The file on Madison Bumgarner
Giants draft Bumgarner in 2007
After posting an 11-2 record with an ERA of 1.05 in his senior season at South Caldwell High School in Hudson, North Carolina, Madison Bumgarner was selected by the Giants with the 10th pick in the first round the 2007 amateur draft.
Bumgarner makes pro debut
Bumgarner made his pro debut as an 18-year-old in 2008 with the Augusta GreenJackets, the Giants' Low-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. In 24 starts, he compiled a 15-3 record with a 1.46 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 141.2 innings.
Bumgarner, Posey team up in San Jose
Bumgarner started 2009 with the San Jose Giants, the High-A affiliate of the Giants, where he was teamed up with 2008 first-round draft pick Buster Posey for the first time. He made just five starts with San Jose before being promoted to Double-A Connecticut. In 25 appearances in 2009, Bumgarner was 12-2 with a 1.85 ERA. His performance earned him a September call-up to the Giants at the age of 19.
Bumgarner makes MLB debut
On September 8, 2009, 19-year-old Madison Bumgarner made his major league debut against the San Diego Padres. He pitched 5.1 innings, gave up five hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out four. He went on to make three scoreless relief appearances the rest of the season.
Up-and-down start to 2010
Bumgarner was given the chance to compete for the Giants' fifth starter job in the spring of 2010, but he struggled and started the year at Triple-A Fresno. He made 14 starts for the Grizzles and earned a call-up in late June. Bumgarner wouldn't return to the minors. On July 6, he pitched eight scoreless innings against the Brewers and picked up his first major league victory.
Bumgarner's first World Series moment
After being called up in June, Bumgarner made 18 regular season starts for the Giants in 2010, posting a 3.00 ERA in 111 innings. The Giants won the NL West on the final day of the season, and Bumgarner was part of the postseason rotation. In 20.2 postseason innings, Bumgarner allowed five earned runs. His defining moment came in Game 4 of the World Series against the Rangers, when he threw eight scoreless innings.
Bumgarner's first parade
The Giants beat the Rangers in the 2010 World Series and returned home for their first parade in San Francisco on November 3, 2010. Bumgarner got to experience his first parade at the tender age of 21.
Worst start of career
On June 21, 2011, Bumgarner was rocked by the Minnesota Twins for eight earned runs in the first inning. He managed to record just one out before manager Bruce Bochy pulled him from the game. In his next start, Bumgarner bounced back, holding the Cleveland Indians to just one run in seven innings.
Giants lock up Bumgarner
In April 2012, Bumgarner signed a six-year deal with the Giants worth $35.56 million. The contract runs through the 2017 season and includes two $12 million team options for 2018 and 2019.
Bumgarner wins Game 2 of 2012 World Series
Bumgarner got the ball in Game 2 of the 2012 World Series and pitched seven scoreless innings against the Tigers. He started his World Series career with 15 spotless innings. The Giants went on to sweep Detroit for their second World Series crown in three seasons.
First Midsummer Classic
After posting a 3.02 ERA in 19 starts in the first half of the 2013 season, Bumgarner was selected to his first All-Star Game. He did not pitch in the game. He went on to finish the season with the best ERA of his career (2.77) and finished ninth in the NL Cy Young voting.
Bumgarner can hit
On April 11, 2014, Bumgarner helped his own cause, driving in five runs, including a grand slam off of Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa. He would go on to finish the season with four home runs. Through the 2014 season, Bumgarner is a career .166 hitter with six home runs and 31 RBI.
Complete domination in Pittsburgh
The Giants earned the second Wild Card spot in the 2014 postseason and had to travel to Pittsburgh for a one-game playoff. Bumgarner got the start and the Pirates never had a chance as the lefty pitched a four-hit shutout to send the Giants to the NLDS to face the Nationals.
The Giants dispatched of the Nationals and Cardinals to advance to the World Series. That's when Bumgarner stole the show. After pitching seven innings in a Giants' Game 1 win, he came back in Game 5 and pitched a four-hit shutout of the Royals. But he wasn't done. With the Giants leading 3-2 in the fifth inning of Game 7, Bochy turned to Bumgarner, who pitched the final five innings to save the Giants' third World Series in five seasons, earning him World Series MVP.
Third World Series parade
At the ripe age of 25, World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner got to take part in his third World Series parade.