ITHACA, N.Y. – Ithaca College alumnus and baseball standout Tim Locastro '13 has been called up to the Major Leagues by the Los Angeles Dodgers and could make his debut tonight in Denver, Colorado against the Rockies.
"It is so exciting for all of us to see one of our former players join the Dodgers' major league team for the final three games of the season and possible playoff run," said head coach George Valesente. "Tim just completed an outstanding minor league season and we wish him the best. This promotion is well deserved and a credit to his hard work and determination."
Los Angeles has clinched home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs and will close out its regular season this weekend with a three-game series against the Rockies. The Dodgers currently own the best record in the MLB (102-57), with a two-game lead over the Cleveland Indians. If the lead holds up and the Dodgers reach the World Series, they will also have home field advantage for the best-of-seven series. Tonight's contest is scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. first pitch, as is Saturday's game at Coors Field. The regular season finale will be played at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Locastro last played on September 4 with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Big League club. Over 31 games at the Triple-A level, the Auburn, N.Y. native hit .388 (40-for-103) with 18 runs scored, 12 stolen bases, 10 doubles, nine RBI and two home runs.
Locastro was the first NCAA Division III player selected in the 2013 MLB First Year Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round (385 pick). He played two-and-a-half seasons within the Blue Jays organization before he was traded to the Dodgers in 2015.