With the 32nd selection in the 2021 MLB Draft (the second pick of Competitive Balance Round A), the Tigers selected RHP Ty Madden out of the University of Texas.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Madden is one of the top right-handers available this year, and after thriving against Big 12 competition at Texas, he has a better chance to skyrocket up the minor league ladder than most of the pitchers in this draft class.
Madden had a 2.45 ERA over 18 starts this season, striking out 137 while walking 44 over 113.2 innings. He flashes a mid-90s fastball, a mid-80s slider, a low-80s changeup, and an upper-70s curveball. His fastball doesn’t have a ton of break, and there are some concerns that he’ll end up as a reliever in the majors because his changeup and curveball may no longer be usable as he moves up the ladder. But after falling further than expected, he’s a worthwhile gamble for Detroit.