Madden at home in Double-A (Baseball)

April 15, 2011
Corey Madden

Anchorage’s Corey Madden pitched in a Double-A baseball game for the first time in his six-year professional career recently for the Jacksonville Suns, bringing him a step closer to the major leagues.

And although it marks a promotion, Madden doesn’t look at it that way because he believes he’s where he should be.

In fact the 6-foot-1 right-handed pitcher began last season at Double-A, but got bumped down to the Class A-Advanced division because of a numbers crunch.

“The promotion didn’t really feel like a promotion,” Madden told me. “I was in the AA group during spring training so just making the team was exciting. I was in the AA group last year during spring training and when some guys got moved down from big league camp, rosters had to change and I was one guy that they put down in high A.”

Madden, of East High fame, hasn’t allowed a run in 3 2/3 innings over two games with the Jacksonville Suns, the two-time defending Southern League champions.

Coming out of the bullpen for all 148 career appearances, Madden has a 3.05 ERA in 212 2/3 innings.

Since 2006 he has climbed from rookie ball to A- to A to A+ to AA.

It’s not exactly ABC, but Madden manages to live his dream as a pro ballplayer.

“It feels good knowing that I’m starting the season in AA because there are a lot of good players in this league and competing against good players is a lot of fun,” he said. “At this point I don’t think it feels any different. At any level there are going to be guys that you face that can really hit the ball, but I think as long as you locate and choose your pitches well you can play this game for a long time.”