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.
Starts Friday
CNew York Yankees
April 19, 2019
Higashioka is catching and hitting eighth against the Royals on Friday.
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Austin Romine will take a seat as Higashioka starts behind the dish for the first time in three games. The 28-year-old has just five at-bats since getting called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he could get sent back down soon with Gary Sanchez progressing from the calf injury that landed him on the injured list.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+86%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .450 34 4 2 4 0 .121 .147 .303
Since 2017vs Right .482 75 5 1 3 0 .152 .240 .242
2019vs Left .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Right .679 8 1 0 1 0 .286 .250 .429
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
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+94%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .543 69 7 3 7 0 .148 .232 .311
Since 2017Away .359 40 2 0 0 0 .132 .175 .184
2019Home .533 10 1 0 1 0 .222 .200 .333
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
30.0%
 
BABIP
.286
 
ISO
.111
 
AVG
.222
 
OBP
.200
 
SLG
.333
 
OPS
.533
 
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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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Sits Tuesday
CNew York Yankees
April 16, 2019
Higashioka will hit the bench against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Headed to big leagues
CNew York Yankees
April 11, 2019
Higashioka was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Conor Foley of The Times-Tribune reports.
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Sent to minors
CNew York Yankees
March 16, 2019
The Yankees optioned Higashioka to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.
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Left off ALDS roster
CNew York Yankees
October 4, 2018
Higashioka isn't included on the 25-man roster for the ALDS against the Red Sox, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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To serve as backup catcher
CNew York Yankees
July 24, 2018
Higashioka was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.
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