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Jeff Locke | Starting Pitcher | #49

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
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Jeff Locke earned a no-decision in Sunday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Reds, hurling seven innings of three-run ball.
Locke struck out six, walked two and scattered four hits over his seven innings of work. All three runs on his line scored in the sixth inning. The solid outing helped push his once bloated ERA down to a still overweight 4.73. Much of that weight came in an eight-run debacle against the Padres two starts ago. There isn't much fantasy upside here, but Locke will try to keep slimming that earned run mark when he tangos with the Cardinals in St. Louis next time out. May 1 - 5:32 PM

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Jeff Locke held the Rockies off the scoreboard for six innings in Monday's 6-1 victory.

In one of the most improbably good outings of the young season, Locke surrendered just five hits, walked two and recorded eight strikeouts. He entered the outing with a 7.24 ERA over his first three starts. Locke has an easier matchup against the Reds this weekend, but we wouldn't trust him.
Apr 26 - 12:25 AM

Jeff Locke was blasted for eight runs in three-plus innings by the Padres on Wednesday.

The Pirates wanted length out of Locke tonight, so they sent him back out for the fourth even though he had already given up seven runs. A homer and a walk later, he was finally removed. The outing took his ERA from 1.97 to 7.24. He has a 7/13 K/BB ratio through 13 2/3 innings.
Apr 21 - 1:23 AM

Jeff Locke had major problems with his command in Friday's loss to the Brewers, issuing seven walks in his 4 2/3 innings of work.

Locke surrendered three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out four on the night. The Brewers were able to scratch out single runs in the second, third and fourth innings, and while Locke did well to limit the damage in each frame, he simply wasn't good enough. He'll look to improve upon an unthinkable 1.97 WHIP and 5/9 K/BB ratio when he takes on the Padres in San Diego on Thursday.
Apr 15 - 10:42 PM

Jeff Locke did a nice job in Sunday's no-decision against the Reds, surrendering just one run on seven hits over six innings.

Locke won a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training. Making his regular season debut on Sunday, he did nothing that would cause him to lose that gig. The 28-year-old southpaw allowed a solo homer to Eugenio Suarez in the sixth inning for the lone run on his line. He would not factor into the decision, though, as the teams were deadlocked at 1-1 until the Reds won the game in the ninth. With a 4.49 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 30 starts last season, Locke should be viewed as a filler arm in deeper NL-only leagues. He will face-off with the Brewers in a home start next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 10 - 4:24 PM

Jeff Locke has won a spot in the Pirates' starting rotation.

Locke hasn't had the smoothest spring, posting a 6.63 ERA over five starts, but it wasn't enough for him to lose his spot. It appears that the final spot in the rotation will come down to Ryan Vogelsong or Juan Nicasio. The club has yet to make an announcement on their decision.
Mar 29 - 9:31 AM

Jeff Locke allowed three runs over five innings Wednesday in the Pirates' 6-5 win over the Orioles.

Locke allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three. He has a 6.63 spring ERA, and he'd seem to be the obvious choice to get bounced to the bullpen if the Pirates promote Juan Nicasio to the starting rotation. There's still some doubt whether they'll go that route, though.
Mar 23 - 5:32 PM

Jeff Locke gave up five runs and two homers in five innings Thursday in a loss to the Yankees.

Locke's rotation spot wasn't really in doubt at the beginning of the spring, but it might be now, what with Juan Nicasio pitching so well in his opportunities. Locke's 0-3 record and 7.07 ERA wouldn't be a major concern otherwise, but Nicasio is just making it really difficult to send him back to the pen.
Mar 17 - 5:35 PM

Jeff Locke allowed two earned runs over four innings Saturday in the Pirates' loss to the Tigers.

Locke gave up a home run to J.D. Martinez but was otherwise pretty sharp, striking out five batters against one walk. The left-hander should go five innings next time out. He's locked in as the Pirates' fourth or fifth starter.
Mar 12 - 4:13 PM

Jeff Locke bounced back from a poor first outing to shut out the Phillies for three innings on Monday.

Locke gave up four runs against the Tigers his first time out. He allowed two hits, walked none and struck out one today. Locke should be a nice late-round pick in NL-only leagues as the Pirates' fourth or fifth starter.
Mar 7 - 4:39 PM

Jeff Locke surrendered four runs over two innings Wednesday in his start versus a Tigers split-squad.

Locke allowed four hits, walked one and struck out none. The left-hander is expected to have a rotation spot to begin the year, even after the Jon Niese and Ryan Vogelsong acquisitions, but he's probably not going to be able to afford a bad start. Top prospect Tyler Glasnow should eventually grab a spot from one of the veterans.
Mar 2 - 5:43 PM

Pirates and LHP Jeff Locke avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.025 million contract.

Locke took a step backward in 2015, going 8-11 with a 4.49 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 30 starts. Regardless, he's penciled in for a starting spot with the Bucs heading into this season.
Jan 14 - 6:28 PM

Jeff Locke turned in an uninspiring outing in Thursday afternoon's no-decision against the Rockies, surrendering four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Nothing particularly notable here. Locke struck out five and walked two on the afternoon. He allowed a two-run double to Nolan Arenado in the third inning and RBI singles by Jaff Decker and Ben Paulsen in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, prior to exiting the proceedings. Only the ineptitude of the Rockies' bullpen saved the 27-year-old southpaw from what should have been a loss. With a 4.54 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, his numbers are about as average as can be. He'll put a shoddily tied bow on his season in a home against the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 06:13:00 PM

Jeff Locke pitched well in Saturday's win over the Brewers, surrendering one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Locke struck out seven, walked two and allowed just a Luis Sardinas sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Otherwise, the Brewers did nothing in the contest. On the whole, his season-long numbers are underwhelming. He carries a 4.43 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. There's no fantasy intrigue here outside of NL-only formats that run deeper than the Grand Canyon. And even in those canyons, he's not an appetizing option.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 10:11:00 PM

Jeff Locke allowed three runs (one earned) in five innings Monday in a loss to the Reds.

Locke didn't get any help at all from his defense, which made four errors behind him in the sluggish afternoon game at Great American Ball Park. The southpaw gave up four hits and walked a pair while striking out six. The Pirates are expected to welcome back A.J. Burnett (elbow) this week, and it's unclear how the rotation will be affected. Locke is not much of a fantasy option anyway.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 04:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2Jason Rogers
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Juan Nicasio
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Cory Luebke
7Kyle Lobstein
8Ryan Vogelsong
9A.J. Schugel
10Rob Scahill