Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/14/14
Jeff Locke says he has “gotten much better” over the last two years. A weekend start at Dodger Stadium presents Jeff Locke a familiar setting for a new kind of outing. He pitched here in September 2011 for his second career Major League start and first on the road. It was even his first time in California. It was an experience Locke says was “overwhelming,” and he was done after only three innings without even getting a strikeout. “By the time I came out of the game, I didn’t even feel like I did anything,” Locke said. But that was a late-season start after his Triple-A season had already ended, and his August recall last year was not that different. This time, Locke comes to Dodger Stadium with a new delivery and a more “comforting” situation as part of the opening 25-man roster. “They wouldn’t have you here if you didn’t deserve it or if they didn’t have trust and belief in you,” Locke said. The 25-year-old lefty realizes much of his Big League status is based on just 27.1 inning
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