|Yu Darvish, in...|
|...and out of his uniform.|
So far in 2011, Darvish is 5-1 with a 2.20 ERA and is striking out ten batters per nine innings. He'll be 25 in August and just might have enough prime years left to be of significant value in American baseball. Nothing in his prior history suggests that he'll have the type of adjustment issues that have plagued Daisuke Matsusaka during his tenure with the Red Sox.
Nippon-Ham also possesses another likely "impact player" for a future American franchise in Sho Nakata, a 22-year old first baseman who is just starting to come into his own this year.
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