ITHACA, N.Y.—Former Ithaca College baseball star Tim Locastro has been traded to the New York Yankees, according to The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler.
Locastro was dealt from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Yankees Thursday afternoon. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y. and grew up in Auburn, N.Y.
Locastro is mainly a light-hitting outfielder, but his speed has set him apart from the rest of the league. Earlier this year, he broke a long-standing Major League Baseball record for stolen base success to start his career.
This will be Locastro’s second stint with the Yankees, though his last was only as a minor leaguer. After being drafted in the 13th round of the 2013 amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, Locastro was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he debuted in the major leagues, then to the Yankees in 2018 and then to the Arizona Diamondbacks in early 2019. Since then, he’s appeared regularly over three seasons for the Diamondbacks.
This year, he is hitting .178 with five stolen bases, one home run and five runs batted in, having missed a portion of the season due to injury. He’s been caught stealing three times after being successful in the first 28 attempts of his career.
The Yankees’ fanbase is reacting positively to the news on social media.