BP: Yu Darvish No. 2 fantasy prospect

March, 2, 2012
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus ranked his top-50 fantasy prospects for the 2012 season. He lists Jesus Montero as the top prospect and Yu Darvish right behind. Part of what Goldstein says about Darvish:
What he can do: To compare Darvish to other pitchers who have come to the U.S. with mixed results is inaccurate, if not outright lazy. Darvish is unlike any pitcher to sign out of Japan; no pitcher has come from there more equipped to pitch in the majors. He should be an above-average pitcher across the board immediately.
Playing-time situation: None. Darvish needs no time in the minors, and the Rangers didn't spend more than $100 million dollars to bring him along slowly.
Long-term value: While Darvish will be plenty good in 2012, he should only get better from there, and some scouts believe he could end up as a true ace.

There are other Rangers on the list, including OF Leonys Martin. You'll have to click here to read more about all of them (insider).
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.337 13 51 51
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 13
RBIA. Beltre 51
RA. Beltre 51
OPSA. Beltre .917
WY. Darvish 8
ERAY. Darvish 2.97
SOY. Darvish 142