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Hanshin Tigers Alternate First Pick: Masanori Fujihara

by on Oct.13, 2009 @ 12:15 pm, under NPB

The Hanshin Tigers appear to have narrowed down their list of alternate first round picks to Masanori Fujihara out of Ristumeikan University.

Fujihara is a lefy hurler that tops out at 146km/h.  He also throws a curve, slider, and a fork.

Scout: He's got speed and movement on his pitches.  He also has a good pick-off move.  He can also change speeds when necessary.  I think he's a solid pitcher to have as an alternate first round pick.  What makes him attractive?  The fact that he can strike batters out.

A potential cause for concern: Fujihara was out with tightness in his left shoulder during the Spring League but is said to be fine now.  He's currently 3-1 in four games with a 1.38 ERA in the Kansai Big 6 Fall League.