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Detroit selects Ty Madden as Texas keeps its MLB Draft streak alive

Texas pitcher Ty Madden salutes the fans during a game against South Florida in Austin on June, 12. Madden was selected in the first round of the MLB draft on Sunday evening.

Texas pitcher Ty Madden — who appropriately wore jersey number 32 as a Longhorn — was selected by the Detroit Tigers with the 32nd overall pick of the MLB draft on Sunday night, extending UT's streak of having at least one player taken in every draft since the very first one in 1965.

Madden was taken in the "Competitive Balance Round A" portion of the draft. The Longhorns had last claimed a first-round pick in 2013 when Corey Knebel went 39th overall.

Back in 2018, when Madden was coming out of Houston Cypress Ranch High School, the Kansas City Royals used a 34th-round flyer on him. Madden chose to go to college instead of the minor leagues.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-hander flourished at Texas, becoming a major force in the weekend rotation during the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

"He pitches with heart and desire," Texas coach David Pierce said last month. "I think he always has had that innate mindset and desire to be great, but he had to really hone his skills. Just watching him develop every single day, working from his delivery to his pitch sequencing to mastering pitches has been one of the reasons why we do this.

"He will represent himself, his family and our program and our university very well. I'm very proud of Ty and just can't say enough about him."

Due to the pandemic, Madden started only four times in 2020. He went 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA. That included a two-hit complete game against Boise State and he also was the pitcher of record in UT’s win over No. 6 Arkansas at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

A year later, Madden replaced Bryce Elder as Texas' Friday starter. The Big 12’s pitcher of the year, Madden helped the Longhorns reach the College World Series, fashioning a 2.45 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 137 strikeouts over 113 2/3 innings. He earned All-America honors.

Relying on a fastball and a slider that he called his "bread and butter," Madden went 7-5 in 2021. Among his biggest highlights:

A third-year sophomore, Madden could conceivably return to Texas if he wanted. MLB.com has reported that the assigned (yet negotiable) slot value for the 32nd pick is $2,257,300

If Madden signs, he will join former UT star Kody Clemens in Detroit's farm system. In 2018, Clemens was a third-round pick by the Tigers.

Detroit had two first-round picks, taking two pitchers in the first round for the first time since 2013. The Tigers also had the third overall pick, which they used on Oklahoma high schooler Jackson Jobe, an Ole Miss signee.

"To be honest, we were surprised (Madden) fell that far," Scott Pleis, who directs amateur scouting for the Tigers, told the Detroit News. "He's got a great arm, with a good slider, and he shows a change-up, too. He’s just kind of a workhorse on the mound with a great competitive edge to him."

In all, 15 pitchers were drafted Sunday night, including two Vanderbilt right-handers taken in the top 10 — Jack Leiter, who went No. 2 to the Texas Rangers, and Kumar Rocker (10th to the Mets); Kansas State's Wicks (21st, Cubs), who was the first Big 12 player taken; and Mississippi State's Will Bednar, who went 14th to the Giants.

The draft continued with the second round on Monday.