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2010 Draft News and Notes: January 10, 2011

by on Jan.10, 2011 @ 1:32 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

All five 2010 draft prospects moved into the player dorms todayKeisuke Seki (5th round) was the first to move in.  All five players were moved in by 5pm.  Yudai Ono (1st round) told reporters that he liked his room a lot, even though it was in a dorm.  Dragon's draft prospects' training camp begins tomorrow.

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida (1st round) could get a chance to toss a bullpen as early as the 20th.  Seems he'll be the only one that might get the green light.

Shinta Hifumi (2nd round) is currently scheduled to move into his dorm room on the 11th and join the prospects' training camp on the 12th.

Masahiro Nakatani (3rd round) is hoping to pick up some pointers on flexibility from fellow draft prospect Fumiya Araki.

Fumiya Araki (5th round) may have a shot at making Ichi-gun spring camp.  The team will continue to observe Araki during prospects' training camp and will likely issue a final decision during a staff meeting on the 22nd.

Akinobu Mayumi dropped by Naruhoma on Sunday to get his first look at the team's 2010 draft prospects working out.  Mayumi told also reporters that players shouldn't get too down about where they're assigned for spring camp because the season rosters weren't going to be based on which camp players were practicing at.

About 80 members of the medai covered the Tigers' prospects' training camp on Sunday.

Chairman of the Tigers' old timer's association, Kozo Kawato, dropped by prospects' training camp on Sunday.  He told reporters that he enjoyed dropping by every year to catch a glimpse at the newcomers.

Yakult Swallows

Prospects' training camp began today.  The first day lasted about 2 hours and included running and playing catch.

Junji Ogawa told reporters that he'd like to start all high school 2010 draft prospects at Ni-gun spring camp.

Yomiuri Giants

Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) told reporters that he started doing some shadow pitching on Sunday.  Sawamura is trying to nail down his mechanics and come up with an "ideal" delivery.  He also said that his mechanics / delivery during his senior year were probably the closest to his ideal, but not quite there yet.

Taichi Tanaka (3rd round) hopes to follow in Seiichi Uchikawa's footsteps, not just in terms of being a player, but also in terms of getting married to a female TV announcer.  As for why he picked Uchikawa, they both graduated from the same high school.

The first block of prospects' training camp ended today.  The prospects get tomorrow off and then second block begins on Wednesday.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Shuhei Fujiya (6th round) told reporters that he was enjoying the change of pace in training methods (between the US and Japan).

Marines' 2010 draft prospects' training camp got underway at Lotte Urawa Stadium today.  The first day of camp was kept short and included playing catch and about 30 minutes of running.

Nippon Ham Fighters

A fake Yuki Saito (1st round) autographed baseball was listed at Yahoo Japan's auction site.  The Fighters are still in the process of trying to figure out more details behind the baseball as it's possible the user that placed the ball up for auction may not realize that it's a fake.  The ball appeared on the site on the 6th and apparently had a starting price of 100,000 yen. ... The Fighters are planning on blocking the path between the Kamagaya Stadium and the player dorms off from fans.

Orix Buffaloes

All 5 of the Buffaloes' 2010 draft prospects moved into the team's player dorms today.  Shunta Goto (1st round) moved in with Daruma.  He told reporters he hoped to fill in an eye once he fulfilled his goal of making it to Ichi-gun.

Rakuten Eagles

Manabu Mima (1st round) moved into his dorm room today (the rest of the 2010 draft prospects moved in on Saturday).  He moved in with a glove that had the word kansha (感謝 = gratitude) stitched into it.

Seibu Lions

Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters that some of Tatsuya Oishi's (1st round) mechanics reminded him of Kazuhiro Sasaki.  Oishi was apparently flattered, but didn't seem to agree, saying that it was the first time he heard someone mention such a comparison.  Oshi also told reporters that he paid attention to Kyuji Fujikawa news on the TV during his college years.

Watanabe cautioned players not to push too hard during training camp and that they should speak up the minute they feel something wrong with their bodies.  Seems this all goes back to Yusei Kikuchi getting hurt last year.

The prospects will get the day off tomorrow and the second block of camp will begin on Wednesday.  The club has already informed the players to be prepared of tighter / tougher training days beginning from the second block of camp.