Yu Darvish

SP · San Diego Padres

Bats R Throws R
Height 6'5" Weight 220
DOB 1986-08-16 Age 36.6
Hometown Osaka, Japan
2023 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 5.13, 73rd

Season Projections

THE BAT$1429182.013101318050161261087824.051.16

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Yu Darvish To Be Pushed Back In Rotation

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish is now likely to make his first start of 2023 until the fifth or sixth game due to concerns about his build up for the regular season while pitching for Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic. Darvish was originally the favorite to start on Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies on March 30, but that won't happen now. Even when the 36-year-old right-hander makes his first start of the year for the Padres, he may be somewhat limited from a pitches/innings perspective, making him more risky in DFS. But heading into this season from a fantasy perspective, Darvish boosted his stock with one of the best years of his career for the Friars in 2022.

    Mar 23 · Source via Padres Yu Darvish
  • Yu Darvish May Not Start Opening Day For Padres

    San Diego Padres right-hander Yu Darvish is unlikely to start for his team on Opening Day. Darvish pitched for Japan against Team USA on Tuesday in the World Baseball Classic and is unlikely to be ready to take the mound when the regular season begins. The 36-year-old is expected to join the Padres in camp on Thursday and begin to get ramped up for the regular season. Darvish posted a 16-8 record, 3.10 ERA, and 197 strikeouts over 30 starts for San Diego in 2022. He should serve as a front-line ace in both fantasy and real-life yet again in 2023.

    Mar 22 · Source via Padres Yu Darvish
  • Yu Darvish Won't Start WBC Final Against Team USA

    San Diego Padres right-hander Yu Darvish, who was originally scheduled to start against Team USA in Tuesday night's World Baseball Classic championship game, will no longer get the nod. Instead, it will be left-hander Shoto Imanaga toeing the rubber for Japan. Even though Darvish won't get the start, he could be available for an inning out of the bullpen, as well as Shohei Ohtani. Darvish's lack of innings during the WBC has been an area of concern for the Padres, which means he could be on a strict innings/pitch limit early in the 2023 regular season for the Friars. The 36-year-old had one of the best seasons of his career in 2022 in SD and should enter drafts this spring as a strong No. 2 target on the mound.

    Mar 21 · Source via Padres Yu Darvish
  • Yu Darvish May Not Make Opening Day Start

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish's two-inning relief outing for Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday night may throw off his schedule to open the 2023 regular season, according to manager Bob Melvin. Depending on when Darvish pitches next, it could move him off the Opening Day start, or it might see him make his first start less than fully built up innings-wise. The 36-year-old right-hander has only thrown five innings in the WBC for Japan, so the Padres are worried that he won't be fully built up to begin the regular season. This shouldn't really change Darvish's fantasy value, but it could mean that he'll have less of a chance to go deep into his starts early in the season for DFS purposes.

    Mar 16 · Source via Padres Yu Darvish
  • Ethan Salas Living Up To The Hype

    San Diego Padres catcher Ethan Salas, a 16-year-old who signed the biggest deal ($5.6 million) in the international market as the top prospect, is already looking like a superstar on the back fields at spring training. "He's going to star for the Padres as a teenager and he'll be a 10-year All-Star," one scout predicted. Salas has big power from the left side of the plate, but his defense is what really stands out. "The best amateur catcher I've ever seen, high school or college," the scout called him. He has already caught a Yu Darvish bullpen in camp and has hit very well. The debate in Padres camp is whether Salas will make it to the majors to become the team's full-time catcher when he's 18 or 19. Fantasy managers in dynasty/keeper leagues need to keep Salas on their radar.

    Mar 3 · Source via Padres Yu Darvish
  • Padres Give Yu Darvish A Six-Year Extension

    The San Diego Padres and right-hander Yu Darvish agreed to a six-year, $108 million contract extension on Thursday, according to sources. The deal will start in 2023 and runs through 2028, when Darvish will be 42 years old. The 36-year-old was previously due $18 million this season and was scheduled to become a free agent in the winter. The Japanese starter was rock-solid for the Padres in his second season with the team in 2022, delivering a 16-8 record, 3.10 ERA (3.31 FIP), 0.95 WHIP and 25.6 percent strikeout rate in 30 starts covering 194 2/3 regular season innings. His velocity stood strong and he avoided the injury bug in 2022, but there is inherent risk in depending on a starting pitcher heading into their late-30s. Darvish makes for a strong SP2 for fantasy managers. RotoBaller has him ranked as the No. 22 fantasy starter.

    Feb 9 · Source via Padres Yu Darvish
    2023 ATC$1729182.0139161894515923983763.761.12
    2023 Steamer$1631192.01310181994617428989833.891.15
    2023 THE BAT$1429182.013101318050161261087824.051.16
    2023 Zeile$1830186.513917192461612500783.741.10

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

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