Kikuchi, Yasunori 菊池 保則 (きくち・やすのり)
Rakuten Eagles | #59 | P
Born: 09/17/1989 (age 30)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 80kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Ibaraki
Draft: 2007, High School 4th Round
History: 常磐大高
Roster Changes: added 08/22/2016

[11/29/2018] Rakuten to send Yasunori Kikuchi to Hiroshima for Yuya Fukui

The Rakuten Eagles and Hiroshima Carp announced that they agreed on a one-for-one trade. Rakuten will send twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Yasunori Kikuchi to Hiroshima for thirty-year-old Yuya Fukui.

Source: Rakuten 11/29/2018, Hiroshima 11/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2018, Sports Hochi 11/29/2018, Daily Sports 11/29/2018

[UPDATE 12/6 @ 3:47pm]

The Eagles held a press conference for Fukui earlier today. He was assigned the uniform number 31.

Source: Rakuten 12/5/2018, Daily Sports 12/6/2018

[UPDATE 12/14 @ 2:17pm]

The Carp held a press conference for Kikuchi today. He was assigned the uniform number 59.

Source: Hiroshima 12/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/14/2018


[11/13/2016] Rakuten Eagles bumps and bruises

Takero Okajima — developed back pain (from neck) on November 11, left fall camp on November 12.

Yasunori Kikuchi — scratched from an intra-squad game start on November 12 due to a strained back.

Yuichi Adachi — hurt his left Achilles tendon and ended practices early on November 12.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/13/2016, Sponichi 11/13/2016


[9/6/2016] Yasunori Kikuchi gets married

The Rakuten Eagles announced today that Yasunori Kikuchi (26) married a twenty-four-year-old woman from Ibaraki. The two filed marriage papers in Miyagino, Sendai on May 9.

Source: Rakuten announcementSports Hochi 9/6/2016


[4/27/2016] Yasunori Kikuchi tosses a shutout inning in relief

Yasunori Kikuchi got off to a slow start because of lingering right shoulder pain (it first started acting up last year in August). He pitched in his first game this season at Ni-gun against Seibu on April 27. He entered the game in the eighth inning and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He gave up one hit, struck out two, and topped out at 143km/h.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/27/2016