How fast is Auburn native Tim Locastro? He is, according to one metric, the fastest player in Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball's Statcast calculates players' sprint speed. Locastro, who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has an average sprint speed of 30.6 feet per second, which is tops in the majors.
Statcast defines sprint speed as "feet per second in a player's fastest one-second window" on plays. To calculate the average, Statcast uses two types of plays: runs of two bases or more on non-home run plays, but excluding being a runner on second base when an extra-base hit occurs and home to first on "topped" or "weakly hit" balls, according to the website.
The major league average on what Statcast defines as a competitive play is 27 feet per second.
Locastro showcased his speed in the Diamondbacks' win over the Texas Rangers Tuesday night. In the fifth inning, he scored from second on an RBI single. He ran from second base to home in 7.1 seconds, according to Statcast.
In the ninth inning, Locastro had an infield single after hitting a slow grounder to the left side. With his speed, the Rangers didn't attempt to throw him out at first.
Locastro is near the top of the league in another speed-related category, according to Statcast. He has 35 "bolts" — any run of at least 30 feet per second. He's sixth among major leaguers in that category.
The leader, Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, has 55 bolts on 135 competitive runs this season. By comparison, Locastro has 35 bolts on 49 competitive runs.
The five players ahead of Locastro in the bolts category have at least 96 competitive runs — nearly double his total. That's due to Locastro appearing in fewer games — he's played in 49 games this season — than his counterparts.