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2010 Draft News and Notes: January 12, 2011

by on Jan.12, 2011 @ 12:47 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

During fielding practice yesterday, Yudai Ono (1st round) made all his throws underhanded.  He did, however, play catch (albeit by lollipoping the ball and at a distance of about 20 meters).

Daiki Yoshikawa (2nd round) used a Kazuyoshi Tatsunami model bat during BP yesterday.  Bat size: 85cm, 910 grams.  The bat isn't made by the same manufacturer Tatsunami used, but it's still the same size and shape.

Yuta Muto (3rd round) finished in dead last during a long distance run (about 3.5km).

Hanshin Tigers

Daiki Enokida (1st round) had the day off on Tuesday but still spent about an hour running and stretching.  He also told reports that he didn't plan on taking any days off until the start of spring camp.

Shinta Hifumi (2nd round) moved in with a framed Antonio Inoki poem (道 - Michi - The Path), written in Inoki's own handwriting.  Hifumi told reporters that he wanted to use Inoki's words / beliefs as inspiration and motivation for the start of his career. ... As scheduled, Hifumi took part in today's training.

Hiroshima Carp

As mentioned yesterday, Yuya Fukui (1st round) moved into Kenta Maeda's old room.  That room is room #104.  Fukui also apparently moved in at 1:11pm on 1/11.  And his uniform number is, of course, 11.

Kyohei Nakamura (2nd round) moved in with 2 orthopedic pillows.

Yuki Iwami (3rd round) has already thrown about 50 pitches in the bullpen during his own training that he started on the 2nd.

The prospects' training camp began today at Mazda Stadium and included running and playing catch.  Hiroki Kuroda (LA Dodgers) and Kenta Maeda were also on the field doing their own things.

Yakult Swallows

Takanori Sato (Ikusei 3rd round) finished with a top time of 5m8s during a 1,500 meter run today.  Tetsuto Yamada (1st round) finished in second and Yuki Shichijo (4th round) finished in fourth.

Yomiuri Giants

Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) will continue to get shots for his allergies this year.  He also moved into his dorm room with an air purifier.

The second block of prospects' training camp began today.  Batting practice in the cages was added to the menu for position players.  Hiroto Kawaguchi (Ikusei 7th round) showed off a steady and compact swing.

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles first day of prospects' training camp lasted about 5 hours and included running, playing catch, and weight training.

Seibu Lions

Tatsuya Oishi (1st round) doesn't plan on dying his hair brown any time soon (the Lions don't have any strict rules about that).  He also spoke to Yuki Saito (HAM, 1st round) on the 9th. ... Oishi told reporters today he was finally getting used to the training.  He also played catch at a distance of about 50 meters today and is on track to throw in the bullpen sometime around the 20th.

Softbank Hawks

Takaki Minami (3rd round) told reporters on Tuesday that he wanted to strengthen his lower body and hit the 100kg mark (he currently weighs 85kg).  Minami pointed to Yu Darvish and Kazumi Saito as players he thought of with strong lower bodies.

Minami actually managed to gain about 5kg last year, but lost it all since he couldn't do any weight training.  He's apparently got a 32 inch waist and legs that are about 36 inches long.