March 27, 2015 12:00 PM

Courtesy Kiptyn Locke

He already knows they’re going to be buddies.

Kiptyn Locke, the runner-up on Jillian Harris‘s season of The Bachelorette, is expecting a baby boy with girlfriend Samm Murphy in July, he confirms to PEOPLE. And he can’t wait to have some male bonding with the little guy.

“The minute I found out we were having a baby, I just knew right away that it was a boy,” Locke, 37, tells PEOPLE.

“I would love a daughter equally, and I would love to have a Daddy’s little girl, but I just knew all along it was a boy, and I was excited. I want to play sports with him, so I’m excited to have a little guy that can be my little partner in crime.”

Locke, who dated Bachelor contestant Tenley Molzahn for several years after their turn on Bachelor Pad, says he and Murphy, 29, are “both very happy to be parents.” And he knows Murphy, who runs a medical distribution business, will be a great mom.

“She’s incredibly intelligent, very active, very compassionate and self-motivated, a loyal friend to everyone that I know that’s close to her. She’s a really admirable person,” says Locke, who is a tech businessman himself.

“I believe she’ll be an amazing mom, just overwhelmed with love for her little son … She’s really good at looking out for other people. She’s always been a good big sister to her little brother, so I know she knows what it takes to look out for somebody.”

As for baby names, the couple are leaning toward something a little different, perhaps in the same vein as the name Kiptyn. “We’ve been looking at some K names that are kind of similar to mine, actually,” he says.

— Tim Nudd with reporting by Nicole Sands and Aili Nahas

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