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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: February 23, 2013

by on Feb.23, 2013 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice


  • Kosuke Fukudome: forty-five swings, five over the fence
  • Matt Murton: fifty-five swings, six over the fence
  • Brooks Conrad: fifty-nine swings, seven over the fence

Source: Sanspo 2/23/2013, Sanspo 2/23/2013, Sanspo 2/23/2013


  • 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami: situational batting practice, ten batters, thirty-eight pitches, one hit (Tsuyoshi Nishioka), two strikeouts (Kentaro Sekimoto and Takeshi Hidaka)
  • Yasutomo Kubo: situational batting practice, five batters, no hits
  • Shinobu Fukuhara: situational batting practice, five batters one hit

Source: Sponichi 2/23/2013Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013Daily Sports 2/23/2013, Daily Sports 2/23/2013


In six practice games, Ryota Arai went 9-for-25 with four RBI.

Source: Sanspo 2/23/2013


1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami threw sixty-six pitches in the bullpen on Friday.  Yutaka Wada stepped into the batter's box on the twenty-second pitch and watched eighteen.  Balls and strikes were counted beginning with the forty-sixth pitch.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

In addition to his fastball, he threw his curve, slider, fork, cutter, and change during his bullpen session on Friday.  Wada feels Fujinami can afford to move away from throwing so many different off-speed pitches and focus most of his time on throwing his fastball and slider.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/23/2013

Fujinami threw a total 698 pitches during spring camp (including batting practice).

Source: Sanspo 2/23/2013


2nd round draft pick Fumiya Hojo stole two bases during a Ni-gun practice game against Kochi (Island League) today.  He started at short and batted sixth.  He was held hitless over his first three trips to the plate before reaching base in the 9th on a walk.  He then stole second ad third.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013