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Draft News and Notes: Hawks finish offering contracts to all their drafted players

by on Nov.28, 2009 @ 8:16 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...The Dragons offered 1st round draft pick Toshiya Okada a contract worth 8M yen and a signing bonus of 80M yen.

Okada is hoping to become the next Hitoki Iwase.

Hanshin Tigers

...The Tigers offered 3rd round draft pick Yuhei Kai a contract worth 8.4M yen and a signing bonuse of 60M yen.

According to my notes, the Tigers are one player away from offering contracts to all 8 of the players they drafted this year.

Seibu Lions

...The Lions will likely have all their starters helping Yusei Kikuchi out.  Hideaki Wakui with his fork; Kazuhisa Ishii with his slider; Takayuki Kishi with his curve; and Kazuyuki Hoashi with his change.

...Wakui's advice for Kikuchi:

I learned how to throw the slider by imitating Hiroyuki Kobayashi and how to throw the fork by imitating Hisashi Iwakuma.  It's not easy to imitate other pitchers, but I'd like for him to watch pitchers careful and learn.

Softbank Hawks

...The Hawks offered 4th round draft pick Keiji Nakahara a contract worth 12M yen and a signing bonus of 60M yen.  Nakahara was the only player the Hawks drafted out of college -- the rest were all drafted out of high school.

The Hawks have now offered contracts to all 5 of the players they drafted.  They are the 4th team to offer contracts to all their drafted players.