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.
Locastro went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base in Monday's 8-5 win over the Dodgers.
Per usual, Locastro was in the lineup against a left-handed starter but had his lone hit against right-handed reliever Dylan Floro in the eighth inning, That's when the Diamondbacks plated four runs, including two on Locastro's single that gave Arizona breathing room entering the final frame. The stolen base was Locastro's sixth of the season and first in 18 contests. He showed off his speed when called up in late May, swiping three bags in six games, but he went 17 games without one until Monday.
Locastro went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Giants.
Locastro started in center field with Ketel Marte (groin) unavailable and delivered a walk-off single in the 10th, snapping Arizona's six-game losing streak, the last five coming on their home field. He had been getting consistent playing time while David Peralta and Adam Jones were on the shelf, but the at-bats have dwindled since. He could retreat to the bench Monday if Marte, who was available off the bench Sunday, per Julia Stambaugh and Jenna Ortiz of the Arizona Republic, returns Monday when the Dodgers come to town.
Locastro is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Phillies.
With Adam Jones (hamstring) back in the lineup for the series opener in Philadelphia, Locastro will be the odd man out of the outfield mix on the heels of four straight starts. The speedy Locastro could still get the opportunity to split time in center field with Jarrod Dyson, especially if shortstop Nick Ahmed's foot injury results in the versatile Ketel Marte seeing more time in the middle infield.
Locastro will start in right field and bat eighth Sunday against the Blue Jays.
It's the fourth straight start for Locastro, who snapped out of a 1-for-14 funk over his previous five games with a two-hit performance in Saturday's 6-0 win. Locastro and Jarrod Dyson are essentially fighting for one spot in the everyday lineup, but both could see their opportunities dwindle once Adam Jones (hamstring) returns to action.
Locastro started in right field in place of the injured Adam Jones (hamstring) and went 0-for-3 with a run scored in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers.
Jones' injury is not considered serious, but it could potentially sideline Jones for at least a couple of games. Therefore, Locastro could be in line for at-bats both Thursday and Friday.
Locastro remained on the Diamondbacks' roster after the team activated David Peralta (shoulder) off the injured list Monday.
Locastro was originally summoned from Triple-A Reno when Peralta was placed on the IL, but he made such a positive impact that he'll stick around for a while longer. In nine games while Peralta was unavailable, Locastro posted a line of .321/.486/.500 with three stolen bases, four RBI and seven runs scored. He came off the bench as a pinch hitter Monday and popped out in his lone at-bat.
Locastro went 1-for-1 with a stolen base, an RBI single and a run scored in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Mets.
He got aboard with a walk in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter, and he came around to score on a Ketel Marte single. Locastro then won the game with an 11th-inning single to score Kevin Cron. In his last eight games, Locastro has three steals and six runs scored while primarily playing left field in place of the injured David Peralta (shoulder).
Locastro is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets.
Locastro will sit after starting four games in a row. He owns a strong .842 OPS in 52 plate appearances this season, but will givw way to Jarrod Dyson in left field Saturday.
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