CCSU's Dean Lockery heading to rookie ball with Pirates

New Haven's Dean Lockery got started on his big league dream this week. The former Central Connecticut State standout left for rookie league ball.

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted him last week, and he's been assigned to the Bristol (TN) Pirates. He'll get his shot to play the infield there. 

Related: CCSU's Dean Lockery says he was on phone with Indians when Pirates took him

Lockery was a second baseman at Central, but hopes to show his ability to play short and third as well. A 32nd-round pick, he's not focused on where he was taken, but instead intends to capitalize on the opportunity to prove himself.

"I always see stuff to grow and develop. I'm 22 years old, I'm not a freak like Bryce Harper and all those other big-time guys. My best game is getting on base, playing defense, and finding any way to help the team," Lockery said. 

"If I can continue to do that and maybe put up some more power numbers, hopefully maybe one day I can help out the MLB team."

Lockery hit .331 in his senior season at Central. The Pirates season begins June 19.

Related: Pittsburgh Pirates take three Connecticut players in MLB Draft

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