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[11/29/2013] Draft News and Notes

by on Nov.30, 2013 @ 1:07 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • 1st round draft pick Ayumu Ishikawa managed to get some pitching advice when he met Koji Uehara for the first time on the 26th. [Daily Sports 11/29/2013]

Rakuten Eagles

  • 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui was given four uniform number options: one, twelve, fifteen, and nineteen.  He went with number one. [Sponichi 11/29/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2013] ... Matsui is just the fifth pitcher out of high school to get the number one since the start of the draft. [Sports Hochi 11/29/2013] ... Rakuten players that have worn the number one: Tatsuya Shiokawa (2005-2010), Akinori Iwamura (2011-2012).  Matsui does not have a preference for his registered name and will leave the decision up to the Eagles. [Sanspo 11/29/2013] ... The Eagles gave Matsui a schedule of his workouts during the 2013 draft class training camp in January.  It was the same set of workouts given to Masahiro Tanaka in his first year. [Daily Sports 11/29/2013] ... Matsui is the ninth player drafted out of high school to sign for the max signing and salary amounts: 100 million yen signing bonus, fifteen million yen in salary. [Sponichi 11/29/2013] ... Eighty members of the media and eight TV cameras covered Matsui's press conference on Thursday. [Sponichi 11/29/2013]