Position: Pitcher

DOB: July 10, 1995

Height: 6’4″ / Weight: 200

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Giants (August 1, 2016)

Profile: A first round pick of the Giants in 2015 out of the College of Southern Nevada, Bickford was traded to Milwaukee in July of 2015 along with catcher Andrew Susac in exchange for reliever Will Smith. Originally a first round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013, Bickford initially opted to head to Cal State Fullerton before going the JUCO route with Southern Nevada after just one season at Fullerton. He signed with the Giants in 2015 for a deal north of $2.3 million and made ten starts for their affiliate in the AZL that same season. He split time between the Giants two Class-A affiliates in 2016 before being dealt to the Brewers and was selected to participate in both the Futures Game in San Diego and the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Following the trade, he joined Brevard County where he finished out the season, but following the season he received a 50-game suspension following his second failed drug test. An attacking pitcher with a low-to-mid-90’s fastball, Bickford has a plus slider and a potential plus change and though both offerings need refinement he maintains the potential to be one of the top young arms in the Brewers system.

2015: After signing with the Giants, Bickford made his way to the Arizona League where he started ten games for the AZL Giants, with solid numbers. The 6’4″ righty struck out 32 batters in 22.1 innings of work and posted a 2.01 earned run average, allowing just five runs. Ironically his best start may have came against the Brewers on August 16th when he tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, recording all seven outs via strikeout. Though he didn’t work more than three innings in any of his ten outings, me managed to hold opposing hitters to a .169 average while posting a WHIP of 0.85.

2016: Bickford opened 2016 with Augusta of the South Atlantic League where he recorded ten strikeouts in his first start of the season against the Rome Braves. He wound up going 3-4 with a 2.70 earned run average in 11 starts for Augusta, punching out 69 batters in 60 innings of work and earning a spot on the South Atlantic League All-Star team and a promotion to High-A San Jose. He was equally impressive in his High-A debut, racking up 13 strikeouts over six innings and was selected to represent the Giants in the Futures Game in San Diego. After six California League starts, Bickford was traded to Milwaukee and joined his third team of the year when he was assigned to the Brewers High-A affiliate in the Florida State League. He saw action in six games with Brevard County to close out the season, starting five of them, and went 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA.

2017: Forced to sit out the start of the season while serving a 50-game suspension, Bickford lost even more development time when he was hit with a line drive during an extended spring training game.  He finally took the mound again in August, but made just six appearances with the AZL Brewers, going 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA while logging just 17 innings.

MPP’s Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#13)