Elk Grove High School’s Nick Madrigal was drafted 4th in the yesterday’s first round of the Major League Baseball draft.
The Chicago White Sox made the Oregon State junior their priority in the draft.
From the Chicago Tribune:
White Sox scouting director Nick Hostetler said Madrigal will start out at shortstop, probably at Class-A Winston-Salem, but also will play second base and some third. Madrigal, who plays second base for Oregon State, was the Sox’s target for the last month, and Hostetler admitted there were some “tense moments” waiting to see if he’d be selected before he got to them.
Madrigal spent much of his junior season on the injured list with a broken wrist. That didn’t stop him from coming back strong and leading Oregon State into the college baseball playoffs.
The injury also didn’t stop scouts from rating Madrigal as a top 5 pick in many sports publications.
Madrigal joins two other Elk Grove high school products that had professional careers in Chicago. Bill Cartwright played alongside Michael Jordan on several championship teams for the Bulls, and Lance Briggs starred for many seasons with the Chicago Bears.