White Sox take 2B Madrigal with No. 4 pick

CHICAGO — The White Sox apparently have second base locked up with Yoan Moncada and shortstop set with Tim Anderson. But they added another supremely talented infielder to the rebuild mix with the selection of Nick Madrigal at No. 4 in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday night.

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CHICAGO — The White Sox apparently have second base locked up with Yoan Moncada and shortstop set with Tim Anderson. But they added another supremely talented infielder to the rebuild mix with the selection of Nick Madrigal at No. 4 in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday night.

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Madrigal plays second for Oregon State but has the talent to move across the infield. The 5-foot-8 player is considered by some as the best hitter in the Draft. Despite being sidelined by a hairline fracture in his hand, Madrigal has a .406 average with only five strikeouts in 133 at-bats.

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“That’s something I’ve always taken pride on,” Madrigal said during an MLB Network interview. “I’ve always hit toward the top of the order and if you are going to hit at the top, you can’t strike out all that much. You put the ball in play and good things can happen.”

According to Baseball Reference’s records dating back to 1965, the dawn of the June amateur Draft, there have been 272 first-rounders drafted as a middle infielder during that time. The only one of them officially listed at 5-foot-8 or shorter is the 5-foot-7 Joey Cora, who was taken 23rd overall by the Padres in 1985.

Madrigal marks the second straight infielder taken by the White Sox with their first pick, with third baseman Jake Burger being selected 11th overall in the 2017 Draft.

“It’s definitely a special moment, not only for myself but for my family, my hometown, my teammates,” Madrigal said. “I can’t thank all of them enough.”

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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