Newark Alumni Begin 2016 Minor League Season

Tim Locatro
Auburn, N.Y., native Tim Locastro with Rancho Cucamonga in 2015. Photo credit: Steve Saenz.

Newark, N.Y. – Four former Newark Pilots were assigned to full-season Class A affiliates for Opening Day of the 2016 minor league baseball season on Thursday, April 7.

At the Class A Advanced level, Tim Locastro (2013) returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ California League affiliate Rancho Cucamonga after helping the Quakes win a league title in 2015. On the East Coast, Steve Laurino (2013) began his second professional season with Class A Delmarva in the South Atlantic League (SAL). Drew Hasler (2013) and Louis Silverio (2014) also opened 2016 in the SAL with the Kannapolis Intimidators.

After being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays organization to the Dodgers midway through 2015, Locastro played a combined 49 regular season and playoff games with the Quakes. In the Cal League playoffs, he batted .333 to help the Quakes secure the franchise’s second league championship. The former Ithaca College standout returned to southern California to begin his fourth pro season after making an appearance with the Dodgers in a Spring Training game on March 27. The second baseman has started four of the RC’s first five games and has hits in three contests.

A former Marist College Red Fox, Laurino was promoted from short- to full-season Class A to start 2016, his second year in the minors. The Baltimore Orioles prospect hit at a .244 clip in his rookie season with the Aberdeen Ironbirds of the New York-Penn League. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound first baseman has played in each of the Delmarva’s first five games this season, registering a .231 batting average (3-for-13) and a .474 on-base percentage.

Newark alumni Hasler and Silverio spent part of the 2015 season together with rookie-level affiliate Great Falls in the Pioneer League, and were both added to the Opening Day roster for Kannapolis in 2016. Silverio, a 2014 pick of the Chicago White Sox, battled through an injury-riddled season a year ago, which included a brief appearance with the Intimidators. In a total of 39 games, the Florida International University product collected 26 hits, six doubles, and four homers. The 22-year-old outfielder collected his first hit of the new season on April 8 with Kannapolis.

Hasler, the son of White Sox pitching coordinator Curt Hasler, was drafted out of Valparaiso University in 2015. The towering 6-foot-6 right-handed hurler made 18 appearances out of the bullpen for Great Falls in his debut season, posting a 3.34 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 29.2 innings of work. On April 9 against Hickory, Hasler tossed two innings of relief for the Intimidators, fanning three batters on 28 pitches.