About thirty members of the media covered 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani's first day of practices at Hanamaki Higashi High School on Saturday. He worked out for about four hours and threw the ball thirty-six times during a game of catch.
Otani spent the New Year's holiday at his maternal grandparents house in Yokohama. He returned to his high school on the 2nd and threw about fifty pitches in the bullpen.
Source: Sports Hochi 1/6/2013
Otani will likely begin his pro career at Ni-gun spring camp because Hideki Kuriyama is afraid of rushing him -- he wants to avoid pushing the youngster while he is still growing. They are also worried about the pressure to perform that could come with starting at Ichi-gun camp.
Makoto Kaneko and Eiichi Koyano are also slated to start things out at Ni-gun spring camp because they are coming back from injuries. The two veterans would be able to provide Otani with support and advice.
Source: Sponichi 1/6/2013