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[11/26/2013] Draft News and Notes

by on Nov.27, 2013 @ 2:07 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • 4th round draft pick Shohei Yoshihara is working on a splitter. [Sponichi 11/26/2013]
  • At 110 kilograms, 5th round draft pick Seiya Inoue will become the heaviest Japanese player in the NPB next season.  Inoue loves chocolate.  The heaviest Japanese player this past season was Chunichi's Ryoji Nakata at 107 kilograms. [Sports Hochi 11/26/2013]

Rakuten Eagles

  • 2nd round draft pick Yasuhito Uchida has been working out at third and catcher.  He will likely focus on catching, at least for the time being, once he officially turns pro. [Sports Hochi 11/26/2013] ... Uchida is planning to give his mother full control of his signing bonus.  His father passed away when he was a fifth-year elementary school student and he wants to give back to his mother. [Nikkan Sports 11/26/2013]