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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%: 43/21 | Average Draft Position: 229.11
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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.


Jeff Locke strikes out six in scoreless outing Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke didn't factor into Saturday's decision despite giving up just four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out six in his team's 4-3 defeat against the Nationals.

Locke left the game with a 3-0 lead with two on and two outs in the sixth, but the bullpen stranded both runners after his exit. However, he was denied a win when the Nationals scored three runs in the eighth inning. Locke owns a 3.73 ERA and 63:19 K:BB ratio in 91 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers Friday.


Don't get too attached to Jeff Locke


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/12/2014) Jeff Locke, who ripped out the hearts of his Fantasy owners last year by following up an All-Star first half with a disastrous second half, may be on the verge of committing the same atrocity this year, but on a smaller scale.

Yeah, he's only 38 percent owned, having spent too much of the first half in the minors to make the All-Star team, but in his first eight starts after coming back for good June 8, he compiled a 2.38 ERA and 0.99 WHIP, demonstrating much better control than he had at any point last year.

But in four starts since, he has a 6.38 ERA and 1.75 WHIP, allowing a ghastly 12.4 hits per nine innings. And his control has wavered as well. He issued three walks or more in two of those starts.

Maybe Locke has made the necessary adjustments and is just in a funk right now, but even so, it comes at the worst time. The Pirates will need to clear a rotation spot with Gerrit Cole one rehab start away from returning, and both Vance Worley and Edinson Volquez have pitched well lately.


Jeff Locke allows four runs in five innings in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke picked up a win Monday despite giving up four earned runs on eight hits and four walks in five-plus innings and striking out just one in his team's 11-6 victory over the Tigers.

Locke (4-3) didn't end up with a very good line, but his offense managed to score eight runs in the first two innings to put him up comfortable. He actually allowed just one run through the first five innings but gave up four hits and a walk to open the sixth before being removed, with three of those runners coming around to score. Locke owns a 3.98 ERA and 57:17 K:BB ratio in 86 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals Saturday.


Jeff Locke strikes out seven in win vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke earned a win Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on six hits in seven innings and striking out seven in his team's 7-3 victory over the Marlins.

Locke (3-3) strung together back-to-back rough outings before getting back on track Wednesday. He gave up a run on an infield single in the first inning and watched two more come home on a second-inning home run, but Locke locked it down for the remainder of the start and exited with a healthy lead. He owns a 3.78 ERA and 56:13 K:BB ratio in 81 innings. Locke is slated to face the Tigers Monday.


Jeff Locke gets blasted by Diamondbacks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke was blasted by the Diamondbacks on Thursday, dropping to 2-3 on the year. The right-hander permitted six runs -- four earned -- on nine hits and two walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings of a 7-4 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 18 innings, Locke has allowed 13 runs. He owns a 3.77 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 11 starts (74 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at home against Miami.

Jeff Locke hammered for six runs in loss vs. Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke didn't enjoy his trip to Colorado Saturday, giving up six earned runs on 10 hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out six in his team's 8-1 loss to the Rockies.

Locke (2-2) surrendered three solo home runs in the loss, with two coming in the seventh inning. He's now surrendered five homers in his last two outings (both against the Rockies) after serving up only three in his first eight starts. Locke owns a 3.54 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 44:11 K:BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings.


Jeff Locke surrenders two home runs in no-decision


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke survived a rocky first two innings Sunday to take a no-decision against the Rockies. The lefty hurler allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three in six innings.

Locke fell behind very early in the game, as Josh Rutledge connected for a two-run homer in the first inning after Brandon Barnes started the game with a leadoff walk. Michael McKenry then hit a solo home run leading off the second inning, which put Locke in a three-run deficit.

Fortunately, Locke would settle down to fire four scoreless innings and was off the hook for the loss as Pittsburgh rallied for a 5-3 win. Locke is expected to make his next start in a rematch at Colorado Saturday.