The Chicago White Sox have something great in Nick Madrigal and he is just as good in the field as he is at the plate with his bat.
The Chicago White Sox have something special in Nick Madrigal. He is a player that can hit for contact as good as any prospect in the world and is an elite defensive second baseman. Everyone talks about his ability to hit for contact and his ability to avoid being struck out but his play in the field has earned him a Rawlings Minor League Baseball Gold Glove Award for second base.
Madrigal played at three different Minor League Levels in 2019 and had a .992 fielding percentage over 108 games in the field. He helped turn 95 double plays and only made four errors on the season. The White Sox got good defensive second base play from Yolmer Sanchez this season as he might be in the running for a gold glove at the Major League level as well, but the expectation is that Madrigal’s hitting will make him far superior.
Rick Hahn believes that both he and Luis Robert will play with the Chicago White Sox for a majority of the season in 2020. He obviously just won the gold glove in the minors and was one of the better pure hitters across Minor League Baseball as well so if he can come in and make a major impact next season that would be yet just another boost to the White Sox lineup.
It is a major accomplishment to win a gold glove at any level because it means you are far superior to your peers at playing defense. The White Sox believe they are going to be a good team in 2020 and pitching and defense are going to be a part of it. We already know what a lot of these guys can do at the plate but playing solid in the field is also going to be a big part of it. It is uncertain how long it will be before Madrigal is on the South Side but it should be sooner than later, if not right away once the season starts.