Twenty-eight-year-old Ryosuke Kikuchi agreed to an estimated salary of 240 million yen in 2019 (up 50 million yen from this season). During a press conference on December 21, Kikuchi told reporters that he informed the Hiroshima Carp that he wanted to play in the Majors and hoped to be posted before he earns his international free agent option.
Kikuchi is slated to earn his domestic free agent option next year. Assuming no injuries, he should be on track to earn his international free agent option two years after that (some time in 2021).One Comment
September 29 vs Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome – Kikuchi recorded the 250th sac hit of his career in the third inning and became the twentieth player in NPB history to reach the milestone. He joined Kozo Shoda and Akihiro Higashide as the only players in Carp history to record 250 sac hits.
Kikuchi is a Ghibli fan. He likes to unwind and watch Ghibli films on his day off.
Source: ZakZak 9/3/20180 Comments
Ryosuke Kikuchi did not play in tonight’s game against the Chunichi Dragons because of tightness in his body.0 Comments
Ryosuke Kikuchi did not participate in general practices before the Hanshin game on May 5. He instead worked out indoors. He also did not make the starting line-up for the game. A team trainer told reporters Kikuchi was working on a conditioning issue.
Source: Sanspo 5/5/20170 Comments
Ryosuke Kikuchi was originally called out safe when he slid into home plate in the first inning of tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants. Umpires reviewed the film and overturned the call after they saw his hand touch the plate before the tag.0 Comments
Ryosuke Kikuchi banged his right knee against the base of a fence while trying to catch a ball in foul territory in the sixth inning. He left the field for treatment, but returned and played through to the end of the game.
Kikuchi was taken to the hospital after the game for tests as a precaution and was diagnosed with a bruise on his right knee.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/20160 Comments
Yasuhiro Ogawa, Yakult (First Time)
5 G, 4-0, 39.0 IP, 2.08 ERA, 28 SO, 9 ER, 3 CG
Ogawa started five games in August and recorded four wins (tied for most in the Central League). He led the league in innings pitched and recorded three complete game victories, including one shutout. He was instrumental in the team’s 15-9 record in August. He is the first Yakult player to win an MVP of the Month since Tetsuto Yamada in June 2016 and first Yakult pitcher since Masanori Ishikawa in September 2015.
Ryosuke Kikuchi, Hiroshima (Second Time)
25 G, .358 AVG, 38 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI
Kikuchi was the mainstay at second base and batted second in every game in August. He led the league in hits and recorded a number of big hits, including a game-tying home run in the ninth inning against the Yomiuri Giants on August 7. He won his first MVP of the Month in June 2014. He is the first Hiroshima player to win an MVP of the Month since Yusuke Nomura in June 2016 and the first hitter since Rainel Rosario in September 2014.
Yuki Matsui, Rakuten (First Time)
11 G, 0-0, 9 Sv, 13.0 IP, 0.69 ERA, 0 CG, 0 ShO, 17 SO, 1 ER
Matsui appeared in eleven games in August and led the league with nine saves. His eleven strikeouts were most for a reliever. He recorded holds on August 12 against Nippon Ham and August 21 against Orix. The Eagles were 10-0-1 in the eleven games he appeared in. At twenty years and ten months, he is the youngest left-handed pitcher to win an MVP of the Month award in the Pacific League. Yoshihisa Naruse was previously the youngest when he won the award at twenty-one years and nine months in July 2007.
Hideto Asamura, Seibu (Third Time)
24 G, .384 AVG, 34 H, 4 HR, 26 RBI, 1 SB
Asamura played in all twenty-four of his team’s games in August. He led the league in hits, doubles (14), total bases (64), RBI, and batting average with runners in scoring position (.500). His batting average was good for second and his slugging percentage (.646) was good for third. He recorded multiple hits in thirteen games and went hitless in only three. He has won the MVP of the Month Award two other times: October 2011 and July 2013. This is the seventieth time a Lion has won the award, most in the Pacific League (Nippon Ham and Orix are in second with sixty-nine).0 Comments
Nikkan Sports is carrying an article about Ryosuke Kikuchi asking fans not to do the wave because it makes the ball difficult to see.
I know everyone is excited, but please do not do the wave while the ball is in play. It makes the ball harder to see…
Incidentally, the Hiroshima Carp website includes the following note about waves during pro yakyu games at Mazda Stadium:
Please do not take the lead in “wave” (wave-like) cheering or wave cheering.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/20160 Comments
Ryosuke Kikuchi hurt his left shoulder while playing defense in the sixth inning of a game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium today.
With runners on second and third and no out in the sixth inning, Kikuchi mishandled a grounder hit by Toshihiko Kuramoto. He quickly recovered and managed to get the ball over to first in time for the out, but in doing so, tweaked his left shoulder.
Kikuchi was removed from the game on defense in the seventh inning and taken to a hospital for an evaluation. The Carp are still waiting for results from his tests, but he appeared to be in good spirits when he returned to the team hotel.
[UPDATE 7/3 @ 2:00pm]
Kikuchi was diagnosed with a bruised left shoulder. He was left out of the starting line-up against Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium today.0 Comments
Ryosuke Kikuchi was not available to play in tonight’s game against Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium because he was not feeling well. It is the first game he missed since he started a consecutive games streak on June 27, 2013 (377 games).0 Comments