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[11/2/2013] Draft News and Notes

by on Nov.03, 2013 @ 2:51 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

  • Yakult scout Takayuki Saito on 2nd round draft pick Naomichi Nishiura: "He is not just about defense, he has strong wrists and has some pop.  He can become a Hayato Sakamoto type of player."  Nishiura is said to be a candidate for the starting job at short next year. [Sports Hochi 11/2/2013]

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Kakita pitched in an Industrial League Tournament game against JFE Higashi Nihon on Saturday.  He started the game and allowed a run on four hits over 3.2 innings of work.  He faced nineteen batters, walked/hit two, and struck out three. His team lost 8-6. [Sponichi 11/2/2013]

Hiroshima Carp

  • 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri was born in Florida.  His father is American (he was a shortstop in the Braves organization) and his mother Japanese.  He returned to Japan when he was in junior high school and experienced some bumps during his second year of junior high, but managed to get back on track with support from his family.  He likes to listen to Pitbull before games. [Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013]

Hanshin Tigers

  • 1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada currently weighs about seventy-eight kilograms.  He hopes to push that up to about eighty-five during the winter.   Iwasada once gained ten kilograms by eatig a lot in between meals over a two-week period during the summer of his second-year of college. [Sanspo 11/2/2013]

Yomiuri Giants

  • 1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi played in an Industrial League Tournament game against JFE Higashi Nihon on Saturday.  He was the starting catcher and batted eighth.  He went 2-for-3 with two RBI.  His team lost 8-6. [Sponichi 11/2/2013]

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • The Fighters are planning to use 3rd round draft pick Hiromi Oka in the outfield where he can make best use of his speed and arm. [Sports 11/2/2013]
  • 6th round draft pick Akihiro Hakumura started a game against Waseda University today and gave up two runs on five hits over five innings of work.  He faced twenty-two batters, threw ninety-five pitches, walked/hit three, and struck out six. [Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013]

Orix Buffaloes

  • 5th round draft pick Yuto Yoshida is an Ichiro fan.  Ichiro borrows the organization's facilities during the winter and Yoshida was excited to hear that he might have a chance to meet his hero during 2013 draft class workouts in January. [Nikkan Sports 11/2/2013, Sports Hochi 11/2/2013]

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • 4th round draft pick Shohei Yoshihara pitched in an Industrial League Tournament game against JFE Higashi Nihon on Saturday.  He gave up three runs on two hits over three innings of work.  He faced twelve batters, walked/hit one, and struck out three.  He also gave up an inside-the-park grand slam. [Sponichi 11/2/2013]
  • 5th round draft pick Seiya Inoue played in an Industrial League Tournament game against JFE Higashi Nihon on Saturday.  He started at first and batted fourth.  He went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI.  His team lost 8-6. [Sponichi 11/2/2013]