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Chunichi Dragons place Felix Carrasco on waivers

by on Sep.28, 2011 @ 6:47 pm, under NPB
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The Chunichi Dragons announced today that they placed Felix Carrasco on waivers.

They also announced that they terminated Candido Jesus's Ikusei contract.

Carrasco's 2011 Stats

Player G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ichi-gun 3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000
Ni-gun 36 63 55 0 8 1 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 25 0 .145 .164 .254


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Chunichi Dragons Spring Camp News and Notes: February 18, 2011

by on Feb.18, 2011 @ 1:40 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Yesterday's practice game against the LG Twins:

Takahiro Saeki was the starting DH and batted 6th.  He went 2-for-2.

===== 2/18 @ 11:27pm

Felix Carrasco spent time taking fielding practice and BP today.  In two practice games so far this spring, he's gone 3-for-9 with 3 RBI.  Carrasco is hoping to play in tomorrow's practice game against the SK Wyverns.

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Masahiko Morino stayed back for about an hour and 20 minutes worth of extra BP today.

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Wei-Ying Chen did not touch a baseball during practice today and spent most of his day working on his upper body.

Said conditioning coach Watari Sumida, "While he doesn't have any problems with his upper body, it's going to take a bit longer."

===== 2/18 @ 1:40pm

Takuya Asao got some pointers on how to throw two types of fork balls (one that spins like a slider and another like a shuto) from the LG Twins' temporary coach Kazuhiro Sasaki before yesterday's practice game.  He worked on both during his 41-pitch bullpen session today.  Asao is also working on a palm ball.

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Takahiro Saeki spent about 3 hours hitting in the cages after general practice on Wednesday.

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Chunichi Dragons Spring Camp News and Notes: February 5, 2011

by on Feb.05, 2011 @ 3:31 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Ochiai gave Guzman some fielding advice while Guzman was taking fielding practice out in right today.  During indoor fielding practice he worked as a first baseman.  Guzman later told reporters that he was told to work out at third as well.  Seems all the hard work during camp is leaving Guzman completely drained after practice.

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Kenta Asakura threw 58 pitches (mostly fastballs) in the bullpen today.  He also worked on hitting spots set by the catcher.

===== 2/5 @ 3:31pm

Wei-Ying Chen threw 80 pitches in the bullpen today and told reporters that he still had a long way to go and that there were a  lot of things he still needed to work on.

Special temporary coach Shigeru Sugishita also recently conveyed to Chen the importance of the fork, especially if he wants to play in the majors.

Said Chen, "He told me to learn how to throw a pitch that drops if I want to pitch in the majors.  He said that I'll get beat if I go in with only a change-up.  And that the pitch I was throwing right now isn't a fork.  Instead of dropping, it's just sinking. ... He told me that if I wanted to become a better pitcher, I would need to work on my fork more.  He didn't give me any advice on how, but there's still a month so I'd like to work on my fork as much as possible."

Sugishita then apparently listed Kazuhiro Sasaki and Takashi Saito as perfect examples of pitchers with good forks that found success in the majors and Kei Igawa as an example for a pitcher that hasn't made it because he doesn't have a fork and instead relies on a change.

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More on Hitoki Iwase's 47-pitch BP appearance yesterday: they were all fastballs and he allowed 4 could-be hits.  Iwase was probably throwing in the early to mid 130km/h range.

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Hiromitsu Ochiai worked with Tony Blanco, Joel Guzman, and Felix Carrasco at first base yesterday.  Since the Dragons will likely carry two foreign pitchers (Chen and Maximo Nelson), they will only have room for 2 position players.

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Chunichi Dragons also sign Felix Carrasco

by on Dec.20, 2010 @ 4:41 pm, under NPB
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7:22pm JST

Jiji Press reports that Guzman got a 1-year deal worth US$300,000 (about 25M yen) and the number 45; Carrasco a 1-year deal worth 150,000 (about 12.5M yen) and the number 48.

4:41pm JST

The Chunichi Dragons formally announced today that they not only signed 26-year-old OF Joel Guzman, but also 23-year-old INF Felix Carrasco.

Carrasco was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the San Diego Padres in 2006 and released in February this year.

Career Totals

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP IBB SH SF GDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
306 1077 147 268 53 7 29 180 143 382 10 11 11 8 2 7 27 .249 .341 .392 733
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