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Giants to call up prospect Eric Surkamp for start tonight against Astros

Aug 27, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

Eric Surkamp

According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants will call up prospect left-hander Eric Surkamp to make his major league debut tonight against the Astros.

Jonathan Sanchez and Barry Zito are both sidelined with ankle sprains and Dan Runzler gave up four runs on three hits and three walks over 1 2/3 innings in his first major league start last Sunday against the Astros, so Surkamp will be asked to serve as the fifth starter for the time being.

Surkamp, 24, has improved his stock this season by posting a 2.02 ERA and 165/44 K/BB ratio over 142 1/3 innings with Double-A Richmond. He has averaged 10.7 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 over parts of four seasons in the minor leagues. The 2008 sixth-round pick isn’t a hard thrower, but his changeup and curveball are considered plus-pitches.

  1. mvpolamalu - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    I guess they didn’t think he was quite ready for the majors, so they started him against Astros!

  2. deathleprchaun - Aug 27, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Seen him pitch in AA a few times this year. I dont think ive seen him hit 90 on the radar but he causes a lot of swing and misses.

  3. goawaydog - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Like Reuter he has a slow fastball but great placement and control of his pitches. Looks like he has Reuters ears too, might be the return of Woody?

  4. mjay424 - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Surkamp sounds like a pitcher, not a thrower. He knows what he is doing. That means he has a chance at success. The key will be adjusting to better hitters, who will be less forgiving of his mistakes a lack of a plus-fastball.

    The Giants just know how to find and develop pitching.

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  5. granted42 - Aug 27, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Another crafty left-hander is born!!!!!

  6. garlicfriesandbaseball - Aug 27, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Evidently it’s his wicked curve ball that’s causing all the grief for the batters. So says Brandon Belt who was Surkamp’s teammate in AA San Jose. I’m crossing my fingers and toes …..the poor kid has a 50% chance of hitting the DL in his first 16 days with the Giants this year. Just saying, it’s been a rough year.

    • fat4jc - Aug 28, 2011 at 12:42 AM

      Just to be a jerk, I’d like to point out that San Jose is the AAA affiliate of the Giants. Their AA affiliate is in Richmond, VA.

      • seeingwhatsticks - Aug 28, 2011 at 2:10 AM

        Just to be an even bigger jerk, the Giants AAA affiliate is Fresno. San Jose is their A+ affiliate.

      • fat4jc - Aug 29, 2011 at 12:40 AM

        good call. I actually live in Richmond, thus the reason I knew that. Does it make sense for a California team to have a AA team in Richmond? Nope. I don’t mind though.

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