Yanks meeting with Kikuchi?
Sanspo has gotten a hold of Yusei Kikuchi’s meeting schedule over the rest of the month, leading up to the draft. Here’s the breakdown:
Oct 16: meetings with Hanshin, Seibu, and Orix
Oct 17: Chunichi, Yakult, Nippon Ham, Chiba Lotte, Hiroshima, Rakuten and others
Oct 19: begin meeting with MLB clubs
Oct 20: Cleveland Indians, others
Oct 22: conclude meetings
Nikkan Sports lists the MLB clubs stopping by as the Giants, Mets, Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers, Mariners and Indians.
I’ve written about Kikuchi before, as he is an enticing left-handed arm that is in a rather difficult position (the Japanese amateur draft or Major League Baseball?). The Yankees are in on him, though the Rangers seem to be his biggest suitor. If you want to learn a bit more about Yusei Kikuchi, check out NPB’s scouting report. It’s riddled with interesting goodies. For instance, did you know that Kikuchi’s middle name is Igawa? Okay, just kidding…