Ryan Madson
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"Ryan Michael Madson" is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent, currently agreeing to a contract with the Kansas City Royals organization. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2003-2011.

Madson throws three types of fastballs. His four-seam fastball/four-seamer and sinker (baseball)/sinker both average 95 miles per hour. He also throws a cutter (baseball)/cut fastball that averages 93 mph, and a circle changeup around 85 mph.

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He is a great hitter. He hit my best pitch. Give all the credit to him.

It was a tough sun. You couldn't blame anybody for that.

I got a lot of ground-ball outs, which means I was keeping my fastball down. My breaking ball is coming along great. I gain more confidence in it every outing.

He's a clubhouse favorite. Everybody loved him.

That was a good sign. It means I'm keeping my fastball down. That's what I wanted to concentrate on doing.

I'm getting more confidence in my off-speed pitch with every outing. Hitters are swinging at it, and that's a good sign. I want them to swing because that means it looks like a strike. I hate when they aren't swinging at it. The means it either doesn't look like a good pitch, or I'm not throwing it for strikes.

In the minors, my problems came early. I feel like the more I get going the better I am. I felt like I got stronger and stronger as the year went by.

Last year, I threw curves not even 10 percent of the time. This year, it'll be my third pitch.

I played with him in the minors, and you always knew he was going to make it. We'd be hanging out, and he was doing extra work in the cage. That's who he is.