Nick Madrigal
24-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
60-Day IL
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 3/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Madrigal was exactly as advertised in his MLB debut. He hit .340 with zero barrels and seven strikeouts (6.4 K%) in 109 PA. Those highest on Madrigal are hoping for a three-category stud, but he would need to lead off. Last year, he primarily hit ninth -- a trend that could continue this year with the addition of Adam Eaton. He can still be an elite source of batting average with 15-20 steals, but he would be a massive drag on the other three standard counting stats if he hits ninth. Most good hitters eventually grow into power, but Madrigal is an exception in more ways than one. His bat-to-ball ability is already the stuff of legend, but he rarely hits the ball hard (20.8 Hard%) or in the air (12.5 FB%). Projecting just five homers in his first full season would be aggressive, so roster construction needs to be factored in. He is recovering from October shoulder surgery and is questionable for Opening Day. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#194
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in February of 2021.
Undergoes season-ending surgery
2BChicago White Sox
Hamstring
June 15, 2021
Madrigal (hamstring) had successful surgery Tuesday and will officially miss the rest of the 2021 season.
ANALYSIS
The surgery repaired the proximal tendon tears in Madrigal's right hamstring. The second baseman was initially placed on the 60-day injured list with optimism of a late-season return, but any such hopes were eliminated with the team's Tuesday update. Madrigal is expected to be fully recovered in time for the start of next season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
3
1
2
26
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
8
1
1
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+45%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+82%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .846 85 6 2 7 0 .333 .365 .481
Since 2019vs Right .735 236 32 0 25 3 .311 .356 .379
2021vs Left .989 63 6 2 5 0 .373 .413 .576
2021vs Right .684 152 24 0 16 1 .277 .322 .362
2020vs Left .455 22 0 0 2 0 .227 .227 .227
2020vs Right .827 84 8 0 9 2 .372 .417 .410
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .807 148 20 1 16 1 .336 .372 .436
Since 2019Away .731 165 16 1 15 1 .301 .345 .386
2021Home .850 118 18 1 12 0 .342 .381 .468
2021Away .680 97 12 1 9 1 .258 .309 .371
2020Home .644 30 2 0 4 1 .310 .333 .310
2020Away .803 68 4 0 6 0 .359 .397 .406
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Nick Madrigal compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.65
 
BB Rate
5.1%
 
K Rate
7.9%
 
BABIP
.324
 
ISO
.120
 
AVG
.305
 
OBP
.349
 
SLG
.425
 
OPS
.774
 
wOBA
.340
 
Exit Velocity
80.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
21.7%
 
Barrels/PA
0.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Madrigal, the No. 4 overall pick in 2018, has been exactly as advertised in pro ball, for better and for worse. His elite bat-to-ball skill has been on full display at every level (career 3.0 K%), as has plus speed (35-for-48 on SB attempts last year) and 20-grade power (four HR in 163 games). His lack of power is backed up by a 13.4 Hard%. He didn't get the benefit of the juiced ball at High-A and Double-A, but no qualified MLB hitter even logged a 20.0 Hard% last year. Sometimes players vastly outperform their power grades as prospects, but this is the rare case where that should not be seen as a potential outcome. That should be just fine, however, as Madrigal projects to hit at least .300 with 20-plus steals and 100-plus runs. As long as expectations for his peak seasons are kept in that range, he shouldn't disappoint. Look for him to take over at the keystone early this season.
It is extremely rare for right-handed hitting college second basemen to be drafted in the first round, but the White Sox believed in Madrigal's hit tool and defense enough to pop him with the No. 4 overall pick last year. He came as advertised, hitting .303 with just five strikeouts (compared to seven walks) in 173 PA across stops in the AZL, Sally League and Carolina League. That bat-to-ball ability is Willians Astudillo-esque, that is to say, almost unparalleled. However, almost 50% of his hits went to the opposite field and he failed to hit a home run -- only seven of his 47 hits went for extra bases (all doubles). While he lacks power, Madrigal is a plus runner, and given how often he will end up at first base, that speed should lead to 20-plus steals annually. He is capable of playing shortstop but should be a plus defender at second base. Madrigal will likely head to Double-A at the start of his age-22 season, and should be on the fast track to the majors.
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Placed on 60-day injured list
2BChicago White Sox
Hamstring
June 10, 2021
The White Sox placed Madrigal on the 60-day injured list Thursday with a proximal tear of his right hamstring.
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Hamstring forces exit
2BChicago White Sox
Hamstring
June 9, 2021
Madrigal left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays with right hamstring tightness, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Adds two more hits Saturday
2BChicago White Sox
June 5, 2021
Madrigal went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Tigers.
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Goes deep in win
2BChicago White Sox
June 5, 2021
Madrigal went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 9-8 win over Detroit.
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Out of Thursday's lineup
2BChicago White Sox
June 3, 2021
Madrigal is not in Thursday's lineup against the Tigers.
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