Can Tim Locastro be the 2022 version of Garrett Whitlock for the Boston Red Sox?
The short answer is probably not, but the comparisons are difficult to ignore after Boston claimed Locastro, an outfielder, off waivers from the New York Yankees on Friday, the team announced.
As for Locastro, it’s an obviously low-risk move with the 40-man roster now at 35. The Yankees acquired Locastro in July from Arizona, and he appeared in just nine games for New York, going 4-for-21 (.190). In 64 big league games in 2021, Locastro hit .180 with two home runs and seven RBIs while stealing five bases.
Locastro’s best asset is his speed. He led the league in sprint speed in both 2019 and 2020, per Statcast, and his 30.7 feet per second speed tied for the lead in 2021. Locastro successfully swiped 29 bases to start his career.
Here he is, stealing a bunch of bases, including at least one on a pitchout.
(And here are a bunch of infield hits, too, from “The World’s Fastest Human.”)
Locastro also gets hit by pitches — a lot. He finished third in the National League in 2019 when he was hit by 22 pitches ? in just 91 games. He’s been plunked 36 times in just 503 career plate appearances.
It allowed him to show off his acting chops, though.
If he sticks, Locastro almost certainly would be used a depth outfielder who obviously could add some value as a pinch-runner.