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2010 Draft News and Notes: November 9th, 2010

by on Nov.09, 2010 @ 3:06 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...met with Daiki Yoshikawa (2nd round) on Monday.  Seems Yoshikawa has been studying Hirokazu Ibata on Youtube and is hoping to learn about fielding from him.

Hanshin Tigers

...met with Masaki Anada (Ikusei 3rd round) on Monday.  Said Anada, "I've been going to Koshien since I was a kid so I'm a fan of Hanshin.  My strength is hitting the ball far.  I'd like to use that to my advantage."

Yokohama Bay Stars

...met with Shinji Ohara (5th round) on Monday.  Ohara apparently feels his strength lies in his slider and wants people to think of sliders when they think of him.

Yomiuri Giants

Takayuki Ogino (Ikusei 4th round) dropped by Giants Stadium today to check out the facilities.  Ogino can run the 50m in 5.8 seconds.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...met with Yuya Taniguchi (5th round) on Monday.  Taniguchi told reporters that things were only now beginning to sink in for him and that he wanted to become a player like Yoshio Itoi.

Yuki Saito (1st round) is apparently already getting calls about his availability for commercials.

Softbank Hawks

...met with Masato Sakata (5th round) on Monday.  Sakata is apparently a big fans of the Hawks and wants to become a pitcher that the team can count on during tough situations.  He also hopes to increase his weight to 75kg and work on getting his fastball up over 140km/h.  Sakata ultimately wants to become a pitcher like Toshiya Sugiuchi and has been using him as a reference point for how to pitch.