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2011 Draft News and Notes from 12/9/2011

by on Dec.10, 2011 @ 12:52 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

All five players the Hawks drafted this year passed their medical examinations on Friday.

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4th round draft pick Naoki Shirane has apparently been advised by his high school manager not to step outside that much when in Fukuoka because he is trying to lose weight -- he has so far lost about 4kg since the summer and dropped his weight down to around 100kg.

Chiba Lotte Marines

1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka wants to learn how to throw an effective change.

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2nd round draft pick Yuhei Nakaushiro apparently has eight pitches in his arsenal and can throw each from three-quarters and from the side.