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Draft News and Notes: Kikuchi taking charge

by on Jan.08, 2010 @ 12:57 pm, under NPB

Seibu Lions

...It appears Yusei Kikuchi is already beginning to pull his own weight.  About an hour after moving into the player dorms on Thursday, Kikuchi ran out to the baseball grounds to practice, dragging 5 other rookies along with him.

Their practice apparently lasted about 2 hours.  Kikuchi also played some catch (about 82 throws) with Kenta Matsushita at a distance of about 20 meters.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will be living in room 17 on the second floor of the player's dorm.  While not as big of a book-bug as Kikuchi, Tsutsugo did bring along his own stash of books.  And it seems a couple of them were on Ichiro.

...Takayuki Makka has dreams of doubling as a model.

Yakult Swallows

...Ikusei 1st round draft pick Maike Magario said he finds comfort in knowing that he can speak to fellow teammate Yuichi in Portuguese.