Building your franchise in MLB The Show is a process that can be daunting if you decide to grab a terrible team. This will serve as a guide for starting your franchise in the best possible way in your first season. For the sake of commonality, I used the OSFM 1.5 Roster available in the online roster vault.
Make sure after you select your team of choice you press square on Player Development and General Manager Tasks, this will allow you to control every aspect of your team (on top of Coaching Tasks).
Start your season during spring training and take a look at your roster ranks in the Trade Talks menu. The only good spot for the Tigers is Miguel Cabrera – he is declining quickly and the 2018 season will probably be his last chance of productivity – so I am moving him during the spring. Before that happens, you better find a replacement in the free agent pool or involve the replacement in the trade. In my case, I found a nice free agent and signed him. If you want to see potential in free agents press triangle on them and it will be right there for you to see.
I traded Cabrera to the Yankees and in return for the 90 OVR first baseman, coupled with a couple disposable minor leaguers I managed to bring in a much needed reliever, a top prospect in Clint Frazier (I’m surprised the Yankees haven’t traded him in real life yet) and I grabbed their newly acquired Brandon Drury to be my utility guy. This is the kind of trade you want to make if you have one good player that is over 30 with an OVR of 80 or higher… the same goes for even older guys.
TIME TO START SCOUTING!!!
Before you start thinking about scouting, you want to look at what players you already have in the farm system.
The current look of the Tigers for 2018 isn’t great. However, once you take a look at the potential of some of the Starting Pitchers, the up and coming 1B that was newly signed as well as our future CF in Clint Frazier, suddenly those rankings aren’t so bad. This is where you start looking at what you want to scout for in the draft in June.
For the Tigers, this means looking at 2nd and 3rd base as well as trying to find a great complimentary corner outfielder. Add bullpen pitchers and there are some serious changes that need to happen. This is how you do it.
GO TO CONTRACTS AND SIGN NEW SCOUTS
Sign a scout in every region (East, West, Central, and International).
Invest in new scouts to replace your crappy ones.
Scout ratings are simple to understand and once you do, it will make the rest of your process easy.
Efficiency – This is how fast a scout can determine the ratings of prospects. When looking at the scouting menu you will see players that are scouted fully with green bars and others that are not scouted at all in the red. Focus on players in the region of your scout for even faster scouting results with higher efficiency (in 3 to 4 days a highly rated efficiency scout can fully scout a prospect in his region).
Discovery – This tells you how many players scout can find. When assigning a scout to discover players he won’t be able to look at individual prospects – keep this in mind as a large player pool is great, but if you have so many you can’t scout them all – it leaves you in a tight spot.
Position Players – These scouts will get you more accurate ratings on players that are non-pitchers.
Pitchers – These scouts are the best at accurately rating pitching prospects.
Look at prospects in positions you need to fill in a couple years. Next year they will be young prospects and will need time to become big league ready.
The MLB ETA on the prospect list is important. If you need a player soon, find a player with a MLB ETA year that is for the next season. If you have time to develop a guy behind a current player you can draft someone that isn’t going to be ready for a couple years.
That covers the important aspects of scouting. Make sure you jump on this on the first day of the regular season. It will end up providing you with a great draft class in June.