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Draft News and Notes: Okada, Tomura, and Magario

by on Nov.01, 2009 @ 1:28 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...visited first round draft pick Toshiya Okada earlier today (10/31).

Rakuten Eagles

...visited first round draft pick Kenji Tomura earlier today (10/31).  The Eagles have high expectations of Tomura and they also like the fact that he hasn't suffered any major injuries during his high school and college career.

Yakult Swallows

...Yuichi Matsumoto would be happy to see second generation Brazilian Japanese Maike Magario join Yakult.

The Swallows selected Magario in the first round of the Ikusei draft on Thursday.

Said Yuichi, "I'll be happy if he joins the club.  I'd like to play along with him. ... I'm sure his Japanese is much better than mine.  He went to a Japanese high school, so I'm sure his reading and writing skills are very good."

Maike has been living in Japan since he was 5.