Baseball America ranked him as the Giants ninth best prospect.
A finesse rather than a power pitcher, the Washington Post has described Surkamp as having "a curveball, change-up and slider that make his 87-90 mph fastball look faster."
In 2010 Bleacher Report wrote this about Surkamp:
Surkamp should at least be as good as the Angels' Joe Saunders, and with more potential strikeout ability, he may be even better than that. He could develop into a No. 2 quality starter, although it's more likely he'll be a strong mid-rotation presence.As the Giants farm system is not that strong — The Hardball Times — ranks them 26th (the bottom five), the Giants will have to sweeten the pot with a combination of quality and quantity. Interestingly, they ranked Surkamp #4, a ranking his performance this system seems to justify.
Surkamp's 2011 stats