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2010 Draft News and Notes: November 20, 2010

by on Nov.20, 2010 @ 2:46 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

...agreed to basic terms with Akira Iwamoto (4th round) today.  Contract 6M yen, 40M yen.

Fumiya Araki (5th round) can play 7 different positions (all infield positions and all three outfield positions) and may be planning on preparing up to 5 different gloves for his first year in the pros.  Up to know, Araki used up to two kinds of gloves (infield and outfield) but said that he would sit down with the equipment makers to decide on what he should do.  Araki considers his speed (50 meters in 5.7s) and his defensive abilities his strengths.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...agreed to terms with Shinji Ohara (5th round) today. Contract 10M yen, bonus 40M yen.

Yomiuri Giants

Taichi Tanaka (3rd round) will be getting Hideki Asai's uniform number 68 (Asai will be getting a lower number).

Chiba Lotte Marines

...agreed to basic terms with Shogo Yamaguchi (Ikusei 2nd round) today.  Contract 2.4M yen, bonus 1M yen.

...met with Shota Ishimine (1st round) today.  Seems the Marines are preparing the number 5 for Ishimine.  Ishimine can run the 50m in 5.7 seconds.

Nippon Ham Fighters

The Nippon Ham Fighters held a press conference to announce the additions of five of their 2011 draft picks earlier today at Sapporo Dome.  Prior to the press conference, they also came to terms with Yodai Enoshita (4th round; 9M yen plus 50M yen bonus) and Masaru Saito (6th round; 8M yen plus 30M yen bonus) leaving just Yuki Saito (1st round) unsigned.

Nippon Ham is apparently thinking about using Yuki Saito in a commercial for their meat products.  The Fighters are also hoping to get Saito under contract sometime in December.  Incidentally, it seems the Fighters plan on having Saito start at Ichi-gun spring camp next year and that means he could make his "pro debut" during a practice game against the Hanshin Tigers some time in February.  Although a lot will apparently depend on how tired he is.

Orix Buffaloes

...agreed to basic terms with Taiki Mitsumata (2nd round) today.  Contract 6M yen, bonus 60M yen.

Softbank Hawks

...agreed to basic terms with Yuki Yanagita (2nd round) today.  Contract 12M yen, bonus 70M yen.