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Yu Darvish is a 25-year-old Japanese pitching phenom. Most people try to compare Darvish to other Japanese pitchers, such as Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kei Igawa, but these comparisons just are not fair because he is a better and more complete pitcher than both of them.
Average of last five seasons in Japan:
Darvish: 205IP, 17-5, 1.71 ERA, 219 Ks
Matsuzaka: 163IP, 13-7, 2.62 ERA, 169 Ks
Igawa: 200IP, 15-9, 3.13 ERA, 190 Ks
Darvish pitched the most innings, had the best record, by far the best ERA and the most strikeouts even though he was the youngest of the three.
Next, his pitching repertoire is much better than either Matsuzaka or Igawa. Darvish has a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, 12-6 curveball, two sliders, changeup and a cutter. While Matsuzaka had a similar amount of pitches, Igawa does not even come close, as he could not throw his fastball with the same velocity as Darvish.
Yu Darvish has an average fastball of 96 miles per hour and tops out at 100 miles per hour, while Matsuzaka had an average fastball of 92 miles per hour and topped out at 95 miles per hour.
I think Darvish has the chance to become the first very successful Japanese pitcher in the majors.
I would prefer Darvish to Wilson because he is younger, he would not cost the Yankees a draft pick and his posting fee would not count against the luxury tax.