Yu Darvish recently signed for a contract promising him 300 million yen. I am not certain how many American dollars Darvish receives, but I am assuming a lot. The comments section to the article was particularly interesting, as fans were reporting concerns regarding the number of pitches Darvish has thrown. I could not locate anything showing a game-by-game analysis of Darvish’s pitch counts, but multiple stories mention (in passing) Darvish throwing130, 140, even 165 pitches in a game.
At this point, Darvish is without question the best player outside the major leagues. No pitcher since Dwight Gooden has posted numbers that dominating at such a young age, and what makes Darvish particularly special is he doesn’t rely on a 100 mile per hour fastball. Rather, while listed as having seven plus pitches, Darvish can essentially spin the ball at will, which allows him to throw every type of pitch a situation calls for. He is unhittable when he has control and is his walk numbers are surprisingly low. Literally, his only weakness is he seems like kind of a cheeseball off the field, which might cause problems.
Nevertheless, throwing too many pitches leads to problems. Let’s hope Darvish arrives in the United States healthy because it will be interesting to see how he does.