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Brewers pick up pitcher, catcher in exchange for LHP Will Smith

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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Monday, August 1st that they acquired right-handed pitcher Phil Bickford and catcher Andrew Susac from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for left-handed pitcher Will Smith.

Brewers officials say 21-year-old Bickford was selected by San Francisco in the first round (18th overall) of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. He entered the 2016 season ranked by Baseball America as the third-best prospect in the Giants organization. He is currently ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the top prospect in their organization (65th overall in baseball), and appeared in this year’s All-Star Futures Game in San Diego.

Bickford this season went a combined 5-6 with a 2.71 ERA in 17 starts between Class-A Augusta (11gs, 3-4, 2.70era) and Class-A San Jose (6gs, 2-2, 2.73era). He has held opponents to a .208 batting average (70-for-336, 5hr) with 105 strikeouts in 93.0 innings pitched. He made his professional debut last season, going 0-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 10 starts with the Rookie Arizona Giants. He produced 32 strikeouts in just 22.1 innings pitched as he held opponents to a .169 batting average (13-for-77, 0hr).

26-year-old Susac was batting .273 (57-for-209) with 8 HR and 36 RBI in 58 games at Triple-A Sacramento this season. He has Major League experience with the Giants, batting .240 (53-for-221) with 6 HR and 33 RBI in 87 games from 2014-15. Selected by San Francisco in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Susac was a member of the 2014 world champion Giants.

DENVER, CO - JUNE 22: Relief pitcher Will Smith #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 22, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Brewers defeated the Rockies 6-5. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DENVER, CO – JUNE 22: Relief pitcher Will Smith #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 22, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Brewers defeated the Rockies 6-5. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Brewers news release indicates Smith, 27, was acquired by Milwaukee from Kansas City on December 5, 2013 in exchange for outfielder Norichika Aoki. He went 9-8 with a 3.28 ERA and 1 save in 181 relief appearances as a Brewer, including 1-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 27 outings this season.

Smith is 1-3 with a 3.68 ERA this season in 27 games and 22 innings.

2 comments

  • Clinton

    Keep acquiring more prospects/suspects to rebuild the team stearns. How many suspects do you have to acquire to produce enough players that can actually play and produce at the major league level??? Why would the schmuck stearns want to trade one of the best catchers in the league (Jonathan Lucroy) who surely has 5-7 more solid major league seasons left to give to the team when the Brewers are 3 seasons or so away from playoff contention under his rebuilding plan??? Then he was going to acquire another shortstop in that deal for Lucroy when they already have Jonathan Villar performing at a high level in the Majors and top prospect Orlando Arcia at AAA Colorado??? Trying to trade Lucroy just for the sake of making a trade because he can’t trade Braun the one who should have been traded long ago. Just plain stupidity. I get the feeling Milwaukee fans will be waiting many many more years for a contending team.

  • Paul

    The Brewers are run by idiots. They want people to pay major league prices to see a Single A team play at Miller Park. Until the absentee owner shows up to put a winning team on the field, the Brewers should play their games in Appleton. The stadium we NEEDED to attract and help pay for top talent is now a place where people waste their money watching lousy players. Just use it for concerts and eliminate the tax since it not used to pay decent talent.

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