As expected, the Seibu Lions have posted pitcher Yusei Kikuchi. The 27-year-old left-hander now has a 30-day window to negotiate with teams in Major League Baseball. Seibu will, in turn, receive a fee based on an agreed percentage of the value of any contract he signs.
Kikuchi has a 73-46 career record with a 2.77 ERA in NPB, going 14-4 with a 3.08 ERA this year while striking out 153 batters in 163 and two-thirds innings. The year before that he went 16-6 with a 1.97 ERA while striking out 217 batters and walking only 49 in his 187 and two-thirds.
Kikuchi is a fastball-slider pitcher some have compared to Patrick Corbin. He’s generally viewed by major league scouts as a potential mid-rotation starter.