Ryan Madson was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 9th round of the 1998 amateur draft. I first saw him pitch at the AA level in Reading during the 2002 season. By 2003 he made his MLB debut. The only rough spot in his big league career occurred 2006 when he pitched as a starter, an experiment that did not go well. From 2007-2011 Madson was a key element in the Phillies’ bullpen. During the 2008 season he was part of what was called the Bridge to Lidge, the shut down 7th and 8th inning righty-lefty combo of Madson and J.C. Romero. In Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS (one of my favorite baseball games of all time) Madson threw 1.2 scoreless innings and was the winning pitcher.
Madson throws an above average fastball, a cutter, and a devastating change-up. His numbers with the Phillies have been excellent, last season he spent most of the season as the closer:
|162 Game Avg.||6||4||3.59||66||7||84||26||73||123||1.294||2.86|
This offseason the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon as their closer. This meant Madson would not be re-signed. The market for closers dried up, leaving Madson to sign with Cincinnati for one year. I think Madson was under-appreciated and undervalued during much of his time in Philly. I’m very sad to see him go. I wish him the best with the Reds.