The Dodgers have reportedly reached a minor league agreement with Yujo Kitagata of the Independent Challenge Baseball League in Japan.
Kitagata, 25, is a right-handed pitcher who, according to reports, can reach 99 miles per hour with his fastball. He is best utilized as a reliever according to the scouting reports and many expect him to work his way to the big leagues in quick fashion.
The Dodgers signed former Yokohama Baystars first-rounder RHP Yujo Kitagata to a minor-league deal. Released by Yokohama after 2013. Was up to 99 MPH in Japanese indy ball last May. Here's a part of his outing on that day: https://t.co/GLBCWIR0Uv
— Kazuto Yamazaki (@Kazuto_Yamazaki) May 9, 2019
Yujo Kitagata sounded off on his signing with the Dodgers here:
“I wanted to play baseball at the top level so I was happy to get the invitation. I want to prepare well so I don’t have any regrets.”
It sounds like Kitagata is ready to show what he has to the Dodgers organization. It will be interesting to see what level he begins his journey at considering he is a bit to old to be a prospect — he is already 25 years of age.
Kitagata has a lean frame for all the velocity he possesses as he checks in at 6 feet tall and 200 pounds.
— akasen (@aka5en) May 24, 2019
It will be interesting to see if Kitagata could work his way into the bullpen mix in the coming months as all early indications point favorably in his direction.