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[1/18/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars, Yakult Swallows

by on Jan.19, 2015 @ 12:57 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • Third round draft pick Hayato Takagi tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium on Sunday. He threw twenty pitches, all fastballs, at seventy percent. It was his first session since turning professional. Second round draft pick Chiaki Tone also tossed a bullpen session. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • Kan Otake threw about fifty pitches to a standing catcher on Saturday. Source: Sanspo 1/18/2015
  • The 2014 draft class took a battery of vision tests on Saturday. Source: Daily Sports 1/18/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Second round draft pick Tsuyoshi Ishizaki threw forty-five pitches in the bullpen at the Naruohama facilities on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • Fourth round draft pick Koki Moriya tossed forty-six pitches to a standing catcher in the bullpen on Sunday. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • Hiroya Shimamoto gained three kilograms in about a month and currently weighs seventy-three kilograms. He is trying to push his weight to seventy-five kilograms. Source: Daily Sports 1/18/2015
  • Minoru Iwata is working out with former Hanshin teammate Brooks Conrad in Arizona. Conrad is open to a return to Japan. Iwata has been in Arizona for about two weeks. He has been working on strengthening his glutes, hips, and thighs. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • Atsushi Nomi does not think this year's opening day start should go to a veteran. Source: Sanspo 1/18/2015
  • Kubota Slugger made three gloves for Takashi Toritani: black and brown, same size as last season, black label; black and brown, same size as last season but with a thinner pocket, light blue label; brown, about five millimeters larger than last season's glove, sturdy pocket. Source: Daily Sports 1/18/2015, Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • The Tigers are planning to assign one or more batting practice pitchers to Ni-gun spring camp this year. "We'll be send batting practice pitchers to Aki this year. We have more of them now. It might be a first in organization history. Or at least in recent memory," said someone connected to the team. Source: Sponichi 1/18/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • First round draft pick Yasuaki Yamasaki threw forty-two pitches, including the knuckleball, curve, and two-seamer, to a squatting catcher at the Yokosuka facilities on Sunday. It was his fourth session since the start of rookie training camp. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015
  • Takayuki Kajitani started the 2014 season at eighty-three kilograms and dropped to seventy-five during the summer months. He has managed to push his weight up to eighty-four kilograms by eating four to five meals a day. He is hoping to keep his weight at around eighty-six kilograms this year. Source: Daily Sports 1/18/2015, Sponichi 1/18/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien had surgery on his left Achilles last October. He is making good progress, but may not be ready for spring camp in February. Source: Sponichi 1/18/2015
  • First round draft pick Shingo Takeshita tossed a bullpen session at the facilities in Toda on Sunday. He threw twenty-five pitches to a standing catcher at about seventy percent. It was his first session since he turned professional. Third round draft pick Koji Yamakawa caught the session. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/18/2015