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Madison Bumgarner
Birthdate: 8/1/1989 (27 y, 7 m, 23 d)     Bats/Throws: R/L     Height/Weight: 6-4/225     Position: P
Drafted: 2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 10, Overall: 10, Team: San Francisco Giants
Contract: $35M / 5 Years (2013 - 2017) + 2 Option Years
RotoWire News: Bumgarner tossed six innings of shutout ball Wednesday, allowing just one hit and striking out three against the Angels. (3/16/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Bumgarner is a true ace. He has the high-end skills mixed with the track record and workload that make him one of the few unmitigated aces. Noah Syndergaard has ace-level talent as does Yu Darvish, but Thor is five minutes into what will hopefully be a brilliant career and Darvish has shown extended flashes of the excellence, but has only one 200-inning season under his belt. Perhaps most impressive about the fact that Bumgarner has three 5-WAR (rounding up) and two 4-WAR seasons under his belt, is that he’s just headed into his age-27 season. He’s in a part of his career when a lot of pitchers start to peak as they get to mix a few more years of their best (or near-best) raw ability with knowledge of how to best deploy it three or more times through the lineup. Complete games are a bit antiquated in this era of going all out for five-six innings at a time, but Bumgarner’s 12 since 2014 are second to only Kershaw (13) as Bumgarner shows little wear as the innings pile up in most games. He certainly gets his due credit (he’s definitively the number three SP taken in fantasy drafts), but it almost feels like he should be getting even more.(Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: Over the last four seasons (min. 500 IP), Bumgarner is fifth in ERA (2.86), fourth in WHIP (1.04), sixth in K% (26%), sixth in K%-BB% (20%), and third in innings (863.2). The only pitchers you can truly justify taking ahead of him are Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer. Bumgarner is firmly the third-best starter in the game right now and somehow he’s just 27 years old.

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