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Draft News and Notes: Takao Suwabe still undecided

by on Nov.27, 2009 @ 3:57 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...The Dragons offered 7th round draft pick Masato Matsui a contract worth 8M yen and a signing bonus of 25M yen.

...6th round draft pick Takao Suwabe is still not sure what he wants to do moving forward.  But he does plan on having an answer for the next time they meet.

...Kenta Asakura apparently had some shoulder issues during the 2nd Round of the Climax Series.

Asakura was taken off the active roster on 10/22 with pain in his right shoulder.  He's been taking things slowly during the off-season so far and will be working towards making sure his shoulder is 100% for Spring camp.

Hiroshima Carp

...Kenta Kurihara offered the following three points of advice to newly drafted prospect, Shota Dobayashi:

  1. Watch and learn
  2. Don't be afraid of making mistakes
  3. Don't rush yourself and get injured

...The Carp are already looking toward the 2011 Draft, which will likely feature a healthy crop of university pitchers.  They'll likely be looking for a starter in the 1st round and a reliever with a power arm in the 2nd round.

Orix Buffaloes

...The Buffaloes were said to have offered 2nd round draft pick Motoki Higa a contract worth 12M yen with a signing bonus of 80M yen.  But that apparently wasn't enough for Higa.  Nikkan Sports says that the Buffaloes likely offered a 50M yen signing bonus.

Higa also was not present for negotiations on the 26th.