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2010 Draft News and Notes: November 6, 2010

by on Nov.06, 2010 @ 1:30 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...met with Hiroya Shimamoto (Ikusei 2nd round) on Friday.  Shimamoto told reporters that he wanted to go all out, enough for both him and an old teammate / friend (Shosei Yoshikawa) he lost in a bus accident last year.

Hiroshima Carp

...met with Shota Nakazaki (6th round) on Friday.  Said Nakazaki, "I've had a chance to the club and I'm happy.  My goal is to become a great pitcher with Hiroshima.  I want to take part in all the practices and pitch in as many games as possible."  Nakazaki jogs the distance between his dorm and his school everyday (about 4km).  Seems Nakazaki will also be working on becoming a pitcher like Kenta Maeda (he also apparently like Kenshin Kawakami).

As mentioned yesterday, Yuki Tsurumoto (7th round) became the first player in the 2010 draft to sign a basic contract.  Seems the Carp will also be giving him the number 69.  Said Tsurumoto, in regards to signing a contract, "I finally feel like a pro.  I want to become a pitcher like Kenta Maeda.  He's been a great ever since he was a kid and I'd like to become like him."

Yakult Swallows

...met with Kentaro Kyuko (5th round) on Friday.  The Swallows feel Kyuko is ready to make an impact right away (as a reliever) and like how he attacks left-handed batters by throwing inside.  Kyuko is a side-armer that tops out at 142km/h and can throw a slider, shuto, and change.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Seems the Fighters may offer Yuki Saito (1st round) the highest possible contract they can (15M yen, 100M yen signing bonus, 50M yen incentives) and also give him the option of choosing between the number 16 and 18.  The name on his uniform will also probably be shown as Y. Saito, since the Fighters also have Masaru Saito (6th round).  The Fighters are also apparently getting 10 times as many calls on their season seats (with about 250 seats already sold).

Seibu Lions

Like the Fighters with Saito, the Lions will likely offer Tatsuya Oishi the highest possible contract.


Hiroshima, Nippon Ham, and Hiroshima made visits to their respective Waseda first round draft picks today.