Bumgarner hot despite drop in velocity

Glass half-full or half-empty

Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Giants (Double-A Connecticut)
Wednesday's stats: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
In his past five starts, Bumgarner's ERA is a fantastic 1.93. At the same time, there is concern. His velocity has dropped a bit; in those five starts, he's struck out just 16 batters in 28 innings. If you want to be optimistic about it, he clearly is learning how to pitch without his best stuff. Still, you'd like to see the old version return.

Movin' on up

Chris Carter, 1B, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento)
Wednesday's stats: 3-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI

Carter has been a Minor League Update regular of late, which often precedes a promotion. He's moving up to Triple-A on Thursday, but the Pacific Coast League still doesn't seem like much of a challenge. After leading the minor leagues in total bases in 2008, he needs to stay hot to overtake Seattle third baseman Alex Liddi for his second consecutive title.

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