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Draft News and Notes: Taketo Kawaguchi, Motoki Higa drawing positive reviews

by on Jan.13, 2010 @ 3:15 pm, under NPB

Hiroshima Carp

...6th round draft pick Taketo Kawaguchi drew a positive review from head coach / pitching coach Yutaka Ohno after rookie mini camp on Tuesday.

Ohno feels Kawaguchi could be used as a lefty arm out of the pen in 2010.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...5th round draft pick Hirotoshi Masui is trying to provide some free publicity to Yaizu City's fishing industry by talking about how much he loves raw fish and how he grew up eating it (Yaizu is Masui's hometown).

Orix Buffaloes

...2nd round draft Motoki Higa has caught the eye of Akinobu Okada.

Seibu Lions

...As expected, Yusei Kikuchi stepped out to run some errands today.  He told reporters he was embarrassed about his clothes: he wore a black parka under a purple down jacket and wore jeans.  Kikuchi apparently borrowed everything asides from the jeans -- those were from his elementary school days.

Kikuchi will also have a chance to meet with pro-golfer Ryo Ishikawa on the 15th.  It's kind of hard to tell that they're the same age.

Softbank Hawks

...Kenta Imamiya gained 2-kg since he moved into the players dorms (5 days).  He's now at 70kg.  Imamiya's ideal weight is 75kg.  Seems he's never been able to get his weight over 70kg though.

Yomiuri Giants

...Hisayoshi Chono hit the cages for the second consecutive day at rookie mini camp on Tuesday.

2010 Draft

...Sadaharu Oh has his eyes on both Yuki Saito and Tatsuya Ohishi.