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NPB Roundup 11/30: Yuki Saito number 1 pick in 2010?

by on Nov.29, 2008 @ 10:11 pm, under NPB

Sanspo: It's official -- Daisuke Miura will be returning to the Yokohama Bay Stars next season. He called a number of people connected to the team to inform them that he intends to stay. Miura is also have said to have called the Tigers to turn down their offer. The last known offer from the Bay Stars was 3 years at 10-oku yen. There will be a press conference later today to officially announce his decision.

Sanpo: With Miura turning down their offer, the Tigers may look into Kenshin Kawakami again. Team President Shoji Numasawa said, "There's no need to panic. This also means our youngsters will have a shot. ... We need to go back and re-think some of our other options. Kawakami? He's not the first person I thought of, but that would be 1 option. So I won't say there's no chance we won't approach him again."

Sanspo: Yuki Saito is already starting to draw the attention of scouts. Saito still has 2 more years before he enters the draft, but scouts are already proclaiming him as being a number 1 pick -- 20 scouts from 9 teams were at his last start. It seems the Swallows may be targeting Saito -- top Yakult scout Yoshito Oda said, "There's no doubt he'll be a number 1 pick in 2 years. Saito knows how to pitch. ... He goes to Waseda University and plays his games at Jingu Stadium, so he's not going to be able to stay away [from that stadium]."

Sanspo: It appears as though Ryan Vogelsong will be released / DFA'd by the Hanshin Tigers. When team president Numasawa was asked about whether or not the team planned on signing a new foreigner, "It isn't like we really need to, but there's certainly a chance. I'm sure we'll have something by July of next year."

Daily Sports: The Hiroshima Carp and Alex Ochoa will be parting ways. Hiroshima is trying to get a little younger in the outfield and with Ochoa turning 37 in March, they felt a change was necessary. First round draft pick Takahiro Iwamoto figures to be one of the potential candidates to take over Ochoa's spot in the outfield.

The Carp have also decided to hold onto Scott Seabol.

Nikkan Sports: Junichi Tazawa will be heading to Boston on December 1st to undergo a medical examination and finalize a contract with the team. The current offer rumored to be on the table from Boston is a 3 year deal worth $3-4M. The Rangers, Mariners, and Braves were all said to have offered larger contracts, but money wasn't an issue for Tazawa -- the Red Sox were the only team that could boast a locker room with Daisuke Matsuzaka, Japanese trainers, translators, and PR managers, and Red Sox International Scout Advisor Denney Tomori.


0 comments on “NPB Roundup 11/30: Yuki Saito number 1 pick in 2010?

  1. knucklehead7

    I remember when Alex Ochoa was a well thought of prospect with the Orioles. The year he played at AA Bowie, the team played its games at the University of Maryland, and I went to see him and Curtis Goodwin a few a times. He was also part of the trade that brought Bobby Bonilla to Baltimore in ’96.

    It looks like he had a decent (.289/.350/.444) though certainly unspectacular run in the NPB.

  2. Gwynar

    Ochoa hit into league-leading 21 double plays this past season. I think that, coupled with age, may have been another reason why the team is cutting him loose. Number-wise, he did have a decent season though (250 total bases which includes 29 doubles and 15 homers).

    I also read that the new stadium will have a larger outfield and that the team didn’t feel confident about putting an aging player out there everyday.

    I think he could still be an interesting pick-up for someone. Maybe a team in the PL?