Kazuki Yoshimi's advice to Yudai Ono (1st round): "I'll tell him whatever he wants to know. I'm sure he's worried and I'm sure he's feeling the pressure from people around him. And other players will be throwing a lot. But, and I guess this doesn't really matter so much, he's obviously not going to be ready for opening day. And because of that, I'd like him to really take a look at the bigger picture. I'd like him to get through this on his own pace." Yoshimi also started his pro career 5 years ago with a right elbow injury and had a late start.
The Dragons held a staff meeting today in Nagoya in order to set the schedule for spring camp. They also decided that Daiki Yoshikawa (2nd round) will likely start at Ichi-gun camp and Yudai Ono (1st round) will likely start at Ni-gun camp.
Daiki Enokida (1st round) would like to be the loudest rookie at camp. Said Enokida, "I think being vocal on the field is important. I'm a pitcher, so that's what I need to focus on, but I also need to be vocal. I want to be able to do things properly." He also said that his body is beginning to feel looser and that he's been able to play catch at longer distances. Enokida then added that he would like to try and toss a bullpen session during the final block, when the weather was a little warmer.
Shinta Hifumi (2nd round) on throwing from the side: "I've only thrown from the side for about a month and a half. I think I still have plenty of room to grow. I would like to be able to throw the ball like Chang-Yong Lim (Yakult)." Ni-gun pitching coach Keiichi Yabu also didn't seem too concerned and said they could start thinking about making changes if he failed to make it as a side thrower.
A moment of silence was held at Naruohama today to honor the victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.
Yuya Fukui (1st round) apparently has a few beauty marks on his right chest that line-up in the shape of the big dipper, a la Kenshiro from Hokuto-no Ken.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Takao Obana dropped by the Ni-gun training grounds in Yokosuka today in order to check on the rookies.
Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) is looking forward to meeting Shigeo Nagashima during spring camp (assuming he makes Ichi-gun camp). There's also an urban legend about how players that are touched by Nagashima tend to go on to have good seasons. Nagashima touched Hisayoshi Chono's hand last season and Chono ended up winning a Rookie of the Year award.
About 200 fans showed up to watch the rookies working out at Giants Stadium on Sunday (about double the usual number that come on weekdays). Yesterday was also the first day of the third block.
The Giants will be deciding which players will be going to which camp during a staff meeting today. The Giants decided that Sawamura will be starting things off at Ichi-gun spring camp. According to pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi, a number of opinions were expressed, like how rookies should start at the bottom in order to learn the ropes and make their way up, but Tatsunori Hara ultimately decided it would be best to start Sawamura at Ichi-gun spring camp.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Shota Ishimine (1st round) would like to learn more about batting coach Eiji Kanamori's hitting theories. Ishimine will also be using a slightly heaving bat -- in college, he used a maple Rawlings bat that weighed 900 grams, he'll now use a similar bat that's 10 grams heavier.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yuya Taniguchi (5th round) is using a lighter bat -- from 900 grams during his high school days to 880 grams.
The rookies took physical fitness tests at Sendai University today. Takahiro Shiomi (1st round) found that his reaction times were a little slow and that he still needed to work on his physical strength. Kengo Kimura (Ikusei 2nd round) fat content was so low that it couldn't be measured; and according to him, his test results showed that he needed more work across the boards.
Today was cycling training day at rookie camp. All 6 rookies took part in a 1,000 meter cycling time trial at Seibuen Keirin. Tatsuya Oishi (1st round) finished in 5th with a time of 1m 35.2s; Masato Kumashiro (6th round) finished in first with a time of 1m 29.42s. Ginjiro also jumped in for a quick run and broke his own club record with a time of 1m 24.39s. During morning practice, Oishi played catch at a distance of 70 meters.
Ayatsugu Yamashita (1st round) is planning on buying a golden rutilated quartz stone, for good luck, during his next day off. Said Yamashita, "I want some prayer beads. I tend to think too much. They're good for keep evil spirits away and I don't want to get hurt. I guess it's my own form of a good luck charm."
Yuki Yanagita (2nd round) told reporters that he worked out at Athlete (a gym in Hiroshima) after being drafted last year and bumped into Tomoaki Kanemoto and Takahiro Arai. Yanagita added that he'd like to continue working out at Athlete after the 2011 season, under the guidance of Kanemoto and Arai (if possible). Yanagita currently weighs about 90kg and would like to bump that up to 100kg.