How about Yu Darvish?
In the past when people would email me about Yu Darvish, it was to call me a homer and tell me that he had no major league potential.
I haven’t received a single Darvish related email this season.
My Darvish conversations are down, it’s not really provocative to talk about a guy who came out and tossed a near perfect game to start off the season and who has followed that up with building a clearcut case for AL Cy Young.
What I will say at this point is: we still haven’t seen how good Darvish can be.
He’s been awesome, he’s been dominating, and he’s been featured in the most amazing GIF (pronounced ‘jiff’) of all time.
But there is still a lot that is raw about his game. He still throws a ton of pitches, but that will always be the way of a strikeout minded pitcher. It’s his control that still needs to get reigned in. His walk ratio is down from last year so far, but when you watch him throw during at bats, you still get the feeling that he doesn’t completely know where the ball is going. An element of self-surprise is good to some extent, because it also means that the batter won’t have any idea where the ball is going. But ideally, Darvish will be able to pick and choose his locations across his 6-7 pitch arsenal as he matures and gets comfortable with the the major league game.
There is a lot to like about Darvish’s attitude. He’s had some big success and the subsequent media hype, but he has kept his cool. He says the right things. He’s not cocky, he doesn’t even want to be in the ‘best in the game’ conversations yet.
If Darvish can stay humble and continue to find more control on the hill, we will see an even better version of the league’s most dominating pitcher of the moment.