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Draft News and Notes: About 200 fans show up to see Kikuchi at rookie mini camp on Saturday

by on Jan.10, 2010 @ 1:48 pm, under NPB

Hiroshima Carp

...Takeru Imamura and Shota Dobayashi played some catch (about 15 minutes) after moving into the player dorms on Saturday.

Carp rookie mini camp begins today.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...4th round draft pick John Clayton Unten is apparently a huge movie buff and owns about 1,000 DVDs.  He didn't bring any DVD with him during his move on Saturday, but may slowly bring some along after things settle down a bit.

3rd round draft pick Masayoshi Kato and 6th round draft pick Yuji Arahari also checked into the player dorms on Saturday.

Seibu Lions

...Things appear to be going smoothly for Yusei Kikuchi at rookie mini camp so far.  Despite saying he was good at long distance running, Kikuchi ended up completing one of the runs with the best time.

There were five runs around the stadium on Saturday (once around the stadium is about 400m).  The first two runs were 5 times around the stadium and the last three runs was 3 times around the same.  All told, about 7.6km.

Hisanobu Watanabe also had a chance to see Kikuchi play some catch and was apparently pleased with what he saw.

Kikuchi will be playing catch at distances of 20-30m during the first block of rookie mini camp.  The distance will gradually increase beginning the second block of rookie mini camp.  If things go smoothly, Kikuchi could hold a light bullpen session during the third block of rookie mini camp on the 19th.

About 200 people showed up to see Kikuchi on Saturday.  There were also about 100 members of the media on hand covering the Lions' rookie mini camp.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Yoshitomo Tsutsugo came in last for a 2km run on Saturday -- he was about a minute and 20 seconds behind the top mark.

Yomiuri Giants

...Hisayoshi Chono's body fat percentage came in at 12%, about 3% short of the average for most position players.

2010 Draft

...Fumiya Araki - the Marines and Fighters are keeping a close watch on Fumiya.