MLB The Show 21: How to complete Evolution Nelson Cruz Player Program

An upgraded Nellie Cruz card has arrived.

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Much like in previous months, the start of the new month means that a few new Evolution players have been added in MLB The Show 21. For July, Hall of Famer pitcher Whitey Ford and current Twins outfielder Nelson Cruz are the two new Evolution players. Users can work towards acquiring a 93 OVR Silver Slugger card of Nelson Cruz, and here’s how you can do just that.

How to complete Evolution Nelson Cruz Player Program

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To start, you will need to complete Daily Moments challenges in the July Daily Moments program. There will be 31 chances this month to complete a daily challenge, and for most days, completing the challenge will yield one point toward the July program. However, there will be random times that two points will be up for grabs, so you will definitely want to get the daily challenge done on those days.

You will need to get at least 10 points in the July Daily Moments program to start the Nelson Cruz player program. Why is that the case? At 10 points, MLB The Show players will unlock a choice pack of two cards. One is a 74 OVR Cruz rookie card, and the other is a Whitey Ford rookie card. You will need the Cruz rookie card to start his program.

If you don’t choose the Cruz card with that pack, don’t worry about it. A second Evolution Choice Pack can be unlocked at 15 points. So, if you took the Ford card with the first pack, make sure to grab Rookie Cruz with the second one.

Once you pick up the Cruz card, you can then begin the player program. To unlock the 93 OVR card, you will need to obtain 50 points toward the program. To get there, you should do the following:

  • Complete both Stage 1 Moments (10 Points)
  • Complete all Stage 2 Moments (20 Points)
  • Complete two of four (five hits with Rookie Cruz in online play, three home runs with Mariners players in online, three extra base hits with rookie Cruz, or three home runs with right fielders) Missions (20 points)

Alternatively, you could skip one of the four missions by completing a collection of right fielders. However, it might be best to skip that unless you have a slew of Free Agent right fielders that you can dump.

After you complete this challenge, you can earn XP towards the 4th Inning Program. To do that, go to the 4th Inning Program hub, and scroll to the collections. Find the Cruz collection, and insert the Cruz Silver Sluggers Card into it. If you do so, you will receive 1000 Stubs and 20,000 XP towards the 4th Inning Program.