Ricky Surum was taken in the 16th round by the Yankees in the 2017 Draft out of Mount Olive (N.C.). Surum posted an impressive final season in college with the bat, ending the season with a 1.106 OPS.
He has seen a quick rise through the Yankees minor league system so far due to some injuries but has done well with the glove at all levels.
Surum began his career in the Gulf Coast League — where he showed off a good glove and strong on-base skills. Over the first 21 games, he posted a .259 AVG and a .366 OBP.
Despite his lack of pop, Surum was able to impress with his glove. He was able to play up the middle on both sides of the plate showing off some versatility.
Ricky Surum’s 2018 season consisted of him moving to almost every level of the Yankees farm system. He bounced around from Tampa to Trenton, before making his way to Scranton for 10 games.
Much of his movement had to do with depth and injuries at the higher levels, but Surum’s ability to draw walks and play consistent defense helped earn those promotions. Despite making it to AAA, Surum ended the season in Tampa where he worked on versatility in the field, trying his hand at third base.
Ricky Surum stands at 5’10, 170 lbs., making him a smaller build than a regular middle infielder. His batting stance has a slight bend in his knees and a wider base, allowing him to reach inside pitches easier. His swing is very long and takes a while to get through the zone, however, which may cause problems in the higher levels.
He grades as a plus defender with plus arm strength — allowing him to play up the middle. He can be somewhat of a liability with the bat — defensive ability and hustle are strongest traits.
Look for Surum to begin the year with the Tarpons barring injury concerns in the upper levels.