May 7, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #2 Madison Bumgarner

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #2 | Madison Bumgarner | Giants

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Left

Born
| August 1, 1989 (Hickory, North Carolina)

School
| South Caldwell High School

Height
| 6'4''

Weight
| 215 lbs.

2008 Ranking | Not Ranked



Breakdown
Madison Bumgarner was selected 10th overall by the San Francisco Giants in the 2007 draft. When he was drafted, his fastball highlighted a pretty depleted repertoire but he has quickly learned a few breaking pitches which give him a great compilation of pitches that should work to his advantage while he makes his way through the Gianst system. He hits the mid-upper 90's on his fastball and has great break with both of his curveball and slider. His changeup has been a great improvement and when he throws 97 with his fastball, his change-up has helped keep hitters off balance. Here is his "Scouting Report" from The Baseball Cube:

Bumgarner has outstanding control and throws strikes a lot. If Bumgarner continues to get better (which is scary for opposing hitters to think about), the Giants could someday have the best righty-lefty combination in baseball. I know that David Price is widely considered the top pitching prospect in baseball, but I think Bumgarner has more upside, which by all accounts is not saying anything negative about Price, but should go to show how good Bumgarner could be.

2008 Statistics
Level    W    L    ERA     IP     K    BB    WHIP    FIP
A-      15    3   1.46  141.2   164    21    0.93   1.71

2009 Outlook
Bumgarner began the 2009 season with the San Jose Giants of the California League. I seriously doubt he finishes there, but the Giants won't rush him to the Majors.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball
  • Curveball
  • Change-up
  • Slider

Video


Estimated Time of Arrival
2010

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