Over 20 Scouts Watch Darvish

» 13 March 2009 » In mlb prospects, npb »

According to multiple Japanese sources, over 20 scouts from more than 10 teams gathered to watch Japan’s exhibition game against the Cubs, with the center of attention obviously being Yu Darvish. Darvish didn’t disappoint, holding the Cubs scoreless in his two innings of work. Nikkan Sports adds that he hit 96mph on the gun, or about 155kmph. His fastest recorded pitch in NPB is 154kmph so he might have dialled it up a little bit for the Cubs. He also threw his two-seam fastball and slider, but no word on whether his curveball has made an appearance. 

I didn’t see any of this game. I actually get WGN on my cable system so I’m kicking myself for not knowing whether they aired it or not. Anyway, here are some quotes from people who were there as reported by Nikkan Sports:

Alfonso Soriano: “He’s a good pitcher. His breaking pitches in particular stand out. He’s a tough opponent. He could definitely play in the majors.”

Carlos Zambrano: “He has an aura on the mound. That’s important for a pitcher. He uses his off-speed pitches well, and really knows how to pitch.”

SF Giants Far East Scount John Cox: “We don’t know if he’ll come over via posting or as a free agent, but if he’s interested in the majors we’ll think about acquiring him.”

Daisuke Matsuzaka will reportedly start against Cuba in round two, so we can expect to see Darvish later in the tournament.

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  1. Patrick
    Keith Law
    14/03/2009 at 6:37 am Permalink

    That’s not an unusual number of scouts for a spring game. There were at least a dozen at the Padres-White Sox game yesterday as well.

  2. Patrick
    14/03/2009 at 7:07 am Permalink

    Dont kick yourself Patrick.
    This game was neither televised nor radioised

  3. Patrick
    14/03/2009 at 9:15 am Permalink

    Thanks Omar.

    Hey Keith — what do you think of that hitch in Darvish’s delivery? I can’t say I’m a fan of it. He added it in the 2008 season.

  4. Patrick
    14/03/2009 at 9:27 am Permalink

    Also Keith, given your comment that spring games are typically well-attended by scouts, you’d think there would be a few more on hand for this one. This was Darvish’s first appearance on American soil, and there were a few other MLB prospects on the field as well.


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