Chiba Lotte Marines
...It appears as though the Marines' four draft prospects were a little jealous of Yusei Kikuchi and all the press coverage he was getting. Takashi Ogino and Ikuhiro Kiyota were both quoted as saying, "We hardly got any coverage."
...The Tigers appear to be nearing an agreement with 5th round draft pick Shunsuke Fujikawa.
...Yusei Kikuchi had his strength test on Thursday and was informed that his right thigh (61 cm) was bigger than his left thigh (59 cm).
...Hisayoshi Chono picked up quite a bit of hardware this past year. He won the Intercity Baseball Tournament Top Batter Award with a .579 batting average and also took home an award for excellence. He also won a hitting award for his performance at the Industrial League Championships and topped off the year off with a Best Nine award last night.