Locke led all Altoona starters with an 8.7 K/9 ratio in 2010.

When I was looking at the 2010 Altoona rotation for yesterday's preview of the 2011 Altoona starting pitchers, I noticed a trend.  Every one of the top starters at the level had a strong K/9 ratio, in the 8.0 range.  Rudy Owens was the only starter below an 8.0, with a 7.9 K/9 ratio.  Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, and Tony Watson each had an 8.5 K/9, while Jeff Locke led all starters with an 8.7 K/9.

A lot of expectations are placed on these starters, mostly due to the fact that they're the first wave of pitching prospects expected to reach the majors in this current rebuild.  However, the struggles of past top pitching prospects for the Pirates has some people worried that this group will be just another group of Zach Duke...

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