ST Conversation with Tim Locastro

Tim Locastro was acquired by the Dodgers in 2015 from the Blue Jays organization. Easily one of the most likeable players in the entire Dodgers system, well, unless your playing against him. The New York native has a reputation for doing whatever it takes to beat his opponents on the field. Locastro, who has a knack for “taking one for the team,” also accomplished the rare feat of hitting for the cycle in May of last season.

Tim is one of our favorites at Dodgers-LowDown, so we wanted to find out how his spring training was going to this point.

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Tim Locastro began 2016 at Class A Rancho Photo Courtesy of Jerry Espinoza

1. Coolest experience of camp so far for you??

The coolest experience so far of camp was when I played in the big league games Vs the Cubs at their facility in Mesa. It was a Saturday game with a sell out crowd of 15k. The atmosphere was amazing and fun. Looking forward to playing in some more big league games this spring.

 

2. I know all the instructors are amazing, but who do you feel is the one or two coaches that just make the game easy for you to learn??

I wouldn’t be able to choose just one or two coaches that make the game easier because your around so many great baseball minds every day its hard to pick just one or two. I think the best thing is to take one or two ideas from each coach and apply that to yourself. If you do that the game as a whole will come easier.

 

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Tim at College – Ithaca Bombers Photo Courtesy of the Ithacan

3. I know your style is very much of a player who does not back down from a challenge, who is the one pitcher that if you had a chance to impress with a tough at-bat against, who would that be??

I would rarely if ever back down from a challenge. If I could pick one pitcher all time to get an at-bat against it would be Mariano Rivera. Growing up in NY I was able to watch him pitch both live and on television all the time. Numerous people have said his cutter was one of the best pitches if not the best pitch of all time. I would love the challenge of seeing just how dominant he was as a pitcher.

4. I know you play many positions defensively, where have been at the most so far this spring??

During spring I have been moving around all over the field. I have been getting a majority of my work between SS and 2B but, still take some live reads in CF during batting practice.

 

5. For Dodgers fans coming out to Camelback Ranch, where would Tim Locastro recommend we go eat?? Favorite restaurant in town??

The one place I would go eat DeFalco’s Italian Eatery in Scottsdale. I’ve been there twice already and will be going back a few more times. I am a huge sandwich/sub guy and both times I’ve went there the subs have been “on the money”. I would recommend the “Il Purista” or the chicken parmesan sub with a side of tomato sauce to dip.

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Matt Beaty, Kyle Garlick and Tim Locastro in 2016 Photo Courtesy of Jerry Espinoza

Already thinking of that sub next time I’m in town, thanks for the recommendation Tim. We all look forward to seeing you playing and succeeding in more big league games this spring and for many years to come. 2017 is promising with players like Tim Locastro setting the table for our big boppers of the future!

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