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Hanshin Tigers: January 29, 2012

by on Jan.29, 2012 @ 5:09 pm, under NPB

3rd round draft pick Naoto Nishida took fielding practice at short during workouts at Naruohama today.


Craig Brazell told reporters on Saturday that he worked out with Alex Ramirez for about month at Alabama State University during the off-season.  He also told reporters he weighed in at around 107kg (235 pounds), or about 12kg heavier than his listed weight from last year (reportedly not fat, but muscle).

Regarding the possibility of Kenji Jojima cutting into his playing time at first: "I have no intention of spending time on the bench in a platoon.  After all, I am here to help the team win.  Of course, the player that gives the team the best chance to win should play everyday.  There is a chance I could move to another position, but I will not let that bother while I play first."


Atsushi Nomi does not want an exhibition game start against the Yomiuri Giants because he does not their scouts/players checking him out before the start of the season.

He also focused on throwing to the inside corner of the plate (assuming a right-handed batter) during his bullpen session on Saturday.  For running, he did ten 60-meter uphill dashes and three 60-meter downhill dashes.


According to Sanspo, 1st round draft pick Hayato Ito took 237 swings during practices on Monday and 422 swings during practices on Saturday (soft-toss BP 104 swings, BP 47 swings, hitting off a tee 45 swings, against a machine 111 bunt/slash bunts and 115 regular swings).


Bullpen sessions:


Tomoyuki Kubota threw 116 pitches in the bullpen in Okinawa today.  He also threw 109 pitches on Friday and 86 pitches on Saturday.


4th round draft pick Kazuo Ito tossed 43 pitches to a standing catcher.  He also watched other pitchers like Tomoyuki Kubota and Naoto Tsuru toss bullpen sessions and later spent some time throwing into a net.