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San Francisco Giants: Best MLB draft picks of the 2000s

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San Francisco Giants stars Buster Posey and Tim Lincecum. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants stars Buster Posey and Tim Lincecum. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants tips his cap.
Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants tips his cap. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

San Francisco Giants best draft picks: No. 3 Matt Cain

The top three Giants draft picks of the 200s were all first rounders. Starting pitcher Matt Cain was taken in 2002, making him the oldest on the list. He spent his entire career in San Francisco and earned 29.1 WAR. Cain retired after the 2017 season.

You probably know him best for his perfect game on June 13, 2012.

Drafted out of high school, Cain made his debut in a fast three years at age 20. At age 21, he stayed in the big leagues for the entire year and made 32 starts, going 13-12 with a 4.15 ERA and 190 strikeouts. Cain was recognized on some 2006 NL Rookie of the Year ballots and finished fifth.

Cain went on to win a pair of World Series (2010 and 2012) and three All-Star selections (2009, 2011, 2012). Cain finished as high as sixth in NL Cy Young voting in 2012.

Cain finished his career with a 3.68 ERA (108 ERA+) with 1694 strikeouts. He is on the San Francisco Giants’ Wall of Fame, being honored in 2018.

San Francisco Giants best draft picks: No. 2 Madison Bumgarner

Drafted in the first round of 2007, starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner has been worth 36.8 WAR during his career. Up until the 2019-20 offseason, Bumgarner spent his entire career with the Giants.

Bumgarner made his debut as a 19-year-old in 2009 and has four All-Star roster nods and has finished in the top four in NL Cy Young Award voting four times during his career.

Across 11 years, Bumgarner has made 289 starts, collecting 119 wins, while earning an ERA of 3.13 (120 ERA+) with 1794 strikeouts. He has an 8-3 postseason record with 2.11 ERA.

2014 might be his most memorable year. After an 18-10 year with 2.98 ERA, he really came alive during the postseason. He was named the MVP of the 2014 World Series. He also earned Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year and the AP Male Athlete of the Year.

Oh, and “MadBum” can bat, too. He earned the NL Silver Slugger award twice, in 2014 and 2015. He has hit 19 home runs for his career.

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