SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The San Francisco Giants have signed right-handed pitcher Phil Bickford, their first round selection (18th overall) in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, the club announced today.
The 2015 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist posted a 9-1 record with a 1.45 ERA (14er, 86.2ip) in 16 starts this season at College of Southern Nevada. Bickford struck out 166 batters compared to just 21 walks in 86.2 innings of work. He recorded 10-or-more strikeouts in eight of his 16 starts.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder was impressive during the 2014 summer in the Cape Cod League, as he allowed just two runs and struck out 44 batters in 27.2 innings of work. Bickford received the Russ Ford Award, as the most outstanding relief pitcher and the Robert A. McNeese Award, as the league's top prospect.
During his Freshman year at Cal State Fullerton, Bickford posted a 6-3 record with a 2.13 ERA in 20 games (10 starts). He held opponents to a .232 batting average against and struck out 74 batters in 76.0 innings of work. His 8.76 strikeouts per nine innings ranked fourth in the Big West in 2014.
Bickford was also selected by the Toronto Blue Jays as the 10th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign.
Bickford will be available Sunday to the media in the Giants Dugout at 11:45 a.m.