Kyle Higashioka
Kyle Higashioka
30-Year-Old CatcherC
New York Yankees
2020 Fantasy Outlook
HIgashioka slugged .581 with 20 homers at Triple-A in 2019, thereby besting his home-run total in the minors from 2016-2018 by one. He has shown little ability to hit major-league pitching in the cups of coffee the Yankees have given him the past three seasons; his job has been as the third catcher during September, or when Gary Sanchez and/or Austin Romine are hurt and the club needs another body. He doesn't have the tools necessary to be the primary catcher on a big-league roster and is now in a make-or-break situation since he is out of minor-league options and turning 30 years old. He will have to make the Yankees' roster out of camp or find another organization looking for a caddy catcher. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $562,900 contract with the Yankees in March of 2019.
Could see substantial October role
CNew York Yankees
September 24, 2020
Manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that who starts at catcher between Higashioka and Gary Sanchez will be a "day-to-day situation," Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
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Higashioka has already cut substantially into the struggling Sanchez's playing time, going 7-for-21 with three homers while making six starts behind the dish since Sept.11. Though Sanchez obviously has the edge over Higashioka with regard to postseason experience, it sounds like the catching duties will at least begin as a fluid situation when the Yankees open their wild-card series Tuesday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+326%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+43%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .554 56 5 3 7 0 .179 .179 .375
Since 2018vs Right .705 127 16 7 20 0 .218 .260 .445
2020vs Left .250 16 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125
2020vs Right 1.065 31 7 4 10 0 .323 .323 .742
2019vs Left .867 15 3 1 3 0 .267 .267 .600
2019vs Right .605 42 5 2 8 0 .195 .190 .415
2018vs Left .560 25 2 2 4 0 .160 .160 .400
2018vs Right .554 54 4 1 2 0 .170 .278 .277
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+87%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+55%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+94%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .759 87 11 7 16 0 .210 .253 .506
Since 2018Away .588 93 10 3 11 0 .209 .226 .363
2020Home 1.176 17 4 4 7 0 .235 .235 .941
2020Away .630 27 3 0 3 0 .296 .296 .333
2019Home .528 29 3 0 3 0 .214 .207 .321
2019Away .821 28 5 3 8 0 .214 .214 .607
2018Home .737 41 4 3 6 0 .194 .293 .444
2018Away .379 38 2 0 0 0 .139 .184 .194
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Stat Review
How does Kyle Higashioka compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
22.9%
 
BABIP
.242
 
ISO
.271
 
AVG
.250
 
OBP
.250
 
SLG
.521
 
OPS
.771
 
wOBA
.338
 
Exit Velocity
83.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.0%
 
Barrels/PA
7.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2017
Higashioka spent most of the second half of the season on the Yankees' roster with Gary Sanchez missing time with a groin injury. He found himself the subject of a fun anecdote, becoming just the second Yankee in history after Alfonso Soriano to have each of his first three hits for the team go for home runs, but his performance was quite forgettable after that, as he finished with a .167/.241/.319 line (and no more homers) in 79 plate appearances. Throw in his 20 plate appearances in 2017 and his career line sits at .133/.212/.256. The 28-year-old projected as a mediocre backup as a prospect, with below-average defense and a decent bat. If the bat never comes around, he'll remain nothing more than a third catcher. He'll likely have to bide his time at Triple-A to begin 2019, and he's unlikely to excite should at-bats open up.
2016 served as a breakout campaign of sorts in the minor league ranks for the 26-year-old Higashioka. The catcher was limited to a total of 24 games between 2013 and 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and he was slow to shake off the rust after that, but he found his stroke to the tune of 21 home runs, 81 RBI and a combined .276/.337/.511 slash line across both Double-A and Triple-A this year. Though he's always projected as a good power hitter, it's difficult to determine how much stock should be put into his 2016 season, as he floundered at the lower levels of the minors in the early parts of his career. Additionally, a sudden and sustained emergence like this is uncommon for someone who will turn 27 in the first month of the 2017 season. Higashioka was added to the 40-man roster for Rule 5 protection, and will compete with Austin Romine for the honor of backing up Gary Sanchez.
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Delivers three homers
CNew York Yankees
September 16, 2020
Higashioka went 3-for-4 with three home runs, five RBI and three runs scored Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
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Clubs first homer of season
CNew York Yankees
September 11, 2020
Higashioka went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run during a 6-0 win over the Orioles in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
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Returns from injured list
CNew York Yankees
September 1, 2020
Higashioka (oblique) was reinstated from the injured list Tuesday.
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Nearing return
CNew York Yankees
Oblique
August 31, 2020
Higashioka (oblique) is "really close" to being ready to return and could do so in the next few days, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
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Participates in simulated game
CNew York Yankees
Oblique
August 27, 2020
Higashioka (oblique) took at-bats and caught in a simulated game at the Yankees' alternate training site Thursday, Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune reports.
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