Keith Law Dishes On Surkamp, Eovaldi, Martin, Marrero

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 27: Eric Surkamp #47 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Houston Astros at AT&T Park on August 27, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images)

This morning, ESPN's Keith Law wrote up some scouting reports on recently-promoted MLB players that failed to make his top-100 prospects list before the season. You'll have to get ESPN Insider in order to read the whole thing, which I highly recommend, but we've boiled down the key parts for you guys here. Keith is also one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter, as he's constantly responding to questions and comments, so follow him here if you aren't already.

  • Law doesn't view touted San Francisco Giants pitcher Eric Surkamp as anything more than a No. 5 starter, though he admits that pitching in their ballpark could enable him to perform at a higher level than that. Even as a back-of-the-rotation starter, Surkamp should have value, though; cheap No. 4 and No. 5 starters will help the Giants to retain pitchers like Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner.
  • In the opinion of Keith, Arizona's Wade Miley and Los Angeles' Nate Eovaldi aren't likely to be more than No. 3 and No. 4 starters, respectively.
  • Nationals first baseman Chris Marrero likely doesn't have the bat to play everyday, according to Law. Despite above-average power, he has poor bat speed and hasn't thrived against right-handed pitching for most of his minor league career.
  • Most talent evaluators are now skeptical as to whether Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin will be capable of hitting in the majors with his current swing mechanics. The Cuban import is an elite defender in center, but it'll be hard for him to be a regular if he's not hitting for average or power.
  • Law likes Royals catcher Salvador Perez as a potential regular behind the plate, thanks to a strong hit tool and quality defense. Keith doesn't think that Perez has the talent to become a star, but seems to be pretty optimistic about Perez sticking around for a while.
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