White Sox select second baseman from Oregon State University with the fourth overall pick in MLB Draft on Monday night.
The Chicago White Sox selected second baseman Nick Madrigal with the fourth overall pick in the MLB Draft on Monday. Madrigal has been touted as one of the better hitters in the draft this year, and the Sox added infield depth to its farm system.
Currently, the Sox have Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson firmly established as their second baseman and shortstop. With the selection of Madrigal, the Sox have another infielder they can add in the future to their team.
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Madrigal currently has a slash line of .406/.470/.586 for Oregon State. The Beavers are still vying for a National Championship as they look to reach the College World Series in Omaha. This season, Madrigal has only five strikeouts on the year through 133 at-bats.
The Sox have done a good job of adding solid players in the first round of the draft recently. Last year, the Sox drafted third baseman Jake Burger out of Missouri State. Although he will miss this season due to injury, he had a good first year in the Sox system in 2017. Through 51 games, Burger hit .263 with five home runs and 29 RBIs.
In 2016, the Sox selected catcher Zack Collins from the University of Miami. In his third season in the Sox system, Collins is having a better 2018 than 2017. With Double-A Birmingham, Collins is hitting .277 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs through 50 games.
With the selection of Madrigal, the Sox will look to continue building its farm system for the future. This doesn’t mean Anderson or Moncada should worry now, but the Sox will have more options in the infield in a few years. Expect Madrigal to remain in the minors for a while before he makes his major league debut.