Nick Madrigal is certainly going to be missed by the Chicago White Sox.
Trading away Nick Madrigal could not have gone much worse for the White Sox. Craig Kimbrel was a disaster, Cesar Hernandez did not produce, and the White Sox got knocked out of the ALDS in four games. Now the White Sox are left searching for a new second baseman.
Before getting injured, Madrigal was having a fine season at the plate. The former fourth overall pick was hitting .305. He even notched his first two big-league home runs. His bat-on-ball skills have always been elite but he was beginning to drive the ball more consistently before tearing his hamstring in July.
What Madrigal provided the White Sox was contact and speed. A nice balance for a lineup loaded with power hitters. During his first taste of big-league action, he batted .340 which ranked second amongst major-league rookies in 2020.
While injuries were a concern, Madrigal has shown he can consistently bounce back. In 2020 he separated his left shoulder and was still able to finish the season with a .376 OBP.
In 2021 he raised his OPS by .030 points after getting surgery in the offseason. In college, he consistently played injured and still managed to be named PAC-12 Player of the Year and a Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist.
Madrigal was seen as a future core piece of the franchise when he was drafted. The White Sox would love to undo the Craig Kimbrel trade and have him back.