If Daiki Yoshikawa (2nd round) makes the Ichi-gun roster, he'll be the first rookie out of high school to do so since the start of the Hiromitsu Ochiai regime.
Nikkan Sports notes that in addition to Yudai Ono (1st round), Yuta Muto (3rd round) and Keisuke Seki (5th round) will also start the year at Ni-gun camp.
Masahiro Nakatani (3rd round) plans on taking advantage of the fact that Kenji Jojima will be starting the year at Ni-gun spring camp. "I never thought he'd be working out at Ni-gun," said Nakatani. "I'll be able to practice near him, so I want to watch him as much as possible. I'd also like to try and talk to him if the opportunity presents itself."
Manabu Kitabeppu advised Yuya Fukui (1st round) to pick-up a shuto during a TV show appearance he made on the 16th. Fukui has also been making use of the running tips he received at World Wing (a training gym in Tottori he's been going to since middle school; it's also the same gym that Masahiro Yamamoto goes to during the off-season). Said Fukui, "Ichiro has been learning proper running techniques at World Wing. What you do is basically draw a straight line and move your knees through that line while landing heel first. Running in a straight line is really important. Running is the basis for all kinds movement."
Kyohei Nakamura (2nd round) has been working on a fork while playing catch.
All 7 rookies had their teeth examined at the Hiroshima Dental Center today.
The rookies had a day off today. Despite that, Kentaro Kyuko (5th round) worked out by himself at the Toda facilities today. Kyuko sprained his ankle while running on the first day of training camp and returned to practicing on Monday.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Takao Obana would apparently be open to giving a rookie this year's opening day start, provided he earns it. Of the rookie group, Kota Suda (1st round) would probably be the front-runner. Suda told reporters yesterday that while he wasn't thinking about it much right now, it was something that he'd like to try for, once it got closer to that time.
Rookie training camp today included running a 50 meter distance back and forth 3 times in under 40 seconds, 8 times. Tomorrow will be a day off.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Shuhei Fujiya (6th round) doesn't have a lot of flexibility in the hip area (apparently because he didn't do much sitting on the floor due to his life in the US) and is currently working on improving that with stretches and massages every day.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Yodai Enoshita (4th round) and Masaru Saito (6th round) tossed bullpen sessions yesterday. Enoshita tossed 30 pitches to a standing catcher and said, "I figured 7-8 minutes, but I felt so great that I think I may have overdone it a little. I think my pitches were pretty good considering I haven't thrown in a while."
Akinobu Okada told reporters after a staff meeting yesterday that rookie non-pitchers might start things off at Ichi-gun spring camp because they could always end up being usable pieces (defense, running). Of the non-pitcher rookies, Yuki Miyazaki (3rd round) and Masato Fukae (5th round) seem to have have the best chance since they have pretty good speed: Miyazaki runs the 50 meters in 6.2 seconds while Fukae runs the 50 meter in 5.65 seconds.
Today marked the end of the third block of rookie training camp. Tatsuya Oishi told reporters he didn't really care where he was starting (Ichi-gun or Ni-gun camp) since the only thing he needed to worry about was making sure he did what he was supposed to do.
The Hawks announced today that Daichi Hoshino (4th round) underwent successful knee surgery on 17th and will likely be discharged from the hospital later this month. Hoshino will then return to Fukuoka for his rehab.