Is Jeff Locke Ready for AAA?

The Pittsburgh Pirates started Jeff Locke out in Altoona again this year, partially because he only pitched 57.2 innings at the level in 2010, and also to create room in the AAA rotation for guys like Sean Gallagher and Brian Burres, who could get the call to the majors in the event of an injury to the rotation early in the season. In 2010, Locke was impressive in Altoona, with a 3.59 ERA in 57.2 innings, spanning ten starts.  In that...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/8/11

DAILY SUMMARY Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke (4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Chris Snyder (3-for-3, R, 2B, HR, 6 RBI) Home Runs: Eric Fryer (1), Chris Snyder (1) INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Box Score Result: Columbus 3, Indianapolis 2 Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher (4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) Top Hitter: Matt Hague (3-for-4, RBI) Notes: Indianapolis lost to Columbus 3-2, after failing to capitalize on a...

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Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011

This is part three of a three part 2011 season preview.  The other two parts are below: 1. 19 Things to Watch For in 2011 2. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market 3. Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011 With the Pittsburgh Pirates focused on rebuilding through the minors, it’s a guarantee that every year we will see a new wave of top prospects arriving in the majors.  Last year’s wave was full of...

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The Trickle Down Effect From Morris and Locke

Last night I posted part one of my interview with Neal Huntington, and several times throughout the interview he mentioned how upper level decisions could trickle down and impact the placement of players in the lower levels.  On Monday, Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror reported that Jeff Locke and Bryan Morris are slated to return to Altoona for the start of the 2011 season, similar to what each player did at the start of the 2010...

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Pirates Cut Ten Players From Major League Camp

Locke was optioned to Altoona today. According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made ten cuts this morning, lowering their Spring Training roster to 44 players.  The Pirates cut Andrew Lambo, Daniel Moskos, Brian Friday, Aaron Thompson, Alex Presley, Chase D’Arnaud, Tony Watson, Jeff Locke, Gorkys Hernandez, and Ramon Aguero.  Lambo, Friday, and D’Arnaud were the only non-roster invitees. The only player...

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