Thursday, October 25, 2012

Draft 2012 Liveblogging!

Moving the "liveblog" to the bottom though I didn't comment THAT much -- just very tired from 1am-4am here, you know :)

I'll add in the ikusei players tomorrow morning.

Name                   Pos  HS/Univ/Company         T/B   DOB          Ht/Wt  
--------------------   ---  ---------------         ---   ----------   -------

Giants
1 Tomoyuki Sugano       P   Tokai University        R/R   10/11/1989   185/86
2 Susumi Ohrui          IF  Dohto Univ              R/R   08/31/1990   176/70
3 Harutomo Tsuji        IF  Komono HS               R/L   08/11/1994   180/80
4 Katsuhiko Kumon       P   Osaka Gas               L/L   03/04/1992   173/75
5 Masaki Sakaguchi      IF  Tokai Univ              R/R   09/29/1990   187/95

I1 Keigo Tahara         P   Yokohama HS             L/L   06/12/1994   182/88
I2 Rin Matsutomi        IF  Beppu Univ              R/R   04/26/1990   172/70

Dragons
1 Koji Fukutani         P   Keio University         R/R   01/09/1991   183/92
2 Tatsuro Hamada        P   Aikodai Meiden HS       L/L   08/04/1994   183/88
3 Takeru Furumoto       OF  Ryukoku Univ            R/L   12/04/1990   175/77
4 Shota Sugiyama        IF  Waseda Univ             R/R   02/10/1991   172/78
5 Hayato Mizowaki       IF  Kyushu Gakuin HS        R/L   05/17/1994   178/63
6 Koshi Inoue           P   City Light Okayama      R/R   08/21/1988   180/78
7 Shunta Wakamatsu      P   Yusei HS                R/R   02/28/1995   180/75      

Swallows
x Shintaro Fujinami 
1 Taichi Ishiyama       P   Yamaha                  R/R   09/01/1988   182/75
2 Yasuhiro Ogawa        P   Soka Univ               R/R   05/16/1990   170/74
3 Kengo Tagawa          P   Kochi Chuo HS           R/L   05/22/1994   187/77
4 Masaya Emura          P   Y-Tec                   L/L   07/05/1987   179/70
5 Yudai Hoshino         C   Kagawa Olive Guyners    R/R   10/19/1988   177/80
6 Ryota Yachi           IF  Kokugakuin Univ         R/R   02/03/1991   178/78
7 Tatsuya Ohba          P   Hitachi Seisakusho      R/R   03/10/1989   183/85

Carp
x Yudai Mori
x Tatsushi Masuda
1 Hiroki Takahashi      OF  Ryuukokudai Heian HS    R/R   05/11/1994   181/77
2 Seiya Suzuki          P   Nishogakusha HS         R/R   08/18/1994   180/80
3 Takashi Uemoto        IF  Meiji Univ              R/R   08/22/1990   170/70
4 Ko Shimozuru          OF  Honda                   R/R   04/23/1988   175/83
5 Yuuki Mima            P   Naruto Uzushio HS       R/R   05/26/1994   176/77

I1 Sora Tsuji           P   Gifu Johoku HS          R/R   04/24/1994   184/77
I2 Tsukasa Morishita    OF  Aikodai (Univ)          L/L   02/23/1991   176/76

Tigers
1 Shintaro Fujinami     P   Osaka Toin HS           R/R   04/12/1994   197/87
2 Fumiya Hojo           IF  Kosei Gakuin HS         R/R   07/29/1994   177/75
3 Kojiro Tanabo         P   JFE Higashinihon        R/R   12/09/1990   177/82
4 Shinya Azuhata        C   Seino Unyu              R/R   07/22/1988   181/85
5 Kazuyuki Kaneda       P   Osaka Gakuin Univ       R/R   09/18/1990   183/77
6 Ryosuke Ogata         OF  Toyo Univ               R/L   08/25/1990   176/75

Baystars
x Nao Higashihama 
1 Hiroyuki Shirasaki    IF  Komazawa University     R/R   08/20/1990   183/87
2 Kazuki Mishima        P   Hosei University        R/S   05/07/1990   176/75
3 Shoichi Inoh          P   NTT Higashinihon        R/R   05/01/1986   188/84
4 Daichi Akahori        OF  Sega Sammy              R/R   04/13/1987   188/90
5 Tateki Abe            P   NTT Nishinihon          R/R   09/03/1986   180/81
6 Toshiro Miyazaki      IF  Sega Sammy              R/R   12/12/1988   175/80

I1 Kinta Imai           P   Hiroshima Kokusai HS    R/R   06/19/1994   178/78

Fighters
1 Shohei Ohtani         P   Hanamaki Higashi HS     R/L   07/05/1994   193/85
2 Tatsuya Morimoto      IF  Takaoka Daiichi HS      R/R   06/12/1994   185/90
3 Yohei Kagiya          P   Chuo University         R/R   09/23/1990   177/80
4 Ruita Usami           IF  Hiroshima Kogyo HS      R/R   10/24/1994   177/82
5 Hayato Aragaki        P   Toshiba                 R/R   10/21/1985   183/84
6 Shogo Yagi            P   JX-ENEOS                R/L   03/29/1989   179/80
7 Hidekazu Kawano       P   Sumikin Hirohata        R/R   12/14/1987   173/75

Lions
x Nao Higashihama 
1 Tatsushi Masuda       P   NTT Nishinihon          R/R   04/23/1988   180/78
2 Makoto Aiuchi         P   Chiba Kokusai HS        R/R   07/23/1994   184/75
3 Yuji Kaneko           IF  Ritsumeikan University  R/S   04/24/1990   178/67
4 Tomomi Takahashi      P   Seino Unyu              L/L   11/16/1988   174/75
5 Isamu Satoh           P   Kohnan HS               L/L   09/18/1994   181/77

I1 Daichi Mizuguchi     IF  Kagawa Olive Guyners    R/L   06/28/1989   168/68

Hawks
1 Nao Higashihama       P   Asia University         R/R   06/20/1990   181/76 
2 Yusuke Itoh           P   Tohoku Gakuin Univ      L/L   10/20/1990   175/70
3 Tomoki Takata         IF  Asia University         R/L   05/06/1990   175/65
4 Yusuke Masago         OF  Nishijojo HS            R/R   05/04/1994   184/78
5 Taiga Kasahara        P   Fukuoka Kodai Joto HS   L/R   01/20/1995   185/77
6 Hirofumi Yamanaka     P   Honda Kumamoto          R/R   09/09/1985   175/78

I1 Takeshi Yagi         C   Gunma Diamond Pegasus   R/R   01/13/1990   184/81
I2 Yusuke Ohtaki        OF  Earth Environmental HS  R/R   04/05/1994   182/75
I3 Yuya Iida            P   Nodai Univ Okhotsk      L/L   11/27/1990   185/86
I4 Hayao Miyazaki       OF  Mie Chukyo Univ         R/L   11/27/1990   176/70

 
Eagles
1 Yudai Mori            P   Higashi Fukuoka HS      L/L   08/19/1994   184/76
2 Takahiro Norimoto     P   Mie Chukyo University   R/L   12/17/1990   178/80
3 Takahito Ohtsuka      P   Kyushu Gakuin HS        L/L   10/13/1994   174/70
4 Takahiro Shimotsuma   C   Sakata Minami HS        R/R   04/15/1994   186/85
5 Hirohito Shimai       OF  Kumamoto Golden Larks   R/R   06/19/1990   174/70
6 Takahiro Kakizawa     P   Kamimura Gakuen HS      R/L   07/30/1994   178/80

I1 Sho Miyagawa         P   Osaka Taiiku Univ       R/R   10/19/1990   184/87

Marines
x Shintaro Fujinami 
1 Takahiro Matsunaga    P   Osaka Gas               L/L   04/16/1988   175/76
2 Hiroya Kawamitsu      P   Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ    L/L   03/04/1991   186/80
3 Tatsuhiro Tamura      C   Kosei HS                R/R   05/13/1994   173/77
4 Shohei Katoh          OF  Jobu Univ               R/S   03/28/1991   183/83

Buffaloes
x Shintaro Fujinami
x Takahiro Matsunaga
1 Takahiro Matsuba      P   Osaka Taiiku Univ       L/L   08/14/1990   180/75 
2 Shunichi Satoh        P   Dohto Univ              R/R   01/08/1991   179/71
3 Torai Fushimi         C   Tokai Univ              R/R   05/12/1990   182/83
4 Kengo Takeda          OF  Jiyuugaoka HS           R/R   04/18/1994   183/73
5 Shota Morimoto        P   Fukui Miracle Elephants R/R   05/25/1992   174/70
6 Ryo Toda              P   JR Higashinihon         R/R   09/04/1988   181/75

I1 Daiki Hara           C   Shinano Grandserows     R/R   06/02/1988   174/76
I2 Hiroki Nishikawa     OF  Fukui Miracle Elephants R/L   08/15/1987   171/68


One more hour until the draft! OMG!

Since I'm not in Japan this year I'll be hoping to catch a justin.tv broadcast of the TV part, and I'll just be watching the picks come in on various news sources such as Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, Sanspo, etc.

Anyway... can't wait to see where everyone ends up!!

1am for me: It's on TV!  Why the hell is Tomoaki Kanemoto there??!  :)

Ok, stuff getting underway.   Seems like the order is CL first and by ranking, after the first round of course, so that's Yokohama -> Orix -> Hanshin -> Lotte -> Hiroshima -> Rakuten -> Yakult -> Softbank -> Chunichi -> Seibu -> Giants -> Fighters.

I'm betting 5 teams go for Fujinami...

AND THE FIRST ROUND PICKS ARE:
Yokohama: Nao Higashihama, Asia University
Orix: Shintaro Fujinami, Osaka Toin HS
Hanshin: Shintaro Fujinami
Lotte: Shintaro Fujinami
Hiroshima: Yudai Mori, Higashi Fukuoka HS
Rakuten: Yudai Mori
Yakult: Shintaro Fujinami
Softbank: Nao Higashihama
Chunichi: Koji Fukutani, Keio University
Seibu: Nao Higashihama
Giants: Tomoyuki Sugano, Tokai University (really a ronin this year)
Fighters: Shohei Ohtani, Hanamaki Higashi HS (sigh)

I'm so happy that Fukutani-kun went in the first round. I doubt I'll see him much with Chunichi but he has a great opportunity there, he's from Aichi, and he's just an awesome smart nice guy and I'm so happy for him!!

Not sure what I think of the Ohtani thing, before anyone asks me. The Fighters do some pretty crazy things in the drafts recently. If they can get him to stay, great, if not, oh well, we do a pretty great job of developing our pitchers anyway. Picking Ohtani and losing him to the MLB is not significantly different than picking Fujinami and losing the lottery for him.

So yeah, 4 for Fujinami, 3 for Higashihama, 2 for Mori... lotteries now:

1:21am: Looks like Nao Higashihama is going to the Softbank Hawks... Sadaharu Oh did the lottery pick for them and actually beat the super-lucky Nabe-Q from Seibu.  wow.

1:25am: and Shintaro Fujinami is going to the Hanshin Tigers?!  WTF :P

1:28am: Yudai Mori, who has the Marinerds Cute Seal of Approval, is going to...  Rakuten apparently.  Wheeee.

Okay, so what are the rest of you guys doing in the first round since you didn't get your first pick?

Yokohama:Hiroyuki Shirasaki, Komazawa University
Orix:Takahiro Matsunaga, Osaka Gas
Lotte:Takahiro Matsunaga
Hiroshima:Tatsushi Masuda, NTT Nishinihon
Yakult: Taichi Ishiyama, Yamaha
Seibu:Tatsushi Masuda

Wow so ANOTHER lottery...

1:36am: Lotte gets Matsunaga.
1:38am:Seibu gets Masuda.

So now it's just down to Orix and Hiroshima to settle out their first round... will someone freaking draft Mishima already?  :)

Orix: Takahiro Matsuba, Osaka Taiiku Univ
Hiroshima: Hiroki Takahashi, Ryuukokudai Heian HS

I guess that's it for the first round, whee.

Okay, here are the ACTUAL first round results:

Yokohama: Hiroyuki Shirasaki, IF, Komazawa University
Orix: Takahiro Matsuba, LHP, Osaka Taiiku Univ
Hanshin: Shintaro Fujinami, RHP, Osaka Toin HS
Lotte: Takahiro Matsunaga, LHP, Osaka Gas
Hiroshima: Hiroki Takahashi, OF, Ryuukokudai Heian HS
Rakuten: Yudai Mori, LHP, Higashi Fukuoka
Yakult: Taichi Ishiyama, RHP, Yamaha
Softbank: Nao Higashihama, RHP, Asia University
Chunichi: Koji Fukutani, RHP, Keio University
Seibu: Tatsushi Masuda, RHP, NTT Nishinihon
Giants: Tomoyuki Sugano, RHP, Tokai University
Fighters: Shohei Ohtani, RHP, Hanamaki Higashi HS

It's now 1:46am so I guess it's time for the next round soon?

OH YAY KAZUKI MISHIMA GOT PICKED BY THE BAYSTARS AS THE FIRST PICK OF THE 2ND ROUND!!!  JUST LIKE KAGAMI 2 YEARS AGO.  Also they can play together again, that'll be so funny if I go to visit both of them!! :)


I think I'm mostly giving up on liveblogging and just going to fill in names as they come in because I'm already getting tired... :(

OH but hey, Yohei Kagiya to the Fighters! AWESOME! That means I will meet him next year for sure :)

Takashi Uemoto to Hiroshima, thank god for that :)

I kinda want to note that I think this is the first NPB draft that has both players born after I graduated high school AND players I have actually been out drinking with. Pretty crazy, huh?

7 comments:

Anthony Pang said...

Whats your thoughts on Otani being picked by the fighters?

Anthony Pang said...

oh yeah and watanabe finally finds out what it feels like not to have the draft ballot goes his way, must be a weird feeling for him :p

Deanna said...

I don't know why the Fighters went ahead with it but whatever. I think it's not a bad idea because if they get him to stay, great, and if not, well, whatever, we had the Sugano thing too and things have worked out okay.

Yeah, I was kinda giggling with Nabe-Q didn't get the lottery.

Shin said...

He was never really that big a chance to stay, as he's been stating his wish of going to the majors a while back. Fighters basically lost 2 first picks in 2 straight years because of being stubborn and too confident that they can talk the picks into joining them? But most likely failing twice in a row?

Hanshin with both Fujinami AND Hojo? Damn them...

And not trying to be bad/mean, I dun exactly want to see Sugano succeed.

Super happy with the Hawks getting Higashihama, hope he continues to dominate.

dani said...

i've got some weird feelings about tahara. like i'm really happy he was drafted, but it's ikusei giants...

and i'm stoked about hojo, i was telling my friend just a bit earlier that i hope tigers pick him since it seemed giants liked him because they thought of him as sakamoto 2. when they called his name i was like *!!!* tigers picked him!

mori's reaction was adorable. i wanted either him or kasahara to go to hawks. but everything worked out perfect and they were both drafted to pl and i love that kasahara will play for his pop's former team.

(and yay for little brothers getting drafted)

Deanna said...

I feel bad that I didn't really have an emotional stake in the HS draft this year, but I basically only made it to Senbatsu for the finals and it got rained out, so I didn't see any games :( I didn't really get to watch the summer tourney at all either. I suck. Next year I will try to be better. I did read the draft magazines when I was in Japan and I thought Kasahara was a great story, infact I would adore his brother if he didn't play for, you know, the Giants.

Yeah Hojo was a surefire pick. It's a little unfair that Hanshin gets both him and Fujinami. Let's hope that they don't screw up developing them.

And yeah, rumor is Kaneko from Sanko is going to Hosei next year. PSYCHED to meet him too (assuming Azegami doesn't tell him that I'm crazy), and Tamakuma from Hokkai because he didn't get drafted, another one of my favorites... despite that how I first got interested in him as a pitcher was watching him lose to Yoshinaga :)

Anthony Pang said...

and Otani decides to sign for the Fighters

You have to give it to Kuriyama for his persistence, it paid off