Thursday, October 28, 2010

2010 NPB Draft Liveblogging (Saitoh: Fighters, Ohishi: Seibu, Kagami: Yokohama)

Here is where I will be filling out the table of information about this year's NPB draftees as the draft progresses.

This is being done in the same format as previous years' drafts.

EDIT FRIDAY MORNING: I moved all of the "liveblogging" rambling commentary BELOW the grid now, including the first-round draft lottery.

Information for this grid is being taken from a variety of places -- online if possible, draft magazines if not. Unfortunately, they do sometimes disagree by a centimeter or two or a few kilograms, so.

Name Pos HS/Univ/Company T/B DOB Ht/Wt
-------------------- --- --------------- --- ---------- -------
1. Yudai Ohno P Bukkyo Univ L/L 1988.09.26 182/72
2. Daiki Yoshikawa IF PL Gakuen HS R/R 1992.08.21 175/70
3. Yuta Mutoh P Honda R/R 1989.06.14 178/85
4. Yuto Morikoshi IF Meijo Univ R/R 1988.08.11 178/70
5. Keisuke Seki P Komono HS R/R 1993.02.06 177/79

x Tatsuya Ohishi
1. Daiki Enokida P Tokyo Gas L/L 1986.08.06 179/81
2. Shinta Hifumi P Tokaidai Sagami HS R/R 1992.09.29 184/86
3. Masahiro Nakatani C Fukuoka Kodai Joto HS R/R 1993.01.05 184/85
4. Akira Iwamoto P Nanyo Kogyo HS R/L 1992.10.21 180/80
5. Fumiya Araki IF Meiji Univ R/L 1988.04.25 181/75

I1. Tetsuya Sakaguchi IF Wakayama Ichiko HS R/L 1992.08.31 180/78
I2. Hiroya Shimamoto P Fukuchiyama Seibi HS L/L 1993.02.14 176/63
I3. Masaki Anada IF Minoo Higashi HS R/R 1993.02.01 180/78

1. Hirokazu Sawamura P Chuo Univ R/R 1988.04.03 183/90
2. Ryosuke Miyaguni P Itoman HS R/R 1992.04.17 184/73
3. Taichi Tanaka P Oita Kogyo HS R/R 1993.02.27 179/77
4. Yuki Koyama P Tenri Univ R/R 1988.12.05 187/75

I1. Ryota Wada IF Hiroshima Kogyo HS R/S 1992.07.20 180/71
I2. Keisuke Kishi P SIL Ehime L/L 1987.01.16 180/75
I3. Keita Fukuizumi P KIL Kobe 9 Cruise R/R 1988.09.02 184/85
I4. Takayuki Ogino IF Aichi Kogyo Univ R/L 1988.04.15 176/65
I5. Takao Zaizen IF Eiden Blitz R/L 1986.12.02 176/70
I6. Kosuke Naruse P Asahikawa Jitsugyo HS R/R 1992.08.19 182/78
I7. Hiroto Kawaguchi IF Nishi Tama Club R/R 1985.08.07 168/71
I8. Kenichi Marumo OF Osaka Keizai Univ R/R 1988.08.02 183/78

x Yuki Saitoh
x Takahiro Shiomi

1. Tetsuto Yamada IF Riseisha HS R/R 1992.07.16 180/73
2. Yuki Shichijo P Hakuwa Victories R/R 1984.07.10 180/85
3. Akihisa Nishida C Hokusho HS R/R 1992.04.28 178/83
4. Tomoya Matano P Hokusho HS R/R 1992.10.09 187/83
5. Kentaro Kyuko P Nihon Seishi Ishimaki L/L 1986.05.16 182/80
6. Nariaki Kawasaki OF Kumamoto Golden Larks R/R 1986.03.30 181/83

I1. Koki Kitano OF Yokohama Sogakukan HS R/L 1988.04.27 174/69
I2. Keisuke Ueno P SIL Kagawa R/R 1986.03.06 193/90
I3. Takanori Satoh OF Sendai Ikuei HS R/L 1993.01.29 181/78

x Tatsuya Ohishi
1. Yuya Fukui P Waseda Univ R/R 1988.02.08 178/78
2. Kyohei Nakamura P Fuji Univ L/L 1989.03.22 186/74
3. Yuki Iwami P Osaka Gas L/L 1987.01.25 177/77
4. Masaya Kanemaru P Tokai Rika L/L 1987.03.19 187/87
5. Yoshitaka Isomura C Chukyodai Chukyo HS R/R 1992.11.01 178/82
6. Shota Nakazaki P Nichinan Gakuen HS R/R 1992.08.10 186/90
7. Yuki Tsurumoto P SIL Tokushima R/R 1989.06.16 176/76

I1. Kyosuke Yamano P Meiho HS R/R 1992.05.06 180/82
I2. Ryosuke Ikenouchi P Chukyo Gakuin Univ R/R 1988.11.22 175/75

x Tatsuya Ohishi
1. Kota Suda P JFE Higashinihon R/R 1986.07.31 175/76
2. Kisho Kagami P Hosei Univ R/R 1988.09.05 186/88
3. Sho Aranami OF Toyota R/L 1986.01.25 178/77
4. Hiroshi Kobayashi P Osaka Gakuin Univ R/R 1989.01.21 180/83
5. Shinji Ohhara P TDK L/L 1985.06.30 174/66
6. Hiroyuki Fukuyama P Osaka Shogyo Univ R/R 1989.03.27 174/70
7. Junya Ohhara IF SIL Kochi R/R 1984.06.26 174/77
8. Kenjiro Tsuruoka C SIL Ehime R/R 1987.07.07 177/77

I1. Ichiro Matsushita C Kansai Gaidai Univ R/R 1988.07.19 172/78

x Yuki Saitoh
1. Ayatsugu Yamashita C Narashino HS R/L 1992.11.16 180/83
2. Yuki Yanagida P Hiroshima Keizai Univ R/L 1988.10.09 187/89
3. Takaki Minami P Urawa Gakuin HS R/R 1992.10.23 197/85
4. Daichi Hoshino P Okayama Higashi Sho HS R/R 1993.03.13 180/85
5. Masato Sakata P Yusei HS L/L 1993.03.12 174/65

I1. Keisuke Yasuda OF SIL Kochi L/L 1987.10.06 176/75
I2. Daiki Nakahara IF Kagoshima Josai HS R/R 1992.06.06 185/95
I3. Daichiro Itoh P Homare HS R/R 1992.12.29 175/65
I4. Kodai Senga P Gamagori HS R/L 1993.01.30 183/75
I5. Taisei Makihara IF Johoku HS R/L 1992.10.15 173/68
I6. Takuya Kai C Yoshikan HS R/R 1992.11.05 168/74

1. Tatsuya Ohishi P Waseda Univ R/L 1988.10.10 185/86
2. Kazuhisa Makida P Nihon Express R/S 1984.11.10 178/78
3. Shogo Akiyama OF Hachinohe Univ R/L 1988.04.16 183/83
4. Kyohei Maegawa P Hannandai HS R/R 1992.06.09 187/74
5. Ryo Hayashizaki IF Toyo Univ R/R 1988.06.12 175/75
6. Masato Kumashiro OF Oji Seimei R/R 1989.04.18 175/72

x Yuki Saitoh
1. Shota Ishimine OF Tokai Univ R/R 1988.05.12 179/78
2. Masaki Minami P Rissho Univ R/R 1989.01.18 182/88
3. Atsushi Kobayashi P 77 Bank R/R 1986.02.24 178/85
4. Shota Koike C Aoyama Gakuin Univ R/R 1988.06.24 183/86
5. Naoya Emura C Osaka Toin HS R/R 1992.05.06 176/83
6. Shuhei Fujiya P U of South California R/R 1987.08.12 190/77

I1. Shota Kurosawa P Josai Kokusai Univ R/R 1988.08.05 181/84
I2. Shogo Yamaguchi P Tachibana Gakuen HS L/L 1992.09.11 176/70
I3. Junya Ishida P NOMO Baseball Club R/R 1984.05.21 179/82

1. Yuki Saitoh P Waseda Univ R/R 1988.06.06 175/75
2. Haruki Nishikawa OF Chiben Wakayama HS R/L 1992.04.16 179/73
3. Masahiro Inui P Toyo Univ L/L 1988.12.08 176/74
4. Yodai Enoshita P Kyushu Sangyo Univ R/R 1988.07.21 178/76
5. Yuya Taniguchi OF Aikodai Meiden HS R/L 1992.06.01 182/80
6. Masaru Saitoh P Sega Sammy L/L 1988.01.06 188/86

x Tatsuya Ohishi
x Takahiro Shiomi
x Tetsuto Yamada

1. Shunta Gotoh OF Maebashi Shogyo HS R/L 1993.03.05 180/75
2. Taiki Mitsumata IF Shutoku HS R/R 1992.05.11 177/80
3. Yuki Miyazaki OF Sega Sammy R/R 1986.11.29 177/82
4. Shohei Tsukahara P Tsukuba Shuei R/L 1992.07.08 184/80
5. Masato Fukae OF KIL Akashi Red Soldiers R/L 1987.09.05 177/75

x Tatsuya Ohishi
1. Takahiro Shiomi P Hachinohe Univ L/L 1988.09.06 182/77
2. Manabu Mima P Tokyo Gas R/L 1986.09.19 169/74
3. Toshihito Abe IF Tohoku Fukushi Univ R/L 1988.12.23 180/73
4. Aoi Enomoto OF Kyushu Kokusaidai HS L/L 1992.07.24 179/78
5. Koki Kanno OF PL Gakuen R/R 1992.07.12 181/86

I1. Takahiro Katoh P BCL Toyama R/R 1987.12.13 179/78
I2. Kengo Kimura P Sendai Ikuei HS L/L 1992.04.20 179/88
I3. Hayato Kawaguchi IF Shiga-Takashima Club R/L 1985.08.07 171/70

(High school players are denoted by "HS", college players by "Univ". Players from the indie leagues will have either BCL or SIL or KIL before their team name. Anything else is a club team or industrial league team.)

I'm not actually going to be home until around 5:15, which SUCKS. Alas. I bet the Saitoh/Ohishi/Sawamura sweepstakes will be decided by then... I've been on pins and needles all day.

Okay... I watched the first round picks on the train between work and home, on my cellphone TV with no sound on. I don't think anyone else cared, but as team after team picked Ohishi, I was pumping my fist and trying not to laugh out loud! After all, I was a somewhat obsessive Ohishi fan for a year or two before I became an even more obsessive Kagami fan. :)

First round -- SIX TEAMS TAKE OHISHI AND FOUR TAKE SAITOH. So there. I feel like 3 years of watching Ohishi and talking up how awesome he is has finally been justified. (Infact you know what's CRAZY? Today marks three years to the day EXACTLY since the first time I saw Ohishi, at Soukeisen, October 28, 2007. Even at that time I saw him, only a freshman at the time, and said "Why the hell is everyone making such a big deal about Saitoh when THIS kid is on his team? Holy CRAP." What ELSE is insane is that EVERY pitcher from that game is now a pro -- Saitoh, Ohishi, Kenta Matsushita, Mikinori Katoh, and now Kota Suda as well.)

Baystars - Tatsuya Ohishi
Eagles - Ohishi
Carp - Ohishi
Buffaloes - Ohishi
Swallows - Yuki Saitoh
Fighters - Saitoh
Giants - Hirokazu Sawamura
Marines - Saitoh
Tigers - Ohishi
Lions - Ohishi
Dragons - Yudai Ohno
Hawks - Saitoh

The Giants get Sawamura automatically and the Dragons get Yudai Ohno automatically. Nice job there.

The lottery: Seibu's manager Hisanobu Watanabe is easily the luckiest man in the world as he pulled the Kikuchi card last year and the Ohishi card this year!

So Seibu gets Ohishi, and OH MY GOD I'M GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH SAITOH AND SHO NAKATA ON THE SAME TEAM as the Fighters get Yuki Saitoh. Holy shit that was unexpected, I never thought we'd actually go in for him.

Settling the first round, backup picks: (The other teams all get to repeat this process and there will be another lottery-off for doubles.)

Baystars - Kota Suda (yay!)
Rakuten - Takahiro Shiomi :)
Carp - Yuya Fukui
Buffaloes - Shota Ishimine!!
Yakult - Takahiro Shiomi :)
Marines - Shota Ishimine!!
Hanshin - Daiki Enokida
Hawks - Ayatsugu Yamashita

Two lotteries this time. Marines get Ishimine (what is this, quota on Okinawans and Shotas?) and Rakuten gets Shiomi. Hey, they're only an hour from Hachinohe by train.

Buffaloes and Yakult BOTH then go for Tetsuto Yamada, for a THIRD lottery. YIKES.

Crap. Yakult gets Yamada. I was hoping he'd go to Orix so that Yakult would take Kagami maybe.

So, to sum up the first round...

Baystars - Kota Suda, JFE Higashinihon, RHP (formerly Waseda)
Eagles - Takahiro Shiomi, Hachinohe Univ, LHP
Carp - Yuya Fukui, Waseda, RHP
Buffaloes - Shunta Gotoh, Maebashi Shogyo HS, OF
Swallows - Tetsuto Yamada, Riseisha, IF
Fighters - Yuki Saitoh, Waseda University, RHP
Giants - Hirokazu Sawamura, Chuo University, RHP
Marines - Shota Ishimine, Tokai University, OF
Tigers - Daiki Enokida, Tokyo Gas, LHP (formerly Fukuoka Univ)
Lions - Tatsuya Ohishi, Waseda University, RHP
Dragons - Yudai Ohno, Bukkyo Univ, LHP
Hawks - Ayatsugu Yamashita, Narashino HS, C

AND KISHO KAGAMI GOES TO YOKOHAMA WITH THE VERY NEXT PICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Second round! YES!!!

I am going to Yokohama ASAP to get a uniform and putting his name and number on it (well, once he has a number). My god, if only I was going to still be in Japan next year, THIS is what it would take for me to get to Baystars games again. Seriously. I'll still have to plan to make it down there for a few games when I come to visit!! And this is even better for Kagami himself, who is from Kanagawa Prefecture and grew up fairly near Yokohama; he played for Zushi Senior little league and then for Toin Gakuen HS, before going to Hosei. And Hosei is ALSO like 15-20 minutes from Yokohama Stadium by train -- so he can even be near his family and friends! How wonderful for him! I'm really happy :)

Okay, the rest of the draft is mostly irrelevant to me now :)
No, just kidding, I'm still following it, though it's off TV until 7pm at this point, so I'm just looking at the web.


How cool is that, I specifically stalked him this summer because one of my JHS students is trying to go to Shutoku next year and talked up this Mitsumata kid to me, and then I saw him in person like "...dang, 15 home runs in high school, bats cleanup, AND throws 149 km/h? I'll take that!" They have him listed as a pitcher but I wouldn't be surprised if he gets converted early on.

Hifumi to... Hanshin?!!? Hahaha.

I'm liking the Haruki Nishikawa pick (Fighters) -- I saw him at Koshien and he was easily one of the best pure batters there. And unlike certain other high school dudes we've drafted, I'm betting this one can actually play defense too.

FIGHTERS TOOK MASAHIRO INUI?! Oh dear. Well... I like him, certainly, but I hope that doesn't mean we've used up the karma it'll take to get Takahiro Fujioka instead :) (To be fair -- I knew that the Fighters had their eye on Inui for ages, to the point that there was once an article about tons of teams scouting some other player, maybe Sawamura, and the Fighters scout was quoted as saying "Oh... yeah, he's good, but I dunno, I was sent here to watch Masahiro Inui, sorry.")

Glad to see I was right about outfielder Shogo Akiyama from Hachinohe -- he's going to Seibu.

And Softbank takes a flier on the GIGANTIC (197cm) half-Japanese pitcher Takaki Minami from Urawa Gakuin. Not a bad call, though I seriously thought he'd end up with the Fighters just due to how WE tend to be the ones taking guys like that, he'd make a nice set with Dass and Darvish and Unten.

ARANAMI SHO FINALLY GETS DRAFTED and by his hometown Yokohama at that. GOOD FOR HIM. PLEASE help Yokohama out of the cellar so I can come back to Japan and see my Kagami get some wins. :)

The TV comes back on at 7pm... I'm still catching up on typing in names.
They have KAZUHIRO FREAKING KIYOHARA on the draft TV show though. Which would be interesting if the entire thing wasn't THE YUKI SAITOH SHOW. Sigh.

Ryo Hayashizaki actually gets drafted by the Lions! Wow!

And oh my GOD but Hanshin actually took Meiji's Fumiya Araki!
(Good thing I caught him after the game and got his autograph last week! I've been watching him for years too, wasn't sure whether he'd get picked or not, so good for him :)

Oh, GOOD for Hiroshima for getting Chukyodai's catcher Isomura. He's young but a solid player and I have high hopes for him.

HEY LOOK AT THAT, CHIBA LOTTE TOOK THE FLIER ON SHUHEI FUJIYA FROM USC. That is pretty cool too! I wonder if he'll sign and how he'll do here? I also wonder if he may be the first guy to be drafted in BOTH countries?

7:45pm: I have just entered all of the NAMES of the main draft. Other information will come later tonight. I need to eat something and stop freaking out -- my throat hurts from the several times I screamed when I saw a particular player's name come up :)

Ikusei will come when I get Ikusei data which I haven't yet (EDIT: it's coming along slowly now...).

Also, I know they mean well, but this TV "coverage" is getting retarded -- now they have a dramatization of various players' family histories -- do we really need to watch 15 minutes of a TV drama version of Shogo Akiyama's father dying of cancer and him vowing to become a pro to make his dad happy from heaven?

At least they had a funny part towards the end where they had a conference call between Yoshinori Satoh and his brother Takanori, who also just got drafted by Yakult in the 3rd round of ikusei. Yoshinori's like "You didn't react nearly as surprised as I did in my draft," and Takanori's like "Whatever, hey, you never really played baseball with me before, now can we play together?"

(I exaggerate, but it was kind of awkward in general, these two brothers talking to each other over national TV.)

Speaking of brothers, did you know that the Eagles' ikusei #1 pick, Takahiro Katoh, is Mikinori Katoh's little brother? How cool is THAT? Mikinori is one of my favorite Yakult players, and a LHP, but his brother is an RHP.

Oh, now THIS is happy: Kagami a "Kanagawa Boy" draft pick. Whatever, the photo of him wearing a Baystars cap and sitting on his Hosei teammates' shoulders laughing/crying is wonderful.

And here is a blog entry from Kagami himself on the Hosei blog. In his typical style, he says "Thank you so much for your support over 4 years. I'm so happy to finally realize my childhood dream..." and later "...though there is only one sad thing -- my teammates Kameda and Miyagaki were not drafted." What he means, of course, is that he'll miss all of his teammates at Hosei and wishes he could still play baseball with them... since nobody else actually ENTERED the draft. But that's Kagami, the nicest superstar you'll ever meet in your life. (His shikishi in the final picture says "Hama no Superstar", which is kinda funny, I hope he can live up to that!)


Ken Dick said...

I guess I have your reaction. :)

Deanna said...

I'm not happy or unhappy about it. It's just that it was a pain in the ass to deal with Nakata too. Even all my Fighters friends would always be like "oh you go to Big 6 games? you must be a Saitoh fan" and I'm like "Waseda is the Kyojin of Big 6. I like Saitoh's teammate Ohishi a LOT despite that fact, but my favorite player is Hosei's Kagami Kisho."

I wonder if I'll get to stalk Ohishi with Seibu next year when I come back to visit Japan... it was impossible to get anywhere near him while he was at Waseda.

Steve said...

I'm a bit surprised at us snagging Ishimine. I guess it puts Ohmatsu/Saburo on notice!

I would have thought our first, second, and third need was pitching.

Deanna said...

Well, they DID try for Saitoh too, but... Ishimine is a NICE choice. I like that pick very, very, very much. He's the man. And he'll go nicely with the Ohmine set... I can just see the Okinawa promotions rising in the future :)

Ken Dick said...

I was surprised the Giants were the only team to put in for Sawamura. I expected at least some competition.

Deanna said...

Sawamura's injury earlier in the summer may have thrown off a little bit of interest. Plus, and I know this sounds crazy, but I honestly and truly believe that Ohishi is a better baseball player than him even if he only throws 155 instead of 157 :)

Deanna said...

I should add, though, that I think Saitoh is a very nice kid under all the hype and I'm hoping that I can actually meet him at some point at Kamagaya and that they don't do something stupid to make all of us regulars who have been coming there for years unable to actually talk to players anymore. I suppose it will depend on whether all the middle-aged women who follow him around at Waseda decide to follow him to the Fighters or not (and whether he's at Kamagaya at all of course... I've really wanted to meet Shota Ohno for two years and have pretty much never had the chance.)

Ken Dick said...

And in the second round the Hamsters take Nishikawa from Chiben Wakayama. You know how I hate me some Chiben Wakayama...

(I'm watching on Ustream, FWIW).

Deanna said...

How silly is it that I am actually more psyched about Haruki Nishikawa than Saitoh? I saw Nishikawa at Koshien in the spring -- he is GOOD. Will be interesting to see if we can turn him into something even better. DANG that is awesome :)

I have nothing against Chiben, so...

Steve said...

What can you tell me about Masaki Minami? I don't know anything about him...

Ken Dick said...

I fully expect the Fighters to take Andrew Singh any minute now... :P

Deanna said...

Minami went undrafted in high school and came to Rissho. Last fall by some weird-ass fluke (I think injuries to some key players at other universities certainly helped), Rissho managed to win the Tohto 1st League Championship and Minami won the ERA title so he suddenly got thrust into the limelight as OMGDRAFTCANDIDATE out of nowhere. Which is good for him, and he can certainly throw fast and all, but I'm not sure why people are so high on him. And in a funny twist of fate, Rissho went from League Champions in Fall 2009 to actually FALLING THE HELL OUT OF ICHI-BU after Spring 2009, they placed 6th and since Tohto has relegation they got their butts kicked by Aoyama Gakuin and are now in the 2nd tier league. It's kind of funny to me.

To be fair, I've barely seen Minami at all, so it's not fair of me to say this, but I didn't actually think he'd get drafted.

I hope for your sake that I am totally wrong about him...

Deanna said...

And the Marines just made up for picking Minami by picking Shota Koike!!! Good for them!!! Light some fire under Satozaki and get a better-hitting replacement for Matoba (no offense to Matoba I love him dearly when he's behind the plate he is a FANTASTIC catcher but quite frankly I'm not sure he knows which end of the bat is up)

Steve said...

Hmm. Well, you never know. I'm sure the scouts saw something other than a stat line (I hope!).

It seems we are going for a record number of Shotas on one team. Although I thought drafting a solid backup catcher/catcher to develop was a high priority

Steve said...

Heh, I typed that before I saw your comment. My thoughts EXACTLY. I have a man crush on Matoba when he's ehind the plate but he can't hit his way out of a wet sack.

Kozo said...

One of my students thinks that a lot of teams backed off of picking Sawamura because his manager/agent said he wouldn't sign with any team not on HIS short list. (Which was probably code for Kyojin or bust.) With all the other options why bother risking a holdout.

Deanna said...

That wouldn't surprise me too much either... and especially not after like 2-3 days ago someone allowed it to slip to the press that the Yankees were asking about him. Wonder if he basically tried to dissuade teams from picking him for that reason too, though that doesn't make any sense. Whatever, I was never that big a Sawamura fan to begin with so I'm totally happy to see him go to the Giants.