A.J. Pierzynski excited to work with Yu Darvish

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski didn't face Yu Darvish last season. But his Chicago White Sox teammates that did had plenty to say about about Darvish.

"Guys were coming back saying, 'This guy has really good stuff,'" said Pierzynski during the Texas Rangers Fan Fest over the weekend. "That's something as a player when you hear guys say that, that's something you're very interested to hear."

Pierzynski said he'll work to get used to a new pitching staff in spring training, learning their tendencies and repertoire. But from what he's seen from outside the organization, he's impressed with the staff. That includes Darvish.

"Obviously, the numbers speak for themselves," Pierzynski said. "Everything he did, from the beginning of the season to the end, obviously there was an adjustment period. But he looked like he could throw four, five pitches for strikes at any time. He looked like he could do anything you asked him to do.

"I look forward to being on his side and trying to get the most out of him and helping him improve and continue to get better."