I'm preparing this post a little earlier in the day, and hopefully I'll be able to stay up all night tonight.
I just got back from Japan a few weeks ago (I was there in person when the Fighters clinched the PL pennant at the Seibu Dome and I really should finish writing that up one of these days) so I have a few draft magazines, and one of my friends gave me a whole slew of industrial league team pamphlets, but there are always going to be a few guys that slip through the cracks in the later rounds. Always fun!
Hopefully the TBS stream will actually work this year, who knows.
Otherwise I'll just be watching the picks come in on various news sources such as Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, Sanspo, etc, plus team pages, as usual.
Moving commentary to below the draft results grid. Also now the Ikusei grid is done and so this should be complete overall.
Name Pos HS/Univ/Company T/B DOB Ht/Wt -------------------- --- --------------- --- ---------- ------- Orix Buffaloes 1 Taisuke Yamaoka P Tokyo Gas R/L 09/22/1995 172/66 2 Yuta Kuroki P Rissho Univ R/L 08/16/1994 178/75 3 Daisuke Okazaki IF Hanasaki Tokuharu HS R/L 09/17/1998 182/75 4 Yoshinobu Yamamoto P Miyakonojo HS R/R 08/17/1998 177/72 5 Keisuke Kobayashi P Nihon Seimei R/R 11/02/1992 187/86 6 Soichiro Yamazaki P Tsuruga Kehi HS R/R 06/15/1998 188/84 7 Daisuke Iida C Honda Suzuka R/R 09/19/1990 181/83 8 Keisuke Sawada P Rikkio Univ R/L 04/27/1994 178/90 9 Kaoru Nemoto OF Kasumigaura HS L/L 07/29/1998 185/78 i1 Yaku Cho OF Nihon Keizai Univ R/R 02/26/1994 181/78 i2 Tsubasa Sakakibara P Urawa Gakuin HS R/R 08/25/1998 180/80 i3 Fumiya Kanbe P Rissho Univ R/R 05/09/1994 182/80 i4 Kazumasa Sakamoto IF Ishikawa Million Stars R/L 11/16/1990 162/65 i5 Katsushi Nakamichi C Meiji Univ R/L 04/30/1994 173/78 Chunichi Dragons 1 Yuya Yanagi P Meiji Univ R/R 04/22/1994 180/80 2 Yota Kyoda IF Nihon Univ R/L 04/20/1994 184/80 3 Masami Ishigaki IF Sakata Minami HS R/R 09/21/1998 180/84 4 Shotaro Kasahara P Niigata Iryo Fukushi U L/L 03/17/1995 177/85 5 Kento Fujishima P Toho HS R/R 05/08/1998 176/75 6 Taisuke Maruyama P Tokai Univ R/R 02/05/1995 176/75 i1 Yusuke Kinoshita P Tokushima Indigo Socks R/R 10/10/1993 183/82 Rakuten Eagles 1 Shoma Fujihira P Yokohama HS R/R 09/21/1998 186/84 2 Takahide Ikeda P Soka Univ R/R 10/01/1994 180/80 3 Kazuki Tanaka IF Rikkio Univ R/S 08/08/1994 180/78 4 Shu Sugahara P Osaka Taiiku Univ R/L 04/05/1994 182/78 5 Kohei Morihara P Shinnitetsu Hirohata R/L 12/26/1991 184/83 6 Keisuke Tsuruta P Teikyo Univ (Rubber) L/L 05/12/1994 180/84 7 Hiroki Nomoto P Sasebo Kogyo HS R/R 05/16/1998 180/72 8 Tsuyoshi Ishihara C Kyoto Shoei HS R/R 03/08/1999 169/87 9 Yuhei Takanashi P JX-ENEOS L/L 07/13/1992 175/80 10 Naoto Nishiguchi P Koga Health Senmon R/R 11/04/1996 183/80 i1 Kota Chiba P Hanamaki Higashi R/R 04/22/1998 180/87 i2 Yosuke Minami IF Meisei Univ R/R 08/07/1994 175/73 i3 Takumi Mukaitani IF Hyogo Blue Thunders R/L 02/24/1997 170/68 i4 Toshiyasu Kimura P Riseisha Health Senmon R/L 09/14/1995 176/76 Swallows 1 Naruki Terashima P Riseisha HS L/L 07/30/1998 183/86 2 Tomoya Hoshi P Meiji Univ R/R 04/15/1994 181/85 3 Yugo Umeno P Kyushudai Kyusan HS R/R 01/13/1999 175/80 4 Hikaru Nakao P Nagoya Keizai Univ L/L 09/14/1994 179/79 5 Yudai Koga C Meitoku Gijuku HS R/R 08/07/1998 178/75 6 Ryusuke Kikusawa P Soso Ritech R/R 05/16/1988 183/85 i1 Hajime Ohmura C Ishikawa Million Stars R/L 12/21/1991 169/80 Lions 1 Tatsuya Imai P Sakushin Gakuin HS R/R 05/09/1998 180/70 2 Shunta Nakatsuka P Hakuoh Univ R/R 12/26/1994 191/103 3 Sousuke Ganda IF Toyota R/L 02/16/1993 179/73 4 Shohei Suzuki OF Shizuoka HS L/L 05/20/1998 174/75 5 Katsunori Hirai P Honda Suzuka R/R 12/20/1991 180/83 6 Ichiro Tamura P Rikkio Univ R/L 09/19/1994 173/80 Tigers 1 Yusuke Ohyama IF Hakuoh Univ R/R 12/19/1994 181/84 2 Taiki Ono P Fuji Univ R/R 05/30/1994 183/76 3 Hiroto Saiki P Sumashofu HS (Kobe) R/R 11/07/1998 187/79 4 Masumi Hamachi P Fukuoka Ohhori HS R/R 05/25/1998 183/88 5 Kento Itohara IF JX-ENEOS R/L 11/11/1992 175/80 6 Shungo Fukunaga P Tokushima Indigo Socks R/L 05/14/1994 185/90 7 Kenya Nagasaka C Tohoku Fukushi Univ R/R 04/28/1994 173/78 8 Kosuke Fujitani P Panasonic R/R 02/12/1996 194/95 Marines
1 Seigi Tanaka1 Chihaya Sasaki P Oberlin Univ R/R 06/08/1994 182/85 2 Tomohito Sakai P Osaka Gas R/R 01/02/1993 179/80 3 Takaaki Shima P Tokai Ichihara Boyo HS R/R 06/26/1998 180/82 4 Seiya Dohi P Osaka Gas L/L 07/07/1995 185/81 5 Yuki Ariyoshi P Kyushu Mitsubishi R/R 03/12/1991 179/87 6 Atsuki Taneichi P Hachinohedai Ichi HS R/R 09/07/1998 183/80 7 Yuito Munetsugu C Asia Univ R/R 07/06/1994 183/91 i1 Yoshizumi Yasue P Ishikawa Million Stars R/R 05/26/1992 185/80 i2 Shota Sugawara OF Nihon Wellness Sports U L/L 09/19/1993 183/95 Baystars 1 Yuya Yanagi 1 Chihaya Sasaki1 Haruhiro Hamaguchi P Kanagawa Univ L/L 03/16/1995 173/78 2 Koya Mizuno P Tokai Univ Hokkaido R/R 06/01/1994 175/74 3 Taiga Matsuo IF Shugakukan HS R/R 04/05/1998 174/73 4 Masaya Kyoyama P Ohmi HS R/R 07/04/1998 183/72 5 Seiya Hosokawa P Meishugakuen Hitachi HS R/R 08/04/1998 181/85 6 Yuya Onaka P Hiroshima Keizai Univ R/L 01/31/1995 172/70 7 Yukikazu Karino IF Heisei Kokusai Univ R/R 07/31/1994 179/75 8 Takuya Shindoh P JR Higashinihon R/R 07/16/1992 184/78 9 Keita Sano IF Meiji Univ R/L 11/28/1994 177/77 i1 Takamasa Kasai P Shinano Grandserows R/R 08/07/1994 179/93 Hawks 1 Seigi Tanaka P Soka Univ R/R 07/19/1994 186/89 2 Yuto Furuya P Koryo HS (Hokkaido) L/L 02/19/1999 176/76 3 Ryuhei Kuki C Shugakukan HS R/R 09/05/1998 181/82 4 Masaki Mimori IF Aomori Yamada HS R/L 02/21/1999 183/66 i1 Shogo Ohmoto OF Teikyo #5 HS R/L 04/22/1998 186/94 i2 Hiroki Hasegawa P Seitoku Gakuen HS L/L 08/23/1998 174/73 i3 Tsubasa Tashiro OF Hachinohe Kosei HS R/L 03/19/1999 179/72 i4 Kosuke Moriyama IF/P Fujisawa Shoryo HS R/R 04/13/1998 187/86 i5 Rikuya Shimizu OF Kyoto Kokusai HS R/R 01/22/1999 186/76 i6 Ryugen Matsumoto IF Sotoku HS R/L 02/27/1999 175/72 Giants 1 Seigi Tanaka 1 Chihaya Sasaki1 Naoki Yoshikawa IF Chukyo Gakuin Univ R/L 02/08/1995 177/79 2 Seishu Hatake P Kinki Univ R/L 05/31/1994 186/74 3 Tappei Tanioka P Toshiba R/R 03/21/1996 181/81 4 Shun Ikeda P Yamaha L/L 11/29/1992 174/72 5 Hosei Takada P Soshi Gakuen HS R/R 07/04/1998 178/75 6 Ryusei Ohe P Nishogakusha HS L/L 01/15/1999 171/75 7 Jen-Lei Liao P Kainan Univ (Taiwan) R/R 08/30/1993 201/125 i1 Suguru Takai P Niigata Albirex R/R 08/22/1995 180/78 i2 Shuhei Katoh OF Iwata Higashi HS R/R 03/28/1999 178/84 i3 Motohiro Yamakawa P Hyogo Blue Thunders R/L 01/04/1995 170/73 i4 Koki Sakamoto P Kansai Gakuin (Rubber) R/R 08/19/1994 180/80 i5 Seiya Matsubara OF Meisei Univ R/L 01/26/1995 173/70 i6 Ryutaro Takayama C Kyushu Sangyo Univ R/R 02/21/1995 186/80 i7 Hayato Horioka P Aomori Yamada HS R/R 09/11/1998 183/84 i8 Yusuke Matsuzawa OF Kagawa Olive Guyners L/L 07/01/1992 181/85 Fighters 1 Seigi Tanaka 1 Chihaya Sasaki1 Mizuki Hori P Hiroshima Shinjo HS L/L 05/10/1998 177/72 2 Kazunari Ishii IF Waseda Univ R/L 05/06/1994 181/76 3 Kazuki Takara P Kyushu Sandai Univ R/R 06/25/1994 177/77 4 Keisuke Moriyama OF Senshu Univ L/L 05/02/1994 187/85 5 Yuki Takayama P Osaka Toin HS L/L 05/17/1998 180/70 6 Yujiro Yamaguchi P Riseisha HS L/L 05/14/1998 180/87 7 Takuya Koori C Teikyo HS R/R 04/25/1998 177/74 8 Taisho Tamai P Kazusa Magic R/R 06/16/1992 178/78 9 Junnosuke Imai IF Chukyo HS R/L 05/25/1998 177/88 Carp 1 Seigi Tanaka 1 Chihaya Sasaki1 Takuya Katoh P Keio Univ R/R 12/31/1994 175/90 2 Koya Takahashi P Hanasaki Tokuharu HS L/L 09/27/1998 181/83 3 Hiroki Tokota P Chubu Gakuin Univ L/L 03/01/1995 182/74 4 Shogo Sakakura C Nichidai Sanko HS R/L 05/29/1998 177/80 5 Makoto Aduwa P Matsuyama Seiryo HS R/R 10/02/1998 196/86 6 Ryota Nagai P Tsukuba Shuei HS R/R 01/15/1999 181/81
12:53am: turns out that hahahaha no the TBS link does not work.
~1:10am: I have Konansports on, but it's so damn choppy that it's almost not worth watching. That means that I missed most of the ceremonial starting stuff and I'm mostly ok with that since it's silly.
The main thing about this year is that they're making the winning and losing ballots more obvious after Manaka's little mistake with Takayama last year. Wonder if we'll be able to tell or not.
Anyway, first round is in this order, and I'll put choices in:
Buffaloes: Yamaoka Taisuke, Tokyo Gas, P
Dragons: Yanagi Yuya, Meiji Univ, P
Eagles: Fujihira Shoma, Yokohama HS, P
Swallows: Terashima Naruki, Riseisha HS, P
Lions: Imai Tatsuya, Sakushin HS, P
Tigers: Ohyama Yusuke, Hakuoh Univ, IF
Marines: Tanaka Seigi, Soka Univ, P
1:23am First ballot-off happens and it's for Yuya Yanagi.
And... OH NO HE GOES TO CHUNICHI. Sigh. I will miss you, Yanagi. (Feels like after watching him for the past 7 years I am not likely to see him much with Chunichi, but who knows)
1:27am: Second ballot-off for Tanaka and it goes to Kimiyasu Kudoh drawing for the Hawks. Sigh. Like they need any MORE top talent.
1:36am: Pretty much everybody that had a choice after Tanaka tried to take Chihaya Sasaki and he went to the Marines. Next!
1:46am the first round has finally been decided after the Chihaya lottery and I am a little bit sad that the Fighters did not take any of my favorite first rounders as Katoh went to the Carp and as you saw Yanagi went to Chunichi and all.
So, to sum up the actual first round...
Buffaloes: Taisuke Yamaoka, Tokyo Gas, P
Dragons: Yuya Yanagi, Meiji Univ, P
Eagles: Shoma Fujihira, Yokohama HS, P
Swallows: Naruki Terashima, Riseisha HS, P
Lions: Tatsuya Imai, Sakushin HS, P
Tigers: Yusuke Ohshima, Hakuoh Univ, IF
Marines: Chihaya Sasaki, Oberlin Univ, P
Baystars: Haruhiro Hamaguchi, Kanagawa Univ, P
Hawks: Seigi Tanaka, Soka Univ, P
Giants: Naoki Yoshikawa, Chukyo Gakuin Univ, IF
Fighters: Mizuki Hori, Hiroshima Shinjo HS, P
Carp: Takuya Katoh, Keio Univ, P
Ok, gonna fill in the table. I have pretty much lost the ability to watch the stream after gaining it, which is kinda just fine with me. It turned out the TBS stream DID work, but not on a macbook and not in Chrome, and my PC laptop is so old and crappy it's not worth listening to the fan blowing over the sound of the stream.
2:06am: just a note that the second round started while I was finishing putting the first round in the table, and the Swallows picked Tomoya Hoshi from Meiji in the second round, and that is kinda cool, I just met him during my last weekend in Japan, he's really good, that will be exciting.
2:26am: Done entering the second round and of course we are in the middle of the 4th round now. Kazuki Tanaka from Rikkio went to Rakuten which is kinda exciting and I'm sure there are other ones that I haven't spotted yet too.
3:05am: Incase it isn't obvious, I am just flipping through draft magazines and trying to keep up with the draft (I think I'm mostly done the 4th round now but we're in the 6th). Very excited about a few picks, very annoyed at some others, I will probably comment afterwards. Also, Shu Sugahara got the award for "first dude not in the draft magazines", and there are a bunch of guys who clearly have been named after pro players by the kanji in their names -- Masumi Hamachi (looks like Kuwata) and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (looks like Takahashi).
3:20am: Keisuke Sawada got picked by the Buffaloes! It's not the Fighters but I'm so damn happy he got drafted. We've been buddies since he showed up at Rikkio, basically, and I've always watched him kick ass and take names and somehow get screwed over by the fact that Meiji is always just a little bit better. (ok, nose back to translation grind)
3:37am: Still grinding but I want to look up Keisuke Tsuruta later -- Eagles round 6. He's from Teikyo University's rubber baseball club, which makes him almost as interesting as Takumi Ohshima (who got drafted out of Waseda's softball club)
Also want to look up Swallows round 6 Ryusuke Kikusawa. At 28 he is the oldest in the draft and spent last year playing with the Sonoma Stompers, but I didn't make it up to any games up there (haven't been in a long time actually).
4:26am almost done the normal draft, not gonna do ikusei tonight most likely. Got to the end of the Giants and was like who the heck is リャオ・レンレイ? and it seems to be Jen-Lei Liao who played in the Pittsburgh Pirates system for a bit. I thought 201cm/125kg was a typo at first but apparently no.
4:40am I am done with the normal grid, for the information I have at my disposal so far. I'm going to circle back and see if I can gather anything up for the empty spots, and if I'm still awake after that, I may try to translate the Ikusei draft, but you know the Fighters don't do that stuff so I'm not usually as interested in it.
5:20am I'll do Ikusei tomorrow sometime. Gotta sleep so I can go to work in the "morning".
(Ikusei is done now. Wow, there are a LOT of rubber baseball guys in this draft -- not just ikusei -- and a bunch of Senmon Gakko ones too. Senmon Gakko is like a vocational school that people go to after high school to figure out a trade, and it's not typically somewhere you go to play baseball.)