Phil Bickford MLB Draft Prospect 2015 Profile

Phil Bickford

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Phil Bickford MLB Draft Prospect
Draft Expectation: First Round 2015
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INFO:
School: Year: Sophmore
Position-RHP
School-CC of Southern Nevada
Birthday-7/10/1995
Bats/Throws-Bats-R/Throws-R
Height/Weight-6’4″/205 lbs
Previously Drafted: 2013, 1st round (10th) – Toronto Blue Jays
Photo courtesy of milb.com

Phil Bickford Scouting Report:
Bickford was a standout high school pitcher that was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft. The Jays fell in love with his overpowering fastball, clean mechanics. At 6’4″, 205lbs he’s got the build of a work horse starter in the bigs. He ended up not signing with the Jays. Despite a straight answer, no one seems to know the true reason. Was it money or the behavior of Bickford that spurred them? Regardless, Bickford and the Jays moved on and he began his college career with Cal-State Fullerton in 2014. He posted decent numbers at Cal-State Fullerton, nothing what most on-lookers would have expected from a first-round draft pick. After the college season he played for the prestigious Cape Cod league and was named the best prospect. Perhaps this gave him a shock of confidence or boosted his ego. One way or the other he promptly transferred to Southern Nevada so he would become eligible for the 2015 MLB Draft. The same JUCO that Bryce Harper went to.

So what does he look like now? His fastball is still overpowering hitters, last checked he had over 100K’s in just over 50 innings of work. His off-speed pitches have also improved showing the promise that the Blue Jays saw in him. He absolutely fills the up strikezone and has a repeatable delivery. His command and control will never be in question as long as he can continue to repeat his delivery. Will he be another top 10 pick? There is a pretty good chance that will happen. Phil Bickford was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round, 18th overall. Bickford signed his pro contract on June 28th for $2.338 million dollars. Which was the recommended slot value for his draft position.

Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55

Phil Bickford 2014 Season Stats: 20G/10GS – 6W/3L -2.13ERA- 74K – 76IP – 66H – 25R/18ER – 13BB – .232 Opp. Avg.  (at Cal-State Fullerton)

Highlights:
2015:
Handled Arizona Western, allowing just 1 earned run over 4.2 innings pitched with 8Ks.
Struck out 10 against South Mountain on 2/7 over 5.2 innings.
Allowed just two hits over 5 innings while striking out 13 against Southern Idaho on 2/13
Struck out 15  over six no-hit innings versus Utah State Eastern on 3/5.
Followed up his 15K performance with a 12 strikeout showing on 3/14 vs. Salt Lake City.
Held Colorado Western to just 2 hits over 4 innings with 7 strike outs on 4/3
Posted four no-hit innings with nine strikeouts against Utah State Eastern on 4/10, ultimately Southern Nevada tossed a no-hitter and lost.
2014:
Made 10 starts, 20 total outings for Cal-State Fullerton.
Opponents his a paltry .232 off of Bickford.
Was masterful against Big West opponents posting a 2.20ERA with 11Ks in 16.1 innings over five outings.
Posted his first career win against #9 Oregon on 3/2 while striking out seven in just 2.2 innings of work.
Posted a then career high with nine strikeouts on Mar. 29 at Wichita State.
About Phil Bickford:
Former First Rounder Bickford Solid in Debut by Fan Graphs.
Bickford Part of a No-No and…. Loses via Las Vegas Review Journal.
Bickford Heads to Reno writes Reno Gazette Journal.
Sitting Down with Phil Bickford via College of Southern Nevada.
Bickford Ends Career at Cal-State Fullerton writes Daily Titan.
Bickford the Rare Exception writes The Cape Code League
CSN pitcher Phil Bickford has big league talent writes Las Vegas Review Journal
Bickford Puts on a Show in front of a host of Scouts writes Carson Now.org
First Rounder Bickford Signs Contract with SF Giants writes San Jose Mercury News