Kotaro Kiyomiya (Waseda Jitsuygo) NPB Meetings.
- Orix Buffaloes
- Hideki Morikawa (assistant director), Takaharu Nakagawa (chief amatuer scout)
- Posting System = open to discussion.
- Yokohama Bay Stars
- Tatsuhiro Hagiwara (division chief), Mitsunori Kakehata (Nishi Nihon chief scout), Takashi Yoshida (chief scout)
- Kiyomiya asked about Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s development.
- Softbank Hawks
- Ryutaro Fukuyama (assistant chief amatuer scout), Kazuo Ogawa (director player development, chief scout), Shogo Yamamoto (scout), Hidehiko Mikasa (deputy director)
- The Hawks gave an explanation about their farm system and facilities. They showed him a twenty page pamphlet with information about their facilities and the video archive system that is accessible through iPads.
- The Hawks stressed the importance of the development process. They used Yuki Yanagita as an example.
- The Hawks told Kiyomiya they wanted him to join their organization.
- Kiyomiya did not ask any questions.
- Posting System = up until now, no.
- Seibu Lions
- Haruhiko Suzuki (director), Hisanobu Watanabe (senior director)
- The Lions explained the development process for players in their system. Mentioned how they have experience with players out of high school.
- Kiyomiya’s father asked about the current state of the Lions’ facilities.
- Yomiuri Giants
- Kaoru Okazaki (chief scout), Kazuo Ishii (president), Yoshitaka Katori (general manager)
- Posting System = generally no.
- Yakult Swallows
- Satoshi Kashibuchi (scout), Keiichi Sakai (scout)
- The Swallows provided Kiyomiya with information about Ni-gun facilities. They also used Tetsuto Yamada as an example of their development program.
- Kiyomiya’s father asked about what is going to happen to Jingu Stadium during the Olympics.
- Kiyomiya mentioned that he has a lot of friends that are Yakult Swallows fans.
- Chunichi Dragons
- Muneo Nakada (chief scout), Eiji Shotsu (scout)
- The Dragons expressed serious interest in Kiyomiya and told him they were thinking about selecting him with their first pick.
- The Dragons did not prepare any physical materials.
- Hanshin Tigers
- Noriyoshi Sano (chief scout), Shunji Hatayama (chief scout), Kazuya Nagayoshi (amatuer scout director)
- The Tigers informed Kiyomiya that they wanted to select him with their first pick.
- Rakuten Eagles
- Masahiko Goseki (scout), Yoshinori Okihara (scout), Tetsuro Nagashima (chief scout)
- The Eagles talked about their facilities, particularly the natural grass as Kobo Park Miyagi.
- The Eagles looked to players like Yuki Matsui, Louis Okoye, Tomohiro Anraku, and Shoma Fujihira as examples of high school players they developed.
- Chiba Lotte Marines
- Yoshinari Nagano (chief scout), Kenji Morozumi (scout)
- The Marines created a presentation explaining their player development process. They mentioned players like Kazuya Fukuura, Toshiaki Imae, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
- The Marines also gave Kiyomiya two bags of Lotte sweets.
Kiyomiya was joined by his parents and Waseda Jitsugyo Baseball Director Takayuki Kunisada. Each team had about thirty minutes.
The Hiroshima Carp are not planning to select Kiyomiya with their first pick because he does not fit their style of play (if they select a position player, they want someone with more speed). They could instead focus their efforts on players like Shosei Nakamura (Koryo HS), Katsuki Azuma (Ritsumeikan), Daiki Tajima (JR Higashi Nihon), Hiroshi Suzuki (Yamaha), and Kohei Suzuki (Hitachi).
There was no mention of the posting system or the MLB during any of the talks.
The Nippon Ham Fighters canceled their morning meeting with Kiyomiya today due to a conflict in schedule.
They are planning to see him on another day.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/2/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/3/2017, Daily Sports 10/2/2017, Daily Sports 10/2/2017, Daily Sports 10/2/2017, Daily Sports 10/2/2017, Daily Sports 10/3/2017, Sponichi 10/2/2017, Sanspo 10/2/2017, Sanspo 10/2/2017, Sanspo 10/3/2017, Sanspo 10/3/2017, Sanspo 10/3/2017, Sanspo 10/3/2017, Sports Hochi 10/3/2017, Sports Hochi 10/3/2017, Sponichi 10/3/2017, Sponichi 10/3/2017, Sponichi 10/3/2017, Sponichi 10/3/2017, Tokyo Sports 10/3/2017
[UPDATE 10/4 @ 3:42pm]
The Fighters currently have no plans to meet Kiyomiya before the draft.
Source: Sponichi 10/4/2017
[UPDATE 10/7 @ 3:13am]
Swallows Senior Director told reporters on October 6 that they will probably select Kiyomiya with their first pick.
Source: Sponichi 10/6/2017
[UPDATE 10/24 @ 12:16am]
The economic impact of the Tigers landing Kiyomiya could end up being as much as 6.4 billion yen, according to Kansai University emeritus professor Katsuhiro Miyamoto.
Source: Daily Sports 10/23/2017
[UPDATE 10/28 @ 3:47am]
Miyamoto adjusted his numbers for the Nippon Ham Fighters and came up with an estimate of about 6.26 billion yen.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/27/2017
Waseda Jitsugyo announced today that Kotaro Kiyomiya is scheduled to hold a press conference tomorrow. He is expected to make an announcement about his plans.
Source: ZakZak 9/21/2017
[UPDATE 9/22 @ 6:37pm and 9/23 @ 1:32am]
Kiyomiya held a press conference in Kokubunji, Tokyo earlier today and announced that he plans to submit a draft eligibility form.
- He made his decision after he returned from Canada.
- There was no one deciding factor, but it was always a dream to play professionally and he wanted to play at a higher level.
- He made the decision on his own, without help from anyone in particular.
- His manager looked happy when he told him his decision.
- His parents will support his decision.
- He is okay about joining any of the twelve NPB teams. He will go anywhere that will help him grow.
- He and his father are Hanshin Tigers fans.
- His ideal professional baseball player is Sadaharu Oh. It is also his dream to become a home run king.
- Softbank, Rakuten, Nippon Ham, Lotte, Yokohama, Yomiuri, Chunichi, and Yakult might all be interested in him.
- Tigers’ President Keiichiro Yotsufuji told reporters today they plan to use their first round pick on him.
- Every NPB team other than Orix might be interested him.
- His dream is still to play in the Majors. It is his final goal.
- He enrolled at to Waseda Jitsugyo because he was originally planning to go to Waseda University. He wanted to go to Waseda University because he wanted to play some rugby there. But after he got into high school, things changed. He never really considered going straight to the Majors.
- He is still very disappointed about not winning a Koshien tournament.
- The big changing point in his life may have been when he won a world championship little league title. That may have been the reason why he picked baseball over rugby.
- He has not really thought about how he wants to go to the Majors (as in posting system or free agency). A lot will depend on what kind of player he becomes.
- If he went to college, economics may have been his major.
- He is not thinking about getting a degree through online or correspondence courses.
- NHK and Fuji TV displayed the news of his decision as flash updates. TV Asahi showed bits of the press conference during an information program. Incidentally, I heard about it from a co-worker during a meeting (their mobile phone dropped an alert).
- The press conference was held a Waseda Jitsugyo’s Tetsuya Komuro’s Memorial Hall. There were about 130 members of the media from fifty companies and twelve TV cameras. Some members of the media arrived at the hall ninety minutes early.
Source: Tokyo Sports 9/22/2017, ZakZak 9/22/2017, ZakZak 9/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 9//22/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/22/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/22/2017, Spors Hochi 9/22/2017, Daily Sports 9/22/2017, Daily Sports 9/22/2017, Daily Sports 9/22/2017, Sponichi 9/22/2017, Sponichi 9/22/2017, Sponichi 9/22/2017, Sponichi 9/22/2017, Sponichi 9/22/2017, Sponichi 9/22/2017, Sponichi 9/22/2017, Sanspo 9/22/2017
[UPDATE 9/23 @ 1:15pm and 9/24 @ 1:52am]
Some more notes:
- If the Hawks select Kiyomiya and they go to a lottery, Kimiyasu Kudo is thinking about asking Sadaharu Oh to draw the winning ticket. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2017
- The Hawks generally do not post players. They are not expected to make an exception for Kiyomiya. Since they have a deep team, they have the luxury of giving him to to grow at Ni-gun before using him at Ichi-gun. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/23/2017
- The Carp like Kiyomiya, but they tend to go after players with connections to Hiroshima. Koryo’s Shosei Nakamura is a possibility. They also want a pitcher that can contribute right away. Source: Sponichi 9/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/23/2017, Sports Hochi 9/23/2017
- The Buffaloes will most likely go after pitching with their first pick. Source: Daily Sports 9/23/2017
- The Dragons like Kiyomiya and Nakamura. Source: Daily Sports 9/23/2017
- The Tigers appear to be open to posting Kiyomiya. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/23/2017
- There are three main reasons why Kiyomiya decided to enter the draft: making it to the national team twice, making it to the Koshien, and setting a new high school home run record. Source: Sponichi 9/23/2017
- Kiyomiya might turn down a team he is not interested in. He will have a chance to talk to teams before the draft. If he rejected a team, he could try to enroll at a Japanese college, or head overseas and do some studying in the US. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/23/2017
[UPDATE 9/26 @ 7:40pm]
Notes from September 26
- The Yokohama Bay Stars GM Shigeru Takada is open to the posting system. Source: Sports Hochi 9/26/2017
- The Seibu Lions Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe thinks the team might be a little low on pitching, but is still very high on Kiyomiya. Watanabe also thinks Kiyomiya is talented and young enough to move to another position, like third base or the outfield. Source: ZakZak 9/26/2017
- The Hanshin Tigers held a scout meeting on September 25 and once again confirmed that Kiyomiya is their top pick. Source: Sponichi 9/26/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2017
[UPDATE 9/27 @ 10:12pm]
Notes from September 27
- The Orix Buffaloes are also apparently considering Kiyomiya for their first pick. They are not too concerned about their jam at first base. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/27/2017
[UPDATE 9/29 @ 2:40am]
Notes from September 28:
- Scouts from the Softbank Hawks, Nippon Ham Fighters, Yakult Swallows, Seibu Lions, and Yomiuri Giants visited Waseda Jitsugyo on September 28 to submit their forms of interest. From about noon until past 3:00pm, scouts individually met with a school official in thirty minute increments. They submitted their forms of interest, as well as temiage (small gifts), which included items like yokan and chocolates. Source: Tokyo Sports 9/28/2017
- Kiyomiya could begin talking to teams some time after October 1. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2017
- The Seibu Lions are preparing a presentation. Source: Sponichi 9/28/2017, Sanspo 9/28/2017
- The Chunichi Dragons could meet Kiyomiya some time next week. Source: Daily Sports 9/28/2017
[UPDATE 9/30 @ 1:32am]
Notes from September 29:
- The Hanshin Tigers also submitted a form of interest on September 28. Source: Sanspo 9/29/2017
[UPDATE 10/1 @ 2:22am]
Notes from September 30:
The NPB released details for this year’s draft.
- Official Name: 2017 Pro Yakyu Draft Day supported by Lipovitan D
- Location: Grand Prince Hotel Shin Takanawa
- Date: October 26 (Thu), 2017 at 17:00
- TV = TBS, Sky A
- Radio = Nippon Hoso
The NPB will also again be giving away invites to the draft. Interested fans should submit their applications online (online entry form) between September 14 at 15:00 and September 28 at 23:00. A lottery will be used if there are more applications than seats.
Source: NPB 9/14/2017
Below is a list of college players that have formally submitted draft eligibility forms. I will update this post as needed.
Last Updated: 10/13 @ 1:12am (104 players)
Below is a list of high players that have formally submitted draft eligibility forms. I will update this post as needed.
Last Updated: 10/13 @ 1:18 am (106 players)
The NPB announced today that the 2017 amateur draft will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Taisho Seiyaku will be the sponsor for the fifth straight year. The official name for the draft will be Pro Yakyu Draft supported by Lipovitan D.
Additional details will be released at a later date.
Source: NPB 5/8/2017