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[11/17/2013] Draft News and Notes

by on Nov.17, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • 3rd round draft pick Hiroki Minei played in a university tournament game today.  He was the starting catcher and batted fifth.  He went 3-for-4 with an RBI. [Sanspo 11/17/2013]

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons will most likely give 1st round draft pick Shota Suzuki the number eighteen as a sign of their hopes that he becomes their next ace (Junki Ito will be given a new number).  Since being drafted, he has been running the distance to his high school every day (about twelve kilometers).  He also started tossing bullpen sessions (fifty to sixty pitches). [Daily Sports 11/17/2013] ... Suzuki bumped into Suzuki Motor Corporation's chairman, Osamu Suzuki, after his contract press conference on on Saturday.  Osamu Suzuki is a big Chunichi fan and is looking forward to Shota Suzuki's development over the next two to three years. [Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013] ... Suzuki would like to someday invite elderly fans or fans with disabilities to Nagoya Dome to watch him play. [Sports Hochi 11/17/2013]

Hiroshima Carp

  • 1st round draft pick Daichi Osera knows that for him, pitching is not about velocity, but about movement and control.  He was able to confirm this idea while writing a graduation thesis on his performance at the university level. [Daily Sports 11/17/2013] ... "Batting averages against were lower when seventy to eighty percent of the pitches were thrown in the mid 140s.  I tried to throw the ball hard during my first year and got hit.  I worked on the movement of my pitches during my second year and started striking hitters out.  Movement and control are important," Osera said. [Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013]
  • 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri started a university tournament game today.  He tossed seven shutout innings against Hachinohe University.  He faced twenty-six batters, threw 113 pitches, gave up three hits, and struck out twelve. [Sanspo 11/17/2013]
  • The Carp signed 5th round draft pick Yuta Nakamura to a provisional contract today.  He was assigned the number sixty-seven. [Daily Sports 11/17/2013]

Yomiuri Giants

  • When 3rd round draft pick Kazuto Taguchi was a fourth year elementary school student, he wrote an essay about how he wanted to invite Tatsunori Hara to a yakisoba party after winning a championship with the Giants.  He also drew a picture of him recording the game-winning hit, of him making the yakisoba, and of Hara eating the yakisoba. [Nikkan Sports 11/17/2013]

Nippon Ham Fighters

  • 3rd round draft pick Hiromi Oka played in a university tournament game against Dohto University today.  He started at first and batted clean-up.  He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. [Daily Sports 11/17/2013]

Seibu Lions

  • 5th round draft pick Takayuki Yamaguchi will likely start 2014 at Ni-gun spring camp because he has struggled with injuries over the last couple years. [Sports Hochi 11/17/2013]