Jeff Locke has entrenched himself in the Pirates rotation, and he is fine the team made no changes. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
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Starting pitcher Jeff Locke has a unique perspective on the Pirates organization. The 25-year-old was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves, and he spent 3.5 years pitching for the winning franchise before joining the Pirates in the Nate McLouth trade. Locke then spent the next 3.5 years in Pittsburgh’s minor league system. It’s safe to say the culture of winning is stronger for the Braves than for the Pirates.
In spending parts of seven seasons in the minors, Locke had a different view of the trade market than he does now.
“You’d see the trade deadline come up and be like ‘Ah man, we should have gotten that guy. We should have gotten this guy,’” Locke said. “You don’t really understand everything at that point. You don’t understand how important team chemis