Kyle Harris Higashioka is a Major League Baseball catcher who currently plays for the New York Yankees.
Higashioka was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft and in 2017 he made his MLB debut for the Yankees.
Higashioka batted.170/.228/.327 in 147 at bats for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Trenton Thunder in 2012.
Due to Tommy John surgery and a fractured thumb, he only appeared in 13 games between the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
He spent 2015 with the Tampa Yankees before becoming a minor league free agency at the end of the season. During the offseason, he re-signed with the Yankees.
Higashioka began the 2016 season with the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League, where he was named Player of the Week.
During the season, he was promoted to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League.
He concluded the 2016 season with a .276 batting average, 21 home runs, and 81 RBI, and he was added to the Yankees’ 40-man roster.
Higashioka was assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at the start of the 2017 season by the Yankees.
What Nationality Is Higashioka?
Higashioka is American. He was born in Huntington Beach, California. Higashioka is of Japanese descent through his dad.
His dad, Ted is a third-generation Japanese American.