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Nick Madrigal

Born: 03/05/1997 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 8" Weight: 175
Primary Position: 2B
Small, average build. Listed at 5'7", but likely shorter. Good athleticism allows him to stay balanced and make adjustments when needed, which can mask or make obsolete deficiencies caused by lack of size and strength.
Evaluator Ben Spanier
Report Date 05/27/2019
Dates Seen April/May 2019
Affiliate Winston-Salem Dash (High A, White Sox)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2020 Low 60 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 70 Keeps the bat in the zone a long time and hits to all fields, also quick enough to turn on the inside pitch. Can make contact with and barrel pitches in every part of the zone. Takes big, healthy cuts for someone his size but manages to stay balanced. Extremely low strikeout rate, very low walk as well but it has risen over the course of his short career.
Power 40 Takes a big leg kick and swing can have surprising loft, but doesn't drive the ball consistently in the air. Has more extra base hits this season, but often of the grounder or low line drive variety. Little room for projection. Could add some slug if more of his line drives start finding gaps.
Baserunning/Speed 70 Gets going quickly, short strides but gets down the line quickly and scratches a non-negligible number of extra hits that way. Cuts the bases well and is adept at turning all kinds of contact into extra bases once it hits the outfield grass. Very opportunistic base stealer.
Glove 60 Excellent range and defensive instincts, always makes the play and knows where to go with the ball. Old-school type middle-infielder, though arm makes him more suited for second base.
Arm 50 Was ostensibly going to play a lot of shortstop, but has been close to exclusively second base. This is likely on account of his arm, which is accurate but pedestrian enough that visible effort is required when throwing from up the middle or from difficult angles.

Profiles as at least an everyday second baseman, and possibly an all-star if things break right. Will provide good to great defense, great speed, and quality base-running. Is a natural hitter with incredible contact ability, the most important tool in an era when batters typically increase power production upon hitting Triple-A and the big leagues. Have him as 60 OFP, but 70 is not out of the question.

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