Yu Darvish could have gone pro in 2004 when he first impressed MLB scouts as a teenager during his time in the U.S.
Now, some seven dominant seasons in Japan later, the right-hander is again considering the possibility of playing ball in America.
To do that, he will need to go through a process known as "posting." His agent or club will contact the commissioner, who will advise all 30 MLB teams of his interest. Clubs will then have four days to make their best offer to negotiate with Darvish in a silent auction. The winner will have 30 more days to then work out a contract.
But Darvish is not the only international prospect who will draw interest from big teams. Click on to see which other players from Asia and South America could make an impact in 2012.