White Sox Sign 2018 First Round Draft Pick Nick Madrigal

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White Sox sign their 2018 first-round draft pick on Thursday as he makes his professional debut in the Arizona League.

The Chicago White Sox signed their 2018 first round draft pick Nick Madrigal on Thursday afternoon. Madrigal was drafted with the fourth overall pick in this year’s MLB draft out of Oregon State University.

Madrigal signed for a slot value $6,411,000 bouns as announced by the White Sox on Thursday. The second baseman who also plays shortstop is coming off an NCAA College World Series championship with the Beavers. Oregon State defeated Arkansas in three games of the College World Series finals.

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The Sox assigned Madrigal to the Arizona League where he made his professional debut on Thursday. Madrigal didn’t record a hit but reached base twice after being hit by pitches. He scored one run in his debut and is expected to play a few games with the AZL White Sox before being reassigned to Single-A Kannapolis.

This past season, Madrigal owned a slash line of .367/.428/.511 for Oregon State. Through 42 games, he hit three home runs, eight doubles and six triples to go along with 34 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  Coming off an impressive season with Oregon State, Madrigal is prepared to play at any position the Sox need him at in the future according to Scott Merkin of whitesox.com.

"“It really doesn’t matter to me, and I really do mean that. I’ve played shortstop my whole life and I feel comfortable with it. Most of my college career I played second base. I feel like second is pretty easy to play, I feel comfortable there, too. At the end of the day, it’s whatever the Chicago White Sox need me to do. I feel comfortable for both. I’ll be ready for wherever they put me when the time comes.”"

As Madrigal makes adjustments to being a professional ballplayer, two Sox prospects were announced as participants in the 2018 Futures Game on Friday. Dylan Cease and Luis Alexander Basabe will represent the Sox on July 15 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Cease, the Sox fourth-ranked prospect will represent Team USA.

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Basabe, the Sox 13th ranked prospect, will represent the World team. Both Cease and Basabe were promoted to Double-A Birmingham this season after impressive stints with Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem.