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2010 Draft News and Notes: January 31, 2011

by on Jan.31, 2011 @ 2:01 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


Chunichi Dragons

Yuta Muto (3rd round) has a chance to make the Ichi-gun spring camp rosters.  On Saturday, Muto tossed a 37-pitch bullpen session alongside veterans Kenichi Nakata and Daisuke Yamai.

Hanshin Tigers

Daily Sports mentions that Daiki Enokida (1st round) only tossed 29 pitches during his bullpen session.  They also have the following comments about Enokida's fork from Shinji Komiyama, his catcher during the session: "It's like the stitching doesn't move at all.  I couldn't figure out where the ball was dropping. ... It's the first time I've seen a ball like that, it was amazing.  I want to try catching that more."  Enokida tossed 2 forks and Komiyama dropped both of them.  And it seems Enokida only threw the fork once or twice a game because the catcher always had a hard time catching the ball.  Nikkan Sports is calling it a knuckle-curve.

The Tigers have placed a pre-spring camp bullpen ban on Shinta Hifumi (2nd round).

Yomiuri Giants

After some fielding practice during the final day of joint mini camp today, Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) walked over to the indoor bullpen to watch Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, and Shugo Fujii toss bullpen sessions for about 5 minutes.