Nick Madrigal Makes MLB Debut
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Infielder Nick Madrigal became the 37th player in Oregon State baseball's history to make his Major League Baseball debut when he started at second base for the White Sox in Chicago's win over Kansas City on Friday.
Madrigal batted in the ninth spot of the lineup and went 0-for-3, reaching base in the seventh inning on an error. Defensively, he handled four assists.
Madrigal is the first Beaver from the team's vaunted 2018 MLB Draft class to appear at the Major League level. The fourth overall selection in that draft – at the time the highest draft choice in the program's history – Madrigal was coming off a season that saw him named an All-American for the second consecutive year.
He was also chosen as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection all three years in Corvallis. He was named the league's Player and Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, a year after being selected as the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year.
The Elk Grove, Calif., native played in 151 games for the Beavers from 2016-18, batting .361 with 40 doubles, 11 triples, eight home runs, 103 runs batted in and 58 walks. He also struck out just 37 times over 707 career at bats, and just seven times in 201 at bats as a junior.
Prior to his promotion, Madrigal had played in 163 minor league games, batting .309 with 35 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 71 RBI and 43 stolen bases. He had an even better strikeout rate in the minors, doing so just 21 times in 705 at bats.
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