From Chicago Sun-Times:
IRISH RISING? Righty Jeff Samardzija, the Notre Dame football All-American-turned top pitching prospect, showed off the blazing stuff that has the Cubs thinking he can be in the majors sometime in 2009.
''He's got one of the better arms here in camp,'' said Piniella, who also said he's starting to see the same thing in Samardzija that the team's top scouts apparently saw when they said the second-year pro could be on a two-year fast track.
''Obviously, he's got the physical attributes,'' Piniella said. ''Plus he's an intelligent kid. Larry's talked to him about a couple of minor adjustments in his delivery, and he's picked them up pretty well.''