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2011 Draft News and Notes from 12/18/2011

by on Dec.19, 2011 @ 1:26 am, under NPB
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Hanshin Tigers

Takashi Toritani told fans during a talk session on Friday that he planned to provide 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito with whatever help/support he might need, especially since he too joined the team as a high profile 1st round pick out of a Kanto university (Waseda).

On Sunday, Ito took part in the 34th Annual Yachimata Youth Baseball Clinic at Chiba Reimei High School.  About 150 kids from 10 teams attended the clinic.  He also wore a Keio University uniform.

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Ni-gun pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi thinks highly of 2nd round draft pick Hiroaki Saiuchi's split finger fastball.

Said Nakanishi, "Saiuchi can get swinging strikes and grounders [with the pitch].  He does not miss with it much and I think it can be an effective pitch at the professional level.  It is not an unrefined pitch, but very close to being complete."

Assuming he can polish up his fastball, Nakanishi believes he could make it to the active roster fairly quickly.

2011 Draft News and Notes from 12/14/2011

by on Dec.15, 2011 @ 12:20 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

2nd round draft pick Yoshinao Kamata could have a shot at beginning his first year in the pros at Ichi-gun spring camp.  The last Eagles' player to make Ichi-gun spring camp right out of high school was Masahiro Tanaka.

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons opened up their 2011 draft class introductions to fans this year for the first time in franchise historyAround 800 fans showed up.

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1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi is still scheduled to start this off at Ichi-gun spring camp next year.

Hanshin Tigers

The media learned on Tuesday that Ikusei 1st round draft pick Seiya Hirokami already moved into the player dorms on 12/12 (the earliest for a newly drafted player in franchise history).

Yomiuri Giants

Ikusei 5th round draft pick Takashi Amemiya and Ikusei 6th round draft pick Takahiro Watanabe worked out for about two hours at Giants Stadium on Tuesday.

Hiroshima Carp

The 2011 draft class had a chance to visit Mazda Stadium on Wednesday.

Rakuten Eagles introduce their 2011 draft class

by on Dec.14, 2011 @ 12:31 am, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles introduced their 2011 draft class today at a hotel in Sendai.

Uniform Numbers

Ord Name JPN DOB HT/WT POS T/B Uni
1 Muto, Yoshitaka 武藤 好貴 7/22/1987 (24) 177/70 P R/R 34
2 Kamata, Yoshinao 釜田 佳直 10/26/1993 (18) 178/77 P R/B 21
3 Miyoshi, Takumi 三好  匠 6/7/1993 (18) 174/74 P R/R 2
4 Okajima, Takero 岡島 豪郎 9/7/1989 (22) 177/85 C R/L 27
5 Kitagawa, Rintaro 北川倫太郎 6/21/1993 (18) 187/85 OF R/L 63
6 Shimauchi, Hiroaki 島内 宏明 2/2/1990 (21) 180/75 OF L/L 35
I-1 Jimbo, Takahiro 神保 貴宏 12/9/1986 (24) 174/76 OF R/R 133

Chunichi Dragons introduce their 2011 draft class

by on Dec.13, 2011 @ 9:43 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons introduced their 2011 draft class at Nadya Park in Nagoya today.  About 800 fans attended the event.

Uniform Numbers

Ord Name JPN DOB HT/WT POS T/B Unis
1 Takahashi, Shuhei 高橋 周平 1/18/1994 (17) 185/83 INF R/L 31
2 Nishikawa, Kentaro 西川健太郎 4/18/1993 (18) 184/72 P R/R 32
3 Tajima, Shinji 田島 慎二 12/21/1989 (21) 181/84 P R/R 45
4 Tsuji, Takehiko 辻  孟彦 7/27/1989 (22) 182/86 P R/R 35
5 Kawasaki, Takahiro 川崎 貴弘 8/2/1993 (18) 187/85 P R/R 51
6 Son, Sang-Hoon 宋  相勲 2/24/1993 (18) 190/93 P R/R 60

Yokohama Bay Stars 2011 draft class uniform numbers

by on Dec.13, 2011 @ 6:09 pm, under NPB
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The Yokohama Bay Stars announced the uniform numbers for the 2011 draft classed.

Uniform Numbers

Ord Name JPN DOB HT/WT POS T/B Uni
1 Kitagata, Yujo 北方 悠誠 1/25/1994 (17) 180/80 P R/R 28
2 Takajo, Shuto 高城 俊人 5/3/1993 (18) 176/79 C R/R 32
3 Watanabe, Yuki 渡辺 雄貴 4/9/1993 (18) 180/75 INF R/R 44
4 Kuwahara, Masayuki 桑原 将志 7/21/1993 (18) 174/74 INF R/R 37
5 Otosaka, Tomo 乙坂  智 1/6/1994 (17) 182/72 OF R/L 33
6 Samura, Travis Mikihisa 佐村トラヴィス幹久 10/9/1993 (18) 191/81 P R/R 68
7 Matsui, Hyuma 松井 飛雄馬 3/17/1991 (20) 180/80 INF R/R 40
8 Komura, Toru 古村  徹 10/20/1993 (18) 177/76 P L/R 64
9 Ito, Takuro 伊藤 拓郎 4/2/1993 (18) 185/86 P R/R 67
I-1 Tomita, Kosuke 冨田 康祐 4/24/1988 (23) 186/90 P R/R 111
I-2 Nishimori, Masashi 西森 将司 12/29/1987 (23) 182/80 C R/R 112

Hiroshima Carp introduce their 2011 draft class

by on Dec.13, 2011 @ 1:07 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp introduced their 2011 draft class at Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima earlier today100 selected fans were invited to the event.

Uniform Numbers

Ord Name JPN DOB HT/WT POS T/B Uni
1 Nomura, Yusuke 野村 祐輔 6/24/1989 (22) 177/72 P R/R 19
2 Kikuchi, Ryosuke 菊池 涼介 3/11/1990 (21) 172/70 INF R/R 33
3 Toda, Takaya 戸田 隆矢 6/10/1993 (18) 181/67 P L/R 53
4 Habu, Shohei 土生 翔平 8/16/1989 (22) 180/76 OF R/L 43
I-1 Tominaga, Hajime 富永  一 6/20/1989 (22) 179/80 P R/R 123
I-2 Nakamura, Masataka 中村 真崇 11/7/1983 (27) 183/83 OF R/R 127
I-3 Tsukada, Kohei 塚田 晃平 8/24/1989 (22) 192/89 P R/R 129
I-4 Mike, Kazuma 三家 和真 8/13/1993 (18) 180/76 OF R/B 130

2011 Draft News and Notes from 12/12/2011

by on Dec.13, 2011 @ 2:24 am, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles

The Eagles gave their 2011 draft class a tour of Kleenex Stadium and of their Ni-gun training facilities on Monday.

Hanshin Tigers

 The players the Tigers drafted this year were tested on nine different things during their physical fitness tests on Sunday.

1st round draft picks Hayato Ito's 21 chin-ups were higher than players like Masato Akamatsu (18), Takashi Toritani (13), and Atsushi Nomi (10) when they took their tests before their first years.  He also notched 69cm on the vertical jump and did 36 sit-ups in 30 seconds.

Hiroshima Carp

All eight players the Carp drafted this year arrived in Hiroshima on Monday, a day head of their introductions to the media.  2nd round draft pick Ryosuke Kikuchi arrived from Nagoya with his parents.

Softbank Hawks introduce their 2011 Ikusei draft class

by on Dec.12, 2011 @ 10:39 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks held a press conference in Yahoo Dome today to introduce their 2011 Ikusei draft class.  A Ustream video covering the the event is also available.

Uniform Numbers

Ord Name JPN DOB HT/WT POS T/B Uni
I-1 Kamamoto, Go 釜元  豪 9/3/1993 (18) 180/80 OF R/L 122
I-2 Kamezawa, Kyohei 亀沢 恭平 10/15/1988 (23) 173/72 INF R/L 124
I-3 Miura, Shota 三浦 翔太 11/10/1989 (21) 177/67 P R/R 134
I-4 Shimizu, Takashi 清水 貴之 5/15/1984 (27) 177/76 P L/L 135
I-5 Arasaki, Shinya 新崎 慎弥 10/22/1989 (22) 171/73 INF R/L 136
I-6 Sasanuma, Akihiro 笹沼 明広 7/17/1987 (24) 183/81 C R/R 137
I-7 Iida, Kazuya 飯田 一弥 3/10/1986 (25) 182/83 C R/R 139

Hanshin Tigers introduce their 2011 draft class

by on Dec.12, 2011 @ 10:33 pm, under NPB
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The Hanshin Tigers presented their 2011 draft class to the media at a hotel in Osaka earlier today.

Uniform Numbers

Ord Name JPN DOB HT/WT POS T/B Uni
1 Ito, Hayata 伊藤 隼太 5/8/1989 (22) 178/84 OF R/L 51
2 Saiuchi, Hiroaki 歳内 宏明 7/19/1993 (18) 182/82 P R/R 26
3 Nishida, Naoto 西田 直斗 4/26/1993 (18) 180/70 INF R/L 33
4 Ito, Kazuo 伊藤 和雄 12/13/1989 (21) 184/82 P R/R 17
5 Matsuda, Ryoma 松田 遼馬 2/8/1994 (17) 183/85 P R/R 56
I-1 Hirokami, Seiya 広神 聖哉 8/19/1989 (22) 173/85 C R/L 128