Phil Bickford

Phillip Roger Bickford (born July 10, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in MLB for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Phil Bickford
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 52
Pitcher
Born: (1995-07-10) July 10, 1995
Ventura, California
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2020, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Win–loss record6–3
Earned run average4.13
Strikeouts128
Teams

Amateur career

Bickford attended Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California.[1][2] He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays 10th overall in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft[3] but did not sign with the team.[4] He attended California State University, Fullerton for his freshman year. After his freshman season in 2014, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League, where he posted a 1.63 earned run average with 44 strikeouts over 27.2 innings pitched,[5] helped lead the Red Sox to the league championship,[6] and was named the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect.[7] Prior to his sophomore year, he transferred to the College of Southern Nevada in order to be eligible for the 2015 draft. He was selected by the San Francisco Giants as the 18th overall pick in that draft.

Professional career

San Francisco Giants

Bickford signed with the Giants for $2,333,800[8] and was assigned to the AZL Giants, where he spent the whole season, pitching to a 0-1 record and 2.01 ERA in ten games started. He began the 2016 season with the Augusta GreenJackets and was promoted to the San Jose Giants in June.

Milwaukee Brewers

On August 1, 2016, the Giants traded Bickford and Andrew Susac to the Milwaukee Brewers for Will Smith.[9] Milwaukee assigned him to the Brevard County Manatees where he finished the season. In 23 total games (22 started) between Augusta, San Jose and Brevard County, Bickford posted a 7-7 record and 2.93 ERA as well as striking out 135 batters in 120 combined innings between the three clubs. He pitched only 17 innings in 2017 (with the AZL Brewers) due to a 50 game suspension for testing positive for banned substances and a broken hand.[10][11] Bickford spent 2018 and 2019 with the Advanced Single-A Carolina Mudcats. Over 21 games in 2018 he carried a 4.60 ERA and turned it into a 2.48 ERA over 20 games in 2019.[12]

On September 1, 2020, Bickford was selected to the major leagues for the first time and made his MLB debut that night.[13]

On April 28, 2021, Bickford was designated for assignment to clear roster space for the recently selected Zack Godley.[14] He had allowed two earned runs in one inning of work up to that point in the year.[15]

Los Angeles Dodgers

On May 3, 2021, Bickford was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers.[16] On June 10, Bickford picked up his first career save against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[17] On July 25, Bickford recorded his first career MLB win against the Colorado Rockies.[18] He pitched in 56 games for the Dodgers in 2021, posting a 4–2 record with a 2.50 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 50+13 innings.[15] Bickford pitched in three games in each of the 2021 NLDS and 2021 NLCS, he allowed four hits but no runs in six total innings.[15]

During the 2022 season, Bickford pitched in 60 games for the Dodgers, with a 2–1 record and 4.72 ERA.[15] On September 23, Albert Pujols hit his 700th career home run off of him.[19]

Personal

Bickford was born in Newbury Park, California. He has one brother and four sisters.[20]

References

  1. "Oaks Christian's Phil Bickford draws crowd when he's alone on mound". Los Angeles Times. April 26, 2013.
  2. "Oaks Christian's Phil Bickford could be a top-10 pick in baseball draft". Los Angeles Times. June 5, 2013.
  3. Schneier, Spencer (June 6, 2013). "Blue Jays select Phil Bickford at No. 10 overall". SBNation.com.
  4. "Blue Jays fail to sign top pick Phil Bickford". CBC.ca. July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  5. "Phil Bickford - Profile". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  6. "The Y-D Red Sox Win Cape League Championship". CCBL. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  7. "Y-D's Bickford CCBL's top pro prospect". Cape Cod Times. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  8. "Giants sign RHP Phil Bickford, their top pick in June draft". June 27, 2015.
  9. "Giants pay steep price, acquire reliever Will Smith from Brewers". San Jose Mercury News. August 1, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  10. "Phil Bickford Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  11. "Brewers prospect Bickford has hand surgery". MLB.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  12. "Phil Bickford Amateur, College & Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com.
  13. "Brewers Release Justin Grimm, Select Phil Bickford". MLB Trade Rumors.
  14. "Aguilar's 5th HR in 6 games leads Marlins over Brewers 6-2". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 28, 2021. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  15. "Phil Bickford Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  16. "Dodgers claim RHP Phil Bickford". MLB.com. May 3, 2021. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  17. "Betts homers, Urias picks up 9th win as Dodgers top Pirates". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 10, 2021. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  18. "Smith, Taylor power short-handed Dodgers past Rockies, 3-2". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 25, 2021. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  19. Stephen, Eric (September 23, 2022). "Albert Pujols hits 700th home run in rout of Dodgers, who have pitching depth concerns". SB Nation. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  20. "Phil Bickford (player bio)". Cal State Fullerton Athletics. 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
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