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Nick Madrigal
Trending: ↓ 10%
2B | B/T: R/R | 5' 8" 175LBS | Age: 23

Draft: 2018 | Rd: 1, #4, Chicago White Sox | Oregon State
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2020 105 99 8 34 0 11 2 .343 .381 .374 .755
1 Season 105 99 8 34 0 11 2 .343 .381 .374 .755
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2020 .343 0 11 2 .755
1 Season .343 0 11 2 .755

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2020 CWS AL 28 105 99 8 34 3 0 0 11 4 7 2 1 2 .343 .381 .374 .755
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2020 CWS AL 105 37 39 0 0 .370 3 5 23 407 3.876 .067 .000 .571 .030 .030 0

Scouting Report

2020

Madrigal established himself as the best hitter and player in college baseball while at Oregon State, leading the Beavers to a 56-6 record as a sophomore in 2017 and to a College World Series championship despite missing time with a broken wrist as a junior in 2018. The White Sox made him the second-highest-drafted second baseman ever, taking him at No. 4 and signing him for $6,411,400. He has lived up to his scouting reports as a pro, batting .311 and leading the Minors in strikeout rate (3 percent, less than half of second-place finisher Wander Franco's 7 percent) in his first full season while advancing to Triple-A.

Perhaps the best pure hitter among prospects, Madrigal excels at making line-drive contact to all fields with a controlled right-handed swing. His extraordinary hand-eye coordination and feel for the barrel allowed him to limit his strikeouts to 37 in 707 college plate appearances and just 21 in 705 trips to the plate in his first two years as a pro. The question is how much impact he'll ultimately have at the plate, because he's small and possesses little raw power while his penchant for putting the bat on the ball cuts into his walk totals.

Madrigal does have plus speed and knows how to use it, so he enhances his offensive profile with basestealing ability. His high baseball IQ is obvious in the field as well, where he's a potential Gold Glover at second base. He has the hands and actions to play shortstop, though his fringy arm is better suited for second.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 65 | Power: 40 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

The Pacific-12 Conference player of the year as a sophomore in 2017, Madrigal saw his chances of repeating end when he broke his left wrist early in his junior season. He still lived up to his reputation as the best player and hitter in college baseball and became the second-highest-drafted second baseman ever when the White Sox picked him at No. 4 overall (two spots lower than the Brewers took Rickie Weeks in 2003). After helping Oregon State win the College World Series, he signed for $6,411,400 and batted .303 in his pro debut while advancing to Class A Advanced.

Madrigal's introduction to pro ball reinforced why scouts considered him the best pure hitter in the 2018 Draft. Unfazed by advanced competition, he used his controlled right-handed swing to spray line drives all over the field while striking out just five times in 173 plate appearances. He's small and doesn't have a lot of raw strength, but his ability to barrel the ball and his plus speed should produce a healthy amount of doubles and maybe 12-15 homers per season.

Recruited by Oregon State as a shortstop, Madrigal wound up playing second base for the Beavers in deference to Cadyn Grenier, an Orioles supplemental first-rounder who was rated as the best college defender in the 2018 Draft. Madrigal has the hands and actions to play shortstop, though his average arm makes him a better fit at second base. Chicago planned on trying him at short but he has spent almost all of his pro career at second, where he could develop into a Gold Glover.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 65 | Power: 40 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

The White Sox made Madrigal the second-highest second baseman ever drafted when they selected him fourth overall in June, two spots lower than the Brewers took Rickie Weeks in 2003. The Pacific-12 Conference player of the year as a sophomore in 2017, Madrigal might have won the award again is he hadn't lost half of the 2018 season to a broken left wrist. He had to settle for helping the Beavers win the College World Series before signing for a $6,411,400 bonus.

The best pure hitter in the 2018 Draft, Madrigal barrels the ball and controls the strike zone with ease. A right-handed hitter with a line-drive swing, he doesn't have a lot of home run power but can sting the ball into the gaps. He's at least a plus runner with excellent instincts on the bases, and his offensive package fits nicely at the top of a batting order.

Madrigal played second base at Oregon State in deference to shortstop Cadyn Grenier, an Orioles supplemental first-rounder who was the top defender in the Draft. Madrigal has the hands and actions for shortstop, and the White Sox plan on trying him there, but he doesn't have typical arm strength for the position. He could get by a la David Eckstein at short or develop into a Gold Glover at second base.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2020 407 92 0 0.0 83.8 4.8 31.5 .321 .379 .332 .332 .333 20.7 6.7 3.8
ALL 407 92 0 0.0 83.8 4.8 31.5 .321 .379 .332 .332 .333 20.7 6.7 3.8
MLB 43576 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .251 .416 .317 .322 .378 34.9 21.8 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/28/2020 Chicago White Sox activated 2B Nick Madrigal from the 10-day injured list.
08/06/2020 Chicago White Sox placed 2B Nick Madrigal on the 10-day injured list retroactive to August 5, 2020. Separated left shoulder.
07/31/2020 Chicago White Sox selected the contract of 2B Nick Madrigal from White Sox Alternate Training Site.
07/17/2020 2B Nick Madrigal assigned to White Sox Alternate Training Site from Birmingham Barons.
01/21/2020 Chicago White Sox invited non-roster 2B Nick Madrigal to spring training.
11/14/2019 2B Nick Madrigal assigned to Birmingham Barons from Charlotte Knights.
07/31/2019 2B Nick Madrigal assigned to Charlotte Knights from Birmingham Barons.
06/06/2019 2B Nick Madrigal assigned to Birmingham Barons from Winston-Salem Dash.
01/22/2019 Chicago White Sox invited non-roster SS Nick Madrigal to spring training.
08/02/2018 2B Nick Madrigal assigned to Winston-Salem Dash from Kannapolis Intimidators.
07/16/2018 SS Nick Madrigal assigned to Kannapolis Intimidators from AZL White Sox.
07/05/2018 Chicago White Sox signed SS Nick Madrigal.
07/05/2018 SS Nick Madrigal assigned to AZL White Sox.
07/03/2018 SS Nick Madrigal assigned to Winston-Salem Dash.