Ithaca Alums, Healy and Locastro, to Square Off This Weekend in Triple-A Series

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ITHACA, N.Y. – This coming weekend, June 30 to July 3, two Ithaca College baseball alumni – Tucker Healy and Tim Locastro – will have the opportunity to face each other during a four-game Triple-A series in Nashville, Tenn. All four contests of the cross-divisional Pacific Coast League games between the Nashville Sounds and Oklahoma City Dodgers are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. starts (Central Time) at First Tennessee Park.

Each game is available on MiLB.TV, and fans can also follow each team's Twitter accounts – Nashville Sounds | Oklahoma City Dodgers. The Nashville Sounds (PCL American Southern) are the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, while the Oklahoma City Dodgers (PCL American Northern) are in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system.

MiLB Profiles – Tucker Healy | Tim Locastro

"It's a tremendously exciting possibility that two of our former teammates have the chance to compete against each other at the Triple-A level this weekend," said head coach George Valesente. "I'm hopeful that we will be able to watch both of them play in the Major Leagues."

Healy, a relief pitcher for the Sounds, is in his sixth professional season in the A's organization. He was drafted in the 23rd round (709th pick) of the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by Oakland and has made a steady rise through the system.

"I'm pretty excited for Tim to get a chance in Triple-A, he's worked hard for it," expressed Healy. "It's pretty cool how it happened right as his team was coming to Nashville. We've always joked about facing each other in pro ball and now we might actually get that chance. I guess we will have to see what happens now."

The Needham, Mass. native has appeared in 24 games this season and owns a 1-1 record with a 2.70 ERA. Healy has thrown 30 innings with 21 strikeouts and has held his opposition to a .252 batting average.

Healy broke into the Triple-A ranks in 2014 with the Sacramento River Cats before Oakland moved its affiliate to Nashville. He then played the entire 2015 season in Double-A with the Midland RockHounds, and made his move back up to Triple-A in 2016, where he has been a mainstay in the Sounds' bullpen.

Locastro, an infielder for the Dodgers, was recently promoted to the team on Monday evening. He had played the entire 2017 season with the Double-A affiliate Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League as a utility player, where he appeared in 71 games with a .273 average, 52 runs scored, 17 doubles, 14 stolen bases and four home runs. Locastro was chosen to play in the Texas League All-Star Game, which is to be played tonight, June 27, in Frisco, Texas.

"I think it's great not only for Ithaca baseball but for all of our coaches, teammates and friends that they get to anticipate this upcoming series this weekend," stated Locastro. "Tucker and I have texted that we noticed we played each other. We've always joked about facing each other and who would get the better of the matchup so I guess we'll see this weekend if we get the opportunity. But at this point, trying to focus on tonight's game in Memphis and take it game by game and not look to far ahead."

The Auburn, N.Y. native was the first NCAA Division III player selected in the 2013 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round (385th pick). Locastro played two-and-a-half seasons within the Blue Jays organization before he was traded to the Dodgers in 2015. He played 180 games in the Blue Jays system from 2013-15 and has appeared in 243 contests within the Dodgers.

Healy and Locastro were teammates on South Hill in 2011 and 2012. The 2012 squad finished the season with a 29-10-1 record and finished third at the NCAA Division III New York Regional in Auburn.

Since 1934, a total of 108 former Ithaca College baseball players have signed with professional teams, including 42 since head coach George Valesente took over the program in 1979.