40. Nick Madrigal
Nick Madrigal made headlines by saying his goal is to be apart of the 3000th-hit club. While on NBC Sports Chicago’s “White Sox Talk Podcast” Madrigal discussed his aspirations of joining the exclusive club, “I feel like that’s reachable, I know that’s throwing a big statement out there, but I believe in myself and I know what it takes to play this game and I feel confident I can do that.”
In his brief debut, he showed flashes of why the White Sox think so highly of him. He batted .340 with a .376 OPB and had 35 hits. He has a reputation of being a great two-strike hitter and lived up to it only striking out seven times in 109 trips to the plate. He is able to make tons of contact and rarely strikes out.
He had a minor setback early in his still young White Sox career when he departed his shoulder in a game against Milwaukee. It was only his fifth major league game but an awkward slide into third-base forced him to miss time. He had surgery to repair his shoulder during the offseason but is expected to be ready for spring training. The second baseman also has a slick glove and should be a lethal double-play combination with Tim Anderson up the middle.