Kyle Higashioka
Kyle Higashioka
29-Year-Old CatcherC
New York Yankees
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $562,900 contract with the Yankees in March of 2019.
Expected to split catching duties
CNew York Yankees
September 14, 2019
Higashioka will take on a "fairly even" split in catching duties while Gary Sanchez (groin) is on the shelf, Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com reports.
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Though the Yankees are optimistic that Sanchez will make it back by the end of the season, he is likely to miss around two weeks, giving Higashioka a chance to showcase his abilities down the stretch. Manager Aaron Boone indicated that the decision to split time behind the plate between Higashioka and Austin Romine was made in order to protect both catchers from fatigue. Higashioka started Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader and is back in the lineup, slotted eighth in the batting order, for Saturday's tilt against Toronto.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
2
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+43%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+86%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .605 47 7 3 7 0 .174 .191 .413
Since 2017vs Right .520 109 9 3 10 0 .160 .220 .300
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
2017vs Left .143 7 2 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000
2017vs Right .077 13 0 0 0 0 .000 .077 .000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+55%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+94%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .540 88 9 3 9 0 .163 .227 .313
Since 2017Away .555 68 7 3 8 0 .167 .191 .364
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
2017Home .111 18 2 0 0 0 .000 .111 .000
2017Away .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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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
45.6%
 
BABIP
.321
 
ISO
.250
 
AVG
.214
 
OBP
.211
 
SLG
.464
 
OPS
.675
 
wOBA
.284
 
Exit Velocity
89.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
45.2%
 
Barrels/PA
5.3%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Returns from Triple-A
CNew York Yankees
September 8, 2019
Higashioka was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.
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Sent to Triple-A
CNew York Yankees
August 10, 2019
Higashioka was sent down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.
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Goes off on O's for two homers
CNew York Yankees
August 8, 2019
Higashioka went 2-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in Wednesday's 14-2 win over the Orioles.
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Homers in loss
CNew York Yankees
July 25, 2019
Higashioka went 1-for-3 with a home run in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.
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Recalled by Yankees
CNew York Yankees
July 24, 2019
Higashioka was recalled by the Yankees on Wednesday.
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