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Cash Bail picks up Jeff Locke

April 9, 2015

GCBL Blog always likes to see Bucs gainfully employed, so Let’s Go Bucs! How useful Jeff Locke will be in GCBL, however, leaves us with little cause for medium-term optimism. FanGraphs did a long piece on Locke here:

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/jeff-locke-and-the-pirates-way/

and the thrust of it is that Locke outpitches his peripherals by pitching low-and-inside.

OK, so far so good, but these kinds of peripherals spell trouble in Fantasy:

Jeff Locke, K/9 by year, 2010-14 incl MLE: 7.0, 6.0, 6.9, 6.8, 5.8

…and if Locke had pinpoint control you could live with that, because our stat is K/BB, not K/9. Alas, Locke’s walk rate is pretty average, which yields this:

Jeff Locke, K/BB by year, 2010-14 incl MLE: 3.8, 1.8, 2.5, 1.5, 1.9

Yuck. We also use WHIP:

Jeff Locke, WHIP by year, 2010-14 incl MLE: 1.33, 1.47, 1.38, 1.38, 1.37

The best of all those years for all three sets of stats was 2010, a small 45 IP sample after a midseason promotion to AA (MLE only starts at AA).

We love to raise the Jolly Roger when the Bucs win, but Locke’s nothing but a streaming option in GCBL. Here’s hoping you get lucky with the waiver pick-up, Kim!

Extra Bags, More Fangraphs Edition: FanGraphs on Brett Lawrie’s Golden Sombrero: “Goddamnit, this happened to Mike Schmidt, Goddamnit!”

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/explaining-brett-lawries-shiny-gold-hat/

 

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