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Orix Buffaloes: Players drafted out of Industrial League will likely start at Ichi-gun spring camp

by on Jan.10, 2012 @ 10:27 pm, under NPB

Training camp for the 2011 draft class began today.  Workouts lasted about five hours and included playing catch, fielding practice, and running.  Akinobu Okada was on hand to watch the session.


1st round draft pick Ryoichi Adachi finished in second during a 3.5km run today.  On Monday, Adachi got a little misty-eyed when he found a letter from his mother hidden in his things.

3rd round draft pick Tatsuya Sato, 5th round draft pick Ryuji Shoji, and 7th round draft pick Shuhei Kojima are all married.  A Buffaloes official told reporters that three was unusual and that they usually average about one a year.

Okada will likely start all players drafted out of the Industrial League at Ichi-gun spring camp.  He is particularly interested in the three infielders: 1st round draft pick Adachi, 2nd round draft pick Takuya Shimada and 7th round draft pick Shuhei Kojima.