10/01/2017 1:12 AM
2013 Newark Pilot Tim Locastro, seen here with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, was called up by the Dodgers on Friday (photo credit: Shane Roper/MiLB.com).
DENVER, Colo. – Tim Locastro, a member of the Newark Pilots’ 2013 opening-day roster, became the first Pilot in the franchise’s seven-year history to earn a promotion to the major leagues. The Auburn, N.Y., native and product of Division III Ithaca College, Locastro had his contract selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday for their final series of the regular season in Colorado.
Due to a rash of injuries, the Dodgers are reportedly auditioning Locastro for a potential spot on their postseason roster as a designated runner. Los Angeles already owns MLB-best 103 wins and has clinched the NL West Division.
The former Division III All-American is an above-average runner, as evidenced by his combined 34 stolen bases already in 2017 between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. Locastro does have value as a utility player, too, having played both middle infield and all three outfield positions in the minors this season. Overall in two stints and 31 games at the Triple-A level in 2017, he hit an eye-popping .388 with 10 doubles, two home runs, 18 runs and 12 stolen bases.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-handed hitter debuted as a pinch runner in the eighth inning on Friday night and remained in the game to play left field. On Saturday, Locastro ran for Chase Utley in the ninth inning and swiped third base, just what the LA front office staff was looking for out of the 25-year-old.
After leading the Ithaca Bombers to a berth in the Division III World Series as a junior in 2013, the Blue Jays made Locastro the highest Division III draft selection that year by picking him in the 13th round. He has ascended through the minors, twice earning All-Star accolades and twice receding recognition by MiLB.com as an Organization All-Star. In 2015, Toronto traded Locastro to the Dodgers along with right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong for international bonus pool money.
Before the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Locastro joined the Newark Pilots, but was sidelined for the team’s season-opener while recovering from an injury suffered during Ithaca’s postseason run. Of Newark’s 12 all-time draft selections, he was only the second to reach the Triple-A level and the first-ever to make his MLB debut.
Locastro joins Nick Pivetta (Glens Falls), Mark Leiter Jr. (Amsterdam), and Jimmy Yacabonis (Elmira) as other PGCBL alumni to advance to the majors this season.
About the PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is a 14-team summer collegiate baseball league in Upstate New York. Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL – which annually draws talent from some of the best NCAA, NAIA, and junior college programs – has quickly evolved into the premier cialis generica wood bat league in the state of New York, while becoming one of the most widely respected summer leagues in the country. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent amateur scouting bureau. Last year, there were more than 1,500 players in the pros who either wore the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game event. For more information, please visit www.pgcbl.com.