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2010 Draft News and Notes: December 13, 2010

by on Dec.13, 2010 @ 3:48 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons introduced their five 2010 draft picks to 250 fans at Nagoya Stadium on Sunday. ... Yudai Ono (1st round) showed up in an 200,000 yen Armani suit; his entire ensemble apparently cost him 280,000 yen in all. ... The 2010 draft picks were also introduced to the media today. ... The Dragons took their 2010 draft picks on a tour of Nagoya Dome, which also includes the Dragon Museum.

Daiki Yoshikawa (2nd round) was assigned Kazuyoshi Tatsunami's old uniform number 3.

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida (1st round) was 4-0 (in 4 games) with a 2.48 ERA at Tokyo Dome during his Industrial League days.  He's hoping he can keep that success going now that he's turned pro.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito's (1st round) registered name will most likely be "斎藤佑樹" and his name will appear on scoreboards as "斎藤佑".  There were a number of proposals, but the team decided on a standard format at the request of Saito.  Incidentally, the top three choices submitted by the Nippon Ham Fighters Fan Support Group (as selected by fans) were: Yu-chan, Yu-san, and Yukki.

Rakuten Eagles

The "Michinoku Trio" (the trio from the Tohoku region), comprising of Takahiro Shiomi (1st round; Hachinohe Univ), Toshihito Abe (3rd round, Tohoku Fukushi Univ), and Kengo Kimura (Iuksei 2nd round; Sendai Ikuei HS), met with Senichi Hoshino yesterday during their tour of the facilities.

One of the things Shiomi is hoping to improve is his change-up (he has confidence in his fastball).  Said Shiomi, "I won't worry about velocity.  What's more important is mixing in slower pitches."  He also said that he liked Tsuyoshi Wada and Hisanori Tsuyoshi's change-ups.

Seibu Lions

Tatsuya Oishi (1st round) will be using a slightly smaller glove on the mound next season (somewhere between and infielder's glove and a pitcher's glove).