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What Has Jeff Locke Been Working on Since We Last Saw Him?

What Has Jeff Locke Been Working on Since We Last Saw Him?

Jeff Locke got the call to the majors today, although it doesn't look like he will be replacing Kevin Correia in the rotation, which is disappointing. We saw Locke in the majors last September, when he put up a 6.48 ERA in 16.2 innings over four starts, along with a 5:10 K/BB ratio.

I talked with Locke at the end of Spring Training about some of the adjustments he was making since his call to the majors. In this notebook at the end of Spring Training, I noted that Locke was adding a Ted Lilly-esque type turn to his delivery. The turn is a bit extreme, to the point where Locke's back is completely to home plate in his wind up.

I caught up with Locke a few weeks ago in Durham to see his progress with the new change. He noted that the turn has added some deception to his delivery, which has complimented his other pitches well.

Locke has put up some good numbers this year in Triple-A. He has a 3.02 ERA in 47.2 innings, with a 36:10 K/BB ratio. His 1.9 BB/9 ratio this year is down from t...

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