to need to beat the eventual MVP of the league: Joey Gallo. The series was back and forth between the two sluggers before Happ pulled off the upset of the tournament in Game Three. Happ wasn’t able to stay hot against Lucas Giolito in the semi’s however as he would end up losing in Game Three. We’ve boosted Happ’s Power and Speed ratings.
The Rangers slugger was simply unstoppable during the regular season. Gallo laid waste to his opponents for the first couple of days, especially when he was batting as himself, as he begun the Player League tournament rattling off 11 straight victories. However, Gallo stumbled ever so slightly at the end of the regular season, ending with a 23-6 record and the #2 seed. While Gallo wasn’t able to finish out the way he wanted to, he still – deservedly – ended up as the league MVP. We’ve boosted Gallo’s Power, Contact and Average ratings.
Dwight Smith Jr.
Players League Manager of The Year, Dwight Smith Jr. took everyone by surprise over the course of the tournament. The Orioles outfielder finished the regular season with a 19-10 record and hours of incredible Twitch footage to go along with it. Smith Jr. was an offensive machine over the entire course of the tournament as he concluded the regular season with a .416 batting average, and 11 triples. While he did take Jeff McNeil to a third game, he sadly wasn’t able to pull off the upset. We’ve boosted Smith Jr.’s Contact and Speed rating.
After finishing the regular season with a 21-8 record, Bo Bichette was looking to do some damage in the playoffs. The 22-year old shortstop placed in the top 10 in virtually every offensive category, with a .453 / .487 / .967 slash and a whopping 45 HRs. Despite nearly beating Giolito however – Bichette had the bases loaded with just one out in the pivotal final game – Bichette sadly fell short. Bo still walked away with the trophy for the best Twitch username: BoFlows. We boosted Bichette’s Defense and Contact attributes.
Despite finishing the regular season with a 19-10 record, Gavin Lux didn’t know if he had made the playoffs until the final night of regulation. Due to Lance McCullers Jr.’s upset of Tommy Kahnle, Lux came in to the playoffs as the 8 seed but was tasked with facing the future champion Blake Snell. While Blake would take the series in a sweep, don’t let that detract you from the fact that Lux finished the regular season with a 1.018 OPS and a league-leading defense. We’ve boosted Lux’s Defensive and Power attributes.