Madrigal will compete for the starting second base job in spring training but still needs development, Scott Merkin of the White Sox's official site reports.
"He's viable, but he's got a few more things to prove," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. "When we go through trying to be as objective as possible thinking about where he is developmentally, he hasn't necessarily answered all the questions we have for him at the minor leagues." Despite that assessment, Hahn said the team will evaluate all their second base candidates -- Madrigal, Leury Garcia and Danny Mendick -- and make a decision in late March. "I don't think we have him, by any means, written in pen as the Opening Day second baseman at this point. But could he change our minds? Yeah," added the GM. The 22-year-old Madrigal, Chicago's third-ranked prospect, hit well at three minor-league stops in 2019, including a 29-game stint at Triple-A Charlotte (.331/.398/.424). If he doesn't break camp with the White Sox, it's a good bet he'll eventually be called up to assume the starting job at second.
Madrigal will join the White Sox's big-league camp this spring, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Madrigal has experienced success at every minor league level the past two seasons, finishing his sophomore campaign by hitting .331/.398/.424 with 12 RBI in 118 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte. The 22-year-old prospect will spend a few weeks with the big-league coaching staff before likely returning to the minors prior to making his major-league debut at some point.
Madrigal won't be called up this September, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Madrigal reached Triple-A Charlotte by the end of the season, posting a solid .331/.398/.424 slash line and a miniscule 3.8 percent strikeout rate. Service-time concerns are likely part of the reason why the 22-year-old won't be getting a look down the stretch.
Madrigal went 1-for-5 with an inside-the-park home run for Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.
Madrigal, the Knights' leadoff batter, scampered around the bases in his first at-bat of the game. It was his first home run since his promotion to Charlotte, and he's slashing .281/.354/.351 in 13 games with his new team.
Madrigal was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
The 22-year-old second baseman was hitting .341/.400/.451 with a 5:14 K:BB in 164 plate appearances at Double-A. Madrigal has otherworldly bat-to-ball skills, but he is limited to gap power, so he could profile as a future leadoff hitter in the big leagues. For fantasy purposes, the potential for a very high batting average, 90-plus runs and 15-25 steals is the selling point. He will likely finish out the year at Triple-A and should take over as the everyday second baseman in Chicago in early 2020.
Madrigal was named the White Sox's minor-league player of the month for June, Lamond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Madrigal hit .344 with 12 RBI, 17 runs and nine stolen bases during the month, most of that coming after his promotion to Double-A Birmingham on June 6. Other than the typical progression of being exposed to every rung on the organizational ladder, there is little blocking Madrigal's path to a regular gig as the White Sox's everyday second baseman. He could reach Chicago by 2020.
Madrigal was promoted to Double-A Birmingham on Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Madrigal found his groove with High-A Winston-Salem prior to earning a promotion, slashing .307/.372/.427 with two homers and 11 stolen bases over his last 19 games with the Dash. If the 22-year-old holds his own in his first go-around at Double-A, he could get a taste of Triple-A action before the end of the season.
Madrigal went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI for High-A Winston-Salem in Saturday's game against Potomac.
Madrigal is getting on track after a slow start for the Dash. He's compiled three multi-hit efforts in the last four games, raising his season average to .310. Saturday's double was his first extra-base hit of the season.
Madrigal is opening the year at High-A Winston-Salem, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports.
There was some thought that Madrigal, who has one of the best hit tools in the minors, may be kept on a fast track with an assignment to Double-A after he played in 26 games at High-A last year. However, the White Sox will opt to take a more conservative approach with his initial assignment, letting him dictate when he's ready for Double-A with his play on the field. He could stand to pull the ball more (33.3 Pull% at High-A last year) and cut down on his groundball rate (57.3 GB%).
The White Sox reassigned Madrigal to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Madrigal hasn't played above the High-A level, so his inclusion in the White Sox's first round of spring cuts doesn't come as a surprise. The infielder was, however, billed as an advanced college bat when he was selected with the No. 4 overall pick last summer in the first-year player draft, and should move quickly through Chicago's farm system. He could open the upcoming campaign at Double-A Birmingham.
Madrigal started at second base and went 1-for-3 in Saturday's spring loss to the Athletics.
Most of the White Sox's regulars stayed back in Glendale (Ariz.) to face the Dodgers, while Madrigal joined a mostly minor-league contingent on the road in Mesa. The 2018 first-round pick lined out, struck out and had an infield single in his final at-bat. Madrigal is known as a high-contact hitter and struck out a mere five times in 173 plate appearances last year. With Chicago moving Yoan Moncada to third base -- he started there against Oakland -- Madrigal has a clear path to the majors. Yolmer Sanchez is expected to open the season as the everyday second baseman, but the White Sox feel the soon-to-be 22-year-old Madrigal could reach Chicago at some point later this year.
Madrigal could make his major-league debut in 2019, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez are expected to swap positions, opening up an avenue for Madrigal to potentially take over for Sanchez at the keystone sometime in 2019. The soon-to-be 22-year-old, who was the fourth overall pick in 2018, is expected to open the season at Double-A, but it sounds like he could make it to the majors earlier than expected if he continues to excel in the upper minors.
Madrigal was invited to the White Sox's big-league camp Tuesday.
Madrigal, the fourth overall pick in 2018, didn't disappoint in his first taste of professional ball, hitting a combined .303/.353/.348 with eight stolen bases and a 5:7 K:BB in 179 plate appearances across stops in the AZL, Sally League and Carolina League. The 21-year-old figures to open the 2019 campaign at Double-A, though he should be on the fast track to the majors.
Madrigal will get playing time at shortstop during the Instructional League, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Madrigal, the White Sox's first-round pick in 2018, has played second base since being drafted, but will diversify this offseason. "It remains to be seen where he will get most of his reps in the majors, but he has the ability to play both,'' director of player development Chris Getz said. Madrigal finished up 2018 at High-A Winston-Salem, where he slashed .306/355/.347 with six steals and five strikeouts over 107 plate appearances. That's about what we expect from the middle infielder considered to be one of the better hitting prospects in the draft: a low-wattage hitter that makes contact with speed on the bases.
Madrigal (thumb) went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run scored for High-A Winston Salem on Monday.
Madrigal looked sharp in his return to action after missing three games with a bruised thumb. The first-round selection is hitting .269/.333/.299 with eight RBI and four stolen bases in 19 games since earning a promotion to High-A at the beginning of the month.
Madrigal is dealing with a bruised thumb and is considered day-to-day, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports.
The first-round selection hasn't played for High-A Winston-Salem since Thursday due to the injury. Assuming Madrigal shows improvement over the next day or two, he should rejoin the lineup and get in a few more at-bats before Winston-Salem wraps up its regular-season schedule Sept. 3.
Madrigal advanced to High-A Winston-Salem on Thursday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Madrigal excelled at Low-A Kannapolis, hitting .341 with three-extra base hits and six RBI through 12 games. He'll look to continue his early success in the minor leagues at the next level.
Madrigal is hitting .452 with three doubles, six RBI and eight runs scored over his first nine games at Low-A Kannapolis.
Madrigal battled a hamstring injury while getting his first exposure to pro ball in the rookie Arizona League but has returned from that setback. He came out of Oregon State known as a polished hitter and hasn't done anything to tarnish that impression. The 21-year-old middle infielder has yet to strike out in 53 minor-league plate appearances.
Madrigal was promoted to Low-A Kannapolis on Monday.
While Madrigal didn't excel during his five-game stint in the Arizona League with a 2-for-13 showing at the dish, his outstanding production during his college career at Oregon State ensured it wouldn't be long before he moved up to a full-season affiliate. The fourth overall pick is being developed as a shortstop for now, though it's likely the 21-year-old will ultimately end up at the keystone due to his lack of a powerful arm.
Madrigal has been battling a minor hamstring issue for the past three weeks, but could return to the AZL this weekend, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
He has only logged three plate appearances as a pro, and now we know why. The middle infielder from Oregon State is considered to be the best pure hitter from the 2018 draft class, and also has impact speed on the bases.