6'4, 185 pounds
17 years old (18 on July 10)
Westlake Village, Calif.
Oaks Christian High School
Baseball America: 20
MLB Draft Insider: 34
Minor League Ball: 46
Perfect Game: 44
Bickford is a projectable right-handed pitcher from Oaks Christian High School. There's a lot of tape on the kid and, despite a somewhat unorthodox delivery, has some of the best stuff of any prep pitcher in this draft.
Bickford has a low-90s fastball that's touched 95-96 MPH in some starts. Some have said it's a potential 70 pitch at it's pinnacle. It has the ability to be a plus-plus pitch.
His off-speed pitches leave a lot to be desired. His curveball isn't as tight as it needs to and is currently a below-average pitch. That, unfortunately, is his best breaking pitch. He also has a slider and changeup that aren't close to average.
His arm slot is a true 3/4 and he hides the ball well, which offers deception.
Bickford is committed to California State University, Fullerton, but he's signable.
Being a local guy could play into his favor with the Dodgers. He's an athletic, projectable prep pitcher, which is exaclty what the Dodgers like,
Bickford is No. 4 on my big board and would be a nice selection. He's definitely a higher ceiling guy than Hunter Harvey, and I like guy with boom potential.