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2010 Draft News and Notes: November 1, 2010

by on Nov.01, 2010 @ 10:46 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...met with Fumiya Araki (5th round) on Sunday.  Araki is hoping to take advantage of his speed (runs the 50m in 5.7 seconds and can apparently get down to first in 3.65 on a bunt and 3.9 on a hit) and would like to vie for a stolen base crown in his first year.

Chiba Lotte Marines

...met with Atsushi Kobayashi (3rd round) today.

Orix Buffaloes

...met with Shunta Goto (1st round) today.  Said Goto, "I still can't believe I was selected in the first round.  I met with the team today and my job doubled.  My strengths are my legs and arm.  My goal is to get used to the pro world and build up my body so that they use me at Ichi-gun."

Rakuten Eagles

...met with Takahiro Shiomi (1st round) today.  Seems he's looking forward to a chance at watching Masahiro Tanaka pitch up close.