Havok1517 wrote:4 man rotations are more common than 3 man and I believe Nippon uses a 4 man presently. But Matsuzaka had a ton more pitches on his arm at 20 than Darvish. Matsuzaka's arm as a 17 year old likely saw more pitches than most major leaguers. But if we were to name top pitching prospects world wide, I think I'd have Darvish right behind Bailey & Hughes.
I stand corrected. I would hesitate to make direct durability comparisons between Matsuzaka and Darvish, as Matsuzaka is already safely on the other side of of his early twenties (when pitchers see an increase in injury risk).