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September 3, 2020 07:20 PM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: Sent to alternate training site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bickford was optioned to the Brewers' alternate training site Thursday.

Bickford was the odd man out with Brandon Woodruff being reinstated from the paternity list Thursday. The righty made his lone big-league appearance Tuesday against the Tigers and did not fare well, allowing four runs on four hits in one inning.

September 2, 2020 03:40 AM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: Contract selected by Brewers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bickford's contract was selected by the Brewers on Tuesday.

Bickford was a long shot to make the major-league roster heading into camp as he hasn't pitched above the High-A level. Given his lack of experience against higher-level talent, he'll likely get his feet wet initially in low-leverage spots.

July 9, 2020 05:52 PM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: Joins player pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bickford was added to the Brewers' 60-man roster Thursday.

Although he hasn't progressed past High-A Carolina, Bickford was a non-roster invitee during spring training, where he tossed 3.2 hitless innings over four appearances while striking out eight. The right-hander will attempt to build on his momentum from the spring against some of the team's top prospects at the alternate training site, but he's unlikely to join the conversation for a spot in the majors this year.

March 1, 2020 10:36 AM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: Pitching with big-league club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bickford tossed a scoreless ninth inning and picked up the save in Saturday's spring game against the Cubs.

Bickford was twice a first-round pick and once a Top-100 prospect, but he fell off prospect lists several years ago and became a reliever in 2018. He struggled some that year, but he was brilliant last season, striking out 53 batters over 32.2 innings and limiting opposing hitters to a .197 BAA. Granted, that came at the High-A level, but Bickford clearly has arm talent, and it's not out of the question he could be an option for the big-league club at some point if he is able to sustain success.

August 22, 2019 06:00 PM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: Thriving at High-A level
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bickford went 3-0 over his last 11 appearances with High-A Carolina and posted a 0.67 WHIP and 31:6 K:BB over 21 scoreless innings.

Bickford's appearances have been limited this season for the third year in a row, but the former top prospect has found something of late, and has been dominating High-A hitters since early July. Bickford's reached peak prospect status as a starter, but he is pitching as a multi-inning reliever these days. While his role and age (24) will likely prevent him from popping up on Top-100 lists again, his recent run indicates he still has a chance to be a factor for the Brewers at some point.

June 4, 2019 01:20 PM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: Makes season debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bickford (undisclosed) made his season debut Monday in a game with High-A Carolina. He recorded one out while allowing two earned runs.

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.

February 21, 2018 03:48 PM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: No limitations this spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bickford is pitching without any limitations this spring, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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.

August 20, 2017 09:36 AM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: Pitching in AZL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bickford has a 3.12 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and eight strikeouts in 8.2 innings in the Arizona League.

He is not officially on a rehab assignment, as the Brewers are keeping Bickford in Arizona to work on some things. This is amounting to a lost season for the 22-year-old righty, who missed the first 50 games serving a suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse and then missed more time with a broken hand. After walking seven in his first three outings (5.2 innings), he only walked one while striking out three over three innings in his last start, so he is trending in the right direction.

July 16, 2017 09:12 PM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: Throws bullpen this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bickford (hand) tossed a bullpen earlier this week but is still weeks away from returning to action,'s Adam McCalvy reports.

Bickford has been out since the end of last year. He was handed a 50-game suspension in December for testing positive for a drug of abuse and broke his hand this past May. The right-hander will likely remain on the shelf until the beginning of August, barring any setbacks.

May 4, 2017 02:44 PM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: Has surgery for broken hand
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Bickford, who is serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse twice, suffered the injury in extended spring training when he was hit by a comebacker. He is expected to serve out the rest of his suspension and then head to the disabled list, making him eligible to play once he is healthy.

December 9, 2016 05:10 PM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: Suspended 50 games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Bickford also tested positive for marijuana prior to the 2015 draft, so the penalty increased to 50 games now that he committed his second offense. Formerly one of the Giants' top prospects, the right-hander wasn't nearly as dominant in five starts in the Brewers system as he was during his time in the Giants organization, and this situation only erodes his prospect shine a bit more. There's no denying his strong ability to strike batters out (10.1 K/9 last season), but his makeup will need to improve if he wants to remain in high standing with the Brewers.

August 1, 2016 04:52 PM
Brewers' Phil Bickford: Traded to Brewers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Bickford, one of the Giants' top prospects and the 18th pick in the 2015 draft, has had a fantastic season, posting a 2.71 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 93 innings between Low-A and High-A. He'll now become the Brewers' top prospect. He pitched an inning in the Futures game for the USA team, striking out two batters. Andrew Susac was also acquired by the Brewers in the deal.

June 24, 2016 03:40 PM
Giants' Phil Bickford: Strikes out 13 in High-A debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bickford, 20, fanned 13 batters in six innings in his debut for High-A San Jose on Sunday. The 6-foot-4 righty allowed two earned runs on two hits. He did not walk anybody.

Bickford saw little resistance at Low-A prior to being promoted. He notched a 2.70 ERA and 69:15 K:BB in 60 innings. Opposing batters hit just .220 against him. With massive strikeout potential, Bickford is certainly worth a stash in deeper keeper leagues.

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2015R-Azl Giants 22.110100010326132.040.860
2016AFA-San Jose Giants 33.06612203612212.731.000
2016AFA-Brevard County Manat 27.06502103015263.671.518
2016AFX-Augusta GreenJackets 60.0111113406915492.701.067
2017R-AZL Brewers 17.06501001610142.121.412
2018AFA-Carolina Mudcats 34.221000004118374.741.608
2019AFA-Carolina Mudcats 32.220003015311232.521.056

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