With the 32nd pick overall, the Detroit Tigers select Ty Madden, the right-handed pitcher out of the University of Texas.
The Detroit Tigers chose to address the lack of pitching depth by first picking Jackson Jobe and then the Tigers selected Ty Madden, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Texas with the 32nd pick in the competitive round.
He was a high school teammate with Colton Cowser an outfielder out of Sam Houston University, who was selected fifth overall pick. The Longhorns pitcher was the first pitcher since 2013 selected in the first round. That pick? It Corey Knebel in 2013 by the Detroit Tigers at pick 39.
Originally drafted in the 34th round by the Kansas City Royals, Madden went to Texas and was a key member in their rotation, starting since his freshman year.
He features a fastball and slider combo as our contributor Austin Vicars broke down here with a plus slider, similar to Jobe. He has a get me over change up, which will need development. He has a good command of both and was able to generate 137 strikeouts over 113.2 innings this season.
According to MLB.com, Madden was ranked 9th overall among the 2021 prospects with Jackson Jobe ranked 7th overall.
The write-up on Madden from FanGraphs is interesting in the sense that he could be a number 2 starter or a backend 4th or 5th rotation piece with some reliever risk since he throws just two plus pitches. The overall suggested slot bonus that was suggested for Madden was $4.5 million.
Both Madden and Jobe will surely be among the top pitchers in the Tigers organization along with Matt Manning, who is currently in Toledo, and Joey Wentz. The Tigers’ next pick is at number 39 with the second round of the MLB Draft resuming at 1 pm tomorrow on MLB.com.