All-Star Jacob deGrom (MLB 21)
The second card was New York Mets’ all-star Jacob deGrom. This card ended up being one of the best cards in MLB The Show history. Keep in mind, this was around the All-Star break, and all you needed to do to acquire him was do a few moments, exchange some duplicates, and all of a sudden, you have a 99 Jacob deGrom that was just as good, if not better than his Finest card from the year prior. SDS basically gave anyone with 15 minutes of free time an endgame card for free in July.
This deGrom card had 119 hits/9 and 115 K/9 with an outlier four-seam fastball. His slider had 99 break and sat 91-93 MPH. He also threw an upper-90s two-seam fastball. But you can’t sit on heat either because he would also throw a low-80s curveball and upper-90s change-up. He could paint the edges, too, because he had 98 BB/9 and 90 control.
This was also a year where deGrom hit for himself, and he drove in six runs while only allowing 11 earned runs and batting .364. SDS rewarded deGrom for his hitting by giving him 63/7 contact and 53/43 power vs RHP/LHP with 62 vision. This was still when pitchers hit in the game, so not only did you have to face 100 MPH on the black with a low-90s wipeout slider, but you also didn’t get a break in the line-up.