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Draft News and Notes: Hawks offer contracts to Fujihara and Fujikawa

by on Nov.07, 2009 @ 3:27 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...6th round draft pick Takao Suwabe is still not sure about whether or not he wants to sign with the Dragons.

Said Suwabe, "I'm still about 50-50.  And I still have some unfinished business in the Industrial Leagues."

If Suwabe walks away from the Dragons it'll be the first time in 28 years for that to happen.

Orix Buffaloes

...A little early?  Akinobu Okada has his eyes on Tatsuya Oishi for the 2010 Amateur Draft.  Okada likes him more than Yuki Saito.  Okada will be watching Oishi during the Under-26 vs College All-Star Game that takes place later this month.

Seibu Lions

...The Lions are more than happy to switch some uniform numbers around in order to give Yusei Kikuchi the number he wants the most.

"We'll swap some numbers around for 4 to 5 players to make it easier for Kikuchi to choose.  Maybe the player that loses his number will also take this as a wake up call," said Lions' GM Yasuo Maeda.

The only number between 10 and 19 currently available is the number 12.  Satoshi Yamazaki (#17) and Masamitsu Hirano (#19) are two possible players that could lose their numbers.  Beyond that, Yuta Nakazaki (#21) and Hironori Matsunaga (#24) are two other players that could lose their numbers.

Softbank Hawks

...The Hawks offered contracts to 2nd round draft pick Hiroyuki Kawahara and 5th round draft pick Koji Toyofuku.

Kawahara - yearly contract worth 6M yen plus a signing bonus of 60M yen.

Toyofuku - yearly contract worth 5M yen plus a signing bonus of 35M yen.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...visited 4th round draft pick Takayuki Makka on Friday.

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One comment on “Draft News and Notes: Hawks offer contracts to Fujihara and Fujikawa

  1. Deanna

    Oh yeah, I read that article about Ohishi too. Quite frankly, he IS a better pitcher than Saitoh… at relief. Dude still can’t start. I don’t know why that is, but it’s true (he’s been rocked in just about every start he’s had in college, but has been lights-out in relief, even when relief meant pitching 5-6 innings to clean up Saitoh’s crap). I’m a huge fan of his and I’ve been watching him for two and a half years now and even I can’t make excuses for his crappy starts anymore after seeing him at Soukeisen this year.

    Nonetheless, a guy who can come out there and throw 150-154 in relief and strike out a ton of batters definitely has value, and I’d like to think he will be a great closer for an actual pro team (Fighters!!) someday.

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