In his Minor League tenure, Bumgarner has a career 1.65 ERA. He won the Minor League title in 2008 with a 1.46 mark, then finished third with a 1.85 ERA in 2009. After his ERA dropped below 2.00 on June 11, 2008, it never rose above 2.38 at any level (that was its height on June 13, 2009).
Scouting report: Bumgarner's velocity dropped in the second half of last season, but when he's firing on all cylinders, he can crank it up into the mid-90s with good life and command. His secondary pitchers continue to improve, with a good breaking ball and a changeup that lags behind a little bit. He's got a tremendous work ethic and is incredibly competitive on the mound.
Upside potential: With his combination of stuff, command and competitiveness, he's got front-of-the-rotation potential. He could start that climb by landing the No. 5 spot in the Giants' rotation this spring.
They said it: "He's had a good year. He's a kid we think a lot of. Sure, he came up here on the fast track, but he's the best choice we have to put out there. He's the guy who's probably our best starter in the Minor Leagues." -- Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, on the decision to call up Bumgarner