Chicago White Sox: 3 potential draft picks to watch in CWS
Ty Madden, Texas Longhorns
Ty Madden is someone that the Chicago White Sox should consider in 2021.
Ty Madden is a 6’3″, 215 lb redshirt sophomore and ace for the Texas Longhorns. Madden was high school teammates with White Sox third-ranked prospect RHP Matthew Thompson at Cypress Ranch High School.
As a freshman in 2019, Madden got roughed up. In 42 innings, he allowed 16 runs, struck out 37, and walked an alarming 24 batters. He would shake that off and start his 2020 off hot. In four starts, 25 innings at the beginning of 2020, Madden had a 1.80 ERA with 26 strikeouts and four walks.
The cancellation of the 2020 season could have disrupted his progression but that would prove not to affect him. In 2021, Madden established himself as the ace of the Longhorns staff. In 107.2 innings over 17 starts, the righty posted a 2.42 ERA and struck out 129 with only 41 walks allowed. Opponents hit a measly .188 average as Madden dominated the Big-12.
On the 20-80 grading scale, Madden’s 60-graded fastball with sink sits around 93-96 and has topped out at 99 last fall. His mid-80s slider has a late, sharp bite and is also graded 60. He also wields a 55 graded changeup in the low-80s and a 50 graded curveball sitting in the upper-70s. With control being an initial issue for Madden, he has dramatically improved as he keeps the walks low since 2019.
Madden has the big fastball, sharp slider, and above-average control to recreate Crochet-magic potentially. Projected to have top of the rotation stuff, he could follow in the path Crochet is headed.
Madden and the Longhorns will play Virginia tonight. If they win, Texas will rematch with Mississippi St. The Longhorn ace last threw in that game against the Bulldogs on Sunday so that he could appear in tonight’s game in a high leverage situation. He could even start and go head-to-head against the next pitcher.