Originally posted on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 2/11/13
In his first MLB season, Yu Darvish walked 10.9% of all batters he faced, which led to a rate of 4.19 BB/9. That 10.9% mark was good for 95th out of the 99 pitchers who threw at least 150 innings, and only Edinson Volquez, Francisco Liriano, Tim Lincecum, and Ubaldo Jimenez had worse walk rates. That’s not very good company. In spite of his difficulties issuing free passes, Darvish still managed a 1.28 WHIP, which was actually good for 62nd of those 99 pitchers. While 1.28 isn’t great, it definitely won’t kill you. In fantasy terms, it’s on the lower end of respectable. Year one of Darvish’s major league career was a huge success, and year two should end up being even better. Despite posting a higher ERA after the All-Star Break than before (4.26 versus 3.59), Darvish actually had better peripheral stats in the second half. His 10.56 K/9, 3.65 BB/9, 14.9% infield fly rate, 1.18 WHIP, and 2.80 FIP after the break were all better than their first-half counterparts, and Darvish’s second-half struggles can mainly be attributed to an abysmal 63.8% strand rate (league average is 72%). At a Glance Strengths: W, K, IP, QS Neutral: ERA, WHIP, L Weaknesses: none Player Comparisons Best-case scenario: CC Sabathia (NYY) Likely scenario: Max Scherzer (DET), Zack Greinke (LAD), Gio Gonzalez (WAS) Worst-case scenario: Tim Lincecum (SF) Yu Darvish 2013 Fantasy Projection Projecting wins is never easy. Had we gone out on a limb and projected Darvish for 17 or 18 wins this year he would have been a lot higher in our rankings, so if you feel like that’s where his win total will end up then feel free to reach on him as soon as pick 60-70. I prefer to draft pitchers factoring in reasonable win totals (unless that pitcher is CC Sabathia who, 2012 aside) almost always wins 17+) and that’s why we only pegged Darvish for 15. He’ll be in the top five in strikeouts in all of baseball, and that will help counteract his potentially high walk rate. We think he picks up where he left off in the second half and really gets the walks under control, and that will help him improve upon his 1.28 WHIP last year. Darvish is a workhorse and he’s one of the toughest pitchers to hit in the entire league. I believe he’s a sleeper Cy Young candidate this year, but he’ll only go as far as his walk and fly ball rates allow him. If he can keep those at league average or better, he’ll be a stud for both your fantasy team and the Rangers.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 matchups for Week 12 of the NFL season

Tyrann Mathieu says Blaine Gabbert has a ‘better grip on what’s going on’

NCAA frees Kansas blue chipper Cheick Diallo

Rockets hold in-season training camp in attempt to rebound from disastrous start

Kansas City Chiefs: No Jamaal Charles, no problem

How the Warriors can win 72 games


Frank Gifford suffered from CTE, family announces

Syracuse basketball gets one scholarship per year back

LeBron James says his back feels better than it did a year ago

Sean Payton on firing Rob Ryan: Status quo ‘would be madness’

Report: Blue Jackets listening to offers for Ryan Johansen

Report: Greg Hardy cancels club event after 'catching heat'

5 outrageous predictions for Week 12 of the NFL season

How the Detroit Lions became the face of football on Thanksgiving Day

The 10 most disappointed fan bases of the 2015 college football season

Jimmy Butler wants Mason Plumlee to pay his $2,500 fine

Jose Bautista's bat flip inspires a holiday sweater

The Kristaps Porzingis comparison project

What’s next for Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns?

Gisele Bundchen asks Tom Brady ‘all the time’ why he still plays football

Highlighting the biggest NFL games of Week 12

Greg Olsen calls Jason Witten 'the epitome of a pro'

Are Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux growing apart?

Stop sleeping on Giannis Antetokounmpo

Worst-case scenarios for end of college football season

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 matchups for Week 12 of the NFL season

The 10 most disappointed fan bases of the 2015 CFB season

Gronk: Takes mental toughness not to overeat on Thanksgiving

Blue Jays fans create website in effort to keep David Price

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker