Jeff Locke, Starting Pitcher, Miami Marlins, #31
Date of Birth: 11/20/1987
Birthplace: North Conway, New Hampshire
Current Salary: $3,000,000
Jeff Locke, starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins, was a top baseball player in high school before being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2006. After more than three years in the Braves' minor league system, he was traded to the Pirates in June, 2009. He continued in the minor leagues through most of 2012, joining the Pirates for four games in 2011 and eight games in 2012.
Locke pitched 166.1 innings in 30 games in 2013. He finished the season with 125 strikeouts to 84 walks, a 10-7 record, and a 3.52 ERA. In 2014, he pitched 131.1 innings in 21 games and he finished the season with a 7-6 record, 89 strikeouts to 40 walks, and a 3.91 ERA.
Locke pitched a career high 168.1 innings in 30 games in 2015. He finished the season with an 8-11 record, a career high 129 strikeouts (to 60 walks), and a 4.49 ERA.
In 2016, Locke pitched in 19 games as a starter and 11 games as a reliever. He finished the season with 9 wins to 8 losses, 73 strikeouts to 44 walks, and a 5.44 ERA in 127.1 innings.
The Pirates designated Locke for assignment on November 29, 2016. He became a free agent on December 2, 2016.
Locke signed a one-year contract with the Marlins on December 7, 2016. He was designated for assignment on July 4, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Locke through 2016 include:
- 123 games played
- 644.1 innings pitched
- 35-38 win-loss record
- 455 strikeouts to 249 walks
- 4.41 ERA