Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/23/14
The Jeff Locke on the mound this September compared to this time last year is a different pitcher. With more experience not only at the Major League level, but also at the Triple-A level as well, Locke is more confident this season.  The left-hander incorporated a new turn in his delivery during spring training, and put together his best season to date  in the minors since being drafted out of High School in 2006 by Atlanta. Manager Clint Hurdle said that from the conversations he had within the organization, Locke got better as the season progressed. Only in the month of May had Locke posted an ERA above a 3.00 with Triple-A Indianapolis as he finished with a starter-leading 2.48 ERA over 141.2 frames (24 starts). “The mound presence, the rhythm, stayed consistent and evenly paced,” Hurdle said. “The ability to throw strikes just really ramped up from when we saw him at the end of last season. The ability to use his secondary pitches in offensive counts for hitters, to throw his ch...
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