Ty Madden He has established himself as one of the best leads in the Detroit Tigers system. Drafted 32nd last year by the University of Texas, the 22-year-old right-hander has a 2.92 ERA to go with only 119 strikes and 88 injuries allowed in 114 runs between High-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie. On top of that, he’s been especially impressive since he got a promotion in early August. During his last four starts, Madden cheered on 29 Eastern League players while conceding just three runs in 22 and three innings.
Earlier this summer, I asked Madden how the organization’s analytics-driven promotional program has affected its development.
“I’ve definitely learned a lot since coming to professional ball,” said Madden, who was still at High-A when we spoke. “Before, I knew quite a bit, but I didn’t really know what to do with it. The staff here kind of taught me what those numbers mean – when they are good versus when they are bad – and there is also analytics for the hitters. Besides knowing your stuff, There is the game plan and how to counter it with this particular squad.”
Madden features a five-court arsenal that includes a mid-’90s fastball and plus-hitter, so while he’s not a strong player in the truest sense of the word, he has the ability to go right after the hitters. But then again, his early career education involves using data to take advantage of hitters’ weaknesses. And while the information isn’t as strong in minors as it is in the major leagues, Madden was impressed by what he gave him. Equally important, he views it with a very fine lens.
“The reports we have are quite in-depth,” said the right holder. “A lot of it is where the hitters hit power and where they swing and err, and obviously both really matter. The sample size is getting bigger every day as well. My data is getting bigger too. The reconnaissance reports that teams have about me is getting more and more in-depth, so I have to be aware That’s while I’m moving forward.”
Madden became aware that his Fastball could be effective in the area. This wasn’t quite the case for a collector player, but he did improve his spin efficiency thanks to a mechanical tweak that made him work on a lower level landing. The high geysers were now part of his offensive plan, albeit not his primary weapon. As Madden explained, “I can’t abuse that. My bread and butter still steal the beat away, so I save the lift for when it’s most beneficial to me.”
Throwing more speedballs into the zone wasn’t Madden’s only adjustment in his first full professional season. Detroit number. 8 possibility He raised the ball curve and used it to change, and also started throwing the cutter halfway through the summer. The edits were largely data-driven, but while Madden is clearly convinced of the institution’s increasingly analytical approach, it still has a bit of old school to it. Right believes in a balanced approach to promotion.
“When we first started working on things, it was a little more to do with the pitch lab – and we still have the technology set up when we throw in our opinions – but I still appreciated the eye test,” Madden explained. “I think your eyes tell you a lot about whether your performances are good or not. For example, I don’t need numbers to tell me I’m going around the pitch. At the same time, having data definitely helps. I’m a better player because of that.”