Pirates name Jeff Locke as fifth starter
Pittsburgh has rounded out is rotation with another lefty.
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.