Dodgers Prospects: Tim Locastro Discusses Offseason & 2018 Outlook

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The 2017 season saw a handful of top prospects in the Dodgers organization merit promotions to the majors, most specifically when the player roster expanded in early September. Names such as Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo and Kyle Farmer were the headliners, and deservedly earned opportunities to showcase their skills in front of the big league management crew and millions of fans. However, there’s one particular prospect, utility man Tim Locastro, who may have a better shot at making the upcoming 25-man major league roster more than any of the other youngsters.

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Dodgers Promote Tim Locastro to Big League Roster

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Heading into the final series of the regular season against the Rockies, the Dodgers on Friday afternoon selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Tim Locastro from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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Dodgers Prospects: Catching Up with Oklahoma City’s Tim Locastro

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The first time we had the opportunity to talk with Dodgers‘ infield prospect Tim Locastro right around Christmas of last year, he was coming off a season where he hit a combined .285/.341/.389 for High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, mainly splitting his time defensively between shortstop and second base.

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Dodgers Prospect Watch: Rios, Locastro, Ramos, Buehler & More

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In  this latest installment of our weekly Dodgers prospect watch feature, we decided to take a look at a handful of youngsters who were able to earn promotions across at least one level of the farm system this season. And, coincidentally enough, by some standards, all five are not terribly far away from making their respective big league debuts.

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Dodgers Prospects: A Closer Look at Tim Locastro

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For fans of the Dodgers who follow the farm system relatively closely, infielder Tim Locastro‘s name probably first appeared on the prospect radar when he destroyed the Lancaster JetHawks’ pitching staff last May, accomplishing the rare feat of hitting for the cycle in Rancho‘s 12-1 blowout victory. About six months prior to that, however, he was a lower-level prospect in the Blue Jays organization, ultimately being acquired by Los Angeles along with pitcher Chase De Jong in exchange for three international slots in July of 2015.

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Dodgers Prospects: What We Learned from the 2016 Arizona Fall League

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With the 2016 Arizona Fall League having entered the history books last Sunday when the Mesa Solar Sox defeated the Surprise Saguaros 6-1 in the championship game, followers of the Dodgers‘ farm system learned quite a few things, including just how good some kid named Bellinger actually is.

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Dodgers Top Prospects by Position: 2016-17 Offseason Edition

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While many fans of the Dodgers are feeling a touch of stress regarding several of management’s upcoming roster decisions during the winter months, a little bit of relief can be found in realizing the multitude of talent flourishing on almost every level of the farm, setting up a seemingly secure future for the entire organization in terms of player personnel.

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Dodgers Prospects: Quakes’ Locastro Hits for Cycle

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If you’re a close follower of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ minor league affiliates, you probably had a very busy evening Tuesday night. You were likely watching righty Zach Lee throw seven-plus innings of solid ball for Triple-A OKC, but if you happened to check on the High-A Quakes game to see Yaisel Sierra pitch or Alex Guerrero bat cleanup, the final at-bat in the eighth inning for shortstop Tim Locastro certainly provided the most excitement of all.

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