The right-hander racked up 10 or more strikeouts in half of his starts this year.
Bickford received the Russ Ford Award as the most outstanding relief pitcher in the Cape Cod League and the Robert A. McNeese Award for the league's top prospect.
The 19-year-old allowed two runs in 27 2/3 innings while striking out 44 batters in the Cape Cod League last summer.
Oliver Macklin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.