Signature Series Clayton Kershaw (MLB 19)
MLB The Show 19 introduced the XP reward path. For each 50 levels, you would unlock a high diamond card. Once you reached level 50 in each tier of bronze, silver, gold, and diamond, many people took Clayton Kershaw’s 99 overall Signature Series. The card ended up as the best pitcher in the game and one of the most notorious MLB The Show pitchers ever.
Kershaw had 107 hits/9 and 117 K/9 and was great at locating with 92 BB/9 and 88 control. He also threw five pitches; a four-seamer, slider, 12-6 curve, change-up, and sinker. his pitches had very good velocity separation, with his fastball and sinker being the only two offerings within five MPH of each other. But MLB The Show 19’s gameplay made this card go from great to elite. HR/9 does not have an effect on gameplay in most other MLB The Show games.
But in 2019, it did. The higher the HR/9, the harder it was to generate good exit velocity and barrels on pitches. Even if you squared a pitch up well with a hitter with 100+ power, it would likely end up as a line-out. Kershaw had one of the highest HR/9 attributes at 94. Combined with his outstanding hits/9, K/9, and pitch mix, he was extremely hard to hit. If you were able to make consistent contact off of him, chances are it was poor contact.