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Japanese prep LHP still considering Sox

Yusei Kikuchi isn’t sure what he want to do.

The 18-year-old high school lefty from Japan has met with representatives of eight Major League teams — including the Red Sox — and is debating whether to try pro ball in the United States or remain home.

“I can’t decide if I should stay or go,” Kikuchi told reporters on Tuesday. “Both America and Japan have great leagues. I was confused enough before the meetings.”

Kikuchi reportedly has a 96-mph fastball. His high school coach indicated that Kikuchi’s parents could decide for him.

“We won’t get a decision today or tomorrow,” Hiroshi Sasaki said. “Hopefully we will decide by the beginning of next week after consulting with his mum and dad.”

The Sox met with Kikuchi on Monday. Other teams in the mix include the Mariners, Yankees, Mets, Indians, Dodgers, Giants and Rangers.

It can’t be an easy decision. Kenji Johjima just left $15 million on the table and opted out of his contract with Seattle to go back to Japan, his excursion to the majors have been a failure. Kikuchi obviously has talent given the interest shown by the eight teams. But who can accurately predict whether he has what it takes to pitch in the majors?

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