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Draft News and Notes: Lions want Matsuzaka to mentor Kikuchi

by on Nov.02, 2009 @ 2:54 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...2nd round draft pick Masanori Fujihara struck out 12 batters in a start on Sunday at the College University Kansai Regionals.

Seibu Lions

...Mums the word on the Majors.  The Lions are preparing an offer for Yusei Kikuchi and will stay away from mentioning the Majors during their discussions.  Unless of course he does, but the club doesn't expect that to happen.

...The Lions are inviting Daisuke Matsuzaka to be a special guest coach for Yusei Kikuchi.

"Matsuzaka uses our facilities to train every off-season.  We'll of course welcome him here again this off-season.  We'd also love it if he could teach Kikuchi the ropes on being a pro in the NPB and help him prepare for the upcoming season," said club president Yasuo Maeda.