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Draft News and Notes: Lions to take it slow with Kikuchi?

by on Nov.19, 2009 @ 10:08 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...The Tigers assigned Kazuhito Futagami the number 18 and Masanori Fujihara the number 15.

Seibu Lions

...The Lions offered 5th round draft pick Kenta Matsushita a contract worth 10M yen with a signing bonus of 35M yen.

...The Lions are currently thinking about letting Yusei Kikuchi take his time developing at Ni-gun.

"Kikuchi is the type of player that comes once every 10 or 20 years," said team owner Takashi Goto.  "There's a lot of expectations, we'll let the coaches that work with him make the [final] decision.  Even if it means a full season at Ni-gun, we'll let the coaches decided."

Yomiuri Giants

...The Giants offered 4th round draft pick Tomoya Ichikawa a contract worth 10M yen and a signing bonus of 60M yen.  He was also assigned the number 27.

According to my notes, Hisayoshi Chono is the only remaining player not yet offered a contract.  The Giants will likely offer Chono a contract once the Industrial League Championships end.