A few more minor Yusei Kikuchi updates...
Hanamaki Higashi manager Sasaki once again re-iterated that Kikuchi will likely make an announcement after the National Athletic Tournament. He also added that an announcement probably won't be made immediately after the tournament.
"Once the National Athletic Tournament ends and we return to Iwate, we'll take some time and talk [about Kikuchi's future] and then we'll make an announcement. I don't think we'll be making any announcements the day the tournament ends."
A list of potential teams interested in Kikuchi:
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Mets
New York Yankees
San Francisco Giants
Sponchi also posted a team profile of the Houston Astros that went on to talk about how they signed a Taiwanese pitching prospect out of college last season (Lo Chia-Jen) and then made the plunge and signed a Korean high school prospect (Chan Jong Moon) this year.
If you throw in NPB teams that are interested in Kikuchi (about 11 at this point), there are likely about 20 teams interested in the high school pitcher.