Jeff Locke Promoted to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted pitching prospect Jeff Locke from Bradenton to Altoona.  Locke tweeted a message saying he was headed North earlier tonight, and after an inquiry on the message, I received confirmation that Locke had been promoted to Altoona.

Locke had a 3.54 ERA in 86.1 innings in Bradenton this year, with an 8.7 K/9 and a 1.5 BB/9 ratio.  This was a big improvement over his 4.59 ERA in 127.1 innings in high-A last year, with a 7.0 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9.  Locke joins Bryan Morris, Rudy Owens, and Justin Wilson in the AA rotation, and all four players could have a shot at the majors as soon as June 2011, depending on performance in AA and AAA.

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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