Yankees call-up speedy outfielder, who could eat into one sluggers playing time

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After defeating the Baltimore Orioles 5–2 on Saturday, the New York Yankees called up one of their Triple-A outfielders to provide more depth on Sunday in the final game of the three-game series.

The Yankees currently host a 5–4 overall record, dropping the first game of the series against Baltimore 2–1 in 11 innings. Unfortunately, the Bombers’ offense has been lackluster at times, failing to score more than six runs this year over their first nine games.

Hopefully, their new outfield call-up can provide a bit more support on the base path.

Per the Yankees PR team:

Prior to today’s game, the Yankees recalled OF Tim Locastro (#33) from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Manager Aaron Boone elected to bring up 29-year-old outfielder Locastro, who has experience playing in left field, centerfield, and right field. Historically, Locastro has his most experience in center, recording a perfect fielding percentage over 385 innings of play.

Offensively, Locastro has spent time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Yankees.

Last season, he hit a measly .180 with a 21.2% strikeout rate over 64 games. However, back in 2020 with Arizona, he hit .290 over 33 games, recording two homers and a 17.1% strikeout rate and a 9.8% walk rate.

One of Tim’s most exciting attributes is his speed, stealing 17 bases back in 2019. Locastro has only stolen nine bases since then, but if the Yankees need a pinch runner he will be the first to get the call.

Prior to Sunday’s game, Boone said that there are “some starts to be had,” indicating that the speedy outfielder could get an opportunity to leave his impression. Whether that means cutting into Joey Gallo’s playing time, who’s hitting a measly .143 the season, is yet to be seen.