Surkamp impressed with how ex-teammate Lincecum has developed

Surkamp impressed with how ex-teammate Lincecum has developed
June 26, 2014, 8:30 pm
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TORONTO — Eric Surkamp was in the San Francisco Giants organization with Tim Lincecum for six seasons.

The newest White Sox pitcher said he’s impressed by how Big Time Timmy Jim has evolved over the years. A two-time Cy Young winner, Lincecum threw his second no-hitter on Wednesday. Though he didn’t see it live, Surkamp is impressed by the way Lincecum has matured.

“He has kind of developed himself into a different type of pitcher,” Surkamp said. “He doesn’t have the fastball any more, but his changeup and everything is just as good. I think he more so now doesn’t rely on just his stuff, he knows how to pitch a little bit more.”

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A sixth-round draft choice in 2008, Surkamp played in the Giants organization until last season. He started seven games for San Francisco at the big league level so he’s quite familiar with Lincecum, who won the NL Cy Young in 2008 and 2009.

“There’s a lot of talk that his stuff is not there any more,” Surkamp said. “But you watch that game yesterday and he’s got great stuff, his changeup and everything like that.”