Higashioka Sticking To His Approach

It's easy to dismiss Kyle Higashioka's numbers at first glance - just a .253 average and two home runs. But a closer look reveals a patient and selective approach, and he plans on sticking to that plan this year and beyond.

The 2009 regular season has come to a close for the Staten Island Yankees, but the team has powered their way into the playoffs as they battle for their fifth New York-Penn championship.

The roster of potential standouts in Staten Island is led by catcher Kyle Higashioka, the young high school star who came to the Yankees in the 2008 draft. The 2009 campaign was a rocky one for Higashioka, though, who didn't seem to meet expectations at the plate.

The California native has had a strict regimen at the plate, relying on patience and discipline. He is mindful of the year he has had at the plate but sees his approach as something to stick with.

"My approach at the plate has been attacking the fastball," Higashioka said. "I've seen a lot of them but really it's been waiting for the right pitch to hit. It's really been about not swinging at the bad pitches, so patience has been the key."

Higashioka acknowledges the better pitching in the NY-Penn League as compared to what he saw in 2008 with the GCL Yankees.

"These guys have better stuff, they can control it better and have some good offspeed stuff that I didn't see in the GCL," he added.

As a result, Higashioka sees strength as a key to getting back on the right track, recognizing his August slump as a result of getting tired near the end of the season.

In the beginning of September, the nineteen year old was feeling better with his swing and it resulted in a brief six game hit streak before the playoffs.

"I just need to keep getting stronger," he opined. "I went into a little slump there and was feeling pretty worn down, like the bat was really heavy and it was getting away from me. But I've been feeling better lately."

Higashioka insists the fatigue was not the result of being the everyday catcher and feeling the wear and tear of duties behind and at the plate.

"Being behind the plate comes a little more naturally to me and this year has been tough because my numbers aren't that great. I think I've been managing both sides pretty well. It is tough," he continued. "It's a grind towards the end of the year but I think I've worked past the point of fatigue."

Higshioka has been told he will be attending Instructs this year, but the organization has not informed him of what he will be working on yet. Staten Island still has the matter of a championship to attend to.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nThe 2009 regular season has come to a close for the Staten Island Yankees, but the team has powered their way into the playoffs as they battle for their fifth New York-Penn championship.
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\r\nThe roster of potential standouts in Staten Island is led by catcher Kyle Higashioka, the young high school star who came to the Yankees in the 2008 draft. The 2009 campaign was a rocky one for Higashioka, though, who didn't seem to meet expectations at the plate.
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\r\nThe California native has had a strict regimen at the plate, relying on patience and discipline. He is mindful of the year he has had at the plate but sees his approach as something to stick with.
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\r\n\"My approach at the plate has been attacking the fastball,\" Higashioka said. \"I've seen a lot of them but really it's been waiting for the right pitch to hit. It's really been about not swinging at the bad pitches, so patience has been the key.\"
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\r\nHigashioka acknowledges the better pitching in the NY-Penn League as compared to what he saw in 2008 with the GCL Yankees.
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\r\n\"These guys have better stuff, they can control it better and have some good offspeed stuff that I didn't see in the GCL,\" he added.
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\r\nAs a result, Higashioka sees strength as a key to getting back on the right track, recognizing his August slump as a result of getting tired near the end of the season.
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\r\nIn the beginning of September, the nineteen year old was feeling better with his swing and it resulted in a brief six game hit streak before the playoffs.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just need to keep getting stronger,\" he opined. \"I went into a little slump there and was feeling pretty worn down, like the bat was really heavy and it was getting away from me. But I've been feeling better lately.\"
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\r\nHigashioka insists the fatigue was not the result of being the everyday catcher and feeling the wear and tear of duties behind and at the plate.
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\r\n\"Being behind the plate comes a little more naturally to me and this year has been tough because my numbers aren't that great. I think I've been managing both sides pretty well. It is tough,\" he continued. \"It's a grind towards the end of the year but I think I've worked past the point of fatigue.\"
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\r\nHigshioka has been told he will be attending Instructs this year, but the organization has not informed him of what he will be working on yet. Staten Island still has the matter of a championship to attend to.
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