Madison Bumgarner endures tough time

Giants' 20-year-old lefty will begin season in minors after having an ineffective spring

Originally Published: April 2, 2010
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

Nobody was surprised when the San Francisco Giants sent down Madison Bumgarner to the minor leagues this spring. Though greatly gifted, Bumgarner was never able to show the velocity and command that had made him such a coveted player in the Giants' farm system.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Bumgarner was considered the Giants' next great ace, the complement to Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, which would give the Giants the most formidable rotation in the majors. Bumgarner was known to have ...

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