Auburn native Tim Locastro's willingness to take one for the team has helped him secure a place in the Arizona Diamondbacks' record book.
Locastro, who started in center field and led off for the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds, was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. It's his 20th hit-by-pitch this season, which is a new Diamondbacks single-season record.
The previous high was Justin Upton's 19 hits-by-pitches in 2011. Justin Upton played in 159 games that season. Locastro broke the record while appearing in his 81st game with the Diamondbacks.
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Locastro is among the league leaders in hits-by-pitches. As of Sunday, he ranks fourth in the majors. Chicago Cubs first baseman and Reds outfielder Derek Dietrich are tied for the league lead with 25 hits-by-pitches. Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles is slightly ahead of Locastro with 22 hits-by-pitches.
But none of them are getting hit by pitches at the same rate as Locastro. If he played a full 162-game slate, he would be on pace for 40 HBPs — 11 shy of the single-season major league record of 51 by Hughie Jennings in 1896.
The team record is the second hit-by-pitch mark Locastro has either broken or equaled this season. In May, he tied the major league record with three hits-by-pitches in a game.
In seven professional seasons, Locastro has been hit by a pitch 184 times. This year, he's been hit 29 times while playing with the Diamondbacks and Triple-A Reno, Arizona's top farm club.