Madison Bumgarner, Starting Pitcher, San Francisco Giants, #40
Date of Birth: 8/1/1989
Birthplace: Hickory, North Carolina
Current Salary: $11,700,000
Nickname: Mad Bum
Madison Bumgarner, starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, started playing baseball at the age of four and by the time he was in high school, he was a top player. The Giants drafted him in 2007. He played in the Giants' minor league system from 2008 through part of 2010, finishing his minor league career with a 34-6 win-loss record and a 2.00 ERA.
Bumgarner first joined the Giants in 2009, pitching in 4 games. The following season, he pitched 111.0 innings in 18 games, finishing the season with a 3.00 ERA. In 2011, he played in 33 games and had a 13-13 record with a 3.21 ERA.
In April, 2012, Bumgarner signed a six-year, $35.56 million contract with the Giants. That season, he pitched 208.1 innings in 32 games and he had a 3.37 ERA with 16 wins to 11 losses. In 2013, he had a career low 2.77 ERA with a 13-9 record.
Bumgarner had another outstanding year in 2014, finishing with a 2.98 ERA and career highs in games played (33), innings pitched (217.1), wins (18 to 10 losses), and strikeouts (219 to 43 walks). In addition to his great pitching statistics, he hit two grand slams in 2014 (April 11th and July 13th). He won his first Silver Slugger award for batting .258 with 17 hits and 15 RBIs.
Bumgarner truly shined in the 2014 postseason, with a 0.43 World Series ERA, the lowest since Sandy Koufax in 1965. He won both the National League Championship series MVP award and the World Series MVP award. He finished the postseason with a 4-1 record and a 1.03 ERA in 52.2 innings in 7 games. He gave up 28 hits and 7 runs, including 3 home runs, and he had 45 strikeouts to 6 walks. His best game was Game 5 of the World Series when he had a 4-hit complete game shutout of the Kansas City Royals.
On August 16, 2015, Bumgarner pitched a complete game shutout. He finished the season with career highs in wins (18 to 9 losses), strikeouts (234 to 39 walks), and innings pitched (218.1). He had a 2.93 ERA in 32 games.
Bumgarner won his second Silver Slugger award in 2015.
Bumgarner had another strong season in 2016, finishing with a 2.74 ERA in a career high 34 games. He had 15 wins to 9 losses and a career high 251 strikeouts to 54 walks in 226.2 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 14.0 innings in 2 games and he gave up 11 hits and 3 runs.
Statistics for Bumgarner in seven full seasons (2010-2016) in the major leagues include:
- 6 seasons with over 30 games, with a high of 34 in 2016
- 6 seasons with over 200 innings pitched, with a high of 226.2 in 2016
- 6 seasons with over 150 strikeouts, with a high of 251 in 2016
- 4 seasons with an ERA of 3.00 or lower, with a low of 2.74 in 2016
Career pitching statistics for Bumgarner through 2016 include:
- 217 games played
- 1,397.2 innings pitched
- 100-67 win-loss record
- 1,381 strikeouts to 322 walks
- 2.99 ERA
Bumgarner married his wife Ali on February 14, 2010.