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Softbank Hawks add Fujita, DeLeon to 70-man roster

by on Mar.07, 2011 @ 5:29 pm, under NPB
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The Hawks announced today that they decided to add Ikusei players Soichi Fujita and Juan DeLeon to the to the 70-man roster today.  Fujita gets the number 63 (from 136) and DeLeon gets the number 58 (from 140).

UPDATE 3/8 @ 1:25pm - Fujita's contract is reportedly worth 15M yen while DeLeon's is reportedly worth 10M yen.

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Softbank Hawks interested in Kenshin Kawakami?

by on Nov.15, 2010 @ 4:14 pm, under NPB
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The Hawks appear to be interested in Kenshin Kawakami, even though it seems like he wants to continue playing in the US.  The Hawks see Kawakami as a much needed right-handed pitcher for the starting rotation (of the 76 games the team won this year, only 10 were won by right-handed starters).

In other team-related news:

The Hawks added Juan DeLeon to their Ikusei roster today.  DeLeon held his first bullpen session since arriving in Japan on Sunday and threw 65 pitches (while mixing in his off-speed pitches).

Yuki Shimooki thew about 150 pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.  Seems one of the reasons why he threw so many pitches was because he doesn't want to be pushed out of the spotlight by Kenta Imamiya (he hit a homer against the Yomiuri Giants during a practice game the other day).

Koji Akiyama made some changes to a strike zone made out of rope in the bullpen on Sunday by splitting it up into 4 sections.  All in an effort to help bounce back from a season in which the team lead both league in walks allowed with 488.

The Softbank Hawks had two fitness instructors giving another 50 minute aerobics workout at fall camp yesterday.  Seems this was the third time during camp they invited the instructors (the same ones from the first go around).

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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: November 13, 2010

by on Nov.13, 2010 @ 2:45 pm, under NPB
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Juan DeLeon, the Ikusei pitcher the Hawks signed back on 10/29, arrived in Japan from the Dominican Republic on Friday.  DeLeon is scheduled to join the team for fall camp beginning on the 13th.  DeLeon actually wanted to join the team early, but had difficulties securing a visa.

DeLeon apparently throw a slider and curve (both with big breaks) in addition to a fastball that tops out at about 150km/h.

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According to the free agency rules, teams are allowed to sign up to 2 A class free agents during the off-season if there are less than 21 free agents.  That total goes up by 1 for each 10 additional free agents (up to 5 total), that is, clubs will be allowed to sign 3 A class free agents if there are 21-30 free agents, 4 A class free agents if there are 31-40 free agents, and 5 A class free agents if there are more than 41.

And it seems the Hawks may be willing to sign up to 3 A class free agents if more than 21 players decide to exercise their options.

Incidentally, teams that lose A class (or B class) players are compensated in the form of money alone, or money and a player.  Classes are also determined by salary.

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The Hawks will apparently bring back the nokai (end of the year gathering) this year.  The team canceled the nokai last year after an under-aged player drank too much alcohol and had to be rushed the the hospital during the team's nokai in 2008.

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Softbank Hawks sign Juan DeLeon to Ikusei contract

by on Oct.30, 2010 @ 6:41 pm, under NPB
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The Softbank Hawks announced on Friday that they signed 30-year-old right-handed pitcher Juan DeLeon to an Ikusei contract.  He has been assigned the number 140.

Career Stats (b-ref)

Year Lvl Tm W L WPCT ERA G GS GF CF ShO Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP
2002 A HOU 3 2 .600 2.59 15 9 2 0 0 1 55.2 37 16 16 4 19 0 63 2 0 3 216 1.006
2003 A HOU 2 0 1.000 1.83 26 0 9 0 0 2 39.1 24 11 8 3 22 1 45 0 0 2 159 1.169
2004 Rk NYY 1 0 1.000 1.80 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 3 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 19 1.000
2004 A NYY 2 3 .400 2.93 33 1 14 0 0 0 61.1 54 26 20 6 25 4 73 3 0 6 263 1.288
2006 FRk NYY,SDP 3 0 1.000 0.00 6 4 0 0 0 0 26.0 11 0 0 0 1 33 0 0 1 89 0.462
2006 FRk NYY 1 0 1.000 0.00 16 0 16 0 0 10 18.1 6 1 0 0 0 35 0 0 0 62 0.327
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