4 Chicago Cubs players who don't deserve to be on 2023 40-man roster
4 Chicago Cubs players who don't deserve to be on 2023 40-man roster: Nick Madrigal
The Cubs may have tipped their hand regarding the plan for Nick Madrigal in 2023 at the team's convention last month. Cubs' president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer told reporters that the plan was for Madrigal to receive reps at third base in Spring Training. Since then, Madrigal has been spotted at the team's facility in Arizona working at third base.
Madrigal slashed .249/.305/.282/.267 wOBA/70 wRC+ in 228 plate appearances with the Cubs last season. Madrigal's hit tool was positive for the Cubs during the second half of the season but his lack of ability to find the gaps and hit for power may limit his true impact. The Cubs have an opening at third base but with their need for power, Patrick Wisdom and Christopher Morel likely will get most of the playing time at the position.