Pirates name Jeff Locke as fifth starter

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

text
Lefty Jeff Locke has locked up a spot in the Pittsburgh rotation. (Getty Images)

The Pirates have rounded out their rotation by naming Jeff Locke their fifth starter, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The addition of the 25-year-old left-hander to the starting five means that the Pirates will open the season with three lefties in the rotation -- Locke, the recently anointed Jonathan Sanchez and Wandy Rodriguez.

Locke has logged just 12 games at the major-league level (10 starts), and over that span he's posted an ERA of 5.82, a WHIP of 1.53 and a K/BB ratio of 1.86. Across parts of seven minor-league seasons, Locke pitched to a 3.60 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 3.35 K/BB.

According to the various projection systems available at FanGraphs, Locke should be good for a solid K rate and an ERA that ranges from the high 3.00s to 4.68.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre

mlb Video

January 22, 2015
Jon Heyman interviews Bud Selig; Part 1 of 4 (4:07)
January 23, 2015
Jon Heyman interviews Bud Selig; Part 2 of 4
(5:08)
January 23, 2015
Jon Heyman interviews Bud Selig; Part 3 of 4
(1:49)
January 23, 2015
Jon Heyman interviews Bud Selig; Part 4 of 4
(4:47)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop