(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated.) Left-hander Madison Bumgarner enjoyed the flow of champagne over his head after San Francisco's successful run to the World Series title two years ago, a mere three months after he reached legal drinking age.
He's about to start his second full season in the majors this April and remains the youngest pitcher on the Giants' 40-man roster. Despite this, Bumgarner is a model for some of the younger pitchers looking to reach the big leagues.
Bumgarner chose to sign with the Giants instead of attending North Carolina and it has worked out well for the 22-year-old. He's still just five years out of high school, owns a World Series ring, and is considered one of the more accomplished pitchers on a staff that includes former Cy Young Award winners Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito.