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Why Yu Darvish will be a top-5 starter

Updated: February 28, 2013, 4:57 PM ET
By Mike Sheets | Special to ESPN.com

When Yu Darvish signed with the Texas Rangers last offseason, the hype among fantasy owners was substantial. And why not? Darvish was arguably the most highly regarded Japanese pitcher ever to come to the major leagues. In five seasons in the Japan Pacific League, he never posted an ERA above 1.88, and in 2011 he posted a 1.44 ERA and 0.82 WHIP with 276 strikeouts in 232 innings. On top of that, he was only 25 years old, so it was reasonable to think his best days were still ahead of him. The ...

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