With the No. 4 pick in Monday’s MLB Draft, the White Sox selected Oregon State second baseman Nick Madrigal.
“Nick is recognized as one of the best hitters in college baseball, and we’re excited to add him to the organization,” -White Sox scouting director Nick Hostetler
Reports and interviews before the draft shed light onto some of the Sox leanings going in. It was evident that Madrigal and Florida pitcher Brady Singer were two of their main targets. Both were available at No. 4, and the Sox chose Madrigal, arguably the most complete hitter in the entire draft. He was the best available guy left.
Personally, I love this pick so much. Madrigal was the guy I had my eyes on leading up to the draft. Despite his small stature, Madrigal more than makes up for it with his bat and glove. He’s never going to be a monster home run hitter, and that’s not what were asking him to be. If all goes to plan he’ll be a potential table-setter who hits for solid average with a pop of power here and there. A current MLB comp, in regards to ‘size doesn’t matter,’ would be reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve, he’s pretty good. Fellow Astro Alex Bregman is also a decent comp when you’re talking about a smaller infielder who can spray the ball all over the field with some power to go alongside.
Madrigal missed some time this season at Oregon State with a wrist injury, but he returned with immediate impact for the Super Regional bound Beavers. Madrigal only had five strikeouts in 128 at-bats, while slashing .406/.437/.594. That’s incredible.
He’s also been an above average infielder at second base, leading OSU to the College World Series last season, coming one game short of the final series, and looks poised to do the same again in the next few weeks.
Madrigal will most likely find himself as a Top 10 prospect in the Sox loaded farm system. Reports are already saying that he could be a fast-mover, arriving not too far behind the wave of prospects quickly moving up.
This is a home run pick for the White Sox. They added a solid player and person to their system, a polished college hitter, and more infield depth to go along with the likes of Moncada, Anderson and others.
Many are already clamoring about a potential infield bottleneck at the big league level, but the fact of the matter is that you don’t draft for need at the top of the baseball draft. You take the best available player, and that’s exactly who the White Sox got.
There is nothing little about how “magical” Nick Madrigal plays baseball. Excited to hopefully see him in black pinstripes rather soon.