|Tatsuya Imai is one of four Lions rookies to participate in the ichi-gun camp.|
For those who don't know, the ichi-gun for the Lions will be in Nango, Miyazaki while the ni-gun camp is in Kochi prefecture. This doesn't mean that all players at ichi-gun camp will receive more playing time on the first time in 2017. New manager Hatsuhiko Tsuji is open to a new era and wants a first hand look at some players in Miyazaki rather than having the ni-gun staff evaluate a few.
Here is the ichi-gun camp list:
Ichi-gun camp (Miyazaki)
Tatsuya Imai*, Tatsushi Masuda, Tatsuya Oishi, Yusei Kikuchi, Kona Takahashi, Shinsaburo Tawata, Ryoma Nogami, Ken Togame, Shogo Noda, Katsunori Hirai*, Hirotaka Koishi, Yasuo Sano, Kazuhisa Makita, Ichiro Tamura*, Keisuke Honda, Brian Schlitter#, Shota Takekuma, Brian Wolfe, Tsubasa Kokuba, Frank Garces#, Alexis Candelario#
Ginjiro Sumitani, Masatoshi Okada, Shota Nakata, Tatsuyuki Uemoto
Hideto Asamura, Sosuke Genda*, Kyohei Nagae, Hotaka Yamakawa, Nien Ting Wu, Shuta Tonosaki, Takeya "Okawari-kun" Nakamura, Ernesto Mejia
Takumi Kuriyama, Yuji Kaneko, Fumikazu Kimura, Shogo Akiyama, Masato Kumashiro, Shotaro Tashiro
* - Denotes Rookie
# - Denotes new foreign player
By revealing who will be at the ichi-gun camp, we can draw the conclusion to who will be at ni-gun camp. Some players will be seen on the ichi-gun more than others (like Naoto Watanabe), but it's possible that Tsuji brought some in Miyazaki for a closer look.
Ni-gun camp (Kochi)
Shunta Nakatsuka*, Makoto Aiuchi, Ryohei Fujiwara, Kentaro Fukukura, Koki Fujita (i), Toshihiro Iwao, Seiji Kawagoe, Naoaki Matsumoto, Tadasuke Minamikawa, Yosuke Okamoto, Isamu Sato, Tomomi Takahashi (i), Yusuke Tamamura, Takuya Toyoda
Komei Fujisawa, Hitoto Komazuki, Tomoya Mori
Kazuki Kaneko, Daichi Mizuguchi, Yuji Onizaki, Naoto Watanabe, Haruka Yamada, Shogo Kimura (i)
Yutaro Osaki, Aito Otaki, Shogo Saito, Ryo Sakata, Daisuke Togawa, Shohei Suzuki*
(i) - Represents coming off an injury
Some other notes on these lists that we can infer:
-Four players from the 2015 draft class (Tawata, Kokuba, Honda and Noda) will be at the ichi-gun camp. That also includes two (Honda and Noda) from the last Australia trip with the Aces.
-Chun-Lin Kuo will not be in spring camp as he practices with the Chinese Taipei team for the 2017 WBC.
-Veterans Onizaki, Watanabe and Uemoto are in ni-gun camp and all three of them had significant playing time with the ichi-gun in 2016.
-T. Takahashi is coming of Tommy John surgery and most likely won't be seen until August at the earliest. Shogo Kimura is under an ikusei contract and is rehabbing from a torn ACL. Koki Fujita is also recovering from an injury.
-Tomoya Mori has tightness in his right shoulder and will be in ni-gun camp. Uemoto will take his place in ichi-gun camp.
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