In the most recent installment of the international World Baseball Classic, held in 2009, a 22-year-old right-hander named Yu Darvish helped pitch the Japanese team all the way to the championship.
Clearly, the Texas Rangers liked what they saw from him, and gave him a six-year, $56 million contract (plus the more than $51 million posting fee) prior to the 2012 season. Darvish didn't disappoint in his first Major League season, finishing third in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting, making the All-Star team and garnering some Cy Young Award votes as well.
This year's WBC tournament begins this weekend, and once again, scouts and talent evaluators alike will be looking at young, international prospects that can make an impact on Major League Baseball (some are already signed to Major League clubs, but still have prospect status, having never reached the Major Leagues).
So who's going to be the next Yu? Here is a look at some interesting names to keep an eye on.