ICYMI: Nick Madrigal, Sox 2018 1st Rounder, Blasts First MiLB Home Run
Ladies and gentlemen, we finally have liftoff – Nick Madrigal has broken his homerless streak, hitting a solo bomb in last night’s 6-0 win for the Winston Salem Dash, the Sox High-A affiliate.
While the 2018 first rounder has been hitting pretty solid with a .256 average and .326 OBP in his first full professional season, he had left to leave the yard. While standing only 5’7″, Madrigal may not scream power hitter, but we certainly wanted to see some semblance of power develop with such a high pick. Read – has the ability to put the ball over the fence a couple times a year.
This one barely got over the wall, but hell I’ll take it. Have to start somewhere.
Like I mentioned above, no one is expecting Madrigal to ever hit 30 bombs in a year. He’s a high floor, contact hitter who is expected, if development goes as planned, to contribute a high average/OBP along with a plus to gold glove caliber glove at second. While I am one to pump the brakes on the “CALL MADRIGAL UP NOW” crowd, all signs are pointing to him being the second basemen of the future for the Sox. I mean, he’s in his first full professional and hitting below .300 in High A (for now), so no he’s not coming to Chicago tomorrow.
Madrigal’s call may not be in 2019, but it’s likely coming sooner rather than later as we move to Phase II: Trying to Be Competitive and Getting Prospects Up in the rebuild.
Madrigal’s presence as an advanced contact hitter in the organization is likely at least a factor in Moncada moving to third this season. And with Moncada hitting at a much higher clip this season, looking absolutely dominant at times, no one should be complaining about his move for the time being.
Here’s to hoping Madrigal can continue to develop as a hitter and look like he did at Oregon State in a White Sox uniform. We don’t need Barry Bonds; we need a guy who can play everyday, get on base, and hold down solid defense. And Lord knows we need some of these prospects to pan out without injury.