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2012 Pitcher Profiles: A – F
Posted By FanGraphs On February 6, 2012 @ 5:46 pm In 2012 Second Opinion | No Comments
|Debut: 2009 | BirthDate: 8/1/1989 | Team: Giants | Position: SP|
Profile: After experiencing a velocity dip in 2009 and seeing his prospect star dim, Bumgarner has seen his average fastball speed rebound, as it has now increased for two straight seasons. The improved velocity has allowed him to regain his strikeout ability first shown in the lower minors in 2008. With sterling control, backed by a strong first strike percentage, and an above average ground-ball rate, Bumgarner enjoyed a fantastic season in his first full year in the Giants rotation. His good, but not great, swinging strike rate does suggest that he has a bit more downside than upside in his strikeout rate though. He could regress a smidge in that department, while it is difficult to sustain such a low walk rate. That said, even a small skills decline should yield an ERA no higher than the mid-3.00 range. (Mike Podhorzer)
Quick Opinion: Bumgarner had his coming out party in his first full year in the Giants rotation and his performance was fully supported by his underlying skills. Though some regression should be expected, he is one of the more exciting young pitchers in baseball.
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