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[11/4/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Nov.05, 2013 @ 4:12 am, under NPB

Shintaro Fujinami wants to improve his change-up and curve.  His top three pitches this season were fastball, cutter, and fork.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2013

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Hitting coordinator Masayuki Kakefu worked with Issei Morita on Sunday.

"He can hit the ball pretty far for a Japan person.  That is his strength.  I think it is better to consider him a mini Randy Bass instead of a mini Craig Brazell," Kakefu said.  "I am looking forward to what he can do.  There will be an open roster spot with [Shinjiro] Hiyama's retirement.  He could be an interesting option in a situation where a new foreign player is still considered a question mark."

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2013

Kafeu feels Morita has enough power for a thirty home run season.

Morita took 129 swings during batting practice on Sunday and hit twenty-seven over the fence.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013

Kakefu has also been working with Hayata Ito.  He has been trying to get him to take a more relaxed approach to hitting.

Ito took ninety-four swings during batting practice on Sunday and recorded thirty-eight could be hits.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013

According to Tokyo Sports, Kakefu is trying to motive players by praising them.  So far, it appears to be working.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/4/2013

Kakefu's job title will apparently be shorted to DC, as in Development Coordinator.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013

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Yutaka Wada and Kakefu are high on Masahiro Nakatani.

Source: Nikkkan Sports 11/4/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2013

Wada is hoping one of the players in the organization can step up and become a bunt specialist.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2013

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Ryota Arai has been working on a new swing that involves a smaller leg kick.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013

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INF/base-running coach Nobuhiro Takashiro has been helping players with their base-running techniques, with a focus on how to take better secondary leads.

Source: Sanspo 11/4/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2013