On October 25, 2012 — The 2012 NPB draft is held. Only one team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, take the biggest name as Shohei Otani (timed at 99 mph in high school) is widely expected to go to the US, making it a wasted pick if he doesn’t sign; the Fighters will wind up signing Otani, however. On the other hand, four teams put in for Shintaro Fujinami, with the Hanshin Tigers winning the lottery. Three teams take Nao Higashima, with the Softbank Hawks getting his rights.


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