Sponichi and Sanspo have posted portions of 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami's interview with the media after Saturday's practice game against Orix.
Your first pitch was a fastball.
That is what the catcher put down. I was not hard set on throwing [the fastball].
Did striking out T-Okada boost your confidence?
I was able to throw a good pitch where I wanted to. More than striking T-Okada out, I think it was good that I was able to hit the spots with my pitches.
You topped out at 145km/h.
I am not too worried about that because it is still early and because I am more concerned about quality than velocity. I am not happy [about the quality] but it was not bad all things considered.
What did you think about your off-speed pitches?
My cutter was close to being a slider, but the feel was not bad. I will continue to polish the pitch.
How were your allergies?
I was not worried about them.
Are there any things you need to work on, specifically?
I rushed myself a little and opened up early. I fell behind in the count and gave-up unnecessary walks.
On your next outing.
I was to adjust the things that were bad and continue to make improvements as I go along.
Source: Sponichi 3/3/2013
There is some overlap between the Sponichi and Sanspo interview, so I have only included the sections that were not covered by Sponichi.
Regarding your fastball.
I was not very consistent with my control, but I think I managed to keep the pitches from getting away from me.
What was good about the outing?
I was able to get strikeouts and I think I was fairly aggressive. I think it was good that I was able to attack batters without retreating.
Were you nervous?
I as not nervous. I think I had good control over myself.
Did you feel like you had to rush after giving up an infield single on the first pitch?
Not really. I induced a grounder and it turned into a hit. It was nothing really special.
Is it easier to make adjustments when facing hitters?
For me, I am the type of pitcher that find it easier pitching with hitters, so having a hitter there is better.
What did it feel like facing hitters on another team?
I just wanted to throw my pitches so I was not really concerned about the opponent.
Source: Sanspo 3/3/2013