MLB 9 Innings Rivals Players Guide with Tips

A guide for the players in the game!

With the arrival of MLB 9 Innings Rivals, a new title on the MLB 9 Inning series from Com2uS, the baseball genre has got yet another interesting title to play. With portrait and landscape gameplay offerings, the game presents players with an innovative and compact baseball experience, incorporating state-of-the-art 3D graphics to create a sense of depth and visual authenticity apart from its breathtaking visuals. While the game is fairly new, there will be confusion regarding the players and their roles, attributes, and more. So to help players in this regard, we have come up with this MLB 9 Innings Rivals Players Guide with some tips and tricks.

Batter and Pitcher Overview

In this section, we shall discuss the batters and pitchers, with their attributes. Alongside, there is something that the players need to figure out, which is the Zones, explained later.

Batter Overview

In MLB 9 Innings, batters exhibit unique playing skills and potential that can be accessed through the batter menu. These styles are evaluated based on their hot and cold zones, which are crucial in understanding their proficiency at handling different pitches effectively.

We get to know the strengths of the batters based on their attributes. The batter attributes are as follows.

POWIncreases Hit Distance.
CONIncreases the chance of timing of the swing.
EYEIncrease Hit Chances.
PATIncreases chances of checked swings.
RUNIncreases Runnign Speed.
FLDIncreases fielding play effect.

Pitcher Overview

Just like batters, pitchers also possess specific skills and potential that are evident in their performance. While batters are evaluated based on their hot and cold zones, pitchers are assessed through the pitch usage system. This system reveals the pitches they rely on the most and are likely to be most effective with, and it is derived from real-world data analysis.

Again, we measure pitchers based on their attributes. The pitcher attributes are as follows.

VELIncreases pitcher’s velocity.
MOVIncreases the chance of a hit.
STUIncrease chances of easy outs.
LOCDecreases errors and batter’s chances of checked swings.
STAIncreases the pitcher’s energy.
FLDIncreases fielding play effect.

Zones for Batters and Pitchers

While batting and pitching, you may have noticed the presence of a striking area in red or blue indications. This zone can be called a hot/cold zone, which represents the zone where your batters are most likely to hit the ball. In the square box that is set up, indicating the pitching arc, you can see that the zone is divided into nine sections.

MLB 9 Innings Rivals hot/cold zones
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Each zone is indicated by different colors that reflect the batter’s actual performance. These colors range toggle from blue to red. As the scheme of things goes, patches in blue indicate a decrease in batting ability, and red signifies an increase in batter skills. Sometimes you can also see a lighter version of the color, indicating it might not be the weakest or strongest hitting arc.

These are based on the actual record of the batter. As a batter, you need to see what the zone indicates. If the whole square is blue, then god save your player (just joking). But it is a good representation of the strengths and weaknesses of the batter. The same goes when you are pitching.

Player Scouts


In MLB 9 Innings Rivals, scouts play a crucial role in enhancing the overall strength of a team by recruiting players. Players can recruit the best picks in the game with the help of scouts, which come around quite often as bigger events. While they come, each scout possesses a distinct trait and offers a diverse range of players that can be acquired.

Types of Scouts

MLB 9 Innings Rivals scout
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In MLB 9 Innings Rivals, scouts come in three different types: Standard, Event, and Special. The descriptions and subcategories of these three scouts are as follows:


Standard scouts are the regular and readily available type of scouts. They offer a more common and accessible opportunity for players to recruit new players for their team. They are of two types, LIVE Scout and Normal Scout.

By using LIVE Scout, you have the chance to obtain Impact and LIVE Grade B to S cards from all teams in the game. Via Normal Scout, you have the opportunity to acquire Season/LIVE Grade C to B cards from all teams.


Event scouts in MLB 9 Innings Rivals are temporary or limited-period scouts that are available only during specific events or promotional periods. There are two types of event scouts: Preferred Team Support Scout and Pick Up Scout.

Each attempt of the Preferred Team Scout rewards you with 10 players, which can be used up to three times within seven days, allowing you to sign and acquire Impact and Season/Live Grade B to S players. Whereas the Pick-Up Scout is a scout that specializes in obtaining the Focus player of each team, while also having an increased acquisition rate.


The Special Scout in MLB 9 Innings Rivals can be considered a premium version of the Standard Scout. It offers a higher level of quality and exclusivity in terms of the players that can be obtained. There are two types of special scouts: Premium Scout and Advanced Scout.

The Premium Scout feature in MLB 9 Innings Rivals offers the chance to obtain Signature, Prime, and Season/LIVE Grade B to S players. On the other hand, from the Advanced Scout, you have the opportunity to acquire Impact and Season/LIVE Grade B to S cards from all teams. Additionally, if you use the Advanced Scout 200 times, you will be rewarded with a Team Selective Signature/Prime Pack.

Player Training and Upgrades

Player Training

To train a player in MLB 9 Innings Rivals, start by selecting a card from either your batter or pitcher lineup that you wish to train. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll find the training options, allowing you to choose between using Training Cards, other players you don’t need, or those not in your lineup as materials to train.

MLB 9 Innings Rivals training
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The amount of EXP gained during training depends on the selected material player’s OVR. Once the training process is complete, a random stat on the trained player will increase by 1. The maximum training level of a player card can be extended through Training Boost. Each player grade has its own unique maximum training level when first acquired, as well as varying EXP requirements for training.

We can find that there is an additional training system called Special Training, which is available under specific conditions. This feature can only be used when a card of Impact grade or higher is present. Special Training can be performed once when first obtained, and up to 3 times through Limit Break, which can be performed by all players can perform up to 5 levels.

Player Upgrades

In MLB 9 Innings Rivals, just like the training system, there is an upgrade system for player cards. To begin the upgrade process, you select a card from your batter or pitcher lineup. When choosing upgrade materials, you will notice a booster gauge that increases according to the OVR value of the selected Upgrade Cards or players.

MLB 9 Innings Rivals upgrade
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The success rate of the upgrade is determined based on the combination of cards you have chosen, and the grade which is placed above the rate is indicated by a “+” sign. Upgrading player cards requires spending the points resource, which is an essential currency for enhancing your players’ performance and overall abilities.

MLB 9 Innings Rivals Players Guide Tips and Tricks to remember

Here are some tips and tricks to remember.

  • Hot/Cold zones are necessary for the player to keep track of. They are really important to take note of and get the best hits.
  • Do remember that the Hot/Cold Zones are not affected by increased stats, so no matter if you train/upgrade, you won’t be able to change them.
  • Use duplicate/lower-rated players to train your higher-stat players, so that you don’t have to worry about losing the best training/upgrade cards and saving them for the premium players.
  • You don’t have to toggle between menus for the upgrade or training of players. When you click on the batter or pitcher, you can see the player management option, which serves as a shortcut for every choice you need to make.
  • Use the option to set up an Auto Lineup for your squad. This way you can select players who suit you the best and also boost the team.

That’s all for the MLB 9 Innings Rivals Players Guide. For any queries, you can always drop a comment below.

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