Comments on: Is Jeff Locke Starting to Figure Things Out? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/is-jeff-locke-starting-to-figure-things-out.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/is-jeff-locke-starting-to-figure-things-out.html#comment-26811 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:16:18 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51865#comment-26811 We cannot put a stat on the simple fact that he is watching two highly successful and totally professional pitchers – how they go about their business, how they handle themselves in the dugout and the clubhouse, how they prepare, right on down to how they do their bullpens on off-days. , and those two guys along with Grilli, and Martin who is a veteran but still only 30, and has a whole lot of little boy in him.. I hope that we have a chance to get Gerrit Cole up to experience the same thing that will help them mature.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/is-jeff-locke-starting-to-figure-things-out.html#comment-26808 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:14:33 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51865#comment-26808 I’ve been rooting for Locke for some time.
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I hope he keeps it up.
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A low 90s FB is nothing to sneeze at either, unlike Maholm’s and Duke’s upper 80s slow balls.
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By: reddfoxx39 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/is-jeff-locke-starting-to-figure-things-out.html#comment-26806 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:40:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51865#comment-26806 Locke Ness Monster!

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By: kelso http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/is-jeff-locke-starting-to-figure-things-out.html#comment-26805 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:28:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51865#comment-26805 Yeah he was definitely on and had those low corners picked

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By: kelso http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/is-jeff-locke-starting-to-figure-things-out.html#comment-26804 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:25:48 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51865#comment-26804 Nice analysis. Watching the game yesterday it seemed to me like the difference between now and earlier in the season is a much better command. Locke was really picking some corners of the strike zone and repeating it with consistency. He looked awesome yesterday

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By: Jeff Brooks http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/is-jeff-locke-starting-to-figure-things-out.html#comment-26803 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:20:14 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51865#comment-26803 A couple weeks ago, I called Locke a 4A pitcher. It’s still a small sample size, but I’m happy to eat crow on this one so far and hope to do so the entire season and beyond.

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By: Joe Sweetnich http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/is-jeff-locke-starting-to-figure-things-out.html#comment-26802 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:53:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51865#comment-26802 If you watched yesterday’s game closely it was very evident that Locke was Greg Maddox like, meaning that nothing was up in the zone and almost nothing was middle of the plate. He consistently hit the outside corner at the knees.

xFIP or whatever you want to quote does not factor in outside corner at the knees with arm side run. Outside corner at the knees with arm side run results in 13 straight shutout innings. Locke did not have that until his last two starts. Continued command WILL result in strong outcomes regardless of what xFIP says.

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By: Blue Bomber http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/is-jeff-locke-starting-to-figure-things-out.html#comment-26800 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:44:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51865#comment-26800 I think working inside is something that Locke will need to do, but yesterday he was working low and away. As we saw with Duke and Maholm for years, this is something that it difficult to do consistently. On a positive note, this was by far the best control he has had all year.

http://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfxg.aspx?playerid=2929&position=P&season=2013&date=2013-04-28&dh=0

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By: ianmonk http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/is-jeff-locke-starting-to-figure-things-out.html#comment-26798 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:32:33 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51865#comment-26798 I loved what I saw yesterday. He figured out the strike zone and then gradually expanded it throughout the game. Now we need to see him pitch through some adversity again to really see what he has learned. Hopefully the confidence from the last 2 games will do wonders from here on out.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/is-jeff-locke-starting-to-figure-things-out.html#comment-26797 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:29:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51865#comment-26797 I don’t see any better stuff from Wandy and he is a least a 3, I do agree that Locke could be a 4, but that depends on the staff that he is on.
Since JMac has lost his fast ball, I would put Locke ahead of him on this staff and move Wandy up to 1 or 2. On a Philly staff, he is probably a 4.
As far as his poor starts are concerned, a lot of pitchers are slow starters and some are fast starters that fizzle out. I believe after seeing Locke in St and seeing him now that he has built up his arm strength and his fastball is moving better than it was. He is also much more efficient.
Don’t forget Locke was pitcher of the year in this organization last year and I think there were pitchers like Cole and Taillon in it.
Unfortunately Locke is still going to have his ups and downs and since he already gets very little credit for winning a lot more criticism for lack of stuff, I think he is going to be looked at as a Kevin Corriea and I think Kevin showed the Pirates last year when the rest of the staff fell apart he was still efficient, the Twins sure like him.

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