Former South Caldwell High School pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who came through Greensboro last year as a southpaw starter for the Augusta Greenjackets of the Low Class A South Atlantic League, made his Major League debut last night for the San Francisco Giants in the NL West………
Madison Bumgarner was pretty sharp in his big league debut Tuesday, surrendering five hits and two earned runs with a walk and four strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision vs. the Padres.
Bumgarner, who was called up to take the start of Tim Lincecum — who was scratched with back spasms — fared admirably in his highly anticipated debut. He located his pitches well, throwing 48 of 76 pitches for strikes and handing out just the one free pass.
He did give up a pair of solo homers, but they accounted for all the damage the Padres were able to inflict. The 20-year-old top-rated prospect has burned through the Minors over two seasons, compiling a 27-5 record with a 1.65 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.
Whether or not he gets another start with the big league club remains to be seen — Lincecumâ€™s status will determine that — but thereâ€™s no doubt the highly-touted southpaw is primed for a prolific career and should be accordingly monitored.
Left-hander Madison Bumgarner, the Charlotte Observer High School Baseball Player of the Year in 2007, made his Major League debut Tuesday as an emergency starter for the San Francisco Giants.
Bumgarner, 20, was San Francisco’s first-round pick (10th overall) in 2007 after a dominant career at South Caldwell High.
He replaced Tim Lincecum, who had back spasms, in a home game against the San Diego Padres. Bumgarner allowed two runs (both solo home runs) in 5 1/3 innings, struck out four and didn’t get a decision in the Giants’ 4-3 loss.
“It took about ’til the fifth inning for the nerves to wear off,” Bumgarner said. “I just made some bad pitches. They’ll take advantage more than in the minor leagues. A lot better hitters for sure.”
Bumgarner rose rapidly through the minor leagues. He was a combined 12-2 with a 1.85 ERA and 92 strikeouts this year in 131 1/3 innings between Double-A Connecticut and Class A San Jose. He went 15-3 with a 1.46 ERA in 24 starts last year for Class A Augusta, his first year as a professional.