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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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