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Chunichi Dragons Spring Camp News and Notes: February 12, 2011

by on Feb.12, 2011 @ 4:24 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Yuto Morikoshi (4th round) took part in situational BP today and collected 2 hits -- a single to right off Maximo Nelson and a double to right-center off Ryuya Ogawa.

===== 2/12 @ 4:24pm

Joel Guzman hit a ball out of Chatan Stadium (out to left) during situational BP today.

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Takuya Asao threw 54 pitches (including off-speed pitches) in the bullpen today.  It was Asao's second bullpen in as many days.

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Hitoki Iwase started throwing off-speed pitches during his bullpen session yesterday.  He also had bullpen catcher Masashi Fujii position himself closer to the right-handed batter's box so that he could work on throwing his shuto to the inside corner, something most left-handed pitchers tend to avoid because it's easy to accidentally leave the ball over the plate (most lefties target the outside corner against right-handed batters since a slip-up would mean the ball goes wide and out of the zone).

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Hiromitsu Ochiai shared the following thoughts from last year's draft with Katsuya Nomura yesterday

We really like [Hirokazu] Sawamura.  But we didn't feel good about our changes [against the Yomiuri Giants].  We also only have Masahiro Yamamto and [Wei-Ying] Chen from the left side in our starting rotation.  [Yudai Ono] can take his time and develop over 2-3 years.

In look at footage [of Saito Yuki] he seems to be throwing better than last year.  But he just wasn't doing it for us during his senior year in college.

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Doala made his first appearance of the spring at Chatan Stadium yesterday. And it seems there was an endless number of fans seeking his autograph.