Outfielder Tim Locastro has been a pleasant surprise for the Arizona Diamondbacks throughout the first two months of the 2019 season, contributing in a big way as recently as Saturday with a walk-off single in the 11th inning to down the New York Mets.
What you might not know of the Ithaca College product, however, is that he is actually the unofficial ball magnet of the D-Backs. In just 66 at-bats, Locastro has been plunked a preposterous 10 times. He even had a hat-trick of sorts back on May 24 against the Giants, getting pegged three times by San Francisco pitchers.
Oh yeah, he's played in just 24 games! Just think about how rare that is in baseball. Those numbers equate to Locastro getting beamed every seven plate appearances!
For the season, the Auburn native is hitting just .255 but has 13 runs and hits, has swiped 6 bases, and boasts an elite .433 on-base percentage.
The second-year big leaguer might not currently be an everyday starter for Arizona, but his unnatural, dependable knack to reach base will almost force manager Torey Lovullo's hand in giving Locastro as much playing time as possible.