The Bay Stars are high on lefty pitcher Nobuaki Nakabayashi out of Keio University.
"We've been following him from his high school days. The velocity on his fastballs have improved and he's developed better movement on his pitches," said someone connected to the team.
They added, "With Kudo gone, the team needs some lefty arms. He could be an interesting option not only as a starter, but also as a reliever."
Nakabayashi has a fastball that tops out at 147km/h and can throw a curve, change, slider, and fork ball.
The Bay Stars number 1 pick will likely be left-handed slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo out of Yokohama High School.