Position: Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
Team: San Diego Padres
Series: World Baseball Classic
Darvish is such an interesting piece of Chicago Cubs history. He signed a $126 million dollar deal when it looked like the Cubs would be perennial World Series contenders and then was dealt for three teenagers, a 20-year-old and Zach Davies. It’s rare to see a player experience the pinnacle and collapse of a team that they signed within a single contract cycle but Darvish did just that.
He’s got 99 velocities, 99 breaks and enough stamina that he shouldn’t have to be removed unless you really want to. His timing is also pretty easy to get locked down with regard to the pitching mechanics, making him one of the best possible pitchers to have.