Card: 2018 Topps #466
"Good hitters have the ability to slow things down and determine where that ball's going to go. He's (Tim Locastro) got a really good idea of that. Part two of it is that he doesn't get out of the way and he's fearless and he's just going to go ahead and let the ball hit him. It's hard to do. It takes a lot of courage to let a 96-mph two-seam fastball that's wrapped in barbed wire to let it hit you. He knows what the at-bat's asking for, it's part of his game and it's all about on-base percentage." - Arizona Diamondbacks Managers (2017-Today) Torey Lovullo (Arizona Diamondbacks Press Conference, June 2, 2019)
Timothy Donald Locastro (born July 14, 1992 in Syracuse, NY) is an outfielder for the New York Mets. He previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees.
Tim was the 262nd and final player to make his major league debut in 2017, doing so on September 29th for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies when he entered the game as a pinch-runner in the 8th and stayed in to play left field. He ended up playing in the Dodgers' final three games that year, getting his lone plate appearance on the final day, October 1st.
Locastro was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round in the 2013 amateur draft. On July 2, 2015, he was traded to the Dodgers alongside Chase De Jong in return for two international bonus slots. That move allowed the Jays to sign prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He largely played the infield in his first four minor league seasons, before being used as a utility player by the Dodgers for the AA Tulsa Drillers and AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers in 2017. He hit .308/.383/.454 in 127 games that year prior to his call-up to the Show.
In 2018, Locastro played 18 games for the Dodgers, going 2-for-11 with a double. He also played 83 games for Oklahoma City, where he hit .279/.389/.409, and 6 games on a rehabilitation assignment with the AZL Dodgers. On November 21st, he was traded to the New York Yankees in return for Class A pitcher Drew Finley and $75,000. On January 16, 2019, he was traded again, this time heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for P Ronald Roman. He finally managed to get some extended playing time with the D-Backs, as he played 91 games and hit .250 with 1 homer and 17 RBIs while seeing time at all three outfield spots in almost equal proportion.
Most interesting was that he went 17-for-17 in stolen base attempts, a reflection of the fact that he was the fastest player in the majors that season. He was measured at 30.8 mph by Statcast, the best of anyone, with the more heralded Trea Turner second. He was also very skilled in getting hit by pitch, reaching base 22 times in those circumstances to drive his OBP up to .357, whereas an average player would have been plunked 3 times in the same number of plate appearances.
In 2020, Tim hit .290 with a .395 OBP in 2020 in 33 games. In 2021, Tim had the fastest sprint speed of all major league center fielders, and the second-fastest sprint speed in the major leagues, at 30.7 feet per second (9.4 m/s) before getting hurt while playing for the Yankees. On November 5, 2021, he was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox.
Tim is part of the MLB Current Players Tour – Go To The Next Stop
Tim is part of the LA/Brooklyn Dodgers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop
Tim is also part of the New York Yankee Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop
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