2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Yu Darvish
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Yu Darvish and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Cubs starter during the 2020 MLB season.
Predicting outcomes for Yu Darvish can be precarious. Injuries, arsenal tweaks and performance prove volatile for the talented pitcher. Last season, Darvish won six of his 14 decisions with 229 strikeouts against 56 walks in 178.2 innings. He recorded a 3.98 ERA, 3.39 xFIP and 1.10 WHIP during his 31 starts. Within this, Darvish registered a 31.3 strikeout percentage and a 7.7 walk rate. Darvish also notched career bests in swinging strike percentage (13.4 percent) and in O-Swing (swings and misses outside the strike zone) rate (33.8 percent).
Perusing his batted ball profile, Darvish increased his ground ball percentage almost eight percent in 2019 while cutting down on fly balls by six percent. However, home runs plagued Darvish which reflected in his career worst 22.8 home run per fly ball percent against. However, a tweak in Darvish’s arsenal unlocked his surge from June until the end of the season.
First, here’s a look at his pitch usage from last season courtesy of...