Chicago White Sox: Season preview of infielders

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Chicago White Sox Nick Madrigal
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Nick Madrigal

Of course, the prospect that has been previously mentioned is the 40th ranked prospect, Nick Madrigal. Drafted fourth overall in the 2018 draft, the former Oregon State Beaver has been anticipated as the second baseman during the competitive phase of the rebuild. As we draw closer to that phase, Madrigal draws closer to the MLB.

Madrigal’s 2019 saw him on three different teams in the organization. He started his season at Single-A Winston-Salem. Hitting a solid .272 earned him a promotion to Double-A Birmingham. There his phenomenal .341 average earned him another promotion to Triple-A Charlotte.

In accumulation of those three teams, Madrigal posted a .311/.377/.414 slash. He swiped 35 bases and took 44 walks while only striking out 16 times. No question his patience is what drew the White Sox to drafting him so it is comforting to know he can continue that at the professional level. Here’s hoping he can continue it at the major league level.

It is expected that Madrigal starts his 2020 with the Knights down in Triple-A. But once he gets the call up, he will most likely be the everyday second baseman and be next in the wave of anticipated prospects finally in Chicago.