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Giants sign top pick Bumgarner and fellow first-rounder Fairley08/15/2007 11:18 AM ET
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have signed their top pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft in left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner (10th selection overall), while also inking outfielder Wendell Fairley (29th selection), club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.
The Giants have signed 45 of their 52 selections from the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, including each of their first 29 picks (the full list is available on the second page of this release).
Bumgarner, a 6-4, 215-pound left hander, helped Hudson's South Caldwell High School to the North Carolina state championship in 2007. Gatorade's North Carolina Player of the Year posted an 11-2 record with a save and a 1.05 ERA (13er, 86.1ip) this year. A member of the two-time state champions, the southpaw struck out 143 batters, while issuing just 11 walks over 86.1 innings.
The Hudson, NC product became the first high school pitcher chosen by the Giants with their opening pick since Matt Cain was tabbed with the 25th overall selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. Bumgarner is also the first left-handed pitcher drafted by San Francisco with its first-round pick since Mike Remlinger was selected out of Dartmouth College with the 16th overall pick in 1987. Prior to this year, the Giants had not gone the high school route for a left-handed pitcher with their top pick since 1971, when they tabbed Frank Riccelli from Christian Brothers High School in Syracuse, NY with the 18th selection.
Fairley, from George County-Lucedale High School in Mississippi, was snagged by San Francisco with the 29th selection. The 6-2, 190-pound speedster hit .538 with nine home runs while leading the Rebels to the Mississippi Class 5A South State Finals during his senior year. Also a wide receiver in football, he bats left-handed and throws right-handed. Fairley also played in the 2007 All-American Baseball Game in Albuquerque, NM.
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