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A Few More Yusei Kikuchi Updates (10/6/2009)

by on Oct.06, 2009 @ 9:42 am, under High School

A few more Yusei Kikuchi updates (1, 2, 3):

Kikuchi, or rather the manger Sasaki, will begin meeting teams sometime next week, perhaps as early as the 12th or 13th.

Meetings will last about 30 minutes per team.

There are at least 20 teams interested in Kikuchi (includes both MLB and NPB teams).

Kikuchi WILL NOT be present during the meetings.

MLB teams WILL NOT have a chance to speak to Kikuchi directly.

Since Kikuchi's MLB career wil likely begin in the minors, Sasaki will likely ask teams what his life will be like as a minor leaguer.

Kikuchi is quoted as saying, "I want to study both the MLB and NPB teams.  It doesn't really mean much if I don't go to the best team out there."

The Hanshin Tigers are still very much interested in Kikuchi.  Said Tigers' chief scout Masahiro Kuroda, "As long as he has submitted his letter of intent, we want to make him our pick.  I think there are about 20 clubs interested in him.  If there's stuff he wants to ask us, we'll be more than happy to provide him with whatever answers he needs [about our club / system]."

The Hanshin Tigers would also be more than happy to give Kikuchi the number 18, a number usually reserved for the team ace.

Kikuchi has said that he wants to study up on the posting system.

There were 120 reporters and 12 TV cameras on hand at Kikuchi press conference on Monday.


A couple more comments from his interview on Monday:

What's your impression of the MLB and NBP?

Kikuchi: I've been watching the NPB since I was a kid so I can imagine how amazing the cheering would be.  I've only heard things about the Majors, but I guess it's kind of like hearing a lot of shouting in a big stadium.

What kind of things did you talk about with your manager?

Kikuchi: We spoke about what makes up the MLB and NPB.  I don't really know anything so I'm starting from the basics.  I want to make sure I have a good understanding of each before making any decisions.  I also trust my manager fully -- he said he'll tell me everything that's been told to him [at the meetings].