June 5, 2008: Pitcher Madison Bumgarner (5) of the Augusta GreenJackets,
Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, prior to a game against the
Greenville Drive at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo
by: Tom Priddy.
Madison Bumgarner, a lefty who’s been on the radar screens of every Minor League photographer for a couple of years, made his Major League debut last night. Oh, yeah, the scouts were keeping track of him, too.
I had one shot at him last year in Greenville when he was the starter for Augusta, and I got quite a bit of mileage out of those photos, from Web site use and print to at least one baseball card that I know of.
He’s been the No. 1 pitching prospect for the San Francisco Giants, and he didn’t disappoint last night as he became a last-minute sub for Tim Lincecum.
“Making a surprise start for Tim Lincecum, who was scratched with back spasms, Madison Bumgarner displayed his heralded potential while surrendering two runs in 5 1/3 innings,” wrote Chris Haft of MLB.com.
“Bumgarner left with a one-run lead and a chance for a victorious Major League debut,” he wrote. But San Francisco’s usually reliable bullpen softened in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres that dented the Giants’ postseason hopes.”