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Texas right hander Ty Madden was named a first-team All-American by D1Baseball on Monday. Madden, the 2021 Big 12 pitcher of the year, is the first Longhorn since Kody Clemens in 2018 to receive first-team accolades. Prior to Madden, the last Texas starting pitcher to be named to a first team was Taylor Jungmann in 2011.
The honors are well-deserved, as Madden’s performances consistently put Big 12 regular season champion Texas in a position to win, including his two performances in Omaha during the 2021 College World Series. They arrive at the end of Texas’ 2021 campaign and will be a major part of Madden’s resume prior to the likely calling of his name in the first round of the 2021 MLB draft.
“What the kid has done for our team, his leadership, and his work ethic has helped mold this culture and helped younger players and helped older players,” Texas head coach David Pierce said following the super regional game versus South Florida on June 12. “Just been such an ambassador of our program, and our staff.”
In addition to being named to D1Baseball’s first team, Perfect Game also placed him on its All-America first team. Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and the NCBWA all tabbed Madden as a second-team All-American.
A 7-5 win-loss record does not accurately paint a picture of how dominant Madden was throughout the season. In 113.2 innings across 18 starts, Madden failed to complete 6.0 innings in three appearances; the season-opener versus Mississippi State, an April start against Abilene Christian where he left with a 12-0 lead after 5.0 innings, and game one of the Big 12 series versus Texas Tech.
The outing versus the Red Raiders was one of two defeats suffered by Texas during a Madden start at UFCU Disch-Falk Field all season.
Madden’s dominance is reflected in other statistics. Opponents hit .188 against him all season. His WHIP was a tremendous 1.05. His ERA was 2.45, allowing four or more earned runs in an outing only twice all season.
He had more strikeouts (137) than innings pitched (113.2), good for a 10.9 K/9 IP. Double-digit batters struck out against Madden in four different starts, including possibly his best outing of the year; a nine-inning complete-game shutout of Houston in early March.
“Ty is one of the hardest workers that we have, if not the hardest, and he trusts his work,” Texas catcher Silas Ardoin said in March. “His preparation is second to none, and he has a lot of confidence in his stuff.”
That hard work resulted in a dominating repertoire. Madden’s fastball typically sat between 94-97 mph, sometimes topping out at 99-100 mph. His high-80s sharp slider baffled hitters looking to catch up with the heat. When needed, he tossed his developing change-up.
Madden did not tip his hand following his start in the super regional against South Florida regarding if that would be his last appearance at the Disch. However, Madden has first-round talent. The type of figures associated with those picks (multi-millions of dollars) is tough to turn down, especially for a third-year college player.
If he is picked in the first round, he’ll be the first Longhorn since Corey Knebel in 2013 to hear his name called that early.
Whatever path he chooses, it comes after one of the best pitching performances over the course of a season for Texas in over a decade, and the acknowledgement of that performance from college baseball’s leading publications.