|Report Date:||May 14th, 2018|
Despite being the smallest player on the field, Beavers’ second baseman Nick Madrigal displayed the loudest tools of any draft prospect in the series between Stanford and Oregon State. Madrigal stands just 5’8’’, 165 pounds, but showed the makings of an above average regular.
The junior has tremendous hand-eye coordination, and bat-to-ball skills that allow him to impact the ball consistently to all fields. With above average bat speed and a level stroke, Madrigal does have some pop, but it plays more to the gaps than over the fence. What stands out most about Madrigal offensively is his keen eye for the strike zone and his feel for situational hitting. Madrigal has plus speed, which plays up because of his instincts and aggressiveness on the basepaths.
Defensively, Madrigal displays smooth actions and clean footwork. He has average arm strength, but makes up for any shortcomings with quick transfers and above average accuracy, both when set and on the run. Madrigal could handle spot duty at shortstop, but his arm strength and range are better suited for second base.
While some evaluators have concerns about Madrigal’s size, his advanced feel for the game and his diverse skillset set him apart from the rest of the class. As a high floor, low risk prospect, Madrigal is a day one lock and likely comes off the board within the first 10 picks of the MLB Draft.