Chicago Cubs: Team likely a long shot for Japanese lefty Yusei Kikuchi

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Yusei Kikuchi pitcher for the Aces in action during the Australian Baseball League match between the Melbourne Aces and the Brisbane Bandits at Melbourne Showgrounds on November 17, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Yusei Kikuchi pitcher for the Aces in action during the Australian Baseball League match between the Melbourne Aces and the Brisbane Bandits at Melbourne Showgrounds on November 17, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images) /
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A year after Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani made the jump to Major League Baseball, could the Chicago Cubs be in on left-handed hurler Yusei Kikuchi?

The international market in Major League Baseball has grown into a franchise-altering pool of talent in recent years. We’ve seen the Chicago Cubs involved with multiple players from overseas, including Jorge Soler, Kosuke Fukudome, and others.

Not only are more and more players continuing to make the jump, but they are bringing with them a cultural shift to the game as a whole. One market, in particular, that of the Asian nations, has picked up steam in its regard and should continue in a big way moving forward.

Last season when it became known Shohei Ohtani wanted to transition his talents to the United States, the intrigue became chaotic and excitement buzzed around the game. Ohtani was referred to as the “Japanese Babe Ruth“, as he became the first player since Ruth himself to find success on both sides of the ball.

Now, Kikuchi could be the next phenom of sorts to make a splash in Major League Baseball. Before you ask, no he is not Ohtani. However, he still brings with him an impressive resume and repertoire which could help him to be successful for years to come.

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