Phil Bickford
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Phil Bickford in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Giants in June of 2015 that includes a $2.33 million signing bonus. Traded to the Brewers in August of 2016.
Makes season debut
PMilwaukee Brewers  A+
June 4, 2019
Bickford (undisclosed) made his season debut Monday in a game with High-A Carolina. He recorded one out while allowing two earned runs.
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Bickford's start of the season was delayed due to some sort of injury, but he is now ready for game action again. Bickford was a first-rounder in 2015, but he was transitioned to a relief role last season and made 21 appearances out of the bullpen with Carolina. He will turn 24 in July, so he should have a chance to move up a level or two this season if he can prove effective.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Phil Bickford
Minor League Barometer: Recapping 2016
September 5, 2016
Jesse Siegel gives us his last Minor League Barometer for this season, recapping 2016 and looking toward the 2017 campaign.
Minor League Barometer: September Roster Expansion
August 23, 2016
Jesse Siegel tunes us into what's happening with some of the minors' most interesting prospects this week as teams gear up to expand their rosters in September.
Minor League Barometer: Yankee Youth Movement
August 16, 2016
Jesse Siegel tunes us into what's happening with some of the minors' most interesting prospects this week as August rolls on.
Minor League Barometer: Life After The Deadline
August 8, 2016
Jesse Siegel tunes us into what's happening with some of the minors' most interesting prospects this week on the heels of a very interesting trade deadline.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
August 7, 2016
Jan Levine takes a look at the National League free agent pool this week and who might be of service to your squad between now and October.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
At first glance, Bickford seemed like a steep price for the Giants to pay to acquire reliever Will Smith. But Bickford's recent performance, most notably at the 2016 Futures Game, left many observers unimpressed. Rather than showing the mid-90s fastball that intrigued scouts, Bickford has been sitting 88-92 with his fastball. And while his slider is devastating, he lacks a secondary pitch like a changeup he can use to challenge left-handed hitters. Bickford is only 21 years old and has plenty of time to develop and fix these flaws, but it's rare for teams to give up first-round talents like him without having an inkling that something is off. His control in particular was off in 2016; he walked five batters per nine innings after the Brewers acquired him. He'll have to figure that part of his game out before he can regain his top prospect status.
After being taken with the 18th pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, Bickford went to the Arizona League and posted a 2.01 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. While it was a small sample, the 6-foot-5 righty exhibited the power and high-end strikeout ability that had scouts pegging him as a first-round talent. He possesses a plus fastball to go along with an average slider and changeup, but what makes him such an intriguing prospect is his combination of velocity with plus control. Looking ahead, Bickford will likely start the year in the lower levels, and is probably at least three years away from the big leagues. He should be a secondary target for those in dynasty leagues, as he does not have quite as high of a ceiling as some of the arms that went ahead of him last year's draft.
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No limitations this spring
PMilwaukee Brewers  A+
February 21, 2018
Bickford is pitching without any limitations this spring, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Pitching in AZL
PMilwaukee Brewers  A+
August 20, 2017
Bickford has a 3.12 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and eight strikeouts in 8.2 innings in the Arizona League.
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Throws bullpen this week
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Hand
July 16, 2017
Bickford (hand) tossed a bullpen earlier this week but is still weeks away from returning to action, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
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Has surgery for broken hand
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Suspension
May 4, 2017
Bickford (suspension) underwent surgery for two fractures in his hand and will be sidelined for 8-to-12 weeks, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Suspended 50 games
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Suspension
December 9, 2016
Bickford was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for the second time, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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