ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Locastro focused on consistent play, getting back to the playoffs in 2021

Feb 24, 2021, 11:24 AM

Arizona Diamondbacks' Tim Locastro, right, is congratulated by Carson Kelly (18) after scoring agai...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Tim Locastro, right, is congratulated by Carson Kelly (18) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Tim Locastro is the epitome of a team player.

Just look at his hit-by-pitch numbers.

Heading into his third year with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and with National League rules reverting back to its traditional ways, the outfielder believes he can make more of an impact in 2021.

“I want to help the team win any way I can, whether that’s starting or coming off the bench,” Locastro told Arizona’s Sports Doug & Wolf on Tuesday. “Going back to NL format, I like that being able to come in from the second inning on and pinch run. I’m in for whatever the team needs me to do and wants me to do. I just want to win.”

Locastro was vocal about the D-backs’ dissatisfaction with the 2020 season and said that he’s focused on getting back to the postseason.

“I think last year obviously with the disappointment of not being able to make the playoffs from a team aspect, we want to make the playoffs and get back this year,” Locastro said. “That’s our No.1 goal and once you get into the playoffs anything can happen.”

While the MLB has plans to play a full 162-game season, Locastro said he’s determined to adapt and stay consistent, especially after last year’s shortened schedule. He posted a .395 OBP to go along with a .290 batting average, both career highs, over 33 games in 2020. He also hit two home runs.

Locastro’s ability to get on base is aided due to his knack for getting hit by pitches.

He has been hit by 26 pitches in 124 games with the D-backs since 2019. For reference, the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo was hit by 27 pitches in 2019, the most in the MLB. Rizzo played in 146 games that season.

“I’d like to improve my consistency. I think the No. 1 thing in baseball is being able to do it for 162 games. There’s not going to be 60 games like last year,” Locastro said.

“Obviously you’re going to have bad games in a 162-game season, but if you’re able to impact the game on a day where you’re 0-for-5 and you’re able to go out there and make a play defensively and help the team win, I think that’s what can separate you.”

While Locastro had a solid 2020, he still feels like he needs to earn his spot on the roster and prove that he belongs.

“I think I’m fighting for a spot every single day no matter what,” Locastro said. “You can’t ever get complacent and think you’re here forever because everything can change in an instant. I’m always fighting and I always want to continue to be like that.”

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta chase a double by Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin Newman ...

Wills Rice

Diamondbacks LF David Peralta named Gold Glove finalist

Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta has been named a finalist for the Gold Glove award for the 2021 season.

3 years ago

Chris Devenski #47 of the Houston Astros reacts after allowing a two-run double to Anthony Rendon (...

Henry Schleizer

ESPN: Devenski is D-backs’ most interesting non-roster invitee

ESPN's David Schoenfield named Devenski the D-backs' most interesting non-roster invitee, saying he could earn a spot in the bullpen if he can stay healthy.

3 years ago

Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed throws to first base to get Los Angeles Dodgers' Kiké He...

Henry Schleizer

D-backs’ Nick Ahmed joins athletes in fight against hunger amid pandemic

D-backs SS Nick Ahmed has joined forces with athletes across sports to aid families suffering from the food crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

3 years ago

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Andriese delivers to the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning of ...

Alec Henden

By the Numbers: New D-backs pitcher Matt Andriese

The D-backs acquired pitcher Matt Andriese from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Andriese has pitched to mixed results so-far is his big league career, but has excelled at throwing multiple innings and getting out left-handed hitters.

6 years ago

Credit: AP/Gene J. Puskar...

Alec Henden

Former D-back Daniel Hudson finding comfort after two topsy-turvy seasons

Former D-backs pitcher Daniel Hudson joined the Doug & Wolf show to discuss his whirlwind journey since leaving the team after the 2016 season.

6 years ago

Locastro focused on consistent play, getting back to the playoffs in 2021