Tim Locastro

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Timothy Donald Locastro

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Infielder Tim Locastro 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, he 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.

On April 11, 2021, he stole the 28th base of his career, and had yet to be caught stealing, setting a new record. He hit just .188 in 55 games in the first three months of the season as the Diamondbacks had a terrible first half. He was eventually caught stealing, going 5 for 8 in that department. It seemed like he was about to lose his major league job when on July 1st, he was traded to the New York Yankees in return for Keegan Curtis, the Yankees wanting to add some speed and defence to what had been a very slow and cumbersome squad so far.

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