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2011 Draft News and Notes from 11/28/2011

by on Nov.29, 2011 @ 12:50 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

The Hawks agreed to terms with 1st round draft pick Shota Takeda on Monday - 8M yen contract, 80M yen bonus.  The Hawks have now signed all five of their non-Ikusei draft picks.

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons agreed to terms with 4th round draft pick Takehiko Tsuji on Monday - 12M yen, 45M yen bonus.

Hanshin Tigers

3rd round draft pick Naoto Nishida told reporters on Sunday that he wanted to gain about 5 pounds before the start of spring camp (from 80kg to 85kg).  And while he would like to play short (his goal is apparently to become a player like Takashi Toritani), the Tigers have yet to decide where Nishida will play (they plan on trying him at all positions, other than catcher).

Hiroshima Carp

Chief scout Toshihiko Sonoda watched 1st round draft pick Yusuke Nomura pitch on Sunday and was impressed with the control he showed over his off-speed pitches.  He told reporters that Nomura will likely start things off at Ichi-gun spring camp and could even make the starting rotation.