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Draft News and Notes: Kikuchi tries some slow training

by on Jan.30, 2010 @ 1:18 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...Kazuhito Futagami joined up with the team on Friday in Okinawa and tossed a 30-pitch bullpen (all fastballs).

...Masanori Fujihara could make a start on 2/13 against the Nippon Ham Fighters if everything with his training goes well.

Hiroshima Carp

...Takeru Imamura told reporters he really wanted to make a start against the Yomiuri Giants in a practice game on 2/20.  He tossed a 100-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

Seibu Lions

...Yusei Kikuchi tossed 25 pitches in about 5 minutes on the 26th.  On Friday, he slowed things down considerably and  spent 10-20 seconds per pitch; he threw about 40 pitches.

Kikuchi decided to try "slow pitching" after he heard Ai Miyazato (pro golfer) talking about how she slowed down her swing to help her breakdown her form.

...Kikuchi will be bunking with 5th round draft pick Kenta Matsushita during Spring camp.

Softbank Hawks

...Kenta Imamiya felt rookie mini camp went well and gave himself a 100%.