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.