Locastro went 3-for-3 with a walk, two RBI, two runs scored and was hit by a pitch in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Rockies.
Locastro reached base five times, including the fourth time he'd been hit by a pitch in just 77 plate appearances. That's a skill he honed in 2019, when he was hit a team-high 22 times as a bench player. The 28-year-old outfielder has largely been bypassed while the Diamondbacks take a closer look at younger players like Daulton Varsho and Pavin Smith. This was just Locastro's second start in the last 11 games.
Locastro is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
Locastro had started four of the past five games in center field, but he'll put a five-game hitting streak on hold to cede the position to Jon Jay in the series finale. The 28-year-old should continue to see semi-regular work in the outfield while Ketel Marte (wrist) is sidelined, and he could be a useful source of stolen bases down the stretch.
Locastro is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Giants.
Locastro had started in three of the past four games, but he'll take a seat in Monday's series finale while Arizona rolls out an outfield of Daulton Varsho, Ketel Marte and Kole Calhoun. Following last week's trade that sent Starling Marte to the Marlins, only Calhoun and David Peralta -- who is serving as the team's designated hitter Monday -- are locked into regular roles in the outfield, so Locastro should have ample opportunity to pick up at-bats in September.
Locastro started in center field and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Giants.
The speedy Locastro batted leadoff and took Johnny Cueto deep on the third pitch of the game, the outfielder's first homer of the season. The extra-base hit and RBI were the first in 13 games for Locastro. He's been part of the rotation filling in for the departed Starling Marte in center field. In six games since Arizona traded Marte, Daulton Varsho has started three times, Locastro twice, and Ketel Marte once.
Locastro started in center field and went 1-for-4 in Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Arizona has played three games since trading Starling Marte, and Daulton Varsho got a start in the first two while Locastro got the nod in the third. The Diamondbacks will be looking at their young prospects over the final month of the season, but the 28-year-old Locastro doesn't fall into that category. He'll remain a fourth outfielder, while players like Varsho or Josh Rojas get more chances in the outfield.
Locastro went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs in Friday's 7-4 win over San Francisco.
Locastro filled in for Kole Calhoun in right field, just his fifth start in 33 games. The speedy backup outfielder, who stole 17 bases over 91 games in 2019, has just one steal in 18 appearances in 2020.
Locastro started in right field and went 0-for-3 in Saturday's 11-2 loss to the Dodgers.
Locastro made his first start of the season, filling in for Kole Calhoun, after serving as pinch hitter, pinch runner and defensive replacement at different times throughout the campaign. For the season, he's 0-for-4 with two runs scored. If Locastro is ever able to get consistent at-bats, the speedy outfielder, who stole 17 bags in 250 plate appearances in 2019, could be a valuable source of steals.
Locastro is expected to be the runner used in the new extra-innings format this season, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
MLB is introducing a new rule for extra innings: each team will begin their half of each frame with a runner on second base. The obvious choice is a speedy player like Locastro, who led the majors in 2019 with a 30.8 ft/sec sprint speed. "Everybody knows he can fly," manager Torey Lovullo said. "It is a good feeling to have. [But] we're going to have to figure out how to drive that run in." Locastro also projects as a fourth or fifth outfielder.
Locastro is expected to claim a bench spot when the regular season begins, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Gilbert calls Locastro a lock to make the roster, which seems a given, but manager Torey Lovullo hasn't made such a proclamation. The speedy outfielder was a spark for the Diamondbacks in 2019, getting on base at .357 clip and stealing 17 bases. Locastro also has a freakish ability to get hit by pitches, a category in which he ranked fourth with 22 over 91 games. He'll serve as a fourth outfielder and could develop a larger role should an injury hit one of the projected outfielder starters.
Locastro batted leadoff and went 2-for-3 in Monday's spring game against San Francisco.
Locastro is lining up to be the Diamondbacks' fourth outfielder, but he can be helpful in the pesky category of steals while playing a limited role. He led the league in sprint speed (30.8 feet per second) last season and used that skill to swipe 17 bags in 250 plate appearances.
Locastro went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored in Wednesday's 9-7 win over the Cardinals.
Locastro ignited the Diamondbacks' two-run first inning with a leadoff double and later swiped his 17th base of the season. He's not been caught yet while attempting to steal. Locastro has been part of the crew filling in for Ketel Marte (back) in center field and made his first start in five games. One member of that crew, Abraham Almonte, was removed from Wednesday's game with a hamstring injury. As such, there could be more opportunities over the final days of the regular season for Locastro, whose propensity to attempt steals could be useful.
Locastro started in center field and went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in a 9-0 win over the Padres on Friday.
With Ketel Marte (back) officially shut down for the season, Locastro filled in for him in center field and as the team's leadoff hitter against San Diego left-hander Eric Lauer. Locastro and Jarrod Dyson figure to platoon to finish out the season in center field. Locastro can be source of stolen bases -- he's swiped 16 in 232 plate appearances -- for those in need of that category.
Locastro served as a pinch runner and stole a base in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Reds.
While Locastro hasn't been in the starting lineup for the last five games, he is serving as a pinch runner and late-game defensive replacement. That has given him the opportunity to swipe bases as a pinch runner in each of the last two games, giving him 15 steals in 80 games (215 plate appearances). On a per-plate-appearance level, Locastro ranks fourth with a steal every 14.33 appearances, trailing only Adalberto Mondesi (10.49), Mallex Smith (13.06) and teammate Jarrod Dyson (14.21). However, opportunity will be the issue for Locastro, who is working in a bench role while Josh Rojas fills in at left field for the injured David Peralta (shoulder).
Locastro entered Tuesday's game after starter Ketel Marte was removed with a hamstring injury. He walked in his only plate appearance and scored a run in a 3-2 win over San Francisco.
Marte hurt his hamstring while rounding the bases on a home run and said he should be ready Thursday following Wednesday's off day. Locastro is an occasional starter against left-handers and has stolen 12 bags in 72 games. With David Peralta's season-ending shoulder surgery, there should be more opportunities for the speedy outfielder through the remainder of the season.
Locastro was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Saturday.
Locastro was called up to provide depth in the Diamondbacks' outfield after David Peralta (shoulder) was placed on the injured list. He is not in Saturday's lineup and may not get regular at-bats, though he's swiped 11 bases in just 68 games with Arizona this season.
Locastro was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday.
Locastro has seen a drop in his role and performance since the calendar turned to August, as he's hitting just .176 with a .476 OPS in nine games (three starts) this month. The 27-year-old should return when rosters expand in September after seeing regular playing time in the minors. Stefan Crichton was summoned from the minors in a corresponding move.
Locastro went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Yankees.
Locastro started in place of the resting Adam Jones and popped his first home run in the majors. Power is not the outfielder's calling card; Locastro hit just 36 bombs across seven minor-league seasons (592 games).
Locastro will start in left field and bat leadoff Monday against the Marlins.
Six of Locastro's last eight starts have come out of the leadoff spot, but the speedster's status as a short-side platoon player makes him difficult to justify including in lineups during weeks the Diamondbacks aren't facing a spate of left-handed starting pitchers. He'll at least make for a decent punt play in DFS contests while setting the table for Arizona against Marlins southpaw Caleb Smith. Locastro boasts a .365 on-base percentage on the season and has gone a perfect 9-for-9 on stolen-base attempts.
Locastro started in left field and went 1-for-5 in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Rockies.
Locastro started in place of the injured David Peralta (shoulder), who was placed on the injured list Friday. The left-handed hitting Jarrod Dyson replaced Peralta against a right-hander Friday while it was the right-handed hitting Locastro against another right-hander Saturday. So, judging by the first two games without Peralta, manager Torey Lovullo may not go with a strict platoon to replace the injured left fielder.
Locastro entered Wednesday's game after left fielder David Peralta (shoulder) was removed. He went hitless in three at-bats in a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers.
Peralta is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday, so we'll learn more about his status. If he faces an extended absence, Locastro would be the main beneficiary.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/27||vs COL||W 11-3||5||1||2||0||0||0||0|
|09/25||vs COL||W 11-5||3||2||3||0||2||1||0|
|09/23||vs TEX||W 7-3||4||1||2||1||1||0||1|
|09/22||vs TEX||W 7-0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/13||vs SEA||L 3-7||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|09/12||vs SEA||L 3-7||5||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/11||vs SEA||W 4-3||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2013||R-Bluefield Blue Jays||43||138||28||39||5||3||1||13||13||12||12||2||.283||.367||.384|
|2015||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||41||156||30||35||9||2||1||14||14||30||11||5||.224||.328||.327|
|2017||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||31||103||18||40||10||0||2||9||6||12||12||2||.388||.444||.544|
|2018||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||83||301||61||84||23||2||4||25||28||52||18||2||.279||.389||.409|