Thankfully, there are some settings choices that can overhaul this process. Experts are divided on which one is best for the team, but there doesn't need to be a consensus. Everybody who plays MLB The Show 22 will find a home with one of these settings after trying them each out.
When using Button Accuracy mode, after the ball is hit and before the thrower tosses the ball, a meter will appear over the head of the fielder. Players will need to hold down the desired base to throw to, then release when the black bar is in the green zone. The yellow zone is largely decorative; being off by a little will result in an errant toss.
The biggest advantage is that, in theory, players can never miss a throw if their timing is good enough. Bad fielders have a smaller green zone, but gamers that can hit dead center won't be bothered by this. The disadvantage is that it is a very difficult system, the meter doesn't always appear at the same time and the bar flies by in a blink. If it's too hard, don't change positions, change the settings.
Buttons is a simple setting; press the corresponding button and the player, after gathering the ball, will throw it to that location. It's a safe pick for those that need to cut down on mistakes and get that call from an MLB ballclub.
This might sound so simple that letting the AI do the throwing is tempting, but consider that the AI sometimes makes baffling decisions in terms of where to throw the ball. Aggressive players can cut down a run at the plate while the AI almost always plays it too safe.
Pure analog input is a strict downgrade from buttons since buttons never miss and sticks can require finesse. However, some players out there might have broken controllers and can't functionally press a certain button. In these cases, the buttons can be replaced with the thumbstick.
The concept is identical to the Button layout. Flick the stick in the base's direction before the ball arrives there. It can be a bit since a second baseman throwing a ball to the right for a double play will need to flick the thumbstick up instead of right, but those who thrive with this kind of challenge might find it enjoyable.
The Auto Throwing mode has an appeal to a select few veterans of the series. With a stacked team, there is a higher likelihood of making a mistake with the controls than allowing the team to go on autopilot. Consider that some fielders have a 99% accuracy rate when throwing. If players mess up more than 1% of the time, Auto Throwing is here to help.
Some players will simply eat an error or two every ball game and allow the fielders to throw where the AI wants to. Those who are new to baseball and gaming in general might want to watch a few before controlling the action.
MLB The Show 22 was released on April 5th, 2022, and is available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PlayStation 5.