Chicago White Sox: Five players fighting for Opening Day roster spots

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Chicago White Sox Nick Madrigal
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Chicago White Sox. Nick Madrigal. 1. player. 128. . 2B

Nick Madrigal wasn’t given a fancy big contract extension before playing a single Major League game like Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez were. He needs to prove himself a little bit more before he gets his shot at the Major League level with the White Sox. There is a solid chance that he is with the team at some point this season, but he is fighting hard to be the Opening Day second baseman for this team.

He is looking like a guy who can be their second baseman for a long time. Things obviously need to go right for him for that to happen but the talent is there. That is why the White Sox took him at fourth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. The White Sox see him as a great contact hitter that will make a significant impact with their organization for a long time.

The White Sox might play that service time game with Madrigal, but a strong Spring Training performance would make doing that very difficult. The White Sox might need every win they can get in 2020 so having the best lineup possible from Opening Day forward is extremely important. Hopefully, Madrigal forces their hand by being dominant in the spring.