From the department of small sample sizes comes one AL scout's take on Yu Darvish to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (h/t Evan Grant):â†µ
"He's going to give up a ton of hits. A lot of his fastballs are very straight. The guy is supposed to throw hard. But he basically pitched at 89 to 92, touching 93-94. That's pretty good in Japan. It's not very good here. He has a good cutter, a good curveball. But when he gets in trouble, he turns into a breaking-ball guy - nibble, nibble, he won't let it go. He reminded me of Dice-K."â†µ
In two starts, Darvish has given up 6 earned runs and 17 hits in 11.1 innings. He's allowed 8 walks to 9 strikeouts and his ERA is 4.76.â†µ
Is it too soon to draw conclusions? If the modern media has taught us anything, it's that it's never too soon to draw conclusions.