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Draft News and Notes: No bullpen session for Kikuchi on Sunday

by on Jan.18, 2010 @ 1:09 am, under NPB

Hiroshima Carp

...Shota Dobayashi took about 38 swings of the bat on Saturday.  He told reporters that he wants to become a hitter like Yokohama Bay Star Seiichi Uchikawa.

Chief scout Toshihisa Sonoda told reporters that he saw a different swing from Dobayashi that made him seem more like a power hitter.  He also said that Dobayashi had a flexible upper body that allowed him to react quickly after reading the pitch.

Seibu Lions

...Pitching coach Tetsuya Shiozaki visited rookie mini camp on Saturday and had a chance to watch Yusei Kikuchi pitch for the first time.  He watched Kikuchi throw about 10 pitches before moving on.  He didn't want to get ahead of himself and will likely wait until Spring camp before actively watching a Kikuchi bullpen session.

...Hisanobu Watanabe dropped by rookie mini camp on Sunday.  Kikuchi didn't hold another bullpen session and spent his day running, playing catch, and taking fielding practice.

Softbank Hawks

...Kenta Imamiya told reporters that he wasn't feeling at all tired from the long workouts during rookie mini camp because he was still fresh out of high school and that all he needed was a good night's rest in order to recover.

...2nd round draft pick Hiroyuki Kawahara was asked about his thoughts on Yusei Kikuchi's bullpen session and said that while he didn't want to lose out to Kikuchi, but also didn't feel the need to rush himself either.

...4th round draft pick Keiji Nakahara hopes to pick Bum-Ho Lee's brain during any encounters he might have with him during Spring camp.