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Yuki Saito Spring Camp News and Notes: February 5, 2011

by on Feb.05, 2011 @ 1:35 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated with information as it becomes available so keep checking back if you have any interest in Yuki Saito.

=== 10:28pm

There were 180 media personnel from 42 media outlets at Nago tyda.

=== 4:54pm

Of the 88 pitches Saito threw, 25 were off-speed pitches.  The entire session lasted about 20 minutes.  About 1,200 fans showed up at Nago today.

=== 2:32pm

After watching Darvish toss a bullpen session, Saito threw 88 pitches (including off-speed pitches) to catchers Shinya Tsuruoka and Shota Ono.

=== 1:35pm

Saito is scheduled to toss his bullpen session alongside Yu Darvish today.


Saito played around with a sanshin on the beach during his day off yesterday (while wearing a gray jacket, a white shirt, and jeans).


Darvish's advice to Saito (via Nikkan Sports):

The one thing I can say is that pro baseball and college baseball are completely different.

There will be times when they hit your best pitch.  It's about figuring out how to get outs using easy pitches.  That means pitch selection and pitch quality become very important.

More than having a wide variety of pitches, even if you have just a slider and curve, having two kinds of each is better.

Darvish's advice to Saito (via Daily Sports):

[NPB players] are different than college players.  Even I've seen my best pitches get hit.  It's about how to get outs using easy pitches.  Pitch selection and pitch quality are important.

More than having a lot of pitches, it's fine if you only have a curve and slider, but can throw two kinds of each.  Like change speed or changing the way it breaks.


When Saito was asked which team he was worried about most, he said, "Softbank.  Particularly [Munenori] Kawasaki and [Nobuhiko] Matsunaka."