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Madison Bumgarner

#40 | LHP
Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks
Madison Bumgarner
Name: Madison Kyle Bumgarner
Born: Aug 1, 1989 in Hickory, NC
High School: South Caldwell HS, Hudson, N.C.
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 242 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (10th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2007 (signed for $2,000,000)
In terms of physical features, arm slot and velocity, Bumgarner could be considered a lefthanded version of Phillippe Aumont. He pitches with less effort and has better fastball command than his Canadian counterpart. But the knock on Bumgarner is the lack of a true secondary pitch. He pitches off his best weapon, a 92-94 mph fastball that has been up to 97 this spring. It has late life and finish. He has tried multiple grips and shapes with his breaking ball, and at times has flashed a fringe-average pitch that has tilt and late snap at 81 mph. Like Aumont, Bumgarner throws from a low three-quarters release point, which he doesn't repeat well, and that makes achieving downward action on his breaking ball difficult. His changeup is a below-average pitch that should improve when and if he throws it more often. Because of his size, athleticism and velocity, Bumgarner is a surefire first-rounder. The club that believes he can come up with a true breaking ball down the line could pop him as early as 10th or 11th overall.
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