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 Fujinami1 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 Morix 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 Higashihama1 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 Higashihama1 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 Fujinami1 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 Fujinamix 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
Hiroshima:Tatsushi Masuda, NTT Nishinihon
Yakult: Taichi Ishiyama, Yamaha
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?