Carter Yates, Sports activities Reporter
July 19, 2021
Editor’s Be aware: This text first appeared as a part of the July 12 flipbook.
Ty Madden at all times had the measurables of a Day One MLB Draft choose, standing at 6 toes, 3 inches with a fastball topping out at over 95 miles per hour. However the management Madden confirmed in an uncommon three-year interval of Texas baseball proved he may pair his daunting bodily instruments with spectacular psychological toughness and management.
It’s straightforward to take a look at Madden’s stellar 2021 marketing campaign and credit score that single-season efficiency as the rationale why he was chosen thirty second total by the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night time. Nevertheless, there have been two years of adversity that molded the 2021 Huge 12 Pitcher of the Yr’s psychological make-up earlier than the storybook season wherein he led the Longhorns to a School World Sequence. As a freshman in 2019, Madden compiled a 3.40 ERA and a 4-1 document on the mound, however the Longhorns went 7-16 in convention play and completed the yr final within the Huge 12 Convention. The following yr Texas received off to a livid 14-3 begin as Madden dominated from the mound with a 1.80 ERA, however the season was abruptly cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Madden’s gutsy particular person performances and intense work ethic throughout a last-place end and a cancelled season endeared him to Longhorn followers, they usually confirmed their appreciation for the right-hander with a standing ovation after his final begin at UFCU Disch-Falk Subject in Recreation 1 of the Austin Tremendous Regional in opposition to USF on June 12.
“It’s been a loopy three years, I feel individuals have undoubtedly seen the lows and the highs,” Madden mentioned within the postgame press convention. “My first yr being final within the Huge 12, and final yr the group we had, having to say goodbye after a pair video games and coming again (this yr), it’s loopy. Nobody would draw it up this manner.”
Texas head coach David Pierce recruited Madden out of highschool, however he virtually by no means received the possibility to educate him. As a prospect, Madden was chosen within the thirty fourth spherical of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Kansas Metropolis Royals. In the long run, Madden selected to develop his sport at Texas and have become an undisputed chief whose fingerprints shall be everywhere in the Longhorns’ program for years to come back.
“What the child has accomplished for our group, his management and his work ethic, has helped mildew this tradition, helped youthful gamers and helped older gamers,” Pierce mentioned on June 12. “(He’s) been such an envoy of our program.”
For Pierce, the largest contributions Madden delivered to the desk by no means lied in his exemplary on-field efficiency, however reasonably the work he put in to rebuild Texas’ tradition following two years of lackluster outcomes that threatened to derail this system.
“I feel greater than something that I’ve been so happy with is simply the management from Ty (Madden) and (redshirt junior pitcher) Tristan (Stevens),” Pierce mentioned following the tip of Texas’ season on June 26. “This group, beginning final spring, began actually creating that angle that we have been in search of.”
Whereas Madden loved a stable run within the School World Sequence, pitching 13 innings and racking up 18 strikeouts with solely 4 earned runs, the poetic finish for his Texas profession got here on the night time of June 12. As Madden’s teammates embraced him, Pierce introduced in freshman pitcher Tanner Witt to interchange the redshirt sophomore. However as a substitute of taking the ball from his pitcher and handing it to the reliever, Pierce as a substitute advised Madden to personally give the ball to Witt, a youthful participant whom Texas’ ace had mentored.
In that second, Madden’s work forming Texas’ newfound id ended, and the brand new guard was tasked with carrying on his legacy.
“They have been hugging him, they have been pumped for him. All I mentioned to him, I mentioned ‘Hell of a job, you emptied the tank,’” Pierce mentioned after the sport. “He handed me the ball and I mentioned, ‘No, you hand it to him.’ When Tanner (Witt) got here in, he deserved that ovation and I needed to guarantee that he received it.”