Since I'm not in Japan this year either 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.
Fortunately this year is not quite as emotionally draining for me as some past years have been, at least.
Name Pos HS/Univ/Company T/B DOB Ht/Wt -------------------- --- --------------- --- ---------- ------- Fighters
1 Yuki Matsui 1 Yuta Kakita 1 Yuta Iwasada1 Ryo Watanabe IF Tokaidai Kofu HS R/R 04/30/1995 178/80 2 Hiroshi Urano P Sega Sammy R/R 07/22/1989 178/70 3 Hiromi Oka IF Meiji University R/R 07/15/1991 185/83 4 Hirotoshi Takanashi P Yamanashi Gakuin Univ R/R 06/05/1991 187/82 5 Masashi Kanehira P Tokai Rika L/L 03/24/1991 180/80 6 Akihiro Hakumura P Keio Univ R/L 12/11/1991 187/84 7 Ryosuke Kishisato P Hanamaki Higashi R/L 04/03/1995 181/75 8 Ryo Ishikawa C Teikyo HS R/R 04/20/1995 180/85 Swallows 1 Daichi Osera1 Toshihiro Sugiura P Kokugakuin Univ R/R 02/25/1992 188/82 2 Naomichi Nishiura IF Hosei Univ R/R 04/11/1991 178/75 3 Ryo Akiyoshi P Panasonic R/R 03/21/1989 182/76 4 Keiji Iwahashi P Kyoto Sangyo Univ L/L 04/23/1991 185/75 5 Yuto Koyama P Kanzei HS L/L 09/01/1995 183/78 6 Ryota Fujii C City Light Okayama R/L 09/30/1988 177/70 Orix 1 Kazumasa Yoshida P JR Higashinihon R/L 09/24/1989 191/90 2 Daiki Tomei P Fuji Juko R/R 06/15/1989 178/78 3 Kenya Wakatsuki C Hanasaki Tokuharu HS R/R 10/04/1995 178/80 4 Satoshi Sonobe IF Seiko Gakuin HS R/R 11/30/1995 184/87 5 Yuto Yoshida OF Hokusho HS R/L 04/21/1995 178/73 6 Kyo Okunami IF Soshi Gakuen HS R/R 08/29/1995 176/95 7 Kento Shibata P Shinano Grandserows R/R 02/08/1989 175/83 8 Satoshi Ohyama P Sega Sammy L/L 10/06/1988 168/69 I1. Hiroaki Azuma IF Tokushima Indigo Socks R/R 02/20/1992 180/74 Baystars 1 Yuki Matsui1 Yuta Kakita P Nihon Seimei R/R 08/27/1992 182/85 2 Shingo Hirata P Honda Kumamoto R/R 08/29/1989 181/72 3 Hiroki Minei C Asia University R/R 06/04/1991 175/75 4 Tomoya Mikami P JX-ENEOS R/R 04/10/1989 190/90 5 Taiki Sekine OF Toho HS L/L 06/28/1995 174/76 6 Shun Yamashita P Matsumoto Univ L/L 08/19/1991 182/73 I1. Yoshiki Sunada P Meioh HS L/L 07/20/1995 179/78 I2. Kohei Mantani P Miki House R/L 08/28/1987 185/78 Softbank 1 Yuki Matsui 1 Toshihiro Sugiura1 Ren Kajiya P JR Kyushu R/R 11/25/1991 184/82 2 Yuito Mori P MB Kurashiki Oceans R/R 01/08/1992 173/72 3 Ken Okamoto P Kazusa Magic R/R 10/29/1992 177/80 4 Seiji Uebayashi OF Sendai Ikuei HS R/L 08/01/1995 184/77 I1. Shuta Ishikawa P Soka Univ R/R 12/27/1991 I2. Shinsuke Toho P Hamada Shogyo HS R/R 09/17/1995 I3. Kaisei Sone IF Kyoto Kokusai HS R/L 04/24/1995 I4. Masahiro Harimoto C Bukkyo Univ R/R 10/13/1990 Dragons 1 Yuki Matsui1 Shota Suzuki P Seirei Christopher HS R/R 06/16/1995 183/74 2 Katsuki Matayoshi P Kagawa Olive Guyners R/R 11/04/1990 180/74 3 Iori Katsuya C Osaka Shodai R/R 07/09/1991 185/80 4 Takuma Achira P JR Higashinihon R/R 11/20/1992 189/88 5 Daisuke Sobue P Toyota R/L 08/11/1987 174/71 6 Takuto Fujisawa IF Seino Tsuun R/L 05/27/1990 174/80 I1. Junki Kishimoto P Tsuruga Kehi HS R/R 02/19/1996 181/79 I2. Daisuke Hashizume IF Osaka Sangyo Univ R/S 03/30/1992 174/73 Marines 1 Ayumu Ishikawa P Tokyo Gas R/R 04/11/1988 186/75 2 Yuta Yoshida C Rissho Univ R/R 07/21/1991 182/94 3 Ryo Miki IF Jobu Univ R/R 10/25/1991 174/76 4 Shohei Yoshihara P Nihon Seimei R/R 09/14/1989 173/75 5 Seiya Inoue IF Nihon Seimei R/R 07/03/1989 180/105 6 Kota Futaki P Kagoshima Jouhou HS R/R 08/01/1995 187/73 I1. Ryuzo Hijii C Hyogo Hojo HS R/L 11/13/1995 182/84 Carp 1 Daichi Osera P Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ R/R 06/17/1991 187/82 2 Allen Kuri P Asia University R/R 09/01/1991 186/82 3 Kosuke Tanaka IF JR Higashinihon R/L 07/03/1989 170/80 4 Kenta Nishihara P Nichidai R/R 09/29/1988 178/76 5 Yuta Nakamura P Kanto Daiichi HS R/R 08/31/1995 181/75 Seibu 1 Tomoya Mori C Osaka Toin HS R/L 08/08/1995 170/80 2 Hodaka Yamakawa IF Fuji University R/R 11/23/1991 175/98 3 Takuya Toyoda P TDK R/R 03/28/1987 176/88 4 Kazuki Kaneko IF Nichidai Fujisawa HS R/R 05/29/1995 182/73 5 Takayuki Yamaguchi P Toyota Higashinihon R/R 07/29/1989 184/83 6 Masatoshi Okada C Osaka Gas R/R 06/30/1989 172/78 7 Kentaro Fukukura P Daiichi Tech Univ R/R 08/03/1991 177/75 Hanshin 1 Daichi Osera 1 Yuta Kakita1 Yuta Iwasada P Yokohama Shokodai L/L 09/05/1991 182/78 2 Shintaro Yokota OF Kagoshima Jitsugyo HS L/L 06/09/1995 186/85 3 Naomasa Yohkawa IF Tokyo Agriculture Univ R/R 07/17/1991 178/79 4 Ryutaro Umeno C Fukuoka Univ R/R 06/17/1991 173/72 5 Shoya Yamamoto P Oji L/L 10/12/1988 181/80 6 Suguru Iwazaki P Kokushikan Univ L/L 06/19/1991 184/78 Eagles 1 Yuki Matsui P Toko Gakuen HS L/L 10/30/1995 174/74 2 Yasuhito Uchida C Joso Gakuin HS R/R 05/30/1995 185/87 3 Kodai Hamaya P Honda Suzuka L/L 02/27/1993 185/80 4 Yuri Furukawa P Ariga Kogyo HS R/R 09/08/1995 178/77 5 Yusuke Miyanishi P Yokohama Shokadai L/L 05/01/1991 180/80 6 Takaaki Yokoyama P Waseda Univ R/R 04/10/1991 180/83 7 Kazutomo Aihara P 77 Bank L/L 10/27/1989 186/73 8 Susumu Aizawa P Nihon Seimei Ishinomaki R/L 06/03/1987 172/70 9 Ryuta Konno P Iwadeyama HS R/R 05/11/1995 177/70 Giants 1 Ayumu Ishikawa1 Seiji Kobayashi C Nihon Seimei R/R 06/07/1989 178/73 2 Ren Wada IF Kochi HS R/R 09/26/1995 180/80 3 Kazuto Taguchi P Shinjo HS L/L 09/14/1995 170/75 4 Nobuyuki Okumura IF Nichidai Yamagata R/L 05/26/1995 177/72 5 Kentaro Taira P Kitayama R/R 07/12/1995 180/70 I1. Makoto Aoyama OF Nihon Univ R/R 11/01/1991 185/81 I2. Shota Nagae P Osaka Keizai Univ R/L 10/08/1991 190/88 I3. Ryusei Kitanosono IF Shugakukan HS R/L 04/12/1995 180/80
It's 1am and it's time to party! I've got the justin.tv feed up and ready to follow the craziness. Not much to say except it's super-weird to see Tanishige and Ochiai there together like that! (Tanishige definitely has a little bit of a "WTF" look on his face). Hoshino sure looks happy. Can we get on with the parade and start with the drafting? :)
Hey, it's Katoh-not-commissioner-anymore!
1:12am Finally round one is starting! "unmei no shunkan" or moment of fate, heh. Let's see who everyone names for real!
Fighters: Matsui Yuki (Toko Gakuen, P)
Swallows: Osera Daichi (Kyushu Kyoritsu, P)
Orix: Yoshida Kazumasa (JR East, P)
Baystars: Matsui Yuki
Softbank: Matsui Yuki
Dragons: Matsui Yuki
Marines: Ishikawa Ayumu (Tokyo Gas, P)
Carp: Osera Daichi
Seibu: Mori Tomoya (Osaka Toin, C)
Hanshin: Osera Daichi
Eagles: Matsui Yuki
Giants: Ishikawa Ayumu
So that's 5 votes for Matsui, 3 for Osera, 2 for Ishikawa, and Mori is going to Seibu uncontested and Yoshida to Orix uncontested. That was unexpected!!
1:21 and Matsui goes to RAKUTEN
1:24 and Osera goes to HIROSHIMA! wow!
And Ishikawa goes to the Marines but I honestly didn't care :)
1:34 Okay so now for the second round of the first round
Fighters: Yuta Kakita (Nihon Seimei, P)
Swallows: Toshihiro Sugiura (Kokugakuin P)
Yokohama: Yuta Kakita
Hawks: Toshihiro Sugiura
Dragons: Shota Suzuki (Seirei Christopher HS, P)
Hanshin: Yuta Kakita
Yomiuri: Seiji Kobayashi (Nihon Seimei, C)
Not too surprising that there's a fight for Kakita too, really.
Kakita to Baystars. Huh.
Sugiura to Swallows -- that's kinda cool! I look forward to seeing him again at Jingu! Plus he's the pride of Obihiro Ohtani :)
1:42 THIRD round of the first round:
Fighters and Hanshin both go for Yokohama Shokodai lefty Yuta Iwasada!
Hawks take Ren Kajiya.
I cannot believe this is going on further but there you have it. It appears that Iwasada is going to Hanshin because the Fighters opened their ballot faster. Holy crap!
Well, at least whoever the Fighters take now will be uncontested...
...and it's Ryo Watanabe, IF, Tokaidai Kofu HS. Huh! That was not a name I expected to come up in the first round, but there you go!
Time to start filling in the grid...
Okay, so there you have the ACTUAL first round finished:
Fighters: Ryo Watanabe (Tokaidai Kofu, IF)
Swallows: Toshihiro Sugiura (Kokugakuin Univ, P)
Orix: Yoshida Kazumasa (JR East, P)
Baystars: Yuta Kakita (Nihon Seimei, P)
Softbank: Ren Kajiya (JR Kyushu, P)
Dragons: Shota Suzuki (Seirei Christopher HS, P)
Marines: Ayumu Ishikawa (Tokyo Gas, P)
Carp: Daichi Osera (Kyushu Kyoritsu, P)
Seibu: Tomoya Mori (Osaka Toin, C)
Hanshin: Yuta Iwasada (Yokohama Shokadai, P)
Eagles: Yuki Matsui (Toko Gakuin HS, P)
Giants: Seiji Kobayashi (Nihon Seimei, C)
Wow, that was a mouthful.
Honestly this was not terrible as far as I'm concerned. Also as expected, I don't feel much of any sort of emotion at the outcome this time. Kinda glad Sugiura went to Yakult, kinda wondering more about this Watanabe kid, kinda amused Mori will be on Seibu, and kinda like OMG CARP because they are really stacking their pitching rotation with these guys aren't they!
Now for the parts of the draft I really care about like OMG THE FIGHTERS TOOK HIROSHI URANO IN THE SECOND ROUND! I love Urano, I've been a huge fan since he was at Aichi Gakuin and it is SO embarrassing that I don't have many good photos of him.
And the SWALLOWS TOOK NISHIURA FROM HOSEI! YEAH!
Tomei to Orix! Oh, this second round is the awesome round, screw the first round :)
Good thing I have my copy of Grand Slam out because I'm beating some of the newspapers to the vitals on these guys, seriously :)
YUTA YOSHIDA TO LOTTE! OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! I'm so happy he got drafted and by a team I actually can go cheer for him at!
...I got buried in looking these guys up but MIKAMI TO BAYSTARS HE'LL BE ON THE SAME TEAM AS KAGAMI AND MISHIMA OH MY GOD MY HOSEI FANGIRL BRAIN MAY EXPLODE.
btw it's 2:50am. I have had to dig for a bunch of details on a bunch of these guys so...
Oh yeah, Hiromi Oka to the Fighters? Weeeeeeeeird. I wonder if he'll remember me if I stalk him at Kamagaya or not.
still translating like a storm. In the middle of the 5th round now at 3:37am despite that the actual draft is well into the 6th. The Fighters took freaking Hakumura in the 6th and I do NOT know how to feel about that. But Rakuten took Yokoyama and I'm happier about that one.
Also was glad to see my 2nd-favorite Tohto Big Boy go to Seibu in the 5th round, that is, Chuo now Nihon Seimei's Seiya Inoue. So there are still some exciting moments but it is getting harder and harder to find some of these guys, to be sure. Good thing I've got Grand Slam, some Shubes, and a college baseball magazine sitting here. (I didn't get an actual draft mag this year)
hey look at that we took Ishikawa in the 8th round -- Fighters sure do like Teikyo boys, can I request they take Michiori Okabe next year now, please? :)
OMG how did I not notice Hanshin taking Shoya Yamamoto in the 5th round?!?!? he was one of my favorite lefties at Hosei too! wow!
Alright so it's 4:40am here now and I just finished translating the basic draft. I think I might hold off on ikusei until the morning -- not sure -- going to have a snack first and then reevaluate.
One thing that I really really wonder is, how do all of these other little dudes get taken and not Ohshiro? He's so awesome, it can't just be the height.
Note at 5:30am as I scour team sites for ikusei info: am I allowed to be... amused? that the "managing scout" for almost every Marines signing is either Kenji Morozumi or Yuta Shimoshikiryo? Who are both former Hosei grads that played for the Marines that I liked?
next morning as I am checking and entering: I like that the Fighters site says for Oka: "圧倒的な身体能力を持つ大型選手。リーチを生かした打撃は飛距離十分。長打力に加えて50メートル5秒台の俊足と旺盛な闘争心も魅力。東京六大学リーグ戦では、「4番ピッチャー」を経験した二刀流選手だが、プロでは野手として勝負する。磨けばまだまだ光るダイヤの原石。" which is, roughly, "yeah he was a yon-ban pitcher/batter before but as a pro he's going to focus on being a fielder". Yay.