The best pitcher in the world who is not in the majors is a half-Japanese, half-Iranian wonder kid who is almost two months younger than Phil Hughes. He has been tearing up Japan’s Pacific League since he was 18. This January 2012, Darvish Yu, the 25-year-old right hander who plays for the Nippon-Ham Fighters, is taking his splendid arm to the major leagues, the Texas Ranger. That’s right, the Texas Ranger signed a 6 years, 60 million dollars contract with Darvish Yu to play in Texas. Early this week, Darvish arrived at DFW International Airport and the world media is all over him like a rock-star.
The Texas Ranger batting on Darvish to be a young, instant ace for their league. The 6-foot-5 Darvish was terrific in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, the first extended look American fans got of him. Darvish was 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA for Japan, the eventual WBC champion. He is also the only pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball history to have a sub-2.00 ERA for five consecutive seasons, including a 1.44 ERA this year when he was 18-6.
Darvish Yu pitching history. Source: Youtube Channel ItsZane