Sponichi posted a brief interview with Gosuke Katoh, taken after he went 1-for-2 with a home run in his first game on the 21st.
The first pitcher you faced was left-handed. You still managed to keep your body closed.
I came into today thinking it would not matter how things ended, even if I struck out. They play about sixty games here. I felt it made no sense to get down about things. That I should just go straight in.
Which do you feel is your strength: hitting or fielding?
Well, I think fielding, probably. I am not flashy, but I am consistent. That is my strength. I also feel defense can change the flow of the game.
You were assigned the number nineteen.
That is what they gave me. I did not ask for it, it was just the number I found hanging in my locker. I think in Japan the number eighteen is for aces. And plus one is nineteen.
Which number would you like?
I was twenty-four in high school. It is also [Robinson] Cano's number. Fifty-one is good too. I thought it might be kind of nice to wear the fifty-one like Ichiro.
Have you noticed anything different on offense since turning pro?
In high school, it was eighty-six miles per hour, but in the pros it's ninety or ninety-five miles per hour. There is also a lot more movement on the curves, changes, and slider. I am really surprised I was able to hit one today.