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2010 Draft News and Notes: January 9, 2011

by on Jan.09, 2011 @ 12:21 pm, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida (1st round) worked out for about 2 hours on Saturday -- running, playing catch.

Fumiya Araki (5th round) takes pride in his flexibility.  He also moved into the player's dorms with a DVD full of Ichiro footage he put together.

2010 draft prospects' training camp began today without Shinta Hifumi (2nd round).  The first day of camp lasted about 4 hours.

Yakult Swallows

Tetsuto Yamada (1st round) is looking forward to talking to Shinya Miyamoto about fielding.  He's also hoping to become a player that has as long a career as Miyamoto. ... Yamada wants to work on his lower body and would ultimately like to gain at least 7kg (from 73kg to 80kg).  Seems he was really impressed with how sturdy Takahiro Okada's (ORI) lower body was when he had a chance to workout with him earlier in the month.

Only in Japan: Takanori Sato (Ikusei 3rd round) normally calls his older brother Yocchan, but will call him Yoshi-san while on the field.  Said Takanori, "Yoshinori-san sounds too weird.  I also thought about names like Anijya (old brother), Juichiban (#11), Eleven but they don't really fit.  So I guess it'll be Yoshi-san."  He also told reporters he never thought he's be moving into the same room he helped his brother move into 3 years ago.

Yokohama Bay Stars

The media learned on Saturday that 24-year-old Kota Suda (1st round) will be getting married to a 24-year-old woman named Haruka Okazaki (岡崎遥 ?).  Suda popped the question during his senior year in college and the two decided they would do their own things over the next two years before officially tying the knot.  Suda has also received permission from the team to leave the dorms sometime in (or after) July in order to move in with his new wife. ... On Saturday, Kota worked out for about 2 hours (playing catch, running).

Yomiuri Giants

Player development senior advisor Haruki Ihara told reporters that Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) reminded him of Hideo Nomo when he saw him running.  Sawamura weighs 92kg and has hips that were measured at 108cm (Nomo was measured at 109cm when he first started playing in the pros).  General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi did spot a problem with Sawamura's mechanics during some catch -- it seems his body gets out in front too quickly.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Shuhei Fujiya (6th round) moved into his dorm room on Saturday.  Fujiya isn't too confident with his Japanese and has already started studying.  Seems he also wants to study the way Yuki Saito (HAM, 1st round).

Nippon Ham Fighters

Yuki Saito (1st round) uniforms sold out (pre-orders) in 30 minutes on Saturday.  Seems the rush even caused their server to go down. ... Team owner Yoshinori Okoso reminded reporters that pro baseball players needed more than just popularity to succeed. ... The city of Kamagaya would like to make Saito an honorary citizen for life.  He would be their first ever. ... Saito was the first to move into the player dorms today.

Rakuten Eagles

Toshihito Abe (3rd round) moved into his room on Saturday with a Team Japan uniform autographed by players that were on the All-Japan University rosters last year.

Kengo Kimura (Ikusei 2nd round) moved in with a refrigerator.  Seems that's going to be his nickname as well.

Seibu Lions

Tatsuya Oishi (1st round) told reporters he needed to change the way he went about pitching since the Lions expect him to pitch out of the starting rotation.  Said Oishi, "I need to increase the number of pitches I can throw and change the way I pitch.  I especially need to work on picking up off-speed pitches."  As a closer, Oishi more or less stuck to three pitches: fastball, fork, and slider.  Sponichi figures Oishi will want to learn a curve and change.

Six TV cameras, about 30 members of the media, and about 100 fans were on hand for the first day training camp for the Lions 2010 draft prospects today.  The first day lasted about 3.5 hours and included running and playing catch.

Softbank Hawks

Yuki Yanagita (2nd round) moved into his dorm room on the 6th.  He worked out with Yuya Hasegawa and Keisuke Katto before getting a physical on Saturday.

Takaki Minami (3rd round) moved into his dorm room on the 8th and apparently wanted to bring a pink rug with him.  Seems he has an interest in interior decorating.

The Hawks announced today that Daichi Hoshino (4th round) will undergo surgery on his right elbow (ulnar collateral ligament) on the 17th.  Hoshino is expected to take part in the prospect training camp until the 14th.  The problem was found during a medical exam in December.

Masato Sakata (5th round) moved into his dorm room with a brand new electronic toothbrush.

Daiki Nakahara (Ikusei 2nd round) currently weight around 110kg and wants to lose about 20kg.  He blames a right ankle fracture he suffered in February last year as the reason for his weight gain (couldn't do as much exercising).

Prospect training camp lasted about 2.5 hours and included playing catch, fielding grounders, and running.