Former Elk Grove High School standout baseball player Nick Madrigal is expected to be among the top draft picks in next week’s Major League Baseball draft that takes place on June 4-6.
Madrigal graduated from Elk Grove High School in 2015 where he was a two time All American. He was drafted in the 17th round, but chose to attend Oregon State University where he has continued to shine.
In his freshman season he was named a Freshman All American. From Last Word On Baseball:
As a freshman, he played 49 games and hit .333/.380/.456 with eight steals and more walks than strikeouts in 195 at-bats. He received Freshman All-American honors. As a sophomore, Madrigal was one of the best players in Division-1 baseball. He was the Pac-12 Player of the Year, slashing .380/.449/.582 with 20 doubles, 16 steals and 27 walks against 16 strikeouts in 237 at-bats. More importantly, Madrigal was the team leader for the Beavers, leading them to a 54-4 record heading into the College World Series where they were defeated in the semi-finals. Madrigal was selected to the All-Tournament team.
Madrigal was injured his junior year and played in only 26 games due to a broken wrist. He still put up great numbers, batting .395 this season. What impresses many MLB scouts is that he rarely strikes out.
Madrigal has been compared to another local standout, Dustin Pedroia from Woodland. Both play second base, although Madrigal can also play shortstop, and both are short in stature. Madrigal is 5 foot 7, 160 pounds. His size is not preventing him from being listed as a top 5 draft pick in many mock drafts. MLB.com had this to say about Madrigal
While Madrigal has played mostly second base in deference to Cadyn Grenier at Oregon State, some feel he could handle shortstop if need be. If not, he has the chance to be a Gold Glove caliber second baseman in the future. Even with the injury, he should land squarely in the top 10 in June.
Madrigal is leading the Beavers into the playoffs, with their first game on June 1 in the regionals. Oregon State finished the regular season at 44-10-1 and enters the College Baseball Playoffs as the # 3 seed nationally.