4) Mets outfielder Tim Locastro keeps playing at full speed for the opening-day roster spot
The Mets signed speedy outfielder Tim Locastro this offseason to a minor league contract. The organization has a depth option in the outfield with Locastro, a player with a top-speed ability on the bases.
During his six years in the big leagues, Locastro hasn't been a significant hitter, amassing a .227 batting average with a .656 OPS. His plus has always been his ability as a baserunner and defenseman in the center field, a rather rare position these days.
During his MLB tenure, Locastro has been within the top 10 of the league in the sprint speed category being number one in 2020 and number two in 2021. This places him as an elite position player in speed and attractive to many teams for these skills.
In this Spring Training, the former Yankees outfielder has shown great skill with the bat, something never seen before. He has posted a thus far batting average above .340, an OBP above .430, and an OPS around .980.
He has managed to hit 35% of his at-bats and is third in the league and the team leader in stolen bases. In addition, he already seems like a member of the Mets having received four hit-by-pitch this Spring Training.
This terrific offensive performance by Locastro opens up a whole discussion about a possible inclusion in the opening day roster of the Mets more now with the status of uncertainty about the health of Brandon Nimmo.
Regardless of the outcome, he has seized every opportunity at bat, responding with good performance and speed that makes him an excellent option for the Mets' bench this 2023 season. From a minor leaguer to a potential roster player from a team in a competition like the Mets, make Tim Locastro a great winner this Spring Training.