Madson’s primary fastball is the four-seamer and can ramp it up to 98 mph. The pitch lost significant drop from 2017 which played a role in its decreased effectiveness. In 2018, the four-seam was a good pitch, but it was not the dominant strikeout pitch it was in 2017.
The changeup for Madson is his primary putaway pitch, evidenced by a fantastic swinging-strike rate. The changeup is more than 11 mph slower than the four-seam which only adds to its dominance. Madson should increase the usage of his change given his less effective four-seam.
Madson’s two-seam fastball generates a high percentage of ground balls and he can also throw it for strikes. The pitch lost some arm-side run in 2018 and was punished with a .369 batting average against.
The curveball is Madson’s secondary offspeed option that saw a decrease in swings and misses in 2018. The results against the curve were poor, but it also allowed an unsustainable .444 BABIP. Madson could benefit by throwing the change more and the curve less.
The cutter is the pitch Madson throws the least out of his 5-pitch mix. Madson only throw it 27 times in 2018 after only one use in 2017. Madson may be trying to pair it with his curve, given nearly identical release points for both pitches.