Tim Locastro

Tim Locastro, an Auburn native, makes a throw during a game for the Tulsa Drillers, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Double-A affiliate. 

Rich Crimi, Tulsa Drillers

Tim Locastro received his first call-up to the majors Friday.

The Auburn native, who finished up the minor league season earlier this month with Oklahoma City of the Pacific Coast League (Triple-A), had his contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"A complete whirlwind," Locastro said during a phone interview on the way to Coors Field, where the Dodgers begin a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies Friday. "I probably still won't believe it's real until I get to the field."

Locastro learned of the promotion Thursday night in a phone call from Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers' director of player development.

"He called me earlier in the day and we were talking about the offseason ... then later he asked me if I had any plans this weekend," Locastro said. "Now I'm meeting them in Colorado."

Locastro boarded and then deboarded a plane this morning in Syracuse, which provided a brief scare as to whether or not he would make it to Colorado in time for Friday's game. After he was reseated, the plane made it to Chicago and he was then on his way to Colorado.

Each stop along the way he received a batch of messages from friends and family.

"Each time there's like 60 text messages," said Locastro, whose parents are expected to be in attendance Friday. His girlfriend and a few friends are anticipated to arrive over the weekend.

Locastro split this summer between Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa. The 25-year-old primarily played second base, and batted .388 with 10 doubles, two homers, nine RBIs, 18 runs and 12 stolen bases in 31 games with the Oklahoma City this season.

Going into Friday night's game, the Dodgers have the best record in Major League Baseball at 102-57 and have clinched home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs heading into the final series of the regular season.

Locastro was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 2013 draft out of Ithaca College, but was traded to the Dodgers organization in 2015. He was assigned to Rancho Cucamonga (Advanced-A) and led the Quakes to a California League title.

Locastro received his first call-up to Double-A Tulsa in 2016, and earned his first promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City last June.

Locastro had been home since completing the minor league season on Sept. 4, but has kept in shape.

"It was unconventional to call me back out when I was home for three weeks," Locastro said. "But it's happening and that' all that matters."

Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at jeremy.houghtaling@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.

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