Chicago White Sox: Nick Madrigal has been everything we wanted

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Nick Madrigal has been an awesome addition to the Chicago White Sox this year.

When it came to this 2020 season for the Chicago White Sox, the key for them making the jump from an average team to a good team was the new faces that they were bringing in. You all know about the big free agents they signed but the key for this team has always been the prospects. We have seen so many of them come up through the minors over the past few years and most of them have been very good.

Well, we went into 2020 with Luis Robert as the big-time prospect making his MLB debut. He was the White Sox top prospect and the number three prospect in all of baseball. Looking back now, it feels like Robert should have been the top MLB prospect instead of number three because he is that good. What we didn’t expect, was Nick Madrigal to also make this big of an impact here in 2020.

He has made some rookie mistakes as one might expect but he has also shown that he has been worth every bit of that fourth overall pick in 2018 out of Oregon State University. This kid is good at second base in the field and he is a remarkable contact hitter. He is going to be a big part of the White Sox future with this core.

He was a Minor League Gold Glove Award winner in 2019. As good as he is at defense, he is good at putting the ball in play. He has 19 hits in 52 plate appearances so far this season. He makes good contact and you can tell by the fact that he only has two walks in those 52 plate appearances. He has a slash line of .380/.404/.420. It is a strange-looking slash line but his batting average is incredible.

Obviously, his average is going to come down but he is going to remain as one of the best hitters on the team. He doesn’t have a home run on the year and there is a good chance it will stay that way. He also only has six RBIs but he is hitting in the nine-hole and hasn’t been with the club the whole season. “All he does” is get a single every third at-bat. With the top of the order batting right behind him, he should be able to cross home plate with regularity.

Hot. Yoan Moncada makes a great defensive play. light

Most probably weren’t expecting Madrigal to start of this good but here we are. They need him to continue playing well in the field and then producing when he comes up to bat. He is going to be their starting second baseman for the playoffs and it is going to be fun to see. The White Sox are lucky to have him as he has been everything so far and more.