Today I wanted to give some scouting reports on a half-dozen of the higher-profile MLB debuts this month of prospects who never made any of my top 100 rankings:
Surkamp made his major league debut Saturday against Houston, whose lineup probably reminded him of the ones he faced all year in the Eastern League. A sixth-round pick in 2008 from N.C. State, Surkamp is a finesse lefty who uses a ton of off-speed stuff to get hitters out in spite of a below-average fastball. He was mostly 86-88 mph Saturday without much life on the pitch, and I expect him to be a real fly-ball pitcher going forward unless he switches to a two-seamer or otherwise finds a way to get some downward movement on it. His out pitch is his mid- to upper-70s curveball with some two-plane break; he has plus command of the pitch, and it's hard relative to the fastball. He'll flash a show-me changeup but is more likely to go to the curveball in changeup counts. It's hard for me to see Surkamp as anything more than a fifth starter in a neutral park, but pitching for San Francisco in a division with two other friendly parks could help him look better than that.