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2011 Draft News and Notes from 12/2/2011

by on Dec.03, 2011 @ 3:50 am, under NPB

Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles agreed to terms with 6th round draft pick Hiroaki Shimauchi on Friday - 8M yen contract, 30M yen bonus.

The team has now finished signing all seven of the players they drafted this year.

Hanshin Tigers

2nd around draft pick Hiroaki Saiuchi, dressed in a Santa suit, visited a temporary housing facility in Fukushima on Friday.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows agreed to terms with 1st round draft pick Ryuhei Kawakami on Friday - 7.2M yen contract, 75M yen bonus.


When the Swallows selected Yuji Nakane in the 5th round, they knew he might require right knee surgery (ACL).  And while Nakane is currently able to play without any pain, he is scheduled to meet with doctors to determine the best course of action (he will undergo a medical exam on 12/6).