Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Rudy Owens, and Justin Wilson earned the group name "The Altoona Four" after all four pitchers put up strong numbers at the Double-A level in 2010. All four pitchers were expected to move up at some point in 2011. That point came at the start of the year for Owens and Wilson. It came later in the year for Locke. It didn't come until 2012 for Morris.

The results in 2011 were the exact opposite of 2010 for most of the pitchers. Owens struggled in Triple-A, with a 5.05 ERA in 112.1 innings, along with a 5.7 K/9 and a 2.6 BB/9 ratio. Wilson also struggled, and was eventually moved to the bullpen. The struggles from Wilson mostly came with a lack of control, with the left-hander posting a 4.8 BB/9 ratio.

Morris and Locke started the year back in Altoona. Morris w...

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