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2018 MLB Draft: 3 College Bats for San Francisco Giants to Consider

Jake Mastroianni
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25: A general view of the painted logo of the World Champion San Francisco Giants behind home plate before a game played between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Scottsdale Stadium on February 25, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25: A general view of the painted logo of the World Champion San Francisco Giants behind home plate before a game played between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Scottsdale Stadium on February 25, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
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Nick Madrigal – 2B – Oregon State

Maybe one of the most polarizing players in college baseball, Nick Madrigal is known by anyone who follows this sport closely.

There is very good reason for that as he’s hit since arriving on campus as a freshman in 2016. That year he hit .333 with 38 runs scored in 195 at-bats.

Last year he helped lead Oregon State to one of the best regular seasons in history by batting .380 in 237 at-bats with 53 runs scored, 20 doubles, 4 home runs, 40 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

This year he missed a lot of time with an injury, but he’s still hitting .435 in 69 at-bats with 17 runs scored and 2 home runs.

Over 501 college at-bats he’s walked 46 times and struck out just 32 times. That’s something we don’t see a lot in today’s game.

Some outlets list as a 2B/SS, but to me his only position is at second base. You will also find some people that want to disqualify him because of his 5-foot-7, 145 pound frame, but this is baseball — if you can play, you can play.

Despite all of that, he’s still listed as the best college bat by almost everyone. With that being the case, the Giants have to consider him with the second overall pick.

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