Jeffrey LockeOctober 22. 2014 2:06AM
Major League Baseball pitcher Jeffrey "Jeff" Alan Locke was born on November 20, 1987 in North Conway to Pam and Alan Locke. He attended A. Crosby Kennett High School where he became a New Hampshire State Second-Team all Star as a Freshman. He was a New Hampshire State First-Team All-Star in his Sophomore year and in his junior year he became the New Hampshire Player of the Year, a New Hampshire State First-Team All Star. He became co-captain of the high school baseball team in his senior year in addition to becoming New Hampshire Player of the Year for the second year in a row, and sharing the Jack Burns Baseball Award.
His nickname - "The Redstone Rocket" - was given to him by sports editor Lloyd Jones of the Conway Daily Sun newspaper. It represents the neighborhood in Conway that he was from, Redstone, which is so named because of the granite quarries that proudced redstone, a type of granite with a pink or reddish color to it.
He is currently a professional baseball left-handed pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, his professional MLB career started with the Atlanta Braves. Locke was selected first in the second round in the 2006 Atlanta Braves draft. He was assigned to the Danville Braves in the Advanced Rookie Appalachian League in 2007. That fall, Baseball America ranked him #8 on their Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects list. In 2008 he started the season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 3, 2009.
He spent a few years playing in various teams including the Double A Team, the Altoona Curve, and remained a top prospect in 2010. He made his major league debut on September 10, 2011 against the Florida Marlins and pitched a total of 4 games that year for the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 0-3 with an ERA of 6.48 and 5 strikeouts. He earned his first win on October 1, 2012 against the Atlanta Braves.
In 2013 Locke was selected to the All-Star team but did not pitch due to soreness in his back. He was demoted to the Altoona Curve on August 28, 2013 and recorded a 2.15 ERA in his first 18 starts before pitching a horrible 8.10 ERA in the following eight games.
Locke was promoted in a spot start on June 8, 2014 after Gerritt Cole was placed on the disabled list. This time he improved, pitching a 2.13 ERA before the 2014 All-Star Break. In 2014 he had 7 wins, 6 losses with the Pirates and an overall ERA that year of 4.02 with the team.