The San Francisco Giants love their homegrown talent. It is a rarity when they trade any of them away. Last July, The Giants did in fact trade away Phil Bickford to get relief help that was much needed.
It was thought that the San Francisco Giants gave up way too much for their return in the “Will Smith” deal at the dealine. Now it looks like they knew exactly what they were doing.
Earlier today, it was reported that Brewers prospect Phil Bickford has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse for a second time. His other time came before the draft in 2015 where he reportedly tested positive for marijuana.
The San Francisco Giants drafted Bickford in the first round (18th overall) of the 2015 draft. With high hopes for this touted prospect, Bickford was on the fast track to the big leagues having been seen at the High-A level San Jose Giants in early 2016. There he made 6 starts posting a 2.73 ERA with 33 innings of work.
Then came the July trading deadline, where General Manager Bobby Evans was trying to trade for relief help. He made the tough decision to trade Phil Bickford alongside fan-favorite Andrew Susac to the Milwaukee Brewers in return for lefty Will Smith.
Since Bickford ,21, is not on the Brewers 40-man roster this suspension does not affect the organizations plans but it does offer a setback. Milwaukee has to see this suspension as disappointing coming from one of their top prospects who they believe will wear the big league uniform one day. Being so young, the maturity might not be there yet but, the potential sure is.
At first, it seemed the Giants made a bad trade. Now, a few months later, it looks like they won this trade.