Yusei Kikuchi
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  Foreign
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Yusei Kikuchi in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Free to sign with MLB team
PFree Agent  F
November 5, 2018
The Seibu Lions have made Kikuchi available to MLB teams through the posting system, MLB.com reports. He is free to negotiate a contract with any MLB team.
ANALYSIS
A three-time All-Star in Japan (2013, 2017, 2018), Kikuchi logged a 3.08 ERA and 8.4 K/9 during this past season. He'll now have a 30-day negotiating window to find a MLB contract for 2019. Under the new agreement between MLB and NBP, the Lions will be paid a fee based on the size of Kikuchi's contract (20 percent of the first $25 million, 17.5 percent of the next $25 million and 15 percent of any amount beyond $50 million).
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
Kikuchi attracted attention as a high schooler for his hard fastball and stated desire to forego a pro career in Japan and jump straight to the majors. That didn't happen, and injuries have so far deterred him from reaching his potential. Still only 24, Kikuchi showed signs of improvement in 2015 and if he can put together a couple of healthy seasons, he could establish himself as a quality lefty.
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To be posted this winter
PFree Agent  F
October 3, 2018
Kikuchi is expected to be made available to major-league clubs through the posting system this winter, Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times reports.
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PFree Agent  F
October 29, 2009
Kikuchi was taken in the first round of Wednesday's NPB draft by the Seibu Lions.
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