Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Yu Darvish Question

Still grabbing popular questions from around the web. Expecting to see an uptick in traffic soon, so I can answer direct questions.

Q: Is it worth investing in Yu Darvish, or is he destined to become the next Dice-K?

A: Buy up every stock, bond, and dividend you can on Darvish. They both came over from Japan and garnered huge posting fees, but the differences stop there.

Dice-K came over with an arm that was taxed more. Darvish had a heavy workload as well, but threw less innings and fewer pitches. Both have a wide variety of pitches, but according to the vast majority of scouts Darvish grades out better in terms of "stuff". They have different mechanics, different body builds, and Darvish was far more productive. ERA, WHIP, K/9, BB/9, etc. It wasn't even close.

I'm keeping this one short and sweet. Bottom line is Darvish is unlike any other foreign import coming over to MLB. It certainly wont be a cakewalk for him. There will be an adjustment to major league hitting, his home park certainly wont do him any favors, but he should make it through his rookie year with only a few scratches on it. Bank on Darvish living up to his draft value as a #1/#2 starter.

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