When Darvish, a senior, pitched a no-hitter on March 26, 2004, against Kumamoto Technical High School in the opening round of the 76th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament, he garnered widespread media attention.
Despite outstanding performances by Darvish and sidearmer Kenji Makabe (who is presently playing for Honda Motor Company’s industrial league club), the team lost in the quarterfinals.
In his four national tournament starts, he pitched 12 games and had a 7-3 record with 87 strikeouts in 92 innings pitched and a 1.47 ERA.
For his high school career, he had a 1.10 ERA with 375 strikeouts in 332+13 innings pitched (67 appearances)
Even as a junior in high school, Darvish was being scouted by Major League teams like the Atlanta Braves and the former Anaheim Angels.
The Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets had shown interest in signing him as he entered his senior year of high school , but Darvish’s intention was to play for a Japanese professional team.
Alongside Yokohama Senior High School right-hander Hideaki Wakui (eventually selected by the Seibu Lions) and Akita Municipal Akita Commercial High School right-hander Tsuyoshi Sato, Darvish was regarded as one of the top high school pitchers in the 2004 NPB amateur selection (Hiroshima Toyo Carp).
The Fighters were one of the few teams who decided against forgoing the first round in favor of signing a player from the college or industrial league prior to the draft, while the Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, and Orix BlueWave also pondered doing so in the last months.
Due to this, they were allowed to select Darvish with their first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.
On December 17, they signed him to a contract for a base salary of 15 million yen, a signing bonus of 100 million yen, and further performance-based incentives.
How Tall Is Yu Darvish?
Yu Darvish stands at a height of 1.96 m.