The San Francisco Giants acquired a left-handed reliever just before the trade deadline.
The Giants Get
Will Smith, Pitcher
Smith is a 27-year-old left-handed relief pitcher in his 5th season. He made his debut with the Royals in 2012, but he really came onto the scene when he joined the Brewers in 2014.
Smith led the league with 78 appearances in 2014 and had another 76 in 2015. He had a freak injury after a Spring Training game this season, tearing a ligament in his knee while taking off his shoe. Smith chose not to have surgery and was able to rehab and return to action on June 2.
Smith is a strikeout pitcher that has 301 in his career in just 274 innings. He has been even better in his 3 seasons as a Brewer, with 199 strikeouts in 151 innings.
The Brewers Get
Phil Bickford, Pitcher
Bickford is a 21-year-old starting pitcher that was the 18th overall pick in the 2015 draft. He was the top prospect in the Giants system.
Bickford has a four seam fastball that hits 98 mph and a two seam fastball that has some sink to it. He is working on consistency with his slider and has started to develop a changeup.
Bickford has adjusted well to professional baseball. He played at the Rookie level last season, bumped up to Single A to start the season and has since been promoted to Advanced A. Bickford has a 2.58 ERA in his first 2 seasons with 137 strikeouts in 115.1 innings pitched.
Andrew Susac, Catcher
Susac is a 26-year-old catcher that was a 2nd round pick by the Giants in the 2011 draft. He is a Major League ready catcher that has actually played 87 games at the big league level.
Susac is hitting .273 with 8 home runs, 12 doubles, and 36 RBI at AAA Sacramento this season. He has thrown out 34% of potential base stealers in 5 minor league seasons to go along with a .988 fielding percentage.
If the Brewers trade Jonathan Lucroy, Susac is ready to join the big league club.