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Rob Neyer Picks Yu Darvish To Win Rookie Of The Year

You will probably see this sort of thing all over at this point, but Rob Neyer just posted his Rookie of the Year predictions at Baseball Nation, and is quite fond of the Rangers’ newest pitcher.

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[Yu Darvish’s eight Spring Training walks] is the only negative. In Darvish’s entire career.

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Yes, this might indicate a problem. Cameron argued that Darvish might become a nibbler, like Daisuke Matsuzaka. Sure, he might. But what seems more likely? That Yu Darvish will suddenly become a fundamentally different pitcher, or that Matt Moore isn’t quite ready to dominate the best hitters in the world for six months without any serious bumps?

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I love Matt Moore. You have to love Matt Moore. But he’s a rookie pitcher with all of 52 innings of experience above Class AA.

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Most years, Moore would be my No. 1 Rookie of the Year candidate. Just not this year.

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I agree, but I am biased, and I am not Rob Neyer.

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If this happens, though, we're going to have to endure arguments about the letter of the award ("He is technically a rookie!") vs. the spirit of the award ("He has several years of experience in a major league!").

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