Jeff Locke Promoted to AAA

Left handed pitching prospect Jeff Locke has been promoted to AAA by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  So far this season, Locke has a 4.03 ERA in 125 innings, along with an 8.2 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9 ratio.  Locke had a nice start on Wednesday, pitching 5.2 shutout innings, while striking out six.  In his last five starts, the 23 year old has allowed seven earned runs in 30.2 innings, along with a 22:8 K/BB ratio.  This will be Locke’s...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Jeff Locke

Last night, Jeff Locke had a very notable outing, going eight innings, and allowing two runs on three hits, needing just 81 pitches to pull off the accomplishment.  However, the start wasn’t notable for Locke’s stat line.  It was notable because it was the first time all year that Locke has gone longer than six innings.  And it’s not just this year.  This was the first time in Locke’s career that he’s...

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Prospect Primer for Trade Partners – Starting Pitchers

The first in a series of 3 articles will present trade chips for potential trading partners with the Pirates. This article will focus on Starting Pitcher prospects in the full-season leagues.

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Altoona Sends Five to All-Star Game

The Altoona Curve will be sending five players to the Eastern League All-Star game this year.  The five players that were selected are Jeremy Farrell, Brock Holt, Jeff Locke, Starling Marte, and Aaron Pribanic. Farrell has a .285 average with five homers in 2011.  He was named to the 2010 Florida State League All-Star team, and the 2008 New York-Penn League All-Star team. Holt has a .289 average, along with a team leading six triples....

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The Altoona Four: What Has Happened?

When the season ended last year, Altoona had what many Pirates fans considered a strong rotation full of four prospects who would all start the year for Indianapolis in 2011. It looked as if at this point in the season, we would be making decisions on where at least two pitchers would fit into our major league rotation, with the other two possibly not far behind. A not so funny thing happened on the way to that point. Rudy Owens,...

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