Orix Buffaloes’ official Ryuzo Setoyama left for the United States on October 12 to meet US-based scouts Greg LaRocca and Dennis Houlton. The group is expected to go over players and create a list of candidates on the overseas market. Shigetoshi Hasegawa might also join the discussion — he is scheduled to join the front office as an adviser.
The Buffaloes are also planning to give at least four foreign players — Darryl George and three pitchers — a tryout during fall camp in Kochi in November.
George played for the BC League’s Niigata Ablirex this year. He went 75-for-228 in sixty-three games and recorded nineteen doubles, three triples, nine home runs, and eighteen stolen bases. He also drove in fifty-seven runs, struck out thirty-one times, and walked forty-one times.