Scouts seek talks with Kikuchi

Kyodo News

Nippon Professional Baseball on Thursday asked Yusei Kikuchi’s high school to give scouts of all 12 domestic clubs chances to have direct talks with the highly touted left-hander.

NPB has also demanded that Kikuchi not receive an offer from any major league clubs before Japan’s amateur draft on Oct. 29.

Last year, Junichi Tazawa refused to be named in the Japanese draft and signed a three-year deal with the Boston Red Sox.