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49 Jeff Locke SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/195 | Birthdate: 11/20/1987 | Birthplace: North Conway, NH | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 28/15 | Average Draft Position: 228.76
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Pirates P Jeff Locke pitches 5 2/3 shutout innings in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke didn't allow an earned run in Tuesday night's 5-1 victory over the Marlins. 

Though Locke walked four batters, he did strike out six and only gave up four hits through 5 2/3 innings. This was the first time during the 2015 season that Locke didn't allow a run during a start. 

The game tied a season-low for hits allowed but also set a season-high for walks allowed. It also extended Pittsburgh's winning streak to five games in a row. 

"I think everyone wants to keep this going as long as we can," Locke said, via MLB.com. "If we bump in and don't come out on top, then we've got another one the next day. I think the clubhouse right now is in a great place and everybody's doing a great job."

Locke now holds a 4.70 ERA this season. His next start is projected for Sunday against the Padres. 


Pirates' Jeff Locke strikes out six in quality start vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke didn't factor into the decision on Wednesday after giving up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings while striking out six in his team's 4-3, 13-inning loss to the Twins.

Locke surrendered a three-run double in the first inning but was able to settle down and keep the Twins off the scoreboard over the remainder of his outing. He was even taken off the hook for the loss after Andrew McCutchen slugged a solo home run in the eighth.

Locke owns a 5.28 ERA and 36:16 K:BB ratio in 46 innings. He's in line to face the Marlins on Tuesday.


Pirates skipping Vance Worley in rotation this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) With a pair of off-days scheduled this week, the Pirates will skip Vance Worley's turn in the rotation, MLB.com reports.

Francisco Liriano and Jeff Locke will square off with the Twins during a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday before the team hosts the Mets for a three-game series this weekend. Worley is 2-3 with a 4.38 ERA and 23:14 K:BB ratio in 39 innings.


Pirates starter Jeff Locke lambasted at Wrigley Field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke will have no lock on a starting spot if he continues to pitch like he did Friday against the Cubs.

Locke, who was spared a loss when his team tied it in the ninth, allowed five runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts.

He was fine the first time through the lineup. But he yielded a three-run homer to Kris Bryant in the third and solo blast to Anthony Rizzo in the fourth before his merciful removal.

Locke has surrendered 21 runs in his last 26 innings pitched to send his ERA soaring from 1.93 to 5.40. Pittsburgh has two days off next week, which could result in him skipping a start or being removed from the rotation.


Pirates' Jeff Locke allows three runs in no-decision Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke didn't factor into the decision Sunday, giving up three earned runs on five hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

Locke made it through five scoreless innings and took a 2-0 lead into the sixth before serving up a two-run home run to tie the game. His offense retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth but Locke gave up a two-out double in the seventh and watched the runner score after a wild pitch and a single, which was to his final batter of the day.

Locke owns a 4.71 ERA and 26:11 K:BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Cubs in Chicago Friday.


Pirates starter Jeff Locke hammered by homers, suffers defeat


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Pirates starter Jeff Locke (2-2) gave up four runs on seven hits, two via the home run, in seven innings to take the loss against the Reds on Tuesday. 

Todd Frazier connected for a solo homer off Locke while Marlon Byrd added a two-run shot. 

After winning his first two starts of the season, Locke has now dropped two in a row.

"I don't think there's cause for concern or anybody stressing out or anything," Locke said. "It's still early ... There's no sense of urgency or anything like that. It's a long season."

Locke will look to return to form in his next start set for Sunday against the Cardinals.


Jeff Locke shelled in Pirates' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Pirates starter Jeff Locke suffered his first loss of the season, giving up six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings.

He allowed eight hits and walked three while striking out five. Locke fell to 2-1, with a 4.76 ERA. 

"The intent, everything's there. Just the execution of the pitch was not," Locke said, per MLB.com. "When the fastball was out over the plate, these guys were ready to hit it."

Locke next pitches on Tuesday against Cincinnati. 


Pirates LHP Locke not locked in, but gets no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Those who have watched Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke start fast and fade know that Locke is no lock to keep the good times going.

His latest start is indicative of his struggles to maintain consistency. After two strong outings, he surrendered four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings in a no-decision against the Cubs. He did strike out a season-high seven.

Locke's ERA jumped from 1.93 to 3.32 as he yielded a two-run triple to ninth hitter Elian Herrera in the second inning, RBI double to Addison Russell in the fourth and bases-loaded walk to Kris Bryant in the fifth. He had walked just one in 14 innings heading into the game.

He will try to zero back in on the strike zone Tuesday against the same Cubs, this time at Wrigley Field.


Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke throws eight innings in win Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke tossed eight innings Saturday, allowing just one run in Pittsburgh's 6-2 win over the Brewers Saturday.

Locke struggled in the first inning a bit where he allowed back-to-back singles to open the game. Then Jonathan Lucroy added a sacrifice fly to open the scoring. However, after the first, Locke controlled the game, allowing just two more hits in the final seven.

"His fastball command was good. He stood them up," manager Clint Hurdle said to MLB.com. "He used the glove side, mixed in a curve that played extremely well. And the changeup … Each (pitch) fed off the other."

He added six strikeouts and no walks to his totals and now boasts a 1.93 ERA. He will look to keep things rolling Thursday against the Cubs, where he has a good 1-1 record with a 3.81 ERA.


Jeff Locke goes six in Pirates' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Pirates starter Jeff Locke earned a win on Friday, going six innings in a 6-2 victory over the Brewers. 

Locke allowed two runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out two. Locke threw 90 pitches, 62 strikes. 

Locke pitches next on Wednesday, against Detroit and Alfredo Simon. 


Pirates name Jeff Locke to rotation, Vance Worley heads to bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Pirates named pitcher Jeff Locke as the fifth starter in the rotation Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Locke wasn't at his best this spring, giving up 10 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings while posting a 9:5 K:BB ratio, but he is still set to open the season in the rotation. He went 7-6 with a 3.91 ERA and 89:40 K:BB ratio in 131 1/3 innings in 2014.

Vance Worley, who was Locke's primary competition for the role, will head to the bullpen after allowing 10 earned runs in 17 innings while striking out 11 and walking one.

"With these two men … we wrestled all over with this, right down to their ages. And they're both 27," Hurdle said. per MLB.com. "Both worked so hard and wanted to be the guy. We looked at the [time] Jeff has been in the [Pittsburgh] uniform. We feel that getting out of the gate, we wanted to start with Locke in the rotation."


Pirates SP Jeff Locke picks up second spring win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings during a 4-2 win Thursday against the Twins. Locke (2-2) struck out two.

Locke, who is competing with Vance Worley for the final spot in the rotation, has a 6.59 ERA through five spring appearances (four starts). He has nine strikeouts through 13 2/3 innings.

"I like the way he went out today," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said to MLB.com. "He was challenged [pitching] out of the stretch in the first inning, but he continued to compete and make pitches and stay away from the big inning."


Pirates P Jeff Locke yet to cement fifth spot in rotation


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke is struggling to earn the team's fifth spot in the rotation for the team. In eight innings of Grapefruit League action, he has given up 11 hits, two walks and eight runs with an ERA of 9.00.

“I just left some pitches over the plate,” Locke said. “They just fell in.”

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has named four of the five starting pithcers already. But he is no closer to making a decision on the fifth spot.

“We don't need to at this point in time,” Hurdle said. 

Locke was asked whether or not he could succeed coming out of the bullpen.

“I don't know. I think I could pitch well. I've done it very few times in the big leagues in situations that haven't mattered,” Locke said. “It's a completely different routine. You're not going to throw 40 pitches in the pen before you go out.

“If me coming out of out of the bullpen is what Clint (Hurdle), Ray (Searage) and Neal (Huntington) think is what's going to better this ball club, then that's the decision we need to take going forward. At the same time, that's not where I feel I'm best suited.”


Pirates' Morton, Locke take the hill Wednesday vs. Phillies


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton gave up one run on two hits and one walk in three innings during his second spring outing Wednesday against the Phillies. He had no strikeouts.

"I thought after the first inning, he was much more consistent," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "He threw some really good sinkers. The ball was just spraying a little bit early. He's going to keep working. He's going to be fine."

Jeff Locke, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, relieved Morton. He allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out two in three innings. He threw two scoreless innings and earned the win in his spring debut March 6 against the Yankees. Locke took the loss Wednesday.


Pirates' Jeff Locke wants to remain with team if he doesn't start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke said he prefers to remain with the club even if he loses out on the fifth starter spot, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Locke is stuck in a battle with Vance Worley, but Worley is considered to have a leg up in the competition. Both players are out of options, and would be considered for the bullpen if they lose out on the rotation spot. While a trade is possible, Locke said he would rather remain in Pittsburgh.

"If it comes to them saying, 'Would you rather be a starting pitcher on (another) team or be a (reliever) on the Pirates?' this is where I'd want to be," Locke said. "This is where my loyalty sits. This is the team I want to win with. It's never going to be about anything more than that."

The 27-year-old Locke posted a 3.91 ERA over 131 1/3 innings last year. 


Report: Worley could beat out Locke for Pirates' final rotation spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Vance Worley appears to have the edge over Jeff Locke for the fifth spot in the rotation heading into spring training, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Worley bounced back from an injury-plagued 2013 campaign in a big way in 2014. In his first year with the Pirates, the right-hander went 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 18 outings (17 starts).


Jeff Locke drops one Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke got knocked around Wednesday against the Braves.

Locke allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings. He struck out three and walked five during the outing. Locke was able to get through the first inning unscathed, but ran into trouble over the next three frames. With one out in the second inning, Locke managed to load the bases. Two runs would come around to score on a single against the next batter. The Braves didn’t let up in the third, as Julio Teheran managed to single in two more runs. Justin Upton would strike in the fourth, belted a two-run shot. 

With the loss, Locke dropped to 7-6.


Jeff Locke pitches well in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke pitched well in a no-decision at home Friday night against the Brewers. The left-hander permitted two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three over seven innings of a 4-2 win.

All of Pittsburgh's runs were scored in the eighth inning when Locke was out of the game. Over his last three starts covering 19 1/3 innings, Locke has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 3.60 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 20 starts (127 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at Atlanta.

Jeff Locke can't solve the Cubs Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke took the loss Saturday night against the Cubs, dropping to 7-5 on the year. He allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings of a 6-4 defeat.

Over his last three starst covering 15 1/3 innings, Locke has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 3.66 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 19 starts (120 1/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at home against Milwaukee.

Jeff Locke gets back on track vs. Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke bounced back with a quality start, striking out nine to secure a 6-4 victory. He allowed one run on three hits and no walks over seven innings of work to improve to 7-4 on the year. Of his 92 pitches, 67 were strikes.

Over his last three starts covering 17 1/3 innings, Locke has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 3.60 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 18 starts (115 innings). His next start will come Saturday at home against the Cubs.

Jeff Locke struggles in short outing vs. Cardinals Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke took a loss Tuesday, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits and five walks in three-plus innings while striking out three in his team's 6-4 defeat against the Cardinals.

Locke (6-4) has encountered an issue with walks lately, issuing 19 over his last five starts, but Tuesday's loss was his first since the end of July, a stretch over which he went 4-0. Locke owns a 3.75 ERA and 69:32 K:BB ratio in 108 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Monday.


Pirates add six to expanded roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Pirates added six players to the active roster Tuesday, as part of their September roster expansion.

The team purchased the contract of infielder Chase d'Arnaud from Triple-A Indianapolis, and recalled pitchers Bobby LaFromboise , John Holdzkom, Jeff Locke and Casey Sadler , as well as outfielder Gregory Polanco from Triple-A.  


Jeff Locke sent down; should be back shortly


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) The Pirates optioned pitcher Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis Saturday, in order to free up a spot on the active roster.

Locke has been a consistent part of the team's rotation since June, and should continue to be so moving forward. He will almost certainly be brought back to the majors when rosters expand in a few days, though it is not clear if this impacts his scheduled start Tuesday against the Cardinals.


Jeff Locke secures sixth win Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke continued his strong run with perhaps his finest performance of the season Wednesday against visiting St. Louis.

Locke allowed only a home run to Matt Holliday in the second inning, otherwise pitching shutout ball over seven-plus. He yielded six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. He has allowed just three runs in his last 18 2/3 innings pitched.

He will attempt to maintain his momentum Tuesday against the same Cardinals.


Jeff Locke wins despite control issues


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke had a tough time with his control Friday.

Locke allowed two runs on two hits over six innings. He did not record any strikeouts and walked six batters. Locke gave up both runs in the first inning. After getting Carlos Gomez to pop out to begin the game, Locke walked Jonathan Lucroy, and age up a two-run homer to Ryan Braun. Locke would give up another walk during the inning, but got out of it without giving up any further damage. He gave up his only other hit in the fourth inning. 

Though walks were a problem, Locke managed to pitch out of trouble. With the win, he improved to 5-3. Locke will take on the Cardinals in his next start.