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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: February 2, 2013

by on Feb.02, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • 2nd round draft pick Fumiya Hojo: ninety-six swings, thirty-eight could-be hits, four over the fence in left
  • Matt Murton: forty-one swings, ten over the fence, hit three in a row twice
  • Brooks Conrad: twenty-four swings from the right side and six over the fence, hit three in a row at one point; twenty-seven swings from the left side and three over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2013, Daily Sports 2/2/2013, Sponichi 2/2/2013, Daily Sports 2/2/2013

Friday

  • 2nd round draft pick Fumiya Hojo: faced Hiroaki Saiuchi and Daiki Kiyohara, thirty-two swings, five could-be hits; thirty-two swings against machine, six could-be hits
  • Brooks Conrad: twenty-nine swings right-handed, twenty-six swings left-handed, two over the fence from the left side

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2013

Today

  • 1st round draft pick: Shintaro Fujinami: bullpen, forty-six pitches, standing catcher, only fastballs, second session in as many days

Source: Sports Hochi 2/2/2013

Friday

  • 3rd round draft pick Kojiro Tanabo: bullpen, thirty pitches, close to full power

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2013

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Matt DeSalvo arrived in Japan today.  He will report to Kin Stadium on the 3rd and will then toss situational batting practice on the 6th and 10th.

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2013

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Masahiro Nakatani's position in the registry has changed from catcher to outfielder.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2013

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Kosuke Fukudome used a one kilogram bat during batting practice on Friday.  He also spent about thirty minutes taking swings against a pitching machine after general workouts.  Fukudome swung the bat 501 times in all (including practice swings).

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2013

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka attempted a diving catch during situational fielding practice on Friday.  He also swung the bat 108 times during batting practice.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2013

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Matt Murton and Brooks Conrad spent time signing autographs for fans.  The fans gave Conrad their first nickname: Con-chan.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2013

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Murton has been working on a swing that does not have a high leg kick, something he tried last season that did not go too well (he was trying to increase his power).

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2013

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Conrad wore batting gloves during batting practice today because he developed blisters on his hands on Friday.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami handled his first bullpen session extremely well, despite a lot of fanfare: he had about 100 fans to the left of him, 100 members of the media to the right of him, and two of fourteen TV cameras set up behind the catcher.  Incidentally, he was the only pitcher in the bullpen at the time.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2013, Sports Hochi 2/2/2013

Fujinami's cap came off as he threw his forty-fifth pitch during bullpen session today.  The session was supposed to end there, but he was unsatisfied and threw another pitch before calling it a day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2013

Fujinami was not alone in the bullpen today: Ryoma Matsuda tossed a session at the same time.

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2013

The Ichi-gun pitching staff is split into three groups: A, B, C.  Fujinami was assigned to group B.

Players generally spend most of their day working out with other players in their group, but Fujinami spent most of the time by himself on Friday, getting help from either Kiyooki Nakanishi or Toshiro Yufune (pitching coaches)

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2013

Fujinami merchandise has been selling extremely well.

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2013

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The Tigers announced on Friday that an unnamed player had the flu and was getting a late start to Ni-gun spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2013

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