Higashioka Getting Into The Swing Of Things

CHARLESTON, SC - Despite hitting .253 with the Staten Island Yankees last season, Kyle Higashioka's strong and quick defensive game, coupled with astute leadership and game calling have gotten him noticed as a top catching prospect. Although he suffered a wrist injury during spring training, Higashioka was able to stay optimistic about the impact of his injury.

"I didn't ever think it was anything major," Kyle Higashioka said of the injury. "The trainers and I just made sure we took a good amount of time with recovery so I didn't have any lingering problems. I never thought I'd be in extended spring training. It never crossed my mind."

Higashioka said that while he doesn't feel his injury has set him back physically, it hindered his current level of comfort on the field.

""I'm not really feeling that comfortable to play right now, mainly because I didn't get that many at-bats at spring training," he said.

On a scale from 1-10 of how comfortable he feels playing right now, Higashioka said he is around a 6 or 7.

"But," he said abruptly, "I just need to make a few adjustments, and very soon I'll be fine. I just have to get back into the swing of things, but I'm definitely ready for the season."

After helping guide his pitching staff to twelve shutouts last season, Higashioka said he has maintained a good relationship with them.

"I know these guys pretty well," he said. "I feel really comfortable with them so hopefully we can put together the same pitching performance we had last year."

Higashioka said the most significant difference from last season is that he is now catching for Jose Ramirez.

"I didn't really catch that much for [Ramirez] last season, so I'm still in the process of getting adjusted to how he throws," he said.

In order to continually develop a good relationship with his staff, Higashioka believes that maintaining good communication and gaining the trust of the pitchers are the two most important things to do.

"They have to know that you are going to call the right pitches, that you're going to block pitches in the dirt, that you're going to make them look good," he said.

Although Higashioka's leadership skills may make him appear very goal-oriented, he said he doesn't like to set seasonal goals for himself.

"I'm really just out here trying to do my best," he said. "Whatever my best may be, hopefully in the end, my best will carry me to where I want to be."

Higashioka expressed similar feelings regarding what his expectations for the upcoming season are.

"I try not to make big predictions in the beginning of the season, I don't want to jinx anything," he said. "We all just have to go out there and do our best, and hopefully we can bring home a championship."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I didn't ever think it was anything major,\" Kyle Higashioka said of the injury. \"The trainers and I just made sure we took a good amount of time with recovery so I didn't have any lingering problems. I never thought I'd be in extended spring training. It never crossed my mind.\"
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\r\nHigashioka said that while he doesn't feel his injury has set him back physically, it hindered his current level of comfort on the field.
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\r\n\"\"I'm not really feeling that comfortable to play right now, mainly because I didn't get that many at-bats at spring training,\" he said.
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\r\nOn a scale from 1-10 of how comfortable he feels playing right now, Higashioka said he is around a 6 or 7.
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\r\n\"But,\" he said abruptly, \"I just need to make a few adjustments, and very soon I'll be fine. I just have to get back into the swing of things, but I'm definitely ready for the season.\"
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\r\nAfter helping guide his pitching staff to twelve shutouts last season, Higashioka said he has maintained a good relationship with them.
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\r\n\"I know these guys pretty well,\" he said. \"I feel really comfortable with them so hopefully we can put together the same pitching performance we had last year.\"
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\r\nHigashioka said the most significant difference from last season is that he is now catching for Jose Ramirez.
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\r\n\"I didn't really catch that much for [Ramirez] last season, so I'm still in the process of getting adjusted to how he throws,\" he said.
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\r\nIn order to continually develop a good relationship with his staff, Higashioka believes that maintaining good communication and gaining the trust of the pitchers are the two most important things to do.
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\r\n\"They have to know that you are going to call the right pitches, that you're going to block pitches in the dirt, that you're going to make them look good,\" he said.
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\r\nAlthough Higashioka's leadership skills may make him appear very goal-oriented, he said he doesn't like to set seasonal goals for himself.
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\r\n\"I'm really just out here trying to do my best,\" he said. \"Whatever my best may be, hopefully in the end, my best will carry me to where I want to be.\"
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\r\nHigashioka expressed similar feelings regarding what his expectations for the upcoming season are.
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\r\n\"I try not to make big predictions in the beginning of the season, I don't want to jinx anything,\" he said. \"We all just have to go out there and do our best, and hopefully we can bring home a championship.\"
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