Kila Ka'aihue

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Kila Kaʻaihue
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Ka'aihue with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 2013
First baseman / Designated hitter
Born: (1984-03-29) March 29, 1984 (age 33)
Kailua, Hawaii
Batted: Left Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 4, 2008, for the Kansas City Royals
NPB: 2013, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Last appearance
MLB: June 5, 2012, for the Oakland Athletics
NPB: 2014, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
MLB statistics
Batting average .221
Home runs 15
Runs batted in 46
NPB statistics
Batting average .258
Home runs 25
Runs batted in 85

Micah Kilakila Kaʻaihue (/ˈklə kəʔˈh/;[1] born March 29, 1984) is a retired professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Kaʻaihue went to Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Kansas City Royals[edit]

He was drafted by the Royals in the 15th round (438th overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.[2]

He played for the Gulf Coast Royals in 2002, Single-A Burlington Bees in 2003 and 2004, and the Single-A Advanced High Desert Mavericks in 2005. In 2006, he played for the Double-A Wichita Wranglers.[2]

Kaʻaihue split 2007 between the Single-A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks and Wichita. In 2008, Kaʻaihue played for Kansas City's new Double-A affiliate, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. There, he led the minor leagues in walks, with 104.[3] He also played for the Triple-A Omaha Royals.

When rosters expanded on September 1, 2008, Kaʻaihue was called up to the major leagues. He made his major league debut on September 4, 2008. He hit his first major league home run on September 20, 2008.[4]

Kaʻaihue with the Omaha Storm Chasers, triple-A affiliates of the Kansas City Royals, in 2010

Kaʻaihue spent the entire 2009 season in Omaha. He began the 2010 season in Omaha, and was called up to Kansas City in May. In his first Major League at bat that season, he pinch hit for Willie Bloomquist in the 8th inning of a May 6 game against the Texas Rangers, and hit an RBI single that broke an 11-11 tie. After having a disappointing start of the season Kila started getting hot finishing the 2010 Royals season with 8 home runs and 25 runs batted in.

Kaʻaihue started the 2011 season as the regular first baseman for the Kansas City Royals. He hit a walk-off home run on April 1 as the Royals beat the Angels 2-1. Mired in a hitting slump from the start of the season, averaging just .195 in 23 games, with only six RBIs and two homers, Kaʻaihue was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on May 5. Eric Hosmer was called up to replace him.[5] He was designated for assignment on September 21, 2011.[6]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Kaʻaihue during his tenure with the Oakland Athletics in 2012

On September 27, 2011, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for minor league pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth. On June 6, 2012, he was designated for assignment.[7] In 39 games for the Athletics, he hit .234/.295/.398 with 4 HR and 14 RBI.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On November 21, 2012, Kaʻaihue signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but was released from the Reno Aces, Arizona's Triple-A affiliate, on June 1, 2013. He led the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in home runs.[8]

Hiroshima Toyo Carp[edit]

On June 15, 2013, Kaʻaihue signed with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan.

Washington Nationals[edit]

On January 18, 2015, he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.[9] He was released on May 24 after hitting just .194 in the minors.[10]

Miami Marlins[edit]

On June 22, 2015, he signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins.

After MLB[edit]

In July 2016 Ka'aihue accepted the head coaching job at Henry J. Kaiser High School.


Kaʻaihue's younger brother, Kala Ka'aihue, is a minor league baseball first baseman. He is of Hawaiian descent.


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