The Chiba Lotte Marines have expressed interest in lefty pitcher Nobuaki Nakabayashi from Keio University. The Marines are currently looking for a lefty to help supplement their pitching staff.
The Marines are in the group of teams interested in Yusei Kikuchi but would reconsider their first pick depending on what Kikuchi decides.
Nakabayashi has won 18 games in his college career and throws a fastball that tops out at 147 km/h. He can also throw a curve, change, slider, and fork. So far this fall, he is 4-1 with a 1.88 ERA.
If the Marines get Nakabayashi, he'll be the first player they've drafted out of Keio since they picked Takashi Kita in 2001.