The tenth slot in the first round of the amateur draft has treated the Giants very well the last couple years. 2006 gave us Lincecum, and 2007 gave us 6'4" high school left hander Madison Bumgarner. According to baseball ref's minor league site, Madison is repeatedly performing acts of premeditated violence upon the South Atlantic League to the tune of:
130 IP, 102 H, 145/20 K/BB, 1.52 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 3 HR allowed
That is scary K to walk territory, and the 3 homers allowed is even scarier. I've hardly heard Bumgarner's name mentioned on Giants broadcasts or on KNBR, nor have I been able to find a whole lot online about his stuff aside from one piece put out before he was even drafted: http://ww2.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/events/draft_report/y2007/index.jsp?mc=bumgarner
From what I understand he features a bigtime fastball clocking in at around 95 with movement, but I can't find anything recent on his breaking/off-speed stuff. He's only 19 and clearly has nothing left to learn in the Sally League, so I'm wondering how much longer Giants management will allow him to stay there. I'm curious what other Giants fans have heard about him. I'd also like to put forth the observation that a couple seasons from now the Giants could be handing the ball every single game to a guy in his early to mid twenties who routinely brings it in the low to mid 90s--Cain, Lincecum, Sanchez, Bumgarner, and fellow 2007 first round draftee Tim Alderson, who is 19, 6'6" and currently abusing the California league in high A Ball. Take a look at Alderson here (4 HR allowed in 132 innings): http://minors.baseball-reference.com/players.cgi?pid=34987
This would be one of the top 2 or 3 young rotations in baseball, maybe the best. It, of course, assumes Zito by this point would making 18 million a year for providing long relief services, which, in the name of all that is holy and good, is the only reasonable role for him.
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