MLB Pipeline reviewed the 2018 draft five years after the fact to find every team’s most productive player, and while the White Sox’s selection won’t surprise anybody, the blurb is pretty depressing.
White Sox: Nick Madrigal, 2B
While the White Sox have tied the Royals for the most signed big leaguers from the 2018 Draft to this point (eight), they traded the only two who made any impact in Chicago — Madrigal and sixth-rounder Codi Heuer — to the Cubs for Craig Kimbrel in mid-2021. The biggest star on Oregon State’s 2018 College World Series championship club, Madrigal had outstanding hitting ability and energy but came with concerns about a lack of power that has undermined him in the Majors. After batting .317/.358/.406 in parts of two years with the White Sox, he has slid to .248/.299/.288 with the Cubs and got sent to Triple-A last week.
Davis Martin and Romy González may have something to say about that at some point, but it’s not great that, in a year where the Sox had the fourth-overall pick and the draft pool that came along with it, that Jonathan Stiever, Caberea Weaver and Andrew Perez are the only guys from their top 13 picks still in the system, and that four of them were traded for Craig Kimbrel, Nomar Mazara and César Hernández.
- Lenyn Sosa went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Oscar Colás, 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Carlos Pérez doubled, singled twice and struck out twice.
- Alsander Womack went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Yoelqui Céspedes, 0-for-2 with two walks.
- Luis Mieses went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
*This throw is why Céspedes is still in these roundups.
- Terrell Tatum went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Loidel Chapelli, 2-for-5 with a douible.
- DJ Gladney was 0-for-4 with an HBP and a strikeout.
- Wilfred Veras was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
- Wes Kath, 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- Kohl Simas: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HBP, 29 of 53 pitches for strikes.
- Jordan Sprinkle went 0-for-5 with seven stranded.
- Brooks Baldwin, 2-for-5 with a triple and two strikeouts.
- Tyler Schweitzer: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K