2019 MLB Draft Guide: Rookie Pitchers
Matt Selz is firing up a detailed look at all the MLB impact rookies you should expect to see in 2019 and starts it off with the pitchers.
This profile series will serve to breakdown the rookies who sit outside the top-20 of Jim Bowden’s original rookies piece or the ones who weren’t included because of changes to rosters after that piece was published. You can see where all of the rookies rank in relation to each other here.
Yusei Kikuchi (LHP Mariners) – You say Tomato, I say Kikuchi. Now that the pun is out of the way, the Mariners made a splash of sorts this offseason with a signing of the newest Japanese pitcher to be posted in the Nippon Professional Baseball League system. The southpaw was signed to a four-year, $56 million deal that can expand to a seven-year, $109 million deal following 2021. Kikuchi hasn’t gotten quite the amount pub that other Japanese pitchers have in recent memory like Yu Darvish , Kenta Maeda , or even the Korean Hyun-Jin Ryu , but he has just as much stuff, if not more than most of those guys and has shown it over his eight seasons in the NPB, he’s also older and that has some to do...