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Baseball: The stunning stat about pitcher Phil Bickford

April 1, 2013 |  9:13 am

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