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New Guy on the Hill: Lockett Makes Debut for Padres

June 01, 2018 - 12:51 pm

By: Braden Surprenant

When the Padres start their series with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, they will have a new pitcher toeing the rubber. Walter Lockett, the Padres' fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft, will be making his major league debut on Friday for the Friars. Lockett has been less than stellar in Triple-A El Paso this season, posting a 2-5 record with a 5.31 ERA in 10 starts for the Chihuahuas in the Pacific Coast League.

Lockett is filling in for injured Joey Lucchesi, who has missed the last couple starts due to a right hip injury. Previously that spot in the rotation has been filled by the likes of Matt Straham and Robbie Erlin, and although manager Andy Green does not want to rule out starts for either of two, he prefers both Straham and Erlin to remain in the bullpen. 

In an article by Fox Sports San Diego, Green said they are excited about giving Lockett the opportunity and see what he does with it. Green also said Lockett's outings in Triple-A have been good despite his numbers not being great but it is all about making the most of an opportunity in order to possibly earn another shot next time around.

Luckily for Walker Lockett the Cincinnati Reds come in with a 20-37 record, which is last in the NL Central as well as third worst in Major League Baseball. For more on Lockett's call up Click Here.