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2011 Draft News and Notes from 12/18/2011

by on Dec.19, 2011 @ 1:26 am, under NPB

Hanshin Tigers

Takashi Toritani told fans during a talk session on Friday that he planned to provide 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito with whatever help/support he might need, especially since he too joined the team as a high profile 1st round pick out of a Kanto university (Waseda).

On Sunday, Ito took part in the 34th Annual Yachimata Youth Baseball Clinic at Chiba Reimei High School.  About 150 kids from 10 teams attended the clinic.  He also wore a Keio University uniform.

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Ni-gun pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi thinks highly of 2nd round draft pick Hiroaki Saiuchi's split finger fastball.

Said Nakanishi, "Saiuchi can get swinging strikes and grounders [with the pitch].  He does not miss with it much and I think it can be an effective pitch at the professional level.  It is not an unrefined pitch, but very close to being complete."

Assuming he can polish up his fastball, Nakanishi believes he could make it to the active roster fairly quickly.

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