Nick Madrigal
22-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Madrigal, the No. 4 overall pick in 2018, has been exactly as advertised in pro ball, for better and for worse. His elite bat-to-ball skill has been on full display at every level (career 3.0 K%), as has plus speed (35-for-48 on SB attempts last year) and 20-grade power (four HR in 163 games). His lack of power is backed up by a 13.4 Hard%. He didn't get the benefit of the juiced ball at High-A and Double-A, but no qualified MLB hitter even logged a 20.0 Hard% last year. Sometimes players vastly outperform their power grades as prospects, but this is the rare case where that should not be seen as a potential outcome. That should be just fine, however, as Madrigal projects to hit at least .300 with 20-plus steals and 100-plus runs. As long as expectations for his peak seasons are kept in that range, he shouldn't disappoint. Look for him to take over at the keystone early this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the White Sox in July of 2018 that includes a $6.41 million signing bonus.
Has more to prove
2BChicago White Sox
January 24, 2020
Madrigal will compete for the starting second base job in spring training but still needs development, Scott Merkin of the White Sox's official site reports.
"He's viable, but he's got a few more things to prove," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. "When we go through trying to be as objective as possible thinking about where he is developmentally, he hasn't necessarily answered all the questions we have for him at the minor leagues." Despite that assessment, Hahn said the team will evaluate all their second base candidates -- Madrigal, Leury Garcia and Danny Mendick -- and make a decision in late March. "I don't think we have him, by any means, written in pen as the Opening Day second baseman at this point. But could he change our minds? Yeah," added the GM. The 22-year-old Madrigal, Chicago's third-ranked prospect, hit well at three minor-league stops in 2019, including a 29-game stint at Triple-A Charlotte (.331/.398/.424). If he doesn't break camp with the White Sox, it's a good bet he'll eventually be called up to assume the starting job at second.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
It is extremely rare for right-handed hitting college second basemen to be drafted in the first round, but the White Sox believed in Madrigal's hit tool and defense enough to pop him with the No. 4 overall pick last year. He came as advertised, hitting .303 with just five strikeouts (compared to seven walks) in 173 PA across stops in the AZL, Sally League and Carolina League. That bat-to-ball ability is Willians Astudillo-esque, that is to say, almost unparalleled. However, almost 50% of his hits went to the opposite field and he failed to hit a home run -- only seven of his 47 hits went for extra bases (all doubles). While he lacks power, Madrigal is a plus runner, and given how often he will end up at first base, that speed should lead to 20-plus steals annually. He is capable of playing shortstop but should be a plus defender at second base. Madrigal will likely head to Double-A at the start of his age-22 season, and should be on the fast track to the majors.
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Invited to big-league camp
2BChicago White Sox
January 21, 2020
Madrigal will join the White Sox's big-league camp this spring, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Won't be called up
2BChicago White Sox
September 3, 2019
Madrigal won't be called up this September, Scott Merkin of reports.
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Swats first homer at Triple-A
2BChicago White Sox
August 17, 2019
Madrigal went 1-for-5 with an inside-the-park home run for Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.
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Promoted to Triple-A
2BChicago White Sox
July 31, 2019
Madrigal was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Earns organizational honors
2BChicago White Sox
July 3, 2019
Madrigal was named the White Sox's minor-league player of the month for June, Lamond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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