Thursday, May 11, 2017

2017 Seibu Lions: How the roster was built

The Saitama Seibu Lions roster is already available in English, but the information is rather minimal. When scouring the Japanese site, you can see extra material, including where the player was drafted and / or where he played for previously. There are also several Japanese sites that show this information, including one chart that has the estimated salaries of each player.

Here is the entire Seibu Lions 70-man roster in English, where we've included when the player was taken, which round, what level he was drafted out of and the salary. We've also included the last team each player was part of, whether it was high school, university, the industrial league or another MLB organization/NPB team.

Starting Pitchers: 

Yusei Kikuchi (16) [1st round draft pick, 2009] HS; {Hanamaki Higashi}  ¥100 million
Ken Togame (21) [1st round draft pick, 2011] I; {JR East}  ¥60 million
Brian Wolfe (54) [Free agent, 2016]* {Fukuoka Softbank Hawks} ¥60 million
Ryoma Nogami (20) [2nd round draft pick, 2008] I; {Nissan Motors} ¥50 million
Stephen Fife (69) [Free agent, 2017]* {Miami Marlins AAA}; ¥34 million
Chun-Lin Kuo (12) [Free agent, 2014]*  {Taiwanese National Team U23} ¥30 million
Kona Takahashi (17) [1st round draft pick, 2014] HS; {Maebashi Ikuei} ¥23 million
Shinsaburo Tawata (18) [1st round draft pick, 2015] U; {Fuji} ¥23 million
Keisuke Honda (45) [6th round draft pick, 2015] U; {Tohoku Gakuin} ¥7 million
Makoto Aiuchi (41) [2nd round draft pick, 2012] HS; {Chiba Kokusai} ¥6 million 
Isamu Sato (63) [5th round draft pick, 2012] HS; {Konan, Fukushima prefecture}¥6 million

Relief Pitchers:  

Kazuhisa Makita (35) [2nd round draft pick, 2010] I; {Nippon Express} ¥100 million
Tatsushi Masuda (14) [1st round draft pick, 2012] I; {NTT West} ¥95 million
Brian Schlitter (47) [Free agent]* {Colorado Rockies AAA} ¥80 million
Frank Garces (59) [Free agent]* {San Diego Padres} ¥60 million
Shota Takekuma (48) [4th round high school draft pick, 2007] ^; {Asahikawa Kogyo} ¥50 million 
Tomomi Takahashi (43) [4th round draft pick, 2012] I; {Seino Unyu} ¥48 million 
Alexis Candelario (68) [Free Agent]* {Estrellas, Dominican Republic} ¥25 million
Yosuke Okamoto (30) [6th round draft pick, 2009] I; {Yamaha} ¥18 million 
Tatsuya Oishi (15) [1st round draft pick, 2010] U; {Waseda} ¥15 million
Hirotaka Koishi (29) [2nd round draft pick, 2011] I; {NTT East} ¥15 million
Yasuo Sano (34) [2nd round draft pick, 2014] U; {Heisei} ¥13 million
Shogo Noda (23) [3rd round draft pick ,2015] I; {Seino Unyu} ¥13 million
Seiji Kawagoe (26) [2nd round draft pick, 2015] U; {Hokkai Gakuen} ¥12 million
Tadasuke Minamikawa (36) [5th round draft pick, 2015] I; {JR Shikoku} ¥10 million
Takuya Toyoda (19) [3rd round draft pick, 2013] I; {TDK} ¥9.5 million 
Ryohei Fujiwara (28) [3rd round university draft pick, 2007] ^; {Daichi Kogyo} ¥9.5 million
Toshihiro Iwao (31) [3rd round draft pick, 2009] U; {Beppu} ¥8.5 million
Kentaro Fukukura (50) [7th round draft pick, 2013] U; {Daichi Kogyo} ¥6 million
Tsubasa Kokuba (57) [8th round draft pick, 2015] U; {Daichi Kogyo} ¥6 million
Yusuke Tamamura (38) [4th round drafft pick, 2014] HS {Tsuruga Kehi} ¥5.5 million
Koki Fujita (67) [9th round draft pick, 2015] HS; {Hirosaki Kogyo} ¥5 million
Naoaki Matsumoto (66) [10th round draft pick, 2015] I; {Kagawa Olive Guyners} ¥5 million

Rookie Pitchers: 

Tatsuya Imai (11) [1st round draft pick, 2016] HS; {Sakushin Gakuin} ¥13 million
Shunta Nakatsuka (22) [2nd round draft pick, 2016] U; {Hakuoh} ¥12 million
Katsunori Hirai (25) [5th round draft pick, 2016] I; {Honda Suzuka} ¥10 million
Ichiro Tamura (40) [6th round draft pick, 2016] U; {Rikkyo} ¥7 million



Ginjiro Sumitani (27) [1st round high school pick, 2005] ^; {Heian} ¥100 million
Tomoya Mori (10) [1st round draft pick, 2013] HS; {Osaka Toin} ¥45 million
Masatoshi Okada (37) [6th round draft pick, 2013] I; {Osaka Gas} ¥16 million
Tatsuyuki Uemoto (49) [6th round draft pick, 2002] I; {Kyowa Hakko} ¥16 million
Shota Nakata (64) [6th round high school draft pick, 2007] ^; {Naruto} ¥5.8 million
Hitoto Komazuki (62) [3rd round draft pick, 2011] HS; {Kyoto Shiritsu Tonan} ¥5.1 million
Komei Fujisawa (78) [Ikusei pick, 2011] iU; {Matsumoto} ¥5 million



Ernesto Mejia (99) [Free agent, May 2014]* {Atlanta Braves AAA}  ¥500 million
Takeya "Okawari-Kun" Nakamura (60) [2nd round draft pick, 2001] HS; {Osaka Toin} ¥410 million 
Hideto Asamura (32) [3rd round draft pick, 2008] HS; {Osaka Toin} ¥155 million
Naoto Watanabe (8) [Trade with DeNA Baystars for RP Shuichiro Osada, 2013] #; ¥50 million 
Yuji Kaneko (2) [3rd round draft pick, 2012] U; {Ritsumeikan} ¥48 million
Yuji Onizaki (5) [Trade with Yakult Swallows for RP Chikara Onodera, 2011] #; ¥23 million
Hotaka Yamakawa (33) [2nd round draft pick, 2013] U; {Fuji} ¥16 million
Shuta Tonosaki (44) [3rd round draft pick, 2014] U {Fuji} ¥13 million
Kyohei Nagae (32) [4th round draft pick, 2011] HS {Nagasaki Kaisei} ¥12.5 million
Nien Ting Wu (39) [7th round draft pick, 2015] U; {Daichi Kogyo} ¥8 million
Shogo Kimura (0) [Free Agent, 2016]%; ¥7.5 millionHaruka Yamada (52) [5th round draft pick, 2014] HS; {Saga Kogyo} ¥6 million
Kazuki Kaneko (56) [4th round draft pick, 2013] HS; {Fujisawa} ¥5.5 million
Daichi Mizuguchi (00) [Ikusei draft pick, 2012] iI; {Kagawa Olive Guyners} ¥5.5 million

Rookie Infielder:

Sosuke Genda (6) [3rd round draft pick, 2016] I; {Toyota Motors} ¥12 million



Shogo Akiyama (55) [3rd round draft pick, 2010] U; {Hachinohe} ¥200 million
Takumi Kuriyama (1) [4th round draft pick, 2001] HS; {Ikuei} ¥190 million 
Yutaro Osaki (9) [6th round university draft pick, 2006] ^; {Aoyama Gakuin} ¥18.5 million
Ryo Sakata (88) [4th round draft pick, 2008] U; {Hakodate} ¥15 million
Shogo Saito (65) [7th round high school draft pick, 2007] ^; {Kasukabe Kyoei} ¥14 million
Fumikazu Kimura (51) [1st round high school draft pick, 2006]^; {Saitama Sakae} ¥14 million
Masato Kumashiro (58) [6th round draft pick, 2010] I; {Oji Paper} ¥13 million
Aito Otaki (53) [4th round draft pick, 2015] HS; {Hanasaki Tokuharu} ¥6 million
Shotaro Tashiro (61) [5th round draft pick, 2011] U; {Hachinohe} ¥6 million
Daisuke Togawa (71) [Ikusei pick, 2014] iHS; {Hokkai} ¥5 milllion

Rookie Outfielder: 

Shohei Suzuki (46) [4th round draft pick, 2016] HS {Shizuoka} ¥6 million





U - Drafted out of University/College

I - Drafted out of Industrial or Independent League

HS - Drafted out of High School

^ - Drafted in a year where High School and University drafts were separate. From 2005-2007, those taken in high school were separated from those taken out Universities or Industrial/Independent League teams.
* - Foreign import signing  

# - Traded domestically

% - Domestic free agent (Passed a tryout and earned a roster spot) 

i - Ikusei draft pick. It's similar to how an NFL practice squad works, except they're drafted in an ikusei round after the initial NPB Draft.  For more information, you can click here. The Lions currently have no one on their ikusei roster and have three former picks promoted to the 70-man roster.


Lastly, here is the coaching staff of the Lions both at the ichi-gun and ni-gun level.  This is listed on the Lions website.  

Head Manager (Supervisor) 
85 Hatsuhiko Tsuji (田辺 徳雄)

Ichi-gun Coaches

73 Hideki Hashigami (橋上 秀樹) - Head Coach
80 Shigenobu Shima (嶋 重宣) – Batting
76 Masahiro Abe (阿部 真宏) - Batting
84 Kosaku Akimoto (秋元 宏作) – Battery^
72 Yoshihiro Doi (土肥 義弘) – Pitching
89 Shinji Mori (森 慎二) – Pitching
83 Toshifumi Baba (馬場 敏史) – Infield defense and Base-running (3B coach)*
70 Tomoaki Sato (佐藤 友亮) – Outfield defense and Base-running (1B coach)
92 Shinobu Sakamoto (坂本 忍) – Training
98 Takafumi Sato (里 隆文) – Training^

Ni-gun Coaches 
86 Tetsuya Shiozaki (潮崎 哲也) - Farm Manager   [v]
75 Hiroyuki Takagi (高木 浩之) – Farm Hitting and Head Coach
74 Fumiya Nishiguchi (西口 文也) – Farm Pitching*
91 Eiji Kiyokawa (清川 栄治) – Farm Pitching
82 Kosuke Noda (野田 浩輔) – Farm Battery*
87 Satoshi Kuroda (黒田 哲史) – Farm infield defense and Base-running
77 Shogo Akada (赤田 将吾) – Farm Outfield, base-running and defense
81 Takanori Hoshi (星 孝典) – Ikusei and development*
95 Haruki Kurokawa (黒川 春樹) – Farm Training
96 Kenta Kudo (工藤 建太) – Farm Training*

* New coach
^ Promoted to ichi-gun
[v] Sent down to ni-gun


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  1. The Lions have made some nice 3rd round selections: Akiyama, Genda and Asamura.

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