A few news and notes on Yusei Kikuchi:
...Hanamaki Higashi club president Sasuga said that Kikuchi's decision likely won't come until after the 23rd.
"I think he'll be talking to his parents on the 24th or 25th. That means the earliest he can make an announcement will be the 24th, with the latest being the 26th," said Sasuga.
The city of Hanamaki will be honoring the Hanamaki Higashi high school baseball team on the 23rd (another reason why Kikuchi's announcement will be coming on or after the 24th).
...As mentioned yesterday, the Ham Fighters will make Kikuchi their first pick in this year's draft if he opts to stay in Japan.
...Derek Holland was apparently impressed with Kikuchi. From the Star-Telegram:
"Just how he would fit perfectly with our Rangers staff," Holland said via text message Monday before boarding his flight home. "He’s a good pitcher with good command and also is a competitor like the rest of the guys." ...
"I feel confident about the visit," he said. "We made some solid ground, and he seemed interested and happy to have us in the room."