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Hanshin Tigers: Shintaro Fujinami’s post-game interview from Saturday

by on Mar.04, 2013 @ 2:26 am, under NPB

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.

First Sponichi:

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