Akinobu Mayumi named Tatsuya Kojima as the "pitching MVP" and Masashi Nohara as the "position player MVP" during fall camp. He also was pleased with Minoru Iwata's progress (slowly coming back from left elbow surgery back in March). Issei Morita also impressed Mayumi (offensive potential).
On Kojima: He's throwing with good velocity after changing his arm slot and there's good movement as well. I think he's a strong candidate for the rotation.
On Nohara: He's hitting the ball further now. He's becoming more of a steady player. He'll continue to improve if he keeps working on his strengthening exercises.
On Iwata: He's looking about as good as before his surgery. I don't think there's anything to worry about next year. He should be good enough for the rotation. I think that wouldn't be pushing it.
Takumi Akiyama tossed 62 pitches on the last day of fall camp on Wednesday.
Kazuya Tsutsui, the oldest player at fall camp, closed things out yesterday with a short speech.
Robert Zarate returned to Venezuela on Wednesday. He told reporters that he plans on resting for about week before starting with a weight-training program.