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Draft News and Notes: Dragons, Fighters, and Lions

by on Nov.09, 2009 @ 6:03 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...1st round draft pick Toshiya Okada hopes to make the 2013 WBC rosters.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...The Fighters offered 6th round draft pick Yuji Arahari a contract worth 4.8M yen with a signing bonus of 8M yen.

Seibu Lions

Hisanobu Watanabe won't let Yusei Kikuchi throw a bullpen session with Hideaki Wakui and Takayuki Kishi.

"I won't let him throw a bullpen session with Wakui and Kishi.  I want him to see what the other pitches throw and gain confidence by thinking 'I throw the hardest fastball.'"

In other words, the Lions don't want Kikuchi to overthrow in order to keep up with Wakui and Kishi.