Kikuchi decision imminent.

Yakyubaka.com, a States-based website covering Japanese baseball, relying on a story in Sanspo.com that ran about five hours ago, reports that Hanamaki Higashi High School has announced that 18-year-old lefthander Yusei Kikuchi (a formidable candidate for “Most Likely to Succeed” in this year’s senior class) will hold a press conference on Sunday to “announce his decision.”

It’s not clear if that announcement will be solely whether Kikuchi will make himself eligible for Thursday’s Japanese draft, or if instead he plans to go so far to announce (if he’s opting to leave for MLB) which big league organization he intends to sign with.

Note: Japan is 14 hours ahead of us, which means Kikuchi’s Sunday arrives at 10 a.m. our time.   So it’s conceivable we could get some news Saturday night locally.

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