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2nd round draft pick Makoto Auichi’s future with Seibu still uncertain

by on Dec.18, 2012 @ 11:31 pm, under NPB
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There is a good chance 2nd round draft pick Makoto Aiuchi will not be able to attend the 2012 draft class training camp that begins in early January.  The Seibu Lions have placed all negotiations with Aiuchi on hold and are planning to re-consider terms of their deal if they decide to sign him.

Aiuchi was caught driving without a valid license and speeding earlier this month.  He is currently being confined at his high school manager's home over an indefinite amount of time.  The Lions are waiting to see what kind of punishment he receives for his traffic violations before making a decision -- the organization does not want to make any decisions until all punishments have been handed down.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/18/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2012

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JHBF issues stern warning to 2nd round draft pick Makoto Aiuchi

A high school player drafted by the Seibu Lions gets caught driving without a license

Shohei Otani News and Notes: December 15, 2012

by on Dec.15, 2012 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB
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Hideki Kuriyama is already thinking about a possible match-up between 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani and Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin Tigers 1st round draft pick).  The Tigers and Fighters are scheduled to play an exhibition game on February 23 (as well as on March 9; they are also scheduled to play a practice game on February 10).  However, it could be with Otani as a hitter instead of a pitcher.

"We are concerned about injuries, so we do not want to push him too hard," said Kuriyama.  "I am not sure about a pitching duel, but a hitting match-up is possible.  It is our job to create situations that can please the fans.  I will of course, consider it."

Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012Sanspo 12/15/2012Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012

The Fighters are ok with Otani having a girlfriend, but will place a ban on nightlife activities (which is understandable since he is still considered a minor).  Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012

Yu Darvish's old dorm room could become Otani's room.

"It only seems natural.  The room is open, so there is no problem there.  After all, we also gave him the number eleven because we have high expectations," said a team official.  Source: Sponichi 12/15/2012

Seibu Lions introduce 2012 draft class

by on Dec.13, 2012 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB
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The Seibu Lions held a press conference at Seibu Tetsudo headquarters in Tokorozawa to unveil their 2012 draft class.  All five players have been signed and given uniforms numbers for the 2013 season.

NOTE: 2nd round draft pick Makoto Aiuchi was caught driving without a license and speeding. He did not attend the press conference and his status is still a question mark.

Source: official announcement

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2012 Draft Class

Ord Name JPN DOB HT/WT POS T/B Uni
1 Masuda, Tastushi 増田 達至 4/23/1988 (24) 180/80 P R/R 14
3 Kaneko, Yuji 金子 侑司 4/24/1990 (22) 178/70 INF R/B 2
4 Takahashi, Tomomi 高橋 朋己 11/16/1988 (23) 173/82 P L/L 43
5 Sato, Isamu 佐藤  勇 9/18/1994 (18) 181/77 P L/L 63
I-1 Mizuguchi, Daichi 水口 大地 6/28/1989 (23) 168/65 INF R/L 123

Yakult Swallows introduce 2012 draft class

by on Dec.13, 2012 @ 11:09 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows held a press conference at Yakult Hall in Tokyo to unveil their 2012 draft class.  All seven players have been signed and given uniforms numbers for the 2013 season.

Source: official announcement

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2012 Draft Class

Ord Name JPN DOB HT/WT POS T/B Uni
1 Ishiyama, Taichi 石山 泰稚 9/1/1988 (24) 182/74 P R/R 12
2 Ogawa, Yasuhiro 小川 泰弘 5/16/1990 (22) 171/79 P R/R 29
3 Tagawa, Kengo 田川 賢吾 5/22/1994 (18) 187/77 P R/L 35
4 Emura, Masaya 江村 将也 7/5/1987 (25) 180/70 P L/L 43
5 Hoshino, Yudai 星野 雄大 10/19/1988 (24) 177/80 C R/R 37
6 Yachi, Ryota 谷内 亮太 2/3/1991 (21) 177/78 INF R/R 46
7 Oba, Tatsuya 大場 達也 3/10/1989 (23) 183/85 P R/R 49

Rakuten Eagles introduce 2012 draft class

by on Dec.13, 2012 @ 7:10 pm, under NPB
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The Rakuten Eagles held a press conference at a hotel in Sendai to unveil their 2012 draft class.  All seven players have been signed and given uniforms numbers for the 2013 season.

Source: official announcementSponichi 12/13/2012

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2012 Draft Class

Ord Name JPN DOB HT/WT POS T/B Uni
1 Mori, Yudai 森  雄大 8/19/1994 (18) 184/74 P L/L 16
2 Norimoto, Takahiro 則本 昂大 12/17/1990 (21) 178/82 P R/L 14
3 Otsuka, Takahito 大塚 尚仁 10/13/1994 (18) 175/70 P L/L 47
4 Shimotsuma, Takahiro 下妻 貴寛 4/15/1994 (18) 186/85 C R/R 39
5 Shimai, Hirohito 島井 寛仁 6/19/1990 (22) 174/70 OF R/R 50
6 Kakizawa, Takahiro 柿澤 貴裕 7/30/1994 (18) 179/80 P/OF R/L 51
I-1 Miyagawa, Sho 宮川  将 10/19/1990 (22) 184/87 P R/R 121

Shohei Otani News and Notes: December 13, 2012

by on Dec.13, 2012 @ 4:57 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani updates from December 13:

The documents the Nippon Ham Fighters presented to Otani have been made available at the official team site.  They are in Japanese.  Source: official announcement

Hideki Kuriyama has asked the Fighters to designate an exclusive PR official for Otani.  And while Hanamaki Higashi is supposed to handle all media requests with Otani until he officially signs, the Fighters have volunteered to take on the load.  Source: Sanspo 12/13/2012

During his first two years of high school, Otani played left and right in games he did not pitch in.  Beginning in his third year, he started playing some center to get a better view of pitcher/batter match-ups.  Source: Sanspo 12/13/2012

Kuriyama is thinking about making Otani a shortstop.

A couple Kuriyama quotes:

"As a position player, I think Shohei can play short.  He has a good snap throw and can make strong off-balance throws.  The rest is getting used to the distances." (Sponichi)

"There is a difference in lefty/righty, but in terms of position players, I imagine [Otani] as an A-Rod type." (Daily Sports)

Source: Sanspo 12/13/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2012, Sports Hochi 12/13/2012, Daily Sports 12/13/2012, Sponichi 12/13/2012, Sponichi 12/13/2012

There have only been two players that have pitched in ten or more games and played short in ten or more games during one season:

Nobuaki Miyashita - 11 games as a pitcher (2-0) and 13 games at short in 1946.

Osamu Takechi - 20 games as pitcher (6-5) and 19 games at short in 1947; and 26 games as a pitcher (7-4) and 20 games at short in 1949.

Neither played pitched and played short in their first year.

Source: Sponichi 12/13/2012

Hiroshima Carp introduce 2012 draft class

by on Dec.13, 2012 @ 3:40 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp held a press conference at a hotel in Hiroshima to unveil their 2012 draft class.  All seven players have been signed and given uniforms numbers for the 2013 season.

Source: official announcementSponichi 12/13/2012

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2012 Draft Class

Ord Name JPN DOB HT/WT POS T/B Uni
1 Takahashi, Hiroki 高橋 大樹 5/11/1994 (18) 181/80 OF R/R 25
2 Suzuki, Seiya 鈴木 誠也 8/18/1994 (18) 181/83 P R/R 51
3 Uemoto, Takashi 上本 崇司 8/22/1990 (22) 170/70 INF R/R 0
4 Shimozuru, Ko 下水 流昂 4/23/1988 (24) 178/85 OF R/R 35
5 Mima, Yuki 美間 優槻 5/26/1994 (18) 176/78 P R/R 59
I-1 Tsuji, Sora 辻  空 4/24/1994 (18) 184/77 P R/R 124
I-2 Morishita, Tsukasa 森下  宗 2/23/1991 (21) 176/76 OF L/L 136

JHBF issues stern warning to 2nd round draft pick Makoto Aiuchi

by on Dec.12, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under High School, NPB
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Seibu Lions' 2nd round draft pick Makoto Aiuchi received a stern warning from the Japan High School Baseball Federation (JHBF) after he was caught driving without a license and speeding on the 4th.  Contract negotiations with the Lions have been put on hold.  Aiuchi is currently serving out a suspension issued by his high school.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012

Hisanobu Watanabe spoke to reporters on Tuesday and said he ultimately wanted to see the student sign with the Lions.  Source: Sponichi 12/12/2012

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A high school player drafted by the Seibu Lions gets caught driving without a license

Chiba Lotte Marines introduce 2012 draft class

by on Dec.12, 2012 @ 5:49 pm, under NPB
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The Chiba Lotte Marines held a press conference at Lotte headquarters in Tokyo to unveil their 2012 draft class.  All four players have been signed and given uniforms numbers for the 2013 season.

Source: official announcementSports Hochi 12/12/2012

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2012 Draft Class

Ord Name JPN DOB HT/WT POS T/B Uni
1 Matsunaga, Takahiro 松永 昂大 4/16/1988 (24) 175/82 P L/L 28
2 Kawamitsu, Hiroya 川満 寛弥 3/4/1991 (21) 186/80 P L/L 36
3 Tamura, Tatsuhiro 田村 龍弘 5/13/1994 (18) 174/77 C R/R 45
4 Kato, Shohei 加藤 翔平 3/28/1991 (21) 183/84 OF R/B 65

Shohei Otani News and Notes: December 11, 2012

by on Dec.11, 2012 @ 5:01 pm, under NPB
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Shohei Otani updates from December 10:

Nikkan Sports

Ichi-gun pitching coach Tomohiro Kuroki on Otani:

"[Otani] has a good head on his shoulders and is a quick thinker.  He knows how to communicate his thoughts.  He seems to be smart.  I think he has the ability to take in the good and push away the bad. ... I think we need to help support him as he aims for the top.  I want to help him in any way that I can."

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012

The Fighters meeting with Hanamaki Higashi High School officials on Monday lasted about an hour.  They informed Nippon Ham that they received critical phone calls from a number of people after Otani decided to change his mind.  The Fighters apologized and once again explained their why they decided to select him during the draft.  The high school is expected to respect/support his Otani's decision.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012

The Fighters are planning to hold a press conference for Otani on Christmas Day at a hotel in Sapporo.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/2012

Sanspo

The Fighters meeting with Hanamaki school officials began at 9:10am and lasted about sixty-five minutes.  The team learned that the high school has been getting a lot of phone calls since the day they selected Otani during the draft on October 25.  Reactions have been mixed, and not all have been critical, but there were times when school staff were forced to sit through calls that lasted over thirty minutes.

Said Hideki Kuriyama, "We have put [Hanamaki Higashi] in a very difficult situation.  I had an idea of what might be happening, but I am shocked.  We really put them in a tough spot.  I am very sorry for what has happened.  I want Nippon Ham to handle this properly.  I do not want to inconvenience the school any more."

Hanamaki manager Hiroshi Sasaki on Otani:

"I watched the press conference on TV and was relieved when he shook Kuriyama's hand and smiled.  I want to support his decision. ... His velocity improved after he hurt his left hip during his second year, but he could not become a winning pitcher.  I would like to see him become a winning pitcher."

Source: Sanspo 12/11/2012

Sponichi

Hanamaki manager Sasaki on Otani:

"I will be happy if he can grow with Nippon Ham and become a legitimate pitcher in Japan before heading to America. ... I thought it best [for him to announce his intentions] before the draft, but I may have rushed his decision by doing that.  I feel badly for inconveniencing so many people."

Source: Sponichi 12/11/2012

Hanshin Tigers president Nobuo Minami on the Fighters managing to sign Otani:

"This was good for Japanese baseball. ... [Nippon Ham] did a good job.  I think it is impressive what they accomplished. ... US scouts can approach players before Japanese scouts can.  That allows them to get closer.  Some active [Japanese] scouts are questioning whether that is fair."

Source: Sponichi 12/11/2012

Nippon Ham Fighter Shinya Tsuruoka on Otani:

"I would like him to do his best and not get beaten by the negative criticisms.  [Otani] has been given the chance to wear a uniform and stand on the field, all that remains is whether he can put up results. ... He has not won a game at the professional level yet, so making comparison [at this point] would be rude to Darvish."

Source: Sponichi 12/11/2012

The documents the Fighters prepared about the risks of going overseas will be released to members of the media.

Source: Sponichi 12/11/2012