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Bumgarner struggles, gets ejected

News and notes from Tuesday in the minor leagues

Updated: July 29, 2009, 10:31 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Panic on the streets of San Fran

Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Giants (Double-A Connecticut)
Tuesday's stats: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K
One of the top pitching prospects in the game, Bumgarner retired only half of the batters he faced Tuesday, got ejected in the second inning for delivering a pitch behind a batter's head, and came close to making physical contact with not one, but two umps. Here's the thing: That is not the bad news. The scary part is that one scout in attendance said Bumgarner only reached the upper 80s with his fastball, and that his command was erratic. It could just be the grind of a full season catching up to him, but at the same time, he hasn't even thrown 100 innings yet this year, so there are some whispers of him getting shut down soon.

Almost perfect

Sean O'Sullivan, RHP, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Tuesday's stats: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
O'Sullivan is not a monster prospect by any means, but he's done a serviceable job as the Angels' extra starter this year. He had the best outing as a pro Tuesday with only a seventh-inning walk preventing the perfect game. A wide-bodied righty who pounds the strike zone with three solid offerings, he'll likely be a permanent part of the back of the Angels' rotation in 2010.

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