2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Madison Bumgarner
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
I’m worried about Madison Bumgarner . Put it on the record. I’m worried. He did log 207.2 innings pitched last year, which is good, but other than that, it wasn’t a great year for Bumgarner. The veteran southpaw went 9-9 with a 3.90 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. It might be better than you think, but batters are starting to hit him more and more, and while it’s encouraging that his strikeout rate jumped back up in 2019, he’s not going to be the 9.50 K/9 guy he was in 2015 and 2016. He’s right around his career average, so that’s something, but drafting Bumgarner for strikeouts is more a product of him being able to accrue them over time, as opposed to racking them up in bunches. Bumgarner will move to a new stadium, one that is better suited for hitters, so that’s not a great thing for a guy who has posted a HR/9 mark north of 1.30 two times in the past three years.
There are some subtle things and some no to subtle things about Bumgarner that leave me worried moving into 2020. For the...