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2010 Draft News and Notes: January 22, 2011

by on Jan.22, 2011 @ 3:31 pm, under NPB

I'll be updating this post throughout the day, so be sure to keep checking back.


Hanshin Tigers

Akinobu Mayumi watched Daiki Enokida (1st round) toss a bullpen session yesterday for the first time.  For Enokida, it was his second bullpen session in as many days.  As of now, Mayumi envisions Enokida as a starter.

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp decided yesterday that the following five players from the 2010 draft class will be attending Ichi-gun spring camp: Yuya Fukui (1st round), Kyohei Nakamura (2nd round), Yuki Iwami (3rd round), Masaya Kanemaru (4th round), and Yuki Tsurumoto (7th round).  The last time the Carp carried so many rookies at Ichi-gun spring camp was back in 2000.

Yakult Swallows

Yuki Shichijo (2nd round) would like the chance to pitch against Yuki Saito (HAM, 1st round) during a practice game their teams will play on 2/20.

Yomiuri Giants

Bullpen catcher Hisahiko Irino's take on Hirokazu Sawamura's (1st round) "mock" bullpen session yesterday:  "He's no ordinary pitcher.  The spin he puts on the ball leads to good movement.  I think he was throwing around 140km/h.  Seems like he can throw even harder."  Sawamura told reporters that he tried to keep himself at about 50%, but got excited about pitching and ended up throwing harder than that. ... A Giants training coach told Sawamura yesterday he could pitch, so long as it wasn't off an incline.

Keisuke Kishi ended up having the best running times during all three blocks of rookie training camp.

Today was the last day of rookie training camp.

Seibu Lions

Tatsuya Oishi (1st round) tossed 60 pitches in the bullpen yesterday (second in as many days) and ended up adding in his slider, fork, and change.  He later told reporters that the ball kept slipping out of his hand when he tried to throw his off-speed pitches, especially his fork and change.  Oishi added that he wanted to toss another bullpen session today if his shoulder was ok.  Seems the rookies are also playing the soccer game Winning Eleven in the dorms. ... Oshi did throw a bullpen session today -- he threw 30 pitches to a standing catcher and mixed in his slider and change.  Kosuke Noda caught the session and later said, "Even though it was a light session, the ball came in pretty hard.  He throws heavy pitches.  I think he was in the 140km/h range."

Softbank Hawks

Ayatsugu Yamashita (1st round) is hoping to have a chance to catch Brian Falkenborg in order to help him with his English studies.

Softbank Hawks employees are giving rookies a one-hour lecture after practices, at a pace of about once every three days.  The lectures cover things like sales, marketing, and managing -- pretty much anything that has to do with running the Hawks.  Team owner Son Masayoshi is hoping to raise well-rounded baseball players.