Phil Bickford
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Phil Bickford in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Giants in June 2015.
No limitations this spring
PMilwaukee Brewers  R
February 21, 2018
Bickford is pitching without any limitations this spring, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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A broken hand and a suspension limited Bickford to just six official appearances last season, but he ended the season healthy, and nothing changed in that regard during the offseason. Bickford has slipped down prospect lists or fallen off them entirely, but he was highly regarded when acquired by the Brewers in 2016, so he will look to get back on a path to the major leagues in 2018.
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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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Pitching in AZL
PMilwaukee Brewers  R
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
PMilwaukee Brewers  R
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
PMilwaukee Brewers  R
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
PMilwaukee Brewers  R
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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Dealt by Giants to Milwaukee
PMilwaukee Brewers  R
August 1, 2016
Bickford was traded to the Brewers on Monday as part of the deal that sent Will Smith to the Giants, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.
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