Baseball

The New York Yankees Acquired An Outfielder!

|
Image for The New York Yankees Acquired An Outfielder!

The New York Yankees acquired Tim Locastro from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, July 1. The trade was a small move as the Yankees only gave up Double-A right-hander Keegan Curtis. Here’s why the Yankees made the trade to get the former Diamondback.

Running Ability

Locastro’s biggest strength on the field is his running ability. According to Statcast, his average sprint speed is 30.7 feet per second. The elite mark is 30.0 feet-per-second mark and the average for Major League Baseball is 27.0. The speedster holds the record of most stolen bases without being caught at 29. He is currently 5-for- 8 in stolen base attempts this season.

Hitting Skills

Locastro does not have the best hitting ability as he is only hitting .178 with one home run and five runs batted in with 133 plate appearances. He is hitting a below-average .178/.271/.220 this season. However, Locastro has been better offensively in recent years as he hit .260/.367/.370 in 332 plate appearances from 2019 through 2020.

Depth

Locastro will be replacing centerfielder Aaron Hicks due to Hicks having season-ending surgery on his left wrist at the end of May. The former Diamondback can make starts in center-field against left-handed pitching. The right-handed hitter will also take the burden off of Aaron Judge in right field as well. Additionally, the Yankees placed Clint Frazier on the IL today. Locastro has experience in all three positions in the outfield. He has spent the majority of his playing time in centerfield this season with 27 games and 20 starts.

Conclusion

The trade that got completed between the Yankees and Diamondbacks was a very small move. Although Locastro is not known for his hitting ability, he will provide great speed for the team and is another option in the outfield.

Hopefully this will kickstart the Yankees run to World Series Number 28!

Follow me on Twitter @Tony82081730 for more of my content. Don’t forget to listen to our baseball podcast, Cheap Seats Chatter! We’ll see ya there!

Come join the discussion made by the fans at the Overtime Heroics forums! A place for all sports! 

Main image credit Embed from Getty Images

Share this article