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Seibu Lions Spring Camp News and Notes: February 12, 2011

by on Feb.12, 2011 @ 3:14 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/10 @ 11:09pm

Fumiya Nishiguchi faced 12 batters during situational BP today and gave up 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.  There was a lot of wind blowing during the session that Nishiguchi had to stop at one point to blow his nose.


Shogo Akiyama (3rd round) took part in situational BP today and collected 3 hits and a stolen base.

===== 2/10 @ 3:14pm

Hideaki Wakui threw about 50 pitches in the bullpen today; he also threw some change-ups for the first time this spring.  Wakui is scheduled to make an appearance during situational BP tomorrow.

Takayuki Kishi also threw a bullpen session today: he had the catcher sit for the first time this spring and tossed over pitches.  Kishi has been taking things slow during spring camp since he's coming off a right shoulder injury.


Yasuyuki Kataoka worked out under a different training menu today.  Kataoka is currently nursed a sprained right foot and told reporters he felt he might be ready to rejoin the team for regular practice beginning on the 15th (the next block).


The Lions drew about 2,300 fans yesterday.


A little more from Tatsuya Oishi's (1st round) outing as a BP pitcher yesterday: all 53 pitches were fastballs; 43 of 53 pitches made contact with a bat; 30 of the 43 pitches that made contact with a bat were either fouled off or hit into the air; Oishi gave himself a 70% and said that there were a lot of pitches he left high because they slipped out of his hand; he also said that batters were fouling off pitches that he was able to get strikeouts on when he pitched in college.

Oishi is scheduled to participate in situational BP on the 18th and could also pitch in an intra-squad game on the 20th (there's a chance he could be starting against Yusei Kikuchi).

And two scouts offered their opinions on Oishi's outing:

Yokohama Bay Stars - "His arms comes around late.  It seems like [batters] might have a tough time getting their timing down.  He looks like Kazuhiro Sasaki.  If he's on, he's going to be a tough pitcher."

Rakuten Eagles - "Being left-handed is a plus, he also has potential.  It all depends on the team, but I think he could make the active roster as a reliever."