Ka'aihue with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 2013
|First baseman / Designated hitter|
March 29, 1984 |
|MLB: September 4, 2008, for the Kansas City Royals|
|NPB: 2013, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp|
|MLB: June 5, 2012, for the Oakland Athletics|
|NPB: 2014, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp|
|Runs batted in||46|
|Runs batted in||85|
Micah Kilakila Kaʻaihue (/ /; 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
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.
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. 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.
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. He was designated for assignment on September 21, 2011.
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. In 39 games for the Athletics, he hit .234/.295/.398 with 4 HR and 14 RBI.
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.
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
On June 15, 2013, Kaʻaihue signed with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan.
On June 22, 2015, he signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins.
In July 2016 Ka'aihue accepted the head coaching job at Henry J. Kaiser High School.
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- Nationals sign Kila Ka’aihue to a minor league deal
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