14 scouts, including those from the Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp, Nippon Ham Fighters, San Francisco Giants, and New York Mets, were on hand to watch Hirokazu Sawamura pitch on Tuesday. It seems about 8,000 fans also packed Jingu Stadium for a chance to watch the next potential first round draft pick pitch. According to the Tohto University Baseball League, that's the most a non-championship game has ever drawn since 1992.
What the scouts had to say:
Yomiuri Giants: This was the best I've seen his this season. And it didn't seem as though his blister [on his right middle finger from before the season] caused him any problems.
Hiroshima Carp: If he were to join our team, he'd become out number two pitcher behind Kenta Maeda. I still need to keep watching him.
Nippon Ham Fighters: I actually came to see Masahiro Inui. I think Sawamura can be a starter or closer at the pro level.
San Fransisco Giants: He hit 156km/h (97mph) on our speed gun. Not a lot of pros can hit that. Chang-Yong Lim and Ryota Igarashi come to mind.
New York Mets: Does he want to stay in Japan? It would be a waste for him to stay in Japan. I'd like him to aim for something much bigger.
Sanspo has some images from the game, including the scoreboard reading of 157km.