Buzz: Mets and others Interested in Kikuchi

According to Yakyu Baka, the Mets and Tigers attended Yusei Kikuchi’s press conference in Japan, during which he announced he will either enter the Japanese draft or sign with a MLB team.

…from what i can gather, the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, Tigers and Braves have all shown interest in kikuchi, dating back to last spring

“We’ll see what happens after we meet and talk,” Mets scout Isao Ojimi is quoted as saying.  “He needs to make a decision he won’t regret.”

The 18–year-old Kikuchi, who is left-handed and reached 95–mph on the radar gun, is expected to be the top pick of the draft if he stays to pitch in Japan, according to the report.

i’m no scout, but i know this: any 18–year-old kid who can hit 95 mph, and has a curve ball roughly 20–mph slower than that, and who is left-handed, is worth looking in to…

To see video of Kikuchi, click below: