Darvish shows nasty stuff in spring debut 

March, 7, 2012

Yu Darvish made his spring training debut on Wednesday in front of a rather disappointing Peoria crowd (announced at around 2,900, half of whom appeared to be paying attention), and in two innings he showed his full assortment of pitches and gave a tantalizing look at how he'll get big league hitters out.

Darvish sat 90-94 mph with his fastball over his two innings, 92-94 in the first and 90-93 in the second, attacking hitters all around the zone but really missing his location only once. He threw seven different pitches (by my count), with his hard slider at 82-83 a plus-plus offering with severe tilt, throwing it for strikes when he needed to but throwing it down and away from right-handers to generate chase swings.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer