For the first time in MLB history, the MLB Draft will occur during the All-Star Game festivities. The draft is set to start on Sunday, July 11 and run through July 13 in Colorado. Traditionally, the MLB Draft is forty rounds, but this year the draft will be condensed to twenty rounds. This change does not take away from the fact that there is some amazing talent expected to be drafted in the first round, including a right-handed pitcher from the University of Texas, Ty Madden.
Madden, a native Texan, graduated from Cypress Ranch High School in 2018. A four-year letterman at Cypress Ranch, Madden was a Rawlings/Perfect Game second-team All-American and an All-Region first-team selection in addition to a first-team All-State and All-District selection. Through all of his achievements and selections during his senior year on the diamond, Madden also earned first-team Academic All-State honors.
After graduating high school in 2018, Madden was selected in the thirty-fourth round in the first-year player draft by the Kansas City Royals. Electing to pass on the Royals, Madden enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin. Once on the forty acres, standing 6 feet 3 inches and weighing 215 pounds, Madden excelled as a freshman. During the 2019 season, Madden went 4-1, with a 3.40 ERA and thirty-seven strikeouts in 42.1 innings pitched.
After a successful 2019 season, Madden looked to improve in 2020. Before the season shut down due to the pandemic, Madden was on track to break records. Through his first four appearances, Madden was 3-0, with a 1.84 ERA and 26 strikeouts. Had the pandemic not happened, we might have seen Madden’s name among the ranks of some of the University of Texas’s greatest pitchers, which includes Roger Clemens and Greg Swindell.
When word finally broke that there would be a college baseball season in 2021, Madden and the Longhorn Baseball team knew what they had to do to get back on top. Spending most of the season near the top of the rankings, the Longhorns, led by their star pitcher, managed to make it all the way to the College World Series semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Mississippi State.
The season that Madden had in 2021 was phenomenal. Boasting a 7-5 record, with a 2.45 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 113.2 innings, Madden showed why he is a top ten pick in this year’s upcoming draft. The only problem is determining which team will draft him.
Possible Landing Spots
Kansas City Royals
The Royals drafted Madden out of high school in the thirty-fourth round back in 2018. With the number seven overall pick in this year’s draft, the Royals will have an opportunity to select Madden again for the second time. The Royals saw something in 2018 that they liked in Madden. Given how has developed over the last two seasons at Texas, it would make sense for the Royals to jump on Madden if he is still available there at number seven.
Los Angeles Angels
This would be, in a sense, a wild card pick for the Los Angeles Angels at number nine in the draft. The Angels need to upgrade their farm system (ranked 25th), and what better way to build up their farm system than through the draft. They have a few young pitchers currently pitching in Double-A and Triple-A that we might see in the next couple of seasons. Still, by selecting Madden, the Angels will be getting a top-flight arm that can see big league action in the next couple of seasons.
If, for some reason, Madden happens to fall out of the top 10, look for the Washington Nationals to pick Madden at number eleven overall. Some of the Nationals brass are buzzing over Madden and his power arm. If selected, the Nationals would likely take care of Madden and his arm similar to what they did with Stephen Strasburg, and we all know how that worked out (i.e. 2019 World Series Most Valuable Player).
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