...met with Masahiro Nakatani (3rd round) on Monday. Said Nakatani, "I'd like to win an RBI title at some point in the future. I think it's one of the top titles on offense. Afterall, it's a sport where you need to keep scoring runs in order to win." Seems he also replied to each of the close to 100 e-mails he received after he was selected by the Tigers in the draft.
...met with Tetsuto Yamada (1st round) today. Said Yamada, "Running, hitting, fielding, I want to become a player like Shinya Miyamoto and Norichika Aoki, good enough to represent Japan." The Swallows like Yamada's power and his ability to play short. Seems they feel he could become the next Takahiro Ikeyama.
...met with the battery from Hokusho High School, Akihisa Nishida (3rd round, catcher) and Tomoya Matano (4th round, pitcher but drafted as an outfielder), today.
...met with Taichi Tanaka (3rd round) today. The Giants liken Tanaka to Shun Tono and project him to be a double-digit win pitcher.
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...met with Yodai Enoshita (4th round) on Monday. Enoshita tossed a no-hitter against Meio University at the Kyushu University Tournament the day after the draft. Said Enoshita, "I'd like to watch [Yu Darvish] pitch up close. I want to do my best to get into Team Darvish." Seems Enoshita also has dreams of pitching in the Majors some day.
...met with Taiki Mitsumata (2nd round). Said Mitsumata, "They said they wanted me to do well once I got to Ichi-gun in a couple of years. My strengths are my arm and my ability to spray the ball to all fields."
It seems the Eagles might be thinking about giving Takahiro Shiomi (1st round) the number 21, Hisashi Iwakuma's number.
...also met with Manabu Mima (2nd round) yesterday. Seems Mima is interested in continuing to play the role of closer.
...met with Toshihito Abe (3rd round) today. The Eagles apparently feel Abe can help fill the opening at short and will ultimately become a team leader.
...met with Shogo Akiyama (3rd round) today. The Lions feel Akiyama has all three tools (running, hitting, fielding) and hopes he becomes the next Koji Akiyama (the "version" that played for the Lions between 1981-1993).
...met with Daichi Hoshino (4th round) on Monday. Said Hoshino, "I want to become an asset to the team. [The scouts] told me that I have room to grow and I'd like to reach that potential."