Marlins invite Madden to spring training

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jan 23, 2012

 After spending the last six years in the minor leagues, Corey Madden of Anchorage received a vote of confidence from the Miami Marlins.

He was invited to spring training.

The 27-year-old relief pitcher will be among 22 non-roster players in Jupiter, Fla., early next month. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 22 and the team’s first full-squad workout is Feb. 26.

“My presence there doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to make the team,” Madden told us. “Even if I pitch well it doesn’t guarantee me a spot right away as well. The biggest thing that it’s going to do for me is showing that I can pitch against that [major-league] quality of hitters.”

Madden, of East High fame, is a first-time non-roster invitee to spring training. He ended last season with Triple-A New Orleans after getting promoted from Double-A Jacksonville in July.

“I deserve this opportunity,” he said. “To be honest, I was getting a little frustrated before I got the phone call because I felt like I’ve pitched well.”

Madden has 188 career professional appearances in the minors, making the All-Star team in 2008 and 2010.

The 6-foot-1 right-hander comes out of the bullpen, specializing in getting hitters out with runners in scoring position. He has an impressive 332 strikeouts in just 274 innings.

His career numbers: 3.11 ERA, 17-12 record, 13 saves.

Not bad for a guy who signed for $1,000 out of St. Mary’s College.

His journey with the Marlins has been filled with ups and downs, but his persistence deserves praise. Madden has been promoted five times, going all the way from rookie ball to Triple-A to spring training with the Marlins.

“Pitching well is my only chance [to get recognized],” Madden said. “You have to have that mindset. I expect a lot out of myself. I don’t expect a lot out of the situation.”