Auburn native Tim Locastro will begin the 2019 baseball season in the minor leagues.
The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned Locastro to Triple-A Reno Tuesday. The Reno Aces play in the Pacific Coast League.
Locastro hit .222 in 18 spring training games with the Diamondbacks. He scored four runs, stole two bases and added an RBI. On defense, he primarily played in the outfield.
It was a busy offseason for Locastro, who spent parts of the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization. He played his first major league games with the Dodgers in 2017.
Last season, he hit .182 in 18 games with the Dodgers. He also scored six runs and stole four bases.
After the 2018 campaign, Locastro was traded to the New York Yankees. Even if he didn’t make the big league club, he could’ve had an opportunity to play for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre — just a few hours away from his hometown.