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Players that could go early in the draft – UPDATED 10/29/2009 12:52am

by on Oct.28, 2009 @ 12:09 pm, under NPB

Pitchers

Name JPN Level Team Teams that have show interest
Akiyama, Takumi 秋山拓巳 High School Saijo Tigers, Hawks
Furukawa, Shuichi 古川秀一 University Nippon Bunri Buffaloes, Bay Stars, Marines, Hawks, Dragons
Futagami, Kazuhito 二神一人 University Hosei Buffaloes, Bay Stars, Marines, Tigers, Carp, Lions, Swallows, Hawks, Dragons, Fighters
Imamura, Takeru 今村猛 High School Seiho Marines, Tigers, Carp, Lions, Swallows, Hawks, Fighters
Kawahara, Hiroyuki 川原弘之 High School Fukuokadai Ohori Tigers, Hawks, Fighters
Kikuchi, Yusei 菊池雄星 High School Hanamaki Higashi Buffaloes, Bay Stars, Marines, Tigers, Eagles, Carp, Lions, Swallows, Hawks, Dragons, Fighters
Makka, Takayuki 真下貴之 High School Tokaidai Boyo Marines, Tigers, Fighters
Matsushita, Kenta 松下建太 University Waseda Bay Stars, Marines, Carp, Swallows, Dragons
Nakazawa, Masato 中澤雅人 Industrial Toyota Buffaloes, Bay Stars, Marines, Tigers, Swallows
Ohtani, Tomohisa 大谷智久 Industrial Toyota Marines, Swallows
Okada, Toshiya 岡田俊哉 High School Wakayama Chiben Buffaloes, Marines, Tigers
Suwabe, Takao 諏訪部貴大 Industrial Honda Carp, Hawks, Dragons
Tomura, Kenji 戸村健次 University Rikkyo Bay Stars, Carp, Swallows, Fighters
Yamada, Nobuyoshi 山田修義 High School Tsuruga Kehi Buffaloes, Bay Stars, Tigers, Carp, Fighters

Fielders

Name JPN Pos Level Team Teams that have shown interest
Araki, Takahiro 荒木貴裕 INF University Kinki Tigers, Hawks, Dragons
Chono, Hisashi 長野久義 OF Industrial Honda Tigers, Fighters, Giants
Dobayashi, Shota 堂林翔太 OF High School Chukyodai Chukyo Buffaloes, Bay Stars, Tigers, Eagles, Carp, Hawks, Fighters
Imamiya, Kenta 今宮健太 INF High School Meiho Hawks, Fighters
Kato, Masayoshi 加藤政義 INF University Kyushu Kokusai Fighters, Eagles
Kiyota, Ikuhiro 清田育宏 OF Industrial NTT Bay Stars, Marines, Tigers, Hawks
Nakahara, Keiji 中原恵司 OF University Asia Tigers, Swallows
Nakata, Ryoji 中田亮二 INF University Asia Bay Stars, Lions, Swallows, Hawks, Dragons, Fighters
Kiyashiki, Masato 鬼屋敷正人 C High School Kinkidai Tech Bay Stars, Marines, Tigers, Carp, Dragons, Fighters
Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo 筒香嘉智 INF High School Yokohama Buffaloes, Bay Stars, Tigers, Eagles, Lions, Swallows, Hawks, Dragons, Fighters

Teams that have confirmed Yusei Kikuchi with their first picks: Chunichi Dragons, Seibu Lions, Yakult Swallows, Chiba Lotte Marines, Hanshin Tigers, Nippon Ham Fighters, and Rakuten Eagles.

The Yomiuri Giants have confirmed they will select Hisayoshi Chono with their first pick.  After that, it seems they'll focus in on high school prospects (5 high school and then 5 more during the Ikusei draft).

The Yokohama Bay Stars have confirmed they will select Yoshitomo Tsutsugo with their first pick.

The Hiroshima Carp have confirmed they will select Takeru Imamura with their first pick.

The Softbank Hawks are high on Yusei Kikuchi but have yet to confirm him as their number 1 pick.  And it appears they are now thinking about selecting Kenta Imamiya.

The Orix Buffaloes still have not confirmed anything and are saying they will not decide until tomorrow (10/29) afternoon; they appear to be concerned about which player they will take if they don't win the rights to negotiate with Kikuchi if they pick him first.  And now they have.

Sources:

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Chiba Lotte Marines

...will consider Masato Nakazawa, Masanori Fujihara (藤原正典), and Toshiya Okada as alternate first round picks if Kikuchi falls through.  Throw in Nobuaki Nakabayashi to the list of possible alternate picks.

...appear to be interested in Shota Ohmine, Yuta Ohmine's younger brother.

Chunichi Dragons

...will look for a left-handed pitcher if they don't win Kikuchi.  They are looking to draft about 4-5 players.

...the left-handers could be Takayuki Makka, Toshiya Okada, and Nobuyoshi Yamada.

Hanshin Tigers

...And the Tigers' Akinobu Mayumi continues to talk about how he has a feeling he'll win Kikuchi, even though the Tigers haven't managed to win a first round pick in 10 straight tries.

...are looking to draft about 5-6 players.

...are looking at Ikuhiro Kiyota and Masato Nakazawa as alternate first round picks if they can't get Kikuchi.  The Tigers apparently have about 7 people lined up just in case, including Masanori Fujihara (藤原正典), Yuhei Kai (甲斐雄平), and Yohei Ohshima (大島洋平).

...And the Tigers' Akinobu Mayumi continues to talk about how he has a feeling he'll win Kikuchi.

Hiroshima Carp

...appear to be interested in Mitsuhiro Nagakawa, Katsuhiro Nagakawa's younger brother.

...could be preparing upwards of 100M yen to sign their first round pick, Takeru Imamura.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...have been unsuccessful at winning the pick in their last 4 attempts.

...could be considering Takumi Akiyama and Toshiya Okada as possible alternate first round picks in case they don't land Kikuchi.  Nashida will also be wearing his "lucky" red underwear.

...have their eye on Yasutsugu Nishimoto (西本泰承) as a possible replacement for Kaneko Makoto.  Masayoshi Kato is also on their list.

Orix Buffaloes

...have finally announced that they will select Yusei Kikuchi with their first pick.

Rakuten Eagles

...are high on Ikuhiro Kiyota and Masayoshi Kato.

Seibu Lions

...like Kenji Tomura and Kazuhito Futagami.  They are looking to draft about 6 players.

Softbank Hawks

...also like Kenta Imamiya.

...are now thinking about selecting Kenta Imamiya with their first pick.

Yakult Swallows

...are looking at Kazuhito Futagami as an alternate first round pick.

...they are also looking at Masato Nakazawa as a possible alternate first round pick.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...are looking at players like Kaga Shigeru and Nobuaki Nakabayashi in the second round; Motoki Higa in the third round; and Kota Kobayashi in the Ikusei rounds.

...are showing interest in Takehiro Fukuda (福田岳洋).  He's 26 but could be a sleeper pick in the later rounds.

Yomiuri Giants

...are hoping to draft about 5 players.

...already have the number 7 picked out for Hisayoshi Chono.

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...Dr. Copa, known for his feng shui antics in Japan, believes Chiba Lotte Marines manager Norifumi Nishimura has the needed luck to land Kikuchi.

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