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[1/16/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Jan.16, 2014 @ 11:44 pm, under NPB

Senichi Hoshino invited the Ichi-gun coaching staff to his house in Australia.  While there, they held a staff meeting to discuss spring camp.  One of the topics the group spent the most time on was how to handle 1st round draft pick Yuki Matsui, in addition to other young pitchers like Yoshinao Kamata and Yudai Mori.

Pitching coach Yoshinori Sato feels Kamata and Mori spent too much time working on their upper bodies and not enough time on their lower bodies.  Sato thinks that because of this, Hoshino is concerned about the players falling into the same pattern and is pushing to assign them to Ichi-gun spring camp where he and the other Ichi-gun coaches can keep an eye on them.  It would also give the young pitchers a chance to see first hand how important it is to build up the lower body.

Source: ZakZak 1/16/2014


The first block of the 2013 draft class training camp ended today.  3rd round draft pick Kodai Hamaya tossed his first bullpen session of the year (standing catcher).

Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2014

The 2013 draft class ran laps around Kobo Stadium today (one lap is about 700 meters).  1st round draft pick Matsui ran his first lap in two minutes, five seconds and his second lap in two minutes, six seconds.  He finished in first both times.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/16/2014

1st round draft pick Matsui played catch with 2nd round draft pick Yasuhito Uchida during workouts on Wednesday.  Matsui threw the ball ninety times at distances of up to about forty meters.  He also mixed in some breaking pitches, including a cutter he has been working on since around last summer.

Source: Sports Hochi 1/16/2014


The Eagles announced that they are opening an official team store in Morioka on January 25.  Ginji will be store manager for the day.

Source: official announcement