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Draft News and Notes: Chono and Kai, Saito and Ohno

by on Jan.05, 2010 @ 2:47 pm, under College, NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Yuhei Kai practiced out in the public on Monday at Fukuoka University's baseball grounds.  He also played some catch for the first this year, even airing his arm out at a distance of about 70 meters.

Kai has his sights set on stealing a base with Kenji Johjima behind the plate during an intra-squad game.

Yomiuri Giants

...Hisayoshi Chono practiced out in the public on Monday at the Honda Baseball training grounds in Saitama.  He worked out for about 2 hours doing things like playing catch, running and lifting weights.  Chono has been keeping in shape over the off-season by doing 200 sit-ups a day.

Chono will be using a slightly heavier bat this season, going from a 900 gram model to a 910 gram model.

2010 Draft

...Yuki Saito (Waseda University) - Seems the Nippon Ham Fighters will be taking a close look at Saito this year by assigning him to one scout.  Members of the front office also plan to take in some of his starts this year.

...Yudai Ohno (Bukkyo University) - The Hanshin Tigers will be keeping their eyes on Ohno this season.  They already have plans to send a scout out to watch him when Bukkyo opens for practice on the 13th.