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Yusei Kikuchi is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Seattle Mariners in MLB and for the Saitama Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
|Net Worth||$10 million|
Yusei Kikuchi was born June 17, 1991 (age 30 years) in Morioka, Iwate, Japan. As a high school pitcher, Kikuchi had a fastball that was clocked at 154 km/h (96 mph) in 2009. In October 2009, Kikuchi sparked controversy when it was announced that he was considering bypassing the amateur draft in Japan for the NPB and signing with an American Major League Baseball club.
Under Major League Baseball’s current rules, Kikuchi would not have been subject to the MLB Draft and instead be declared a free agent, free to sign with any American team he wanted. The Texas Rangers were one of several te ams interested in signing Kikuchi, as well as the Boston Red Sox.
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Japanese news service reports also identified scouts from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees watching Kikuchi in tournaments. All 12 NPB teams were also reportedly interested in signing the pitcher.
Hanamaki Higashi manager Hiroshi Sasaki submitted paperwork to the high school baseball federation in Iwate Prefecture on Kikuchi’s behalf, stating his desire to turn pro. The move opened the way for professional teams to make contact with Kikuchi in a race to secure his services. With the submission of the paperwork, Kikuchi was open to be named in the Japanese baseball draft, which began on October 29, 2009.
He was expected to be named as a No. 1 draft pick by several Japanese clubs. NPB had asked that Kikuchi not receive an offer from any major league clubs before Japan’s draft, in order to even the chances for Japanese teams, who are not allowed to make offers before the draft.
Yusei Kikuchi helped Hanamaki Higashi to a runner-up finish at the national high school invitational in April and to the semifinals in the national championship in August. Kikuchi had reportedly expressed a preference to play in the United States and even visited in October.
Kikuchi would have been the first Japanese high school player to bypass the domestic amateur draft to come to MLB. By staying, players lock themselves into nine seasons before they’re eligible for free agency. They can leave only if their Japanese team allows them to enter the posting system in which MLB teams can bid for the right to negotiate with them. Furthermore, leaving for an American team bans players from Japanese leagues for three years.
Kikuchi held talks with the Red Sox, Dodgers, Rangers, and Giants on Monday, October 19, and talks with the Yankees, Mets, and Mariners the following day. He decided to stay in Japan and enter the draft instead of playing in the United States.
Profession al career
On November 20, 2009, Yusei Kikuchi signed a pro deal with the Saitama Seibu Lions; the deal included a 100 million yen (about $1 million) signing bonus, a 15 million yen ($150,000) first-year salary, and 50 million yen ($500,000) in performance bonuses.
After the 2011 season, Seibu announced that Kikuchi would join the Melbourne Aces of the Australian Baseball League (ABL). In 2018, Kikuchi was selected for the 2018 NPB All-Star game.
On December 3, 2018, Seibu announced it was allowing Kikuchi to enter the posting system to play in Major League Baseball (MLB), with the 30-day period starting a month later.
On January 2, 2019, Kikuchi signed a four-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. Kikuchi made his MLB debut on March 21, 2019, going 4.2 innings while allowing 2 runs (1 earned) and striking out 3. He is the first Japanese-born player to make his MLB debut in Japan.
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Kikuchi struggled in his first season with Seattle, going 6–11 with an ERA of 5.46 in 32 starts. He struck out 116 in 161+2⁄3 innings. Kikuchi improved his performance in 2020, recording a 5.17 ERA and increasing his strikeout percentage from 16.1% to 24%. Kikuchi was selected for the American League’s roster in the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Contract: Toronto Blue Jays
On March 14, 2022, Yusei Kikuchi signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. However, Kikuchi is a 6-foot (1.8 m), 200-pound (91 kg) left-handed pitcher throwing from a three-quarters arm angle. He features a fastball topping out at 99 miles per hour (159 km/h). He mainly throws an above-average slider in addition to the fastball and also mixes in a curve and changeup.
Yusei Kikuchi is married to Rumi Fukatsu, they had their wedding ceremony in 2016. His wife is a media personality in Japan. Rumi Fukatsu was born on June 24, 1986, in Kanagawa, Japan and is 5 years older than her husband.
Yusei Kikuchi net worth
How much is Yusei Kikuchi worth? Yusei Kikuchi net worth is estimated at around $10 million. His main source of income is from his career as a professional baseball player. Kikuchi successful has career earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He is one of the richest and influential football baseball players in Japan.