Acquired: Drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYY).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|2016 Season Stats: Hit a combined .276 between Trenton (Double-A) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A) with 21 home runs, 81 RBIs and 24 doubles for a .511 SLG in 102 games. Appeared in one game at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2017 before promotion, going 0-for-4.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre April 9 when C Gary Sanchez was placed on the 10-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 04/10/17
|April 10, in an 8-1 win over the Rays. Coming on the the top of the ninth behind the plate to replace starting catcher Austin Romine, who had moved to first base, Higashioka did not come to bat.|
|While injured Gary Sanchez is considered the official "catcher of the future" in New York, don't overlook Higashioka, whether here or elsewhere, because he brings a nice package to the table. A bonus baby as a seventh-rounder out of high school in southern California back in 2008, he has matured into a very adept and smart catcher behind the plate, earning definite "late bloomer" status. When he became a free agent in 2015, he quickly re-upped with the Yankees and so heads into his 10th season in pinstripes. Much of his 2013 and 2014 campaigns were lost to Tommy John surgery, suffered on a snap throw from behind the plate to first base, and later he lost time with a broken thumb, but his 2016 numbers marked career highs in power at the plate. Now healthy, he was one of the last players cut out of spring training.|