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2010 Draft News and Notes: January 30, 2011

by on Jan.30, 2011 @ 11:27 am, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers rookie training camp ended today.

Daiki Enokida (1st round) threw 45 pitches (including all his pitches -- curve, slider, cutter, screw, and fork) to a squatting catcher for the first time this year (at Ginoza, Okinawa).  Shinji Komiyama, his catcher for the session, had trouble catching Enokida's fork.

If Shinta Hifumi (2nd round) is on the Ichi-gun roster in early March, he probably won't be able to attend his high school graduation (scheduled for 3/10).  His old high school manager, Keiji Monma, told Hifumi to work so hard that he can't attend his graduation.

Yakult Swallows

Even though Tetsuto Yamada (1st round) isn't on the Ichi-gun spring camp roster, special temporary batting caoch Tsutomu Wakamatsu still plans on working with him when the Ichi-gun players have the day off.

Yomiuri Giants

According to Sanspo, a number of players stopped what they were doing when Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) starting tossing his bullpen session.  And the 28 fastballs Sawamura threw: bullpen catcher Fan-Jing Liu (柳 桓湊 ?) caught 20 pitches standing; and Shinnosuke Abe caught 5 standing and 3 half-bent.

Seibu Lions

Tatsuya Oishi (1st round) dropped 2kg and is now at 90kg (he began his diet before the start of rookie training camp), still 3 short of his ideal weight of 87kg.  Oishi doesn't appear to be too worried since he's heard players tend to lose weight during spring camp.

Rookie training camp ended yesterday.  Oishi, Ryo Hayashizaki, (5th) and Masato Kumashiro (6th round) left the player dorms today in order to hand out some autographs.