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Draft Storylines: Yamarin, Doue

by Patrick Newman (Oct 27, 2008)

A couple of notes on the upcoming draft to pass along...

  • Yoshinori Yamarin is an 18-year old pitcher who wants to go pro in Japan, but has a move across the Pacific in his sites should he not be drafted. And if he isn't drafted, the Braves are said to be ready to move to sign him. Yamarin is a lanky 6′1, 176 lbs, and has done well in pre-draft workouts. He's reportedly hit 91 mph with his fastball, and also throws a slider. It doesn't seem like he's among the elite group of pitching prospects in this year's draft, but given the potential of losing him to an MLB organization I wonder if an NPB team will select him just based on potential. 
  • Remember Hayato Doue? He was the Shikoku Island League catcher who nearly signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox last off-season, only to have his visa application denied. He wound up going back to the Island League and having a decent season for the Kagawa Olive Guynors. SoftBank has him shortlisted for a pick as an instructional player. It seems like it would be a good move; the Hawks have been weak behind the plate since Kenji Johjima left.

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