|San Francisco Giants – No. 40|
August 1, 1989 |
Hickory, North Carolina
|Bats: Right||Throws: Left|
|September 8, 2009 for the San Francisco Giants|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.08|
|Career highlights and awards|
Madison Kyle Bumgarner (born August 1, 1989), nicknamed "MadBum," and big country is an American professional baseball pitcher with the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball, who played key roles in the Giants' 2010 and 2012 World Series championships. Bumgarner is listed as 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 pounds (102 kilograms). He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round (tenth overall) in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. He is currently a starting pitcher in the 5-man rotation for the San Francisco Giants. Bumgarner features a 4-seam fastball in the 90-93 mph range, a cutter or slider around 86-90 mph, a curveball that ranges from 75 to 80 mph, and a change-up that sits 82-84.
Bumgarner played AAU baseball with one of the top teams in the state early in his baseball career. He was part of the 10U Catawba Valley Storm team that won the NC AAU state championship in 1999.
Bumgarner was drafted from South Caldwell High School in Hudson, North Carolina where he led his team to a 4A State Championship in 2007. He had committed to play for the University of North Carolina, but decided to enter the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. Bumgarner was selected in the first round (tenth overall) by the Giants. Going into the draft, Baseball America had ranked him as the fourteenth best prospect overall. He was the first high school pitcher to be selected by the Giants with their first pick since Matt Cain in 2002, the first left-handed pitcher selected in the first round by the organization since Noah Lowry in 2001, the first left-handed pitcher taken as the first pick by the organization since Mike Remlinger in 1987, and the first high-school left-hander the Giants drafted in the first round since Frank Riccelli in 1971.
In 2008, Baseball America ranked him the third best prospect in the Giants organization.
Bumgarner pitched for the Augusta Greenjackets, the Giants' Low-A South Atlantic League affiliate, in 2008. He won the South Atlantic League pitchers' Triple Crown, tying for the league lead in wins (15, tied with Levi Maxwell), leading the league in earned run average (1.46), and leading the league in strikeouts (164). He began the 2009 season with the Giants' high-A affiliate, the San Jose Giants, then was called up to the Giants AA affiliate the Connecticut Defenders. Bumgarner has played with other top Giants' prospects Buster Posey, Angel Villalona, and Nick Noonan.
Before the start of the 2009 season, Baseball America ranked Bumgarner as the ninth best prospect in baseball. Before the start of the 2010 season, they ranked him as the 14th best prospect in baseball.
Bumgarner was called up to the majors on September 8, 2009, to make his first major league start and debut in place of Tim Lincecum, who was scratched with back spasms. At the age of 20, he became the second youngest pitcher ever to start a game for the Giants since the franchise moved west in 1958, older only than Mike McCormick, who made his debut for San Francisco as a 19-year-old when the team was still in New York. Bumgarner made four appearances with the Giants in 2009, accruing an ERA of 1.80 and ten strikeouts, pitching ten innings without recording a decision.
Bumgarner attended the Giants' spring training before the 2010 season, competing for the position of fifth starter, but was sent down to the AAA Fresno Grizzlies due to a drop in his velocity. On June 26, 2010, Bumgarner was called up again to join the club, facing the Boston Red Sox the next day. On July 6, 2010, against the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee, Bumgarner earned his first major league victory, 6–1, going eight innings without yielding a run.
In five September starts during the Giants' successful run to the National League West Division championship, Bumgarner posted an ERA of 1.13. At the end of September, Bumgarner earned his first win at home, making him 7–6 on the season. Despite a ten-day layoff, Bumgarner became the youngest pitcher in Giants franchise history to pitch in and win a postseason game, which he did against the Braves in the NLDS clinching-game on October 11, 2010. In addition to his clinching performance in the NLDS, he pitched two shutout innings in relief in the NLCS clinching game versus the Philadelphia Phillies. On October 31, 2010, Bumgarner pitched 8 shutout innings in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series, becoming the fourth youngest pitcher to start and win a World Series game. This win gave the Giants a 3–1 lead in the series, en route to the Giants winning their first World Series championship in 56 years.
In spring training in 2011, Bumgarner led the major leagues in strikeouts, with 31 in 27.1 innings. After his start May 13, 2011 Bumgarner was 0–5 with a 4.58 ERA in his first 7 starts. He struggled in his first two games of the season, but soon after regained his post-season form. However, he was the victim of poor run support and bad luck, a treatment the San Francisco media called his "Caining," a reference to teammate Matt Cain's often dominant performances that featured little to no run support as well. Despite pitching at least six innings and giving up more than one earned run only once in his five starts from April 27 through May 19, it wasn't until the 19th that he got his first win, collecting an ERA of 3.71 for the season at that point. By June 9, Bumgarner had a 1.93 ERA over his last nine starts, yet had two wins and five losses to show for it. In seven of his eight losses at that point, the Giants either only scored once or scored no times at all. On September 5, 2011, Bumgarner struck out a career high 13 batters while yielding 2 earned runs, 7 hits and 1 walk over 8.1 innings while earning the win against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. It was his second consecutive double digit strikeout game, having struck out 11 batters in his previous start against the Chicago Cubs. With his win September 16 Bumgarner had won 5 consecutive starts, and finished the season 13-13 with a 3.21 ERA, 204 innings pitched, and 191 strikeouts. Worth noting, however, is that Bumgarner was 12-1 for the games in which his teammates scored three or more runs for him.
Bumgarner began the season 2012 by going 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA. With his win over The Brewers on May 5 he became the first Giant since Jason Schmidt to win 14 games in a 20-game span. His ERA then rose to 2.85 after losing 3 consecutive games, with his record becoming 5-4.
On June 12, The San Francisco Giants went 16 home games without a home run until Bumgarner hit his first career home run into left field on June 12, 2012 against Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris. Bumgarner with his home run and 12 strikeouts became the most recent Giant to hit a home run and throw 10+ strikeouts since Mike Krukow, who was announcing the game.
On June 28, Bumgarner pitched 9 shutout innings against the Cincinnati Reds, his first complete game and shutout. With this victory, the Giants franchise established a new record for scoreless innings, a total of 36.
On July 13, Bumgarner was moved up in the rotation to the #2 spot (behind Matt Cain), trading places with Tim Lincecum after Lincecum had a rough first half of the 2012 season. Bumgarner got the win in a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros.
After struggling earlier in the playoffs with an 11.25 ERA, Bumgarner pitched seven scoreless innings and striking out eight in Game 2 of the 2012 World Series on October 25. Bumgarner became the first pitcher to begin his world series career with 15 scoreless innings since 1986. He also became the first Giant since Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson in 1905 to not allow a run in his first two career World Series starts.
Season 2013 saw Bumgarner set career bests for ERA (2.77), WHIP (1.03) and strikeouts (199) in 31 starts, finishing with a 13-9 record. Bumgarner's WHIP was the lowest for a Giants' left-hander since Carl Hubbell in 1933. Bumgarner was also selected on the NL roster for the All Star game for the first time, a manager pick, but Bumgarner didn't pitch in the game. He took pride in pitching 200+ innings for the third consecutive season (201.1) and improving at holding runners on base, conceding 8 stolen bases in 2013 compared with 27 in 2012.
Bumgarner was rested for what would have been his final start of the season, following a great 7-inning, 1-run, 10-strikeout win over the Mets. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he wanted to give Bumgarner a break and also allow Barry Zito a final home start.
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