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Daiki Enokida (1st round) is scheduled to toss his first bullpen session on the 20th. He told reporters yesterday that he didn't want to rush himself and wouldn't throw any change-ups during his first bullpen. ... Enokida worked out for about an hour (running, stretches) on his day off today.
Fumiya Araki (5th round) will try to run his way into Ichi-gun spring camp. The fourth block of rookie training camp (set to begin on the 20th) will include a lot more game-like situational workouts, like base-running.
Yuya Fukui (1st round) had his chewing strength measured 120kg (a mouth guard was suggested) during his dental exam yesterday. The average for adult males between the ages 20 and 30 is apparently 93kg.
Team owner Hajima Matsuda dropped by Ono practice facilities yesterday to watch the rookies working out. He told reporters that he liked what he saw in Kyohei Nakamura (2nd round) and that Masaya Kanemaru (4th round) reminded him of a left-handed Katsuhiro Nagakawa.
Yuki Shichijo (2nd round) tossed 30 pitches (all fastballs) during his first bullpen session today (to a squatting catcher). He told reporters that he tried to keep things at about 60-70% because he tended to overthrow. Moving forward, he plans on tossing a bullpen session once every other day.
Yokohama Bay Stars
Kota Suda (1st round) and Kisho Kagami (2nd round) both tossed about 30 pitches in the bullpen (with standings catchers) on the 18th. They also mixed some off-speed pitches.
Yuki Koyama (4th round) stayed back with Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) after general practice on Tuesday to play a little more catch. During the game of catch, Koyama decided to mix in a number of off-speed pitches (like a slider and curve).
Sawamura (1st round) told reporters a few days ago that he didn't want to be bothered with Saito questions. But for some reason he mentioned Saito yesterday and said that he and other pitches in his age group were providing him with motivation to push himself harder. ... Sawamura is playing catch at distances of up to 70 meters right now. He'll continue to stretch that out to about 100 meters. And since it doesn't see like he's in any rush to toss a bullpen session, he'll continue to check on his throwing form / balance while playing catch. ... Sawamura could end up tossing his first bullpen session on 2/1, which also happens to be Eiji Sawamura's birthday.
Chiba Lotte Marines
Atsushi Kobayashi (3 round) threw about 30 pitches to a squatting catcher yesterday. Masaki Minami (2nd round) is scheduled to toss one today.
Nippon Ham Fighters
Masahiro Inui (3rd round) tossed 32 pitches in the bullpen (standing catcher) yesterday. I don't remember seeing him throwing his bullpen session next to Yuki Saito (1st round) in TV news report footage, but it seems he was. His comment to the press about pitching alongside Saito, "It didn't both me. And when I pitched, I didn't hear any camera noises. So I was actually able to really concentrate." ... Inui is also working on a change, since a slider "won't be enough to get by in the pros."
The Buffaloes' rookies had a chance to see Ichiro working out at Skymark Stadium today.
The maximal oxygen uptake for pro yakyu baseball players is apparently 50. During a maximal oxygen uptake check on rookies at Sendai University, Takahiro Shiomi (1st round) measured in at 53 and Manabu Mima (2nd round) measured in at 55.
Kengo Kimura (Ikusei 2nd round) spent about 10 minutes throwing his first bullpen session (only fastballs) today (to a standing catcher). This was Kimura's first bullpen since November last year.
Tatsuya Oishi (1st round) will likely toss his first bullpen session on the 20th. If he does, he'll probably throw around 30 pitches while keeping his focus on his balance. Oishi also told reporters that he managed to lose about 2kg.
Takaki Minami (3rd round) would like to push his fastball over the 150km/h mark. He currently tops out at 145km/h. Minami also throws a curve in the 90km/h range.