Brewers nab Giants' top prospect Bickford

Milwaukee acquires righty, catcher Susac in deal for reliever Smith

Phil Bickford has 105 strikeouts in 93 innings across two levels this season. (Ben Sandstrom/MiLB.com)

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com | August 1, 2016 4:05 PM

The Brewers acquired Giants No. 1 prospect Phil Bickford and Triple-A catcher Andrew Susac on Monday in a deal that will send lefty reliever Will Smith to San Francisco, according to reports.

Bickford, a 21-year-old right-hander, will head to Milwaukee in the trade-deadline swap that was first reported by Yahoo's Jeff Passan. Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area confirmed the deal later on Monday.

Bickford is the latest No. 1 prospect to get shipped in the past week, following former Cubs top prospect Gleyber Torres and Indians No. 1 Clint Frazier each going to the Yankees. Bickford, the Giants' 2015 first-round pick, is 5-6 with a 2.71 ERA in 17 starts this season for Class A Advanced San Jose and Class A Augusta. He has 105 strikeouts and 27 walks in 93 innings, has tossed a pair of complete games and is holding batters to a .208 average in his first full season.

The 6-foot-4 College of Southern Nevada product was a South Atlantic League All-Star this year before the Giants promoted him June 17.

Susac, 26, was ranked as high as No. 3 among Giants prospects in 2014 but was limited by injuries last year, appearing in 64 games across three levels, including 52 in the Majors. He's played primarily for Triple-A Sacramento this year and is hitting .277 with eight homers, 38 RBIs and a .347 on-base percentage in 61 games across two levels of the Minors.

Smith, 27, was 1-3 with a 3.68 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 22 innings this year with the Brewers. He has two more years of arbitration remaining and fills a hole in the Giants' bullpen following Josh Osich's trip to the disabled list.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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