Who is San Francisco Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner?
San Francisco Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner was drafted in the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the first year that the draft was televised live on TV. He was drafted 10th in the first round by the San Francisco Giants. Bumgarner was drafted out of South Caldwell High School in North Carolina. He pitched in the minors from 2008-2010. His record in the minors was 34-6 and with a 2.00 ERA, 315 strikeouts and an 1.06 WHIP (Walks plus hits per inning pitched).
His debut in the majors was 9-8-2009, against the San Diego Padres. He went 5.1/3 innings, allowed 2 earned runs, 5 hits, and he had 4 strikeouts. He went back into the minors and in 201o he was back in the majors again. In 2010, he went 7-6, with a 3.00 ERA, 86 strikeouts, and an 1.31 WHIP. In 2010, the Giants won their division, the NL West and they went on to win the NL Pennant also. Bumgarner was 21 years old. He pitched in the NLDS and he won. He became the youngest Giants pitcher in history to start in a postseason game and also win it. He also pitched in the NLCS, and the World Series. Bumgarner became the fourth youngest player in MLB history to start in a World Series game and win it. He went 8 innings and pitched a shutout. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series against the Texas Rangers in five games 4-1. Bumgarner started in Game 4.
The 2011 season was his first full season as a starter in the majors. This season was kind of rough for Bumgarner. Bumgarner went 13-13 with a 3.21 ERA,with 191 strikeouts and an 1.21 WHIP.The Giants did not make the playoffs also. In 2012, Bumgarner bounced back and he went 16-11 with a 3.37 ERA, 191 strikeouts and an 1.11 WHIP. The Giants won the NL West Division again, they also won NLDS by coming back from an 0-2 deficit to win the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds 3-2. In the NLCS, the Giants were down three games to the St.Louis Cardinals and they came back to win the series 4-3. The Giants swept the Detroit Tigers 4-0 in the World Series and Bumgarner pitched 7 innings and had 8 strikeouts in Game 2. He struggled earlier in the postseason , he had an 11.25 ERA. Bumgarner became the first MLB pitcher to begin his World Series career with 15 scoreless innings since 1986. Bumgarner also is the second Giants pitcher since Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson in 1905 not to allow an earned run in both of his first two World Series starts. via Wikipedia.
In 2013, Madison Bumgarner is starting off on fire. He is 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA, 54 strikeouts, and a 0.93 WHIP. This past Saturday against the Atlanta Braves,Bumgarner pitched 7 innings, allowed 1 earned run and had 11 strikeouts. It was his 10th career game with 10 or more strikeouts.
Other Facts about Madison Bumgarner
1. His full name is Madison Kyle Bumgarner and he was born on August 1, 1989.
2. He lives on a farm in North Carolina
3. He married his longtime girlfriend of four years Ali Sanders on February 14, 2010
4. He is 6-5, 235 pounds
5. He nickname is Mad Bum
I remember when I first saw Madison Bumgarner in the 2007 MLB First -Year Player Draft. He stood out to me and I knew that he would be great and I couldn’t wait until he pitched in the majors. Bumgarner is my favorite Giants player and he is really humbled. He has accomplished a lot so far in his young career. He has 2 World Series rings so far and he is only 23. Now all he needs is a Cy Young Award, a Gold Glove Award and a Sliver Slugger for the pitcher position in the National League and a NL MVP Award. I hope Bumgarner accomplishes these things and I am so proud of him.