The Seibu Lions offered 1st round draft pick Yusei Kikuchi a contract worth 15M yen and a signing bonus of 100M yen, plus 50M yen in incentives. His uniform number will be 17.
"I'm happy to have a chance to realize my dreams," Said Kikuchi. " I want to become the type of pitcher kids look up to and everyone talks about. There will be a lot of responsibility for wearing the number 17, but I'll do my best to become as close to an ace as possible."