Today’s special prospect watch is on Phil Bickford, who was just recently traded to the Brewers from the San Francisco Giants for southpaw reliever Will Smith.
Bickford is a right-handed pitcher that was having a really good season down in the Giants farm system. Between low and high Class-A, the 21-year-old starter has picked up a 5-6 record in 17 starts. The new Brewer has already tossed 93 innings this season and will look to add more. In those 17 starts, he has a 2.71 ERA and 105 strikeouts.
In addition, the Cal State Fullerton product has a really good arsenal of pitches. He has an above-average four-pitch mix. His arsenal includes a 98 mph four-seam fastball and a two-seam fastball that sits in the low 90’s that sinks. Also, his changeup is a work in progress, but it has made great strides this year, plus his last pitch is his slider, which is deadly when his mechanics are on point.
Finally, Bickford is the Brewers sixth best ranked prospect and their are questions if he will be a starter or a closer when he reaches the show. He can start if his mechanics and delivery are sound and repeated often, if not then he will be a closer due to his electric stuff during short stints.