The San Francisco Giants selected Madison Bumgarner with the No. 10 pick in the 2007 draft, and it will go down as one of the greatest picks in franchise history.
A Hudson, North Carolina native who attended South Caldwell High School, Bumgarner debuted just two years after he was drafted as a 19-year-old.
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The following season, he posted a 3.00 ERA in 18 starts and earned a place in the postseason rotation, tossing eight shutout innings in Game 4 of the World Series.
That was just the beginning for a pitcher who will go down as one of the greatest postseason performers in MLB history. In 102.1 career playoff innings, he’s gone 8-3 with a 2.11 ERA, tallying three complete-game shutouts and an epic Game 7 World Series save along the way.
During the regular season, he’s gone 115-90 with a 3.08 ERA and 1,731 strikeouts in 1,778 innings. That strikeout total is good for fourth on the franchise’s all-time list, and he’s still only 29 years old.
Simply put, Bumgarner has been a consistent, reliable starter throughout his entire career. His performance in the 2014 postseason is truly the stuff of legend. So many great pitchers shine during the regular season, only to come up short once the postseason arrives.
That’s never been an issue for Madison Bumgarner, and he deserves as much credit as anyone for the San Francisco Giants three World Series titles.