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Byung-Hyun Kim tryouts with the Rakuten Eagles begins

by on Nov.17, 2010 @ 12:10 pm, under NPB

Byung-Hyun Kim's tryout with the Rakuten Eagles started on Tuesday.  The media apparently only had a chance to watch Kim play catch but they learned that Kim also held a bullpen session for the coaches and threw 10 pitches to a squatting catcher (Sanspo mentions that Kim threw about 40 pitches in total).

Reactions amongst the coaches seem to be a little mixed.  Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato said he needed to see more than 10 pitches to gauge ability, but batting coach Kochi Tabuchi seems a little more upbeat about Kim's potential.

Kim told reporters that he felt about as good as he's ever felt over the last three years and that he would improve with practice.

Kim's tryout will continue today.

See also:

Rakuten Eagles to give Byung-Hyun Kim a tryout?