Analysis

Jeff Locke’s Success is Real, Thanks to His Drastically Improved Control

Jeff Locke’s Success is Real, Thanks to His Drastically Improved Control

It was almost one year ago that Jeff Locke found himself with the best players in the game in New York after a dominant first half of the season. However, the southpaw found himself on the opposite end of the spectrum, in Bradenton toward the beginning of this season.

There is no secret what led to Locke’s downfall last season. Before the break last season, Locke walked 47 hitters in 109 innings. Following the midseason classic, he allowed 37 walks in almost half as many innings – 57.  After enduring the struggles in the second half last year and working his way back, Locke thinks that he may have pinpointed his issues and improved upon them.

“Last year, I really focused on trying not to let guys score,” Locke said. “I didn’t care if I walked them or give up a hit. There are so many times that I could have prevented a guy from scoring in games where I would go six innings with two or three hits, but six walks. They still count the same. Guys are still on base and you are pitching...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a member, you can log in below.

Analysis

Ryan joined Pirates Prospects as the Indianapolis Triple-A writer in 2014. Prior to joining Pirates Prospects, Ryan covered high school, college and professional sports in the Indianapolis area. For more updates throughout the season, follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanpalencer.

More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Gift Ngoepe’s Promotion Was a Long Time Coming

Sean McCoolJuly 1, 2015
Kevin Kramer June 21, 2015 Game 2

Pirates Second Round Pick Kevin Kramer is Disciplined and Evolving

Jamey ConlinJune 30, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Now That He’s Healthy, John Holdzkom is Back on the Pirates Radar

Ryan PalencerJune 30, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Struggles Against Left-Handers Continue

Nate BarnesJune 29, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Potential is There for Jose Osuna

Sean McCoolJune 29, 2015
Jaff Decker 2

Why Gorkys and Lombardozzi Over Decker and a Taillon Update

Tim WilliamsJune 28, 2015

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects