when the college player of the year
faced major league hitters this spring he didnt miss a beat.

In his first outing, he gave up one run and three hits in two innings against the San Francisco Giants.
Five days later, he struck out seven and gave up just one hit in three innings against the White Sox.

"When he got me with a strikeout,
I thought, 'OK,'" Frank Thomas said.
"Then when he struck out Magglio (Ordonez) next,
I knew he was for real."

in order not to rush the phenom,
the Cubs sent him to Double-A West Tenn

he didnt last there long