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Late bloomer / Giants' Sawamura spearheads big rookie crop
By Jim Allen / Daily Yomiuri Sportswriter
Since last autumn's amateur draft, this season has been hyped as the year of rookie pitchers.
Of three big university pitchers who drew the most attention on draft day, none has been more impressive this spring than Yomiuri Giants right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura.
"I've never experienced Opening Day , but I'm getting excited. I'm doing all I can to earn a spot in the rotation and keep it," he told The Daily Yomiuri in March.
After seven strikeouts in five scoreless innings in an April 2 charity game in Nagoya, Sawamura's spring ERA stood at 0.00 over 16 innings.
"I just went after hitters," he said. "I want to pitch well, so that people will be …