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Nick Madrigal

Nick Madrigal

SS | B/T: R/R | 5' 7" 165 | Age: 22
Draft: 2018 (Rd: 1, #4, Chicago White Sox) - Oregon State
Sacramento, CA USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 142 127 27 47 1 13 11 .370 .437 .488 .925
Career Minors 533 473 72 146 3 56 36 .309 .372 .397 .770
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .370 1 13 11 .925
Career Minors .309 3 56 36 .770

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2018 3 Teams Minors 43 173 155 25 47 7 0 0 16 7 5 8 6 7 .303 .353 .348 .701
2018 AZL White Sox AZL ROK 5 17 13 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 .154 .353 .154 .507
2018 Kannapolis Intimidators SAL A(Full) 12 49 44 9 15 3 0 0 6 1 0 2 2 1 .341 .347 .409 .756
2018 Winston-Salem Dash CAR A(Adv) 26 107 98 14 30 4 0 0 9 5 5 6 3 3 .306 .355 .347 .702
2019 2 Teams Minors 82 360 318 47 99 18 4 3 40 30 10 28 10 8 .311 .382 .421 .803
2019 Winston-Salem Dash CAR A(Adv) 49 218 191 20 52 10 2 2 27 17 6 17 4 6 .272 .346 .377 .723
2019 Birmingham Barons SOU AA 33 142 127 27 47 8 2 1 13 13 4 11 6 2 .370 .437 .488 .925

Scouting Report

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 plans on trying him at short but he spent almost all of his debut at second, where he could develop into a Gold Glover.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
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.