Baseball: The stunning stat about pitcher Phil Bickford
There's nothing unusual about the velocity of pitcher Phil Bickford of Westlake Village Oaks Christian. He's throwing in the middle 90s, which is very good and has been seen before from a high school pitcher.
But what's rare about Bickford is his control. He's throwing strikes while touching 97 mph.
He has not walked a single batter in his last four appearances over a 19-inning stretch.
He has four walks and 55 strikeouts in 32 innings this season. He's 3-1 with a 1.09 ERA.
Oaks Christian is playing this week in the Boras Classic. Since Bickford pitched on Saturday, he's not expected to pitch again until Thursday or Friday.
-- Eric Sondheimer