Ht: 5'7" Wt: 165 lb
Acquired: Drafted 4th overall in the 2018 draft out of Oregon State University
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #4 - 2018 Midseason
- Draft profile
- In-person report of pro debut with AZL, incl video, July 2018
- In-person report #2 from AZL, with video, July 2018
- All FutureSox Media tagged Nick Madrigal
After being drafted in the 17th round as a California prep player, Madrigal wisely chose to attend Oregon State and took NCAA baseball by storm, slashing .333/.380/.456 and was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. He built upon those numbers in his sophomore and junior year, improving in every offensive statistic and earning Pac-12 Player of the Year honors this season thanks an absurd .367/.428/511 slashline in his final season there.
Madrigal puts up such prestigious numbers thanks to a contact-oriented approach at the plate that sprays line drives to all fields. Over his three collegiate seasons, Madrigal struck out a mere 37 times compared to 58 walks covering a staggering 612 at-bats.
The one notable caveat to his offensive game is raw power and MLB Pipeline graded it a 40 on the traditional 20-80 scouting scale. But he is equipped with good speed and is aggressive on the base paths, swiping 16 bags last season and 11 more this year, making him a prototypical top of the order difference maker.
A natural shortstop through high school and the beginning to his college career, Madrigal moved to second base to accommodate his slick-fielding teammate Cadyn Grenier. There is a split between scouts if Madrigal can return to shortstop at the pro level, citing average arm strength. But there is no question that he plays an elite second base and many believe he has gold glove potential there.
In the beginning of his professional career, Madrigal is showing his polish and slashing .319/.375/.362 through his first 20 games across three levels. With only one strikeout (it took him 72 PA for that to happen) and three extra base hits, Madrigal has been as advertised, rocketing up to A+ Winston-Salem after brief stops in Arizona and Kannapolis. His advanced profile suggests a very high floor and only at 21 years old, he has more potential left to unlock as he adjusts to professional pitchers. His combination of refined hit tool, speed, defense, intangibles and high baseball IQ automatically make him a top 5 prospect in a loaded White Sox system. Expect Madrigal to continue to ascend the system and reach the major leagues quickly, potentially joining other core members of the rebuild as soon as late 2019 or more likely early 2020.
Major League Outlook: Everyday regular middle infielder
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