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Yakult Swallows: Training camp for 2011 draft class begins on Wednesday

by on Jan.09, 2012 @ 11:28 pm, under NPB

1st round draft pick Ryuhei Kawakami and 2nd round draft pick Ryohei  Kiya moved into the player dorm on Monday.

Kawakami, originally an outfielder when he played in high school, will make the move to short.

Kiya told reporters that he wanted to focus on pitch quality instead of pitch velocity.

Training camp for the 2011 draft class begins on Wednesday.


It took Ikusei 2nd round draft pick Hugo Kanabushi about 29 hours to get from Parana, Brazil (parent's house) to Japan.


Yasushi Iihara (28) is trying to pick-up a few things on hitting from Hayato Sakamoto (23).


The media learned on Sunday that Jun Matsui (24) filed marriage papers with Kayoko Komine (25, 小峯加陽子 ?) on 11/27/2011.  The two also held a wedding ceremony in Hawaii on 12/30/2011.