Nick Madrigal is a middle infielder. So too are Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson.
That's three names for two spots. Quite the conundrum for folks trying to plot out their lineups for the planned days when the White Sox go from rebuilders to contenders.
While having an overabundance of talent would definitely be classified as a good problem to have, Madrigal seems ready and willing to solve the problem himself with a willingness to play any position on the field.
"Whatever the organization needs me to do," Madrigal said after the White Sox used the No. 4 pick in the draft to make him the newest star of the rebuild. "I know they have a plan. I feel like I can play anywhere on the infield. If they needed me to grab an outfield glove, I feel like I can do that also. It all depends on what they want me to do. I just want to go out and play at this point."
That's a solid company line from a young go-getter with dreams of reaching the big leagues. But the cliche has its backing in that Madrigal is quite the defensive talent. He's been described as a Gold Glove caliber defender at second base, and he's played shortstop at the college level, too. He said he could play third base.
That provides the White Sox with a heck of a safety net in case Moncada or Anderson fail to live up to the expectations the team has for them. But even if those two man the middle infield for years to come, it won't prevent Madrigal from fitting into the long-term plans on the South Side.
The rebuild got better Monday night, and it never hurts to have as much depth as possible. Now Madrigal is a part of this highly touted group featuring Michael Kopech and Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert and Alec Hansen and Dane Dunning and Dylan Cease and all the others. The focus is on the future, and it's looking real bright.
"It couldn’t have worked out any better," Madrigal said of ending up with the White Sox. "That’s something I’ve always focused on, at any level, I want to win. I know the White Sox do also. I’m excited just to come to Chicago, see it for myself and be a part of the organization. It could not have worked out any better.
"Within in the next couple years, hopefully we can change this franchise and get it back to a winning culture. I know they have the right pieces for it. I'm excited to be a part of it."