Some of the most fantastic international baseball stars are showing out in a big way in the WBSC Premier12. None, however, have shown quite the talent that Japanese second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi has on the defensive side of the ball. The recently-posted 29-year-old really knows how to flash the leather, and he's catching the eye of fans in the United States ahead of his potential move to the MLB.
Now that's some defensive wizardry that any MLB team could use.
Kikuchi, a member of the Hiroshima Carp for all eight of his seasons in the Japanese Coastal League, is free to sign with any major league team now. He slashed .261/.313/.406 with 13 home runs, 36 doubles and 48 runs batted in during his 2019 campaign, but it's his defensive prowess that will have teams salivating.
Just look how effortless he makes these absurdly challenging plays look. That's the type of glove any pitcher would be blessed to have protecting the infield.
Any organization in need of a defensive boost at second base should be looking directly at Kikuchi as a potential solution. He's no slouch with the lumber, but he could instantly step in as one of the premier fielding options at the position when he transitions to the majors.