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Draft News and Notes: More on Tigers’ 5th pick Fujikawa

by on Oct.31, 2009 @ 4:05 pm, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Second round draft pick Tomohisa Ohtani has his eyes on Satoru Komiyama's number 14.

Hanshin Tigers

...Kazuhito Futagami is thinking about dropping by Tigers Fall camp when he goes home in November.  While on his trip back home, Futagami plans on making the rounds to thank people that have helped him over the years.

...The Tigers met with met with second round draft pick Masanori Fujihara yesterday and will likely talk about money and possible uniform numbers during their next meeting.

...It appears as though Shunsuke Fujikawa isn't very happy that the Tigers ignored his wish that he wanted to sign on with Toho Gas if he wasn't drafted within the first three rounds.  According to the Fujikawa's college manager Tatsumoto Enomoto, three other clubs interested in Fujikawa skipped over him once the third round passed.

"I spoke with Fujikawa for 2 hours last night.  He's really confused right now so I figured it best he didn't attend the meeting.  Kinki University also has ties with Toho Gas we'd like to keep strong.  And more than that, it does a player no good to flip-flop his decision at the drop of a hat," said Enomoto.

He continued, "I seems like you've given him high grades and are legitimately interested in him.  I also heard the situation [in which you drafted him].  And if I was in the same position as the manager, I'd probably draft players like Futagami and Fujihara first.  If Fujikawa really was mentally / emotionally strong, he would have gone before the Tigers' third round Fukuoka University pick and the fourth round high school pick, at least that's what Fujikawa said."

The Tigers are claiming that they didn't know about Fujikawa's wish.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Yu Darvish's old dorm room (#404) at Kamagaya is currently open and the plan is to give that room to their first round draft pick Masato Nakazawa.

Orix Buffaloes

...visited 1st round draft pick Shuichi Furukawa earlier today (10/31).  The team presented Furukawa with a signed access ID card Akinobu Okada used on the day of the draft.

Yakult Swallows

...First round draft pick Masato Nakazawa plans on making Hisayoshi Chono is baseball rival.  He's also looking forward to facing former college teammate, Yoshiyuki Kamei.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...The Bay Stars are rumored to be preparing the number 51 for Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.

The number 51 used to be worn by Takanori Suzuki.