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Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes: January 20, 2013

by on Jan.20, 2013 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

Atsushi Kita worked out at the Kamagaya facilities on Saturday for the first time since he joined the Fighters in trade.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2013

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2012 Draft Class

CerespoShimizu-Service ChibaChiken KogyoTokyo Kogyohin Torihikijo, and Kamagaya Lions Club were official backboard sponsors for Saturday's 2012 draft class welcoming ceremony.  Thirty-four news agencies and seventy members of the media covered the event.  The first fan got into the ticket line at 5:00am in the morning.  Source: Sanpso 1/20/2013Sanspo 1/20/2013

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1st round draft pick Shohei Otani will probably toss at least one bullpen session before the start of spring camp.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2013

Otani took live batting practice in the indoor training facilities at Kamagaya today for the first time since the start of rookie camp.  He took a total nineteen swings.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2013

Otani will likely start the year at Ni-gun spring camp, but could make his debut, as a hitter, during a practice game against Hanshin on February 10.  Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2013

Sponichi thinks Otani could make his debut (most likely as a DH) on either February 20 (vs Yakult) or February 21 (vs Nexen - KBO).  Source: Sponichi 1/20/2013

Depending on how things go over the next couple of years, Nippon Ham could put Otani in some of their product commercials.  Source: Sports Hochi 1/20/2013

Otani is a little sad that more female fans (young, old, and elderly) do not approach him for autographs.  Source: Daily Sports 1/20/2013

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6th round draft pick Shogo Yagi threw forty pitches, all fastballs, to a standing catcher in the bullpen at Kamagaya today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/20/2013

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3rd round draft pick Yohei Kagiya and 7th round draft pick Hidekazu Kawano tossed bullpen sessions on Saturday.  Each threw thirty pitches.  Source: Sanspo 1/20/2013